The Tennessee Valley Kennel Club will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday October 18 in the Sequoyah Room of the Pendergrass Library, University of Tennessee Veterinary School.  The guest speaker is Dr. Sharon Startup from Animal Dental Services.  She graduated from the University of Georgia in 1995.  She has requested that we bring photos of our Breeds.  She will be talking on how we should take care of our dogs teeth and about braces and missing teeth.  Things that show people might be interested in.  The Tennessee Valley Kennel Club serves Knox, Blount, Sevier, Jefferson, Grainger, Union, Anderson, Roane, Loudon, and Monroe counties and provides purebred dogs and their owners with engaging, lasting, and fun activities. Come join us.  Visitors are always welcome!  For directions and more info, visit www.tvkc.org.  


General Membership Meeting Minutes

Board Meeting Minutes


       Minutes from previous General Membership Meetings  >>  CLICK HERE

       Minutes from previous Board Meetings >> CLICK HERE

Dog Day Spectacular - SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 24

The day was truly spectacular with fun had by all who participated,, and visited.


calendartraining_logoConformation classes restarting!

Winter Obedience Class now accepting registration.

Introduction to Rally to be offered!

 Class schedules are posted on TVKC Calendar.

Conformation Training Class
Monday, October 17, marks the resumption of our conformation training class.  The class will held every Monday at 7:00 p.m. through December 19.  
This class is designed to prepare you and your dog for the conformation ring.  It is an informal class that meets every Monday.  Participation will be on a week-to-week / drop-in basis. 

Instructor: Angie Bass

Prerequisites: Current vaccinations, Leash broken, Completed Registration Form 
Please download and complete the 
TVKC Training Registration Form.  Save it and email totvkc00@gmail.com or bring it with you to your FIRST CLASS.  Payment is expected each week.  Bring your own bait/treats.  Absolutely no aggressive dogs will be permitted.

Cost:  $5.00 for each session for TVKC members and $10.00 for Non-members.  

Location:   American Cotton Products, 2810 Hoitt Ave., Knoxville, TN 37917

Beginning Obedience Class 
Explore the wonders of communicating with your dog while learning basic obedience skills (Sit, Down, Stay, Heel, Leave It and Come). Positive motivational approach with emphasis on language of leadership.

Instructor: Ace Russell

Pre-requisites: Current vaccinations and pre-registration

Wednesdays 6:15-7:15 pm - Five Weeks  -   November 16 through December 14

 Members $30,  Non-members $60     Full payment due with registration.

rallyIntroduction to Rally Obedience 
-  Mini-Class 

This is a mini-class with 3 sessions and a field trip to the Great Smoky Mountain Cluster Dog Show at Chilhowee Park  -->>>  http://smokymtncluster.org

Instructor: Ace Russell

Class Schedule: Wednesdays at 6:15 on October 26, November 2 and 9.   Field trip TBD. 

Pre-requisites: Beginning obedience class highly recommended, Current vaccinations and pre-registration

Cost: $40 for non-club members; $20 for club members

Beginning Agility Class 
Introduction to skills required for dog agility. Learn how to teach your dog to be successful at all types of obstacles (jumps, tunnels, A-frame, weave poles). Safe, sturdy, competition-approved equipment. Non-stressful approach to running agility with your dog.

Instructor: Ace Russell

Pre-requisites: Beginning obedience class highly recommended,
Current vaccinations and pre-registration

Wednesdays 7:30 - 8:30 - Five Weeks - Dates to be determined

Cost:  Members $30,  Non-members $60.  Full payment due with registration.


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Roving With Rover: How To Keep Your Dog Safe, Comfortable While Traveling In The Car

Hartford, Conn and New York, NY, September 22, 2011 – When traveling with the family dog, few pet owners are sure what’s best for man’s best friend in terms of safety and comfort, a new study finds.   For the rest of the story ...  --->>  Click Here

Chesapeake Bay Retriever and Belgian Tervuren Ace The Test At 5th AKC National Tracking Invitational

Two dogs successfully completed their tracks at the 5th annual AKC National Tracking Invitational, held September 17-18 at the Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest in Clermont, Kentucky. CT Eastern Waters’ Sea Zephyr VCD3 RE MXJ NF, a Chesapeake Bay Retriever owned by Doreen & Gary Palmer of Columbia, Connecticut and CT Montage Surfs Up VCD1 CDX PT, a Belgian Tervuren owned by Maura Hogan & Kathryn Madden of Syracuse, New York passed the test, which was a track of at least 600-700 yards that went across a variety of vegetated and non-vegetated surfaces.    For the rest of the story ...  --->>  Click Here

AKC/USA Agility World Team Member Brings Home Gold at 2011 FCI Agility World Championships

New York, NY - AKC/USA Agility World Teammember Ashley Deacon and his Pyrenean Shepherd "Luka" a.k.a. NAC MACH3 Luka de La Brise XF captured individual Gold in the Medium Dogs class at the 2011 FCI Agility World Championship in Lieven, France from a field of 82 competitors from 36 countries. The AKC/USA Team sent 11 competitors to France, comprising Small, Medium and Large Dog teams. Over the three days, AKC/USA team members completed thirty-six runs in the Team and Individual competitions.     For the rest of the story ...  --->>  Click Here



- Search and Rescue Organizations Use AKC CAR Grants to Make a Difference -

AKC Companion Animal Recovery (AKC CAR) recently awarded $340,000 to organizations in 36 states through its Canine Support and Relief Fund. A majority of the more than 100 grants were earmarked for K-9 Search and Rescue (SAR) teams. I'm pleased to share with you the activities of several of these groups:

Connecticut Canine Search & Rescue (CCSAR) has used the AKC CAR grant to enrich its Alzheimer's Initiative. The grant has allowed the organization's members to experience a specialty Alzheimer's search train-the-trainer seminar with expert Robert Koester of Virginia, and a tracking seminar by Chris Weeks. As part of its Alzheimer's Initiative, CCSAR has performed demonstrations for staff at a facility for Alzheimer's patients and provided information to police departments in North Central Connecticut on conducting a search for a missing patient.

Emergency K-9 Operations, Inc. Search and Rescue now has the opportunity to send its K-9s "Hawk" and "Strider" to the Texas Engineering Extension Service's Disaster Training in Texas this December. The courses include Passenger Rail Rescue and Disaster City®, where search and rescue dogs and handlers can train in simulated disaster situations.

Jefferson County Search Dog Association (JCSDA) in Louisville, KY area is using the AKC CAR funds in many different areas – public education, training for K-9 and handlers and to improve operations in the field.

The education program is geared primarily toward kids. JCSDA distributes patches, activity books and safety tubes through the "Hunter" (their SAR dog mascot) program. "Hunter's" website gets hundreds of worldwide hits a day from kids looking to learn more about search and rescue dogs.

The grant has also allowed the association's K-9s and handlers to receive advanced medical training. In the past, JCSDA has hosted many classes for its members and other nearby agencies on scent work, K-9 First Aid, water search and recovery, crime scene and lost person behavior.

Regarding operations in the field, AKC grants have allowed JCSDA to purchase radios to communicate within the group and with other agencies. They also now have a tracking system that allows JCSDA, three neighboring agencies, and the Emergency Management Agency to track search dogs in the field from an Emergency Operations Command post. The grants also provided cooling vests that enable the dogs to work in 95+ degree temperatures for up to 2 hours longer than their current capacity.

Other K-9 SAR teams are using their grants for GPS Units, collars, and laptops to track man-trailing canines during searches; boat supplies for underwater detection training; and training seminars for Wilderness and Urban Tracking, Air Scent and Human Remains Detection and much more.

You can read the full list of 2011 AKC CAR SAR grant recipients at www.akccar.org/givingback.

I hope you'll join me in celebrating the wonderful work AKC CAR does through its AKC CAR Canine Support and Relief Fund. The Fund has donated more than $4 million to SAR teams and to organizations supporting companion animal relief during natural disasters since its creation shortly after 9/11. You can learn more or show your support at http://www.akccar.org/givingback/.


Ron Menaker, Chairman


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November 3-6, 2011

Four days of dog shows with more than a thousand dogs expected At Chilhowee Park!

The Tennessee Valley Kennel Club and the Oak Ridge Kennel Club are presenting the: Great Smoky Mountain Cluster of Dog Shows. The event will be held at Chilhowee Park, Knoxville, TN, November 3 - 6, 2011 - a perfect time to enjoy the spectacular fall colors of beautiful east Tennessee.  

The public is invited, but asked not to bring dogs that aren’t entered in the show.  
Spectator entry is $3 per person or $5 per family with on-site parking available for $5 daily.

Presented by:
tvkc                  orkc          

For more details, see: http://smokymtncluster.org/

TVKC Agility Trial 

December 2 - 4, 2011
in the indoor arena at Harriman, TN 
STD, JWW, T2B all days
FAST Friday and Saturday

We will need volunteers all 3 days. 
People can contact Dawn Darr Barrett at 
darrcar@comcast.net or 865-406-2362 to volunteer.

Entries Open: Oct. 5        Entries Close:  Nov. 16

Julie Haas' Australian Shepherd,
Mandy, exiting the tunnel at a 
recent trial in Birmingham, AL

Ace Russell and his loyal
Corgi, Harpo, at the February
TVKC Trial in Harriman. 

Beth White's miniature poodle,
Nina, weaving at the Poodle
Club of Las Vegas, NV trial 


Obedience and Rally Seminar - The Mid-Kentucky Kennel Club is also hosting an Obedience and Rally Judges Seminar November 5 & 6, 2011.   Click here to download a flyer for the two day workshop.

Diane Bauman Advanced Problem-Solving Clinic, 10/29/11 and 10/30/11 9AM to 5PM, GreenBank Pavillion, Greene County Fairgrounds, Greeneville, TN.  By cleverly teaching in a relaxed atmosphere where "mistakes are good," dogs and humans learn by making decisions that are either rewarded or ignored. The end result are students (canine and human) that truly understand what they are doing and are happy, comfortable and enthusiastic about performing.  Additional details


There will be a Nancy Obermark Herding Workshop November 12-13 at the Bresee home & facilities at 418 Doc Norton Road in Walland, TN (20 miles SE of Knoxville).

Working slots are $100 cash per dog per day; private lessons $20 cash per session; and unlimited audit spaces available at $25 cash per day.  All levels of herding enthusiasts are welcome to participate and those new to this fascinating and complicated sport are invited to audit the workshop.  

For workshop information and questions contact Nancy Obermark at: Sheepdog922@aol.com

For location details i.e. directions, motel info, etc., contact workshop host at:


Congratulations to club member Keith Bailey!


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Beth White
Tennessee Valley Kennel Club
Corresponding Secretary | Webmaster 

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Tennessee Valley Kennel Club,  P.O. Box 2051,  Knoxville, Tennessee  37901-2051