Rogue Valley Kennel Club Publishes a Monthly Column
called ‘Rogue Valley Kennel Club Speaks’
in the Grants Pass Daily Courier

************** January 2018 ***************
Rogue Valley Kennel Club Speaks


Did you get a new puppy for Christmas? Here are some tips to get him off to a good start.

Make sure he gets regular exercise. The lack of exercise is at the root of many canine behavior problems. When dogs do not get enough exercise, they can become bored and lethargic, or hyper and wound up.

Dogs need to have daily interactions with their humans. Even if the session is short, spending quality time with your dog goes a long way to building a strong bond with your dog.

Consistent training will help you achieve a good relationship that lasts a lifetime. You’ll learn how to communicate with your pup during training. It also gives your dog more freedom because you can feel confident taking him anywhere with you, (on leash, of course) and know that he will be easy to manage.

RVKC’s General Meeting
Wed. January 10th at 7:00pm
Fruitdale Grange
1440 Parkdale Drive
Agenda: Planning 2018
Open to the public!

************** November 2017 ***************
Rogue Valley Kennel Club Speaks


Your dog may be very uncomfortable is his nails are not kept trimmed.

But nail trims can be stressful for your dog, so the first thing you should do is get him used to having his paws touched and handled. This should happen long before anyone tries to trim his nails.

  • If you’re going to trim the nails yourself use a nail clipper or a rotary tool, depending on what your dog can tolerate and your own preference.
  • Nails must be trimmed very carefully to avoid cutting into the quick. And trimming one nail a day is fine – do only as much as your dog is comfortable with.
  • The other option is to take the dog to a groomer. The cost is minimal and most dogs don’t have to go more than once a month.

RVKC’s General Meeting
Wed. Nov. 8 * 7 pm
Fruitdale Grange
1440 Parkdale Drive
Open to the public!

************** October 2017 ***************
Rogue Valley Kennel Club Speaks

Caring for an Older Dog

As dogs get older their needs will change and they may become more prone to sickness. In order to insure the older dog’s comfort, remember the following:

  • Routine is important to older dogs. Without it, they become confused.
  • Dogs become accustomed to a certain size and type of food. They also expect their food dish in the same spot and to be fed at a regular time.
  • If dogs are overweight, they may die prematurely because degenerative diseases develop faster. Diets should be low in calories.
  • If dogs are too thin, they should receive a high calorie diet and see a vet. They could have an infection, blood disorder or parasites.
  • Always have water available. Fluids are important for older dogs because water carries waste through the kidneys.

For more information on canine health, visit

Four days of dog shows are scheduled for November 2nd through 5
Jackson County Fairgrounds in Central Point.
No admission charge for spectators and parking is free.

RVKC’s General Meeting
Wed. Oct. 11 * 7 pm
Fruitdale Grange
1440 Parkdale Drive
Program: We will be getting ready for the November shows!
Open to the public!

************** September 2017 ***************
Rogue Valley Kennel Club Speaks


Sat., Sept. 23rd  10 a.m. – 3 p.m.  at Riverside Park

  • Learn why owners love the breeds they do at Meet the Breeds booths
  • Silent auction of dog art 
  • Breed Parade 
  • Demonstrations 
  • “My Dog Can Do That” 
  • Rally course
  • Microchip Clinic hosted by Riverside Park Veterinary Clinic 
  • Vendors 
  • Non Profit Organizations
  • Search & Rescue Booth
  • Dog tricksFor more info. call Colleen at 541-479-0917.

    All dog lovers are invited. Their well-behaved dogs are welcome too.
    Please, no retractable leashes.

RVKC’s General Meeting
Wed., Sept. 13 • 7:30 pm (time for this date only! (usually at 7:00pm)
Location: Fruitdale Grange, 1440 Parkdale Drive, Grants Pass
Program topic: What health tests are appropriate for your breed?
Presenter: Lorain Abel, DVM
Open to the public! 

************** August 2017 ***************
Rogue Valley Kennel Club Speaks

How to present your pets to landlords
Many management companies are wary of welcoming pets due to the potential that tenants will gripe about noise, property damage, and more. If your dog or cat is a model of animal behavior, ease your landlord’s anxiety with a positive introduction:

  • Provide letters of reference from past landlords detailing how you’re a responsible pet owner.
  • If you have a dog, show that your pup has proven good behavior with a training class (such as a Canine Good Citizen) certificate.
  • Ask your veterinarian to write a letter on your behalf — and include documentation that your pet has been spayed or neutered and vaccinated.
  • Craft a resume for your pet, complete with photo, certifications, explanation of the arrangements made to care for your pet while you’re at work, and a personal story.

Free Canine Good Citizen Classes – Four Wednesday classes beginning August 23 at Riverside Park starting at 5:30 pm. Come early to sign up.

More information at <   >

************** July 2017 ***************
Rogue Valley Kennel Club Speaks

Protect Your Dog In Summer

  • Never, ever leave your dog in the car;

  • Make sure your dog has unlimited access to fresh water;

  • Make sure your dog has access to shade when outside;

  • Take walks during the cooler hours of the day;

  • When walking, try to stay off of hot surfaces (like asphalt) because it can burn your dog’s paws;

  • If you think it’s hot outside, it’s even hotter for your pet – make sure your pet has a means of cooling off;

  • Keep your dog free of external parasites (fleas, ticks) and heartworms – consult your veterinarian about the best product for your pet;

  • Consider clipping or shaving dogs with long coats (talk to your veterinarian first to see if it’s appropriate for your pet), and apply sunscreen to your dog’s skin if he or she has a thin coat.

    There is no General Meeting in July 

************** June 2017 ***************
Rogue Valley Kennel Club Speaks

Tricks, Parkour, Freestyle for Dogs

Ann McGloon will talk about Tricks, Parkour and Freestyle for dogs at the next RVKC meeting. Several new dog sport titling programs have become available with virtually all of them offering the option to submit your performance via a video recording. This makes participating more accessible for everyone. Ann has participated and titled her dogs in a host of video-based organizations. Come and learn all about it!

If it’s hard for you to travel to dog shows or your dog is just not comfortable in that type of environment, your training accomplishments can still be acknowledged using video titling options. The AKC has even started using video in their new Trick Dog program as the highest level called Performer requires a video submission.

McGloon has been a member of the Rogue Valley Kennel Club since 2005. She has competed with her dogs in a variety of performance events from agility to obedience. She has also participated and titled her dogs in a host of video-based organizations. Her youngest dog “Tollie” even earned his Trick Dog Championship Title last year.

The General meeting is
Wednesday, June 14th at 7 p.m.
Fruitdale Grange, 1440 Parkdale Drive in Grants Pass.

The public is welcome. 

************** May 2017 ***************

Rogue Valley Kennel Club Speaks

FENCES: It’s been said that fences make good neighbors. Gary Dolmage from Quality Fence Company estimates that 30% of his orders come from dog owners. He recommends chain link fence as the most effective deterrent to escape. Persons who don’t want their property to look like a school yard can have it powder coated green or black.

Responsible dog owners know that having fenced property is no guarantee that their canines won’t be roaming the neighborhood at some point in time. Unfortunately, even with fencing, if a dog is left outside when its owners aren’t home, there’s risk of losing the dog. There’s also the chance of having neighbors complain about nuisance barking.

Our next column will deal with advice to reduce the chances of our dogs escaping from a fenced yard, and direct readers to a website that provides tips on how to keep your dog inside your fence.

RVKC’s General Meeting
Wed. May 10th at 7 pm
Fruitdale Grange
1440 Parkdale Drive
Topic: Pet Portraits
Presenter: Artist Roni Marsh
Open to the public!

************** April 2017 ***************
Rogue Valley Kennel Club Speaks

Vivian Goldschmidt, MA, offers information on diet and exercise on her website, She mentions a benefit of dog ownership.

“It’s so much fun to take your dog along on walks. In fact, that’s one of the reasons why some people choose to get a dog – it motivates them to take several daily walks. The problem is, some dogs rush out ahead of their humans, pulling hard on the leash and upsetting the body coordination. The tugging can continue for the whole walk if you let it.

Instead, hold the leash the way dog trainers recommend – place the end of the leash in your right hand, let the leash cross your body and have your dog on your left side. In your left hand, hold the leash about halfway down. It wouldn’t be a bad idea to teach your dog the “heel” command as well, so he or she knows to stay beside your left leg. Take along some healthful dog treats for motivation”. VG

RVKC’s General Meeting
Wed., April 12th at 7 pm
Fruitdale Grange
1440 Parkdale Drive
Topic: Dog Behavior
Presenter: John Parrett
Open to the public!

************** March 2017 ***************
Rogue Valley Kennel Club Speaks

Is It Safe
for dogs to drink out of communal water bowls?

It is common these days to see bowls of water for dogs outside of shops or coffee houses. Fountains in parks are also commonly used for our dogs when they are out and about. There has been some concern lately regarding the safety of dogs drinking out of communal bowls or fountains.

However, there are actually very few communicable diseases that are spread directly by mouth.

Contagious diseases in dogs are more commonly spread in other ways. Many intestinal pathogens (such as parvovirus and roundworms) are spread through fecal-to-mouth transmission. These organisms won’t spread in a communal water bowl unless there is fecal or urine contamination in the bowl.

RVKC’s General Meeting
Wed., March. 8th 7 pm

Fruitdale Grange
1440 Parkdale Drive
Topic: Canine Ambassadors
Presenters: Dr. Lorain Abel & Lucille Perry
Open to the public!

************** February 2017 ***************
Rogue Valley Kennel Club Speaks

Is your dog overweight?

To tell if your dog is overweight, answer the following questions:

  • Is it difficult to feel his ribs or spine?
  • Have you had to loosen his collar/harness lately?
  • When looking at your dog from above, is the waistline missing?
  • When viewing your dog from the side, does his abdomen sag?
  • Has your dog become tired all the time or too lazy to play?
  • Does he consistently lag behind on walks or balk at longer outings?
  • Does he pant constantly or show shortness of breath during gentle exercise?
  • Does he resist play with you or housemate dogs?

If the answer is “yes” to these questions (and your veterinarian has ruled out other medical conditions) it’s possible your pet has put on some pounds. Your veterinarian can help you develop a sound weight loss program for your dog.

RVKC’s General Meeting
Wed., Feb. 8 * 7 pm
Fruitdale Grange
1440 Parkdale Drive
Public welcome!

************** December 2016 ***************
Rogue Valley Kennel Club Speaks

If your family has its heart set on getting a puppy for Christmas, your best bet will be to wait until after the hubbub of the holidays when you can all devote time to the new addition to your family. But before you make any decision be prepared to answer the following questions:

Are you prepared to know where the dog will be 24 hours a day?

Will you take the time to properly train him, so that he will be an accepted member of the community, as well as an enjoyment to you?

If you answered “Yes” then consider the joys and advantages of buying an AKC-registered purebred dog from a responsible breeder who strives to breed healthy dogs with the appropriate temperaments for their breed.


Election & the Christmas Party is the Program
potluck dessert buffet & ‘white elephant’ wrapped dog-related gift exchange

Tuesday, December 13th at 7 pm
Fruitdale Grange, 1440 Parkdale Drive in Grants Pass

************** November 2016 ***************
Rogue Valley Kennel Club Speaks

Share love and good times with your family and your pets this Thanksgiving but be careful about any food that you share with your pets. Too many or the wrong type of leftovers can cause an upset stomach or worse for your pet.

If you do give your dog or cat leftovers, make sure it’s a small amount of one of these dogs-and cat-safe treats;

  • Skinless and boneless cooked turkey
  • Steamed, plain green beans
  • Plain carrots
  • Plain, mashed sweet potato or pumpkin
  • Gravy that is free of onions, spices, herbs or sweeteners.

New Location: Rogue Valley Kennel Club has moved its monthly meetings to the Fruitdale Grange, 1440 Parkdale Drive in Grants Pass.

Meetings are held on the 2nd Wednesday of each month. We usually have dog-related programs as well as conduct Kennel Club business.

The public is always welcome.

RVKC’s November General Meeting
Wed. Nov. 9th, 2106 at 7 pm
Fruitdale Grange

1440 Parkdale Drive

The Program for November will be a Post Show Review