Purpose: In order to educate the public about the importance of responsible dog ownership and basic good manners for dogs, RVKC hosts a yearly series of free Canine Good Citizenship classes for the community, usually in September, with an optional CGC test at the end for a small fee. The Public Education Chair/Committee and CGC instructors plan and run this event.

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*Important* Planning a CGC series of classes and CGC test begins a year in advance.

CGC Class instructors and testers: Current members who have been teaching classes are Lucille Perry and Lorain Abel. Members who are experienced in obedience train are encouraged to come out and help. Members who currently (2018) are qualified by AKC to do the CGC testing are Lucille Perry, Lorain Abel, and Pat Etchells.

Identify Dates a year in advance: Decide on dates and number of classes. Coordinate with the Board, membership, and RDO Day Chair. We try to schedule the classes and test right before RDO Day. Classes have been on Wednesdays from 5:30 – 6:30pm.

Reserve the Park: We need to reserve Riverside park as early as possible. Notify the Parks and Rec Department of the dates and times for the CGC classes and test. Coordinate with the RDO Day Chair. We do not have to pay any reservation fee for these class dates or fill out any forms since we do not use the gazebo.

Notify AKC: In March, notify AKC that we are giving the classes and test and the dates. Coordinate with RDO Day Chair since they notify AKC also and the two events are related.

Advertising and Publicity: In June/July, plan advertising and publicity campaigns.

  • Publicity: Email event notices to local TV, radio stations and local newspapers and community papers. They need a minimum of 30 days lead time. You may wish to check (do this in June) with them on the best time to contact them each year as this can change easily.

    • Rogue River Press

    • Illinois Valley News

    • Sneak Preview

    • Medford Mail Tribune (www.mailtribune.com)

    • Grants Pass Daily Courier – see if the Courier will do a pre-event write up. Call Edith Decker. Offer ideas for an article and/or photo.

  • Advertising: We usually place a classified ad in the GP Courier for the CGC Classes. The RDO Day chair takes out a display ad in the GP Courier so you may want to coordinate with them. Check with the RVKC Board before submitting either ad. You may use previous ads for guides, updating to the current year.

  • Check with the Treasurer to be sure expenditures have been approved.

  • Also print up some flyers for distribution around town.

AKC will provide some materials: You may ask for and receive some yellow CGC posters, perhaps as part of the RDO Day kit. Complete the posters and have them distributed to Veterinarian’s offices and other pet friendly businesses.

Plan the event:

  • CGC instructors (Currently in 2018 Lucille Perry, Lorain Abel.)

  • CGC testers (Currently in 2018 Lucille Perry, Lorain Abel, and Pat Etchells.)

  • Volunteers: Get members to volunteer to help on each day.

    • Assist in the ring; be the ‘crowd;’ help greet dogs,

    • Assist in holding dogs for the stay with a stranger exercises

    • Sign people in (Colleen Douglas usually does this.)

    • Assist with set up and tear down

  • Layout – how many rings and their layout

  • Sign – Display the RVKC logo sandwich board

  • Materials – tables, chairs, ring materials, long leash, signs, brushes, noisemakers

  • Paperwork – sign in sheets, liability waiver forms, brochures, testing forms

Day of events: Be there to manage the set up and tear down, teach a class, and monitor proceedings. Insure that we leave the Park area neat and clean.