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   February 2010
A Message from Mari-Beth O'Neill
Congratulations to all of the participants at this year's AKC Eukanuba National Championship. This year's entry was once again overwhelming and reflects the very talented Juniors who are participating in AKC Events.

At the January Meeting of the AKC Board of Directors, a revision was made to the policy for the Canine Partners, Mixed Breed Dogs, to allow any club the option to offer competition in Agility, Rally and Obedience at events beginning April 1, 2010. The enthusiasm has been overwhelming, Juniors competing in Agility, Rally and Obedience with a Canine Partner are reminded to download the AKC Recognition form to have signed at the event and have the Trial Secretary submit with the results.

The AKC Canine Partners Staff is seeking contact information for 4H Leaders interested in the program. If you are involved in a 4H Group please forward your Leader's contact information to me directly: mbo@akc.org.

See more information about the Canine Partner Program.

Reminder: AKC Junior Scholarship Deadline is February 19, 2010

Junior Reports

Agility in Action
By Taylor Blasko and Audrey Wrobel

On May 28, 2009, we set up an agility course on the grounds of Orefield Middle School in the Lehigh Valley PA. Our teachers were interested in our sport, and asked us to do a demo for each class. Since the students were our age, we wanted to let them know about the sport we love called dog agility. It may surprise the people in the dog world, but not many people know of this sport. Read more.
Lessons from Xena
By Alex Clemmons

As an old African proverb goes, "Smooth seas do not make skillful sailors". When I first got Xena, my Rottweiler puppy, she was a typical puppy and not that hard to train. When she got older Xena was definitely not smooth sailing. But in some ways I am grateful for that because in the long run it has clearly made me a better trainer and a better person. Read more.

That Dog That Started It All

Unlike most Juniors, AnnMarie Lyons’ family did not have dogs when she was a child. In 1999, when she was twelve years old, AnnMarie was asked to pet sit for close family friends while they spent the summer in Europe. Their dog, Scooter was completely untrained, had behavioral issues, and lived in the backyard. Over the summer AnnMarie was able to work around his behavioral problems and taught him basic obedience commands. She not only developed a close bond with Scooter, but she learned that she had a love and talent for training dogs. Read more.

Juniors and Canine Health
By Emily Meyer

Over the past ten years of training, competing, and living with my two Vizslas, I have really come to appreciate their many talents, quirks, and strengths. In the midst of enjoying their many good qualities, I try not to take for granted that the reason my dogs are able to play hard, jog with me daily, and participate in conformation, hunt tests, and other events is that they are healthy. With years of work and perseverance, I have been able to intertwine my passion for purebred dogs, AKC events, and canine health. Read more.

Bark in the Park 2009
By Dana Stokesberry

As part of the requirements to receive my Silver Award in Girl Scouts, I put together a community service project entitled "Are You Prepared?" This included a "how to" presentation, a dog first aid kit, dog evacuation kit, and 5 page informational package I made. Town and Country Dog Training Club allowed me space in their booth to participate at this event to present my project to the community. Read more.

Photo Gallery
Photos from the AKC/Eukanuba National Championship and other events. Go to the gallery.

Upcoming Junior Clinics

•San Jose, CA
Santa Clara Valley KC
Saturday, February 20, 2010

•Seattle, WA
Seattle KC
Sunday, March 14, 2010

•Louisville, KY
Evansville KC
Saturday, March 20, 2010

•Charlotte, NC
Piedmont KC
Saturday, April 10, 2010

•Valley Center, KS
Wichita KC
Saturday, April 10, 2010

•Timonium, MD
Baltimore County KC
Sunday, April 25, 2010

•Birch Run, MI
Progressive DC of Wayne Cty
Saturday, May 01, 2010

•Watkinsville, GA
Oconee River KC
Saturday, May 08, 2010

•Freehold, NJ
Plainfield KC
Sunday, May 30, 2010

The ownership requirement is the same as for participating in Conformation Junior Showmanship: the dog must be owned or co-owned by the Junior Handler or the Junior Handler's father, mother, brother, sister, uncle, aunt, grandfather, or grandmother, including corresponding step and half relations, or by a permanent member of the Junior Handler's household.

If a Junior starts to compete in the Junior class and requests to be excused to go exhibit in conformation or another event, he or she is permanently excused.

Featured in this Issue

Alex Clemmons
AnnMarie Lyons
Emily Meyer
Dana Stokesberry