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NEWS & REMINDERS

CRATE REMOVAL: Crates of those not entered in the event must be removed by the end of classes on the following dates:

  • Wednesday August 30 (AMCA agility trial)
  • Thursday November 9 (CNYSSC show)
  • Thursday November 30 (HONYASC show)

8/21/17: The link to the AMCA agility volunteer signup sheet has been posted to the Events page.

8/8/17: The premium for the October agility trial has been uploaded to the Events page. Entries open August 25 and close September 29.

8/4/17: The current newsletter has been uploaded to the Members page. The next General Membership meeting will be held on Tuesday August 8 at 7pm.

7/21/17: The premium for the September 17 tracking test (TD only) has been uploaded to the Events page. Entries close September 7.

7/1/14: CANINE INFLUENZA: There has been news of the Canine Influenza in New York State. Two cases have been confirmed in Chemung County as of 6/30/2017. At this point, after input from our member-veterinarians and discussion by the Board, SOTC plans to hold all scheduled summer classes and events, with the exception of the conformation handling class.

We recommend that you discuss this with your veterinarian, who already knows your dog. Some people may choose to vaccinate their dogs, especially if their dogs are traveling and competing. There is a two-shot-series vaccine for the Canine Influenza. For availability, call your vet.

You may want to take steps to keep your dogs safe. For example:

  • Do not share treats, toys, or water dishes.
  • Do not allow your dog to have nose-to-nose contact with other dogs.
  • Do not share crates. The flu can travel thru the air when dogs cough, bark, or sneeze and can live up to 48 hours on objects. If you use a guest crate, wipe it out with Clorox wipes (provided) before and after use.
  • Wash your hands before touching your dog. There are sinks for hand-washing in the bathrooms and in the main training area. Hand sanitizer will be readily available as well.
  • You may choose not to have your dog touched by other people while visiting SOTC (as in the sit/stand for exam or conformation-type exam).
  • You may choose not to attend classes or dog shows.

If you have a sick dog at home, please do not bring any of your other dogs to the SOTC building. Dogs that contract the flu can be shedding the virus for a few days before showing any symptoms. Therefore, if you think your dog may have been exposed to a sick dog, do not take the dog out until you have waited long enough to be sure he is not going to become sick (consult your veterinarian for the number of days to wait).

If you are enrolled in a class at SOTC and are concerned, you will have the option to cancel your enrollment, with fees or points refunded on a prorated basis.

If the flu becomes a larger problem in Syracuse, we will revisit the possibility of cancelling classes/events or closing the building.


ABOUT US

The Syracuse Obedience Training Club, Inc. is an AKC-licensed obedience club and a New York State-registered 501(c)3 educational corporation (organized not-for-profit).

Founded in 1960 to teach people how to train their dogs, the club has over 200 members who have earned advanced titles in many areas. Our officers and key workers are all volunteers.

We conduct business, offer classes, and hold events at our training facility located at 6392 Deere Road in Syracuse, New York, near Carrier Circle.


CONTACT US

The Deere Road training facility is open only for scheduled meetings, classes, or events -- not every day, and usually not during regular business hours. There's no mail delivery or telephone pickup at that address, either. So how do you get in touch with us? In one of two ways:

  • By U.S. mail: SOTC, Inc., PO Box 3457, Syracuse NY 13220

  • By e-mail (best method): Fill out the form below, choosing an option from the "subject" field, and the right person will get back to you.
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