FAQs



Membership

Do memberships automatically renew?

Yes, they renew on an annual basis. A notification will be sent to the membership in May for the upcoming fiscal year. Dues are payable during June. Late fees will be assessed in September.

Where can I find your membership application?

We have three types of memberships. You will find a list here.

Do you have a family membership?

Yes.  It costs $20.00 per year, Parents and children 18 and under can be part of this membership.

 

How much does it cost to join?

We have three memberships.

Individuals - $15.00

Family - $20.00

Associate - $15.00 but no voting rights.

What types of memberships are available?

We have three memberships.

Individuals - $15.00

Family - $20.00

Associate - $15.00 but no voting rights.

Meetings

Where do you hold your meetings?

The meeting room at the Outback Steak House, 4647 S Yale

When are your club meetings?

We meet on the third Tuesday of the month.

Events

Breeders

Can we have a page for breeders?

Yes. Here is the sample page from the site..

Our Organization

Constitution and By-Laws

Constitution ARTICLE I

Names and Objects

SECTION 1.      The name of the Club shall be MILE HIGH ROTTWEILER CLUB of Greater Denver, Colorado

SECTION 2.      The objects of the Club shall be:

(a)      to encourage and promote the quality breeding of pure-bred Rottweilers and to do all possible to bring their natural qualities to perfection;

(b)      to urge members and breeders to accept the standard of the breed as approved by The American Kennel Club as the only standard of excellence by which Rottweilers shall be judged;

(c)      to do all in its power to protect and advance the interests of the breed by encouraging sportsmanlike competition at dog shows and performance events;

(d)      to conduct sanctioned and licensed specialty shows and obedience trials under the rules of The American Kennel Club.

(e)      to protect the right to own the Rottweiler breed by working vigilantly to fight anti-canine legislation and to promote laws that are non-breed specific.

SECTION 3.      The Club shall not be conducted or operated for profit and no part of any profits or remainder or residue from dues or donations to the Club shall inure to the benefit of any member or individual.

SECTION 4.      The members of the Club shall adopt and may from time to time revise such By-Laws as may be required to carry out these objectives.

ARTICLE I

Membership

SECTION 1. Eligibility

Individual Membership. Open to all persons who are eighteen years of age or older who are in good standing with The American Kennel Club and who subscribe to the purposes of this Club. Said individual being entitled to one vote.

Family Membership. Open to any two members of a given family residing in the same household, eighteen years of age or older and in good standing with The American Kennel Club and who subscribe to the purposes of this Club. Each family member is entitled to one vote.

Junior Membership. Open to any individual from 12 years of age or older who are in good standing with The American Kennel Club and who subscribe to the purposes of this Club. Said individual may not vote nor hold office.

Associate Membership. Open to all persons who are eighteen years of age or older who are in good standing with The American Kennel Club and who subscribe to the purposes of this Club. Associate members are entitled to all club privileges except voting and holding office.

While membership is to be unrestricted as to residence, the Club’s primary purpose is to be representative of the breeders and exhibitors in its immediate area.

SECTION 2. Dues. Dues are payable on or before the 1st day of July of each year. Membership dues shall be determined by the Board of Directors with the approval of the membership; such approval to be in the form of a majority vote of the members attending a regular or special Club meeting. The dues paid by first time applicants voted into membership between February 1 and June 30 of each year shall cover the remaining portion of the current fiscal year, and shall carry over to cover the new member’s dues for

the next following fiscal year. During the month of May, the Membership Renewal Chairman shall send to each member a statement of his dues for the ensuring year. No member may vote whose dues are not paid for the current year.

 

SECTION 3. Election to Membership. Each applicant for membership shall apply on a form as approved by the Board of Directors and which shall provide that the applicant agrees to abide by these Constitution and By-Laws and the rules of The American Kennel Club, and agrees to support the Mile high Rottweiler Club’s Code of Ethics. The application shall state the name, address, and occupation of the applicant and it shall carry the endorsement of two members in good standing. Endorsements are to be good for 90 days only.

Accompanying the application, the prospective member shall submit dues payment for the current year. All applications are to be filed with the Membership Chairman. Names of prospective members will be posted in the issue of the Mile High Rottweiler Club newsletter immediately following their receipt by the Membership Chairman, for review and approval by the membership. Any adverse comments regarding any application for membership shall be made in writing and submitted to the Secretary within 45 days of the publication of the newsletter and will be reviewed by the Board which will be charged with making a final decision regarding membership. If no adverse comments are received regarding an applicant for membership, then said applicant shall be considered elected to membership. However, if adverse comments are received, then the affirmative votes of five officers and directors present at a meeting of the Board, or five officers and directors voting by telephone shall be required to elect an applicant.

Applicants for membership who have been rejected by the club may not re-apply within six months after such rejection.

SECTION 4: Code of Ethics. The Mile High Rottweiler Club Code of Ethics and Recommendations are

established in accordance with the objectives of the club. Adherence to the Code of Ethics is required of all members. A copy of the Mile High Rottweiler Club’s Code of Ethics will be provided to all members.

SECTION 5. Termination of Membership. Memberships may be terminated:

(a)      by resignation. Any member in good standing may resign from the Club upon written notice to the Secretary; but no member may resign when in debt to the Club. Dues obligations are considered a debt to the Club and they become incurred on the first day of each fiscal year.

(b)      by lapsing. A membership will be considered as lapsed and automatically terminated if such member’s dues remain unpaid 90 days after the first day of the fiscal year (July 1st); however, the Board may grant an additional 90 days of grace to such delinquent members in meritorious cases. In no case may a person be entitled to vote at any Club meeting whose dues are unpaid as of the date of that meeting. If a renewal form is not returned by December 31st, the member will be required to reapply for membership.

(c)      by expulsion. A membership may be terminated by expulsion as provided in Article VI of these By- Laws.

ARTICLE II

Meetings and Voting

SECTION 1. Club Meeting. Meetings of the Club shall be held in the Greater Denver, Colorado area at least six times a year, or as often as it is necessary to conduct the business affairs of the Club, at such hour and place as may be designated by the Board of Directors. Written notice of each such meeting shall be mailed or emailed by the Secretary at least 10 days prior to the date of the meeting. The quorum for such meetings shall be 20% of the members in good standing.

SECTION 2. Special Club Meeting. Special Club meetings may be called by the President, or by a majority vote of the members of the Board who are present and voting at any regular or special meeting of the Board; and shall be called by the Secretary upon receipt of a petition signed by five members of the Club who are in good standing. Such special meetings shall be held in the Greater Denver, Colorado area at such place, date, and hour as may be designated by the person or persons authorized herein to call such meetings. Written notice of such meeting shall be mailed or emailed by the Secretary at least 5 days and not more than 15 days prior to the date of the meeting, and said notice shall state the purpose of the meeting, and no other Club business may be transacted thereat. The quorum for such a meeting

shall be 20% of the members in good standing.

SECTION 3. Board Meetings. Meetings of the Board of Directors shall be held at least six times a year or as often as it is necessary to conduct the business affairs of the Club at such hour and place as may be designated by the Board. Written notice of each such meeting shall be mailed or emailed by the Secretary at least 5 days prior to the date of the meeting. The quorum for such a meeting shall be a

 

majority of the Board.

SECTION 4. The Board of Directors may also conduct its business by mail through the Secretary or by conference telephone call or via e-mail to be followed up in writing to each Board member within 7 days. Motions voted on will be done at a Board meeting. Email will be used for discussion and the daily business of the club but voting will be at Board meetings.

SECTION 5. Special Board Meetings.  Special meetings of the Board may be called by the President; and shall be called by the Secretary upon receipt of a written request signed by at least three members of the Board. Such special meetings shall be held in the Greater Denver, Colorado area at a place, date, and hour as may be designated by the person authorized herein to call such a meeting. Written notice of such meeting shall be mailed or emailed by the Secretary at least 5 days and not more than 10 days prior to the date of the meeting; or telegraphic notice shall be filed at least 5 days and not more than 7 days prior to the date of the meeting. Any such notice shall state the purpose of the meeting and no other

business shall be transacted thereat. A quorum for such a meeting shall be a majority of the Board.

SECTION 6. Voting. Each member in good standing whose dues are paid for the current year shall be entitled to one vote at any meeting of the Club at which he is present. Proxy voting will not be permitted

at any Club meeting or election.

ARTICLE III

Directors and Officers

SECTION 1. Board of Directors. The Board shall be comprised of the President, Vice-President, Secretary, Treasurer, and five other persons all of whom shall be members in good standing who are residents of the United States. The officers shall be elected for a term of one year and the additional Board members shall be elected for a term of two years at the Club’s annual meeting as provided in Article IV and shall serve until their successors are elected. These additional directors shall serve in classes so that three directors shall be elected in each even numbered year, and two directors shall be elected in each odd numbered year. For the purpose of the first election held under these By-Laws, the three candidates who receive the highest number of votes shall be elected for a term of two years. The two candidates who receive the next highest number of votes will be elected for a term of one year.

General management of the Club’s affairs shall be entrusted to the Board of Directors.

SECTION 2. Officers. The Club’s officers, consisting of the President, Vice-President, Secretary and Treasurer shall serve in their respective capacities both with regard to the Club and its meetings and the Board and its meetings.

(a)        The President shall preside at all meetings of the Club and of the Board, and shall have the duties and powers normally appurtenant to the office of President in addition to those particularly specified in these By-Laws. The President shall also be a signer on the bank account designated by the Board in the name of the Club. The President shall be bonded in such amount, as the Board of Directors shall determine.

(b)        The Vice-President shall have the duties and exercise the powers of the President in case of the President’s death, absence or incapacity.

(c)        The Secretary shall keep a record of all meetings of the Club and of the Board, and of all matters of which a record shall be ordered by the Club. He shall have charge of the correspondence, notify members of meetings, notify new members of their election to membership, notify officers and directors of their election to office, keep a roll of the members of the Club with their addresses, and carry out such other duties as are prescribed in these By-Laws.

(d)        The Treasurer shall collect and receive all monies due or belonging to the Club. He shall open a checking account and deposit the same in a bank designated by the Board in the name of the Club. His books shall at all times be open to inspection of the Board and he shall report to them at every meeting the condition of the Club’s finances and every item of receipt or payment not before reported; and at the annual meeting he shall render an account of all moneys received and expended during the previous fiscal year. The Treasurer shall be bonded in such amount, as the

Board of Directors shall determine.

SECTION 3. Vacancies. Any vacancies occurring on the Board or among the officers during the year shall be filled until the next annual election by a majority vote of all the members of the Board at its first regular meeting following the creation of such vacancy, or at a Special Board Meeting called for that purpose; except that a vacancy in the office of President shall be filled automatically by the Vice-

President, and the resulting vacancy in the office of Vice-President shall be filled by the Board.

 

SECTION 4. Removal. If a member of the Board of Directors ceases to be a member in good standing of the Mile High Rottweiler Club and/or the American Kennel Club, he shall automatically be removed from the Board. This vacancy shall be filled until the next annual election by a majority vote of all the members of the Board at its first regular meeting following the removal.

The Secretary shall keep a voting record of each Board Member. Any Board Member who fails to vote on at least 75% of all Board issues submitted within a 6 month period, shall be automatically removed from the board. Votes abstained for reasons of conflict of interest shall not be included in the 75% calculation. The Secretary shall keep a record of all meetings attended by each Board Member. Any Board Member who is absent for 3 meetings within a 12 month period, unless excused by a majority of the Board, shall be automatically removed from office.

A Board Member may also be removed from office for dereliction of duty or gross negligence. The Member whose removal has been proposed shall be informed of the reasons for this action by registered mail with a return receipt requested not less than 15 calendar days prior to the vote for removal. Said Board Member shall be proved the opportunity to respond to the Board on the charges either in writing on in person prior to the vote. The accused Board Member is not entitled to vote. Removal from the office

requires the affirmative vote of 2/3 of the remaining members of the Board.

SECTION 5. Past President. The Past President (immediate) shall be invited to sit on the Board for 1 additional year after his predecessor has been elected, in order to give counsel and serve as a ‘historian’ for past Board business. The Past President shall attend Board meetings, at the discretion of the Board, and participate in discussions; however, he shall not be allowed to make motions, nor vote and shall not be counted to determine if a quorum is present at a meeting of the Board. The Past President may

decline to serve in this capacity.

ARTICLE IV

The Club Year, Annual Meeting, Elections

SECTION 1. Club Year. The Club’s fiscal and official year shall begin on the 1st day of July and end on the 30th day of June.

SECTION 2. Annual Meeting. The annual meeting shall be held in the month of May or June, at which time Officers and Directors for the ensuing year shall be elected by secret, written ballot from among those nominated in accordance with Section 4 of this Article. They shall take office on July 1, no matter

the date of the annual meeting. The records of each officer and director shall be turned over by August 1st.

SECTION 3. Elections. The nominated candidate receiving the greatest number of votes for each office shall be declared elected. The five nominated candidates for other positions on the Board  who receive the greatest number of votes for such positions shall be declared elected.

SECTION 4. Nominations. No persons may be a candidate in a Club election who has not been nominated. During the month of January, the Board shall select a Nominating Committee consisting of three members and two alternates, not more than one of who may be a member of the Board. The Secretary shall immediately notify the committeemen and alternates of their selection. The Board shall name a Chairman for the Committee and it shall be his duty to call a committee meeting to within 30 days of notification.

(a)        The Committee shall nominate 1 (one) candidate for each vacant office or position on the board, or any appropriate vacancies held by temporary appointees due to losses. After securing the consent of each person so nominated, the Committee Chair shall immediately report their nominations to the Secretary in writing.

(b)        Upon receipt of the Nominating Committee’s report, the Secretary, at least four weeks before the annual meeting shall notify each member in writing of the candidates so nominated.

(c)        Additional nominations may be sent directly to the club secretary. The individual nominated along with nominating person or group, must sign a document acknowledging acceptance of the nominated position. (The document may be received from secretary or downloaded from club website). No person may be a candidate for more than one position. This information must be at the secretary’s residence two weeks prior to the annual meeting.

(d)        Nominations cannot be made at the annual meeting or in any manner other than as provided in this

 

Section.

ARTICLE V

Committees

SECTION 1. The Board may each year appoint standing committees to advance the work of the Club in such matters as specialty shows, obedience trials, trophies, annual prizes, membership, and other fields

which may well be served by committees. Such committees shall always be subject to the final authority of the Board. Special committees may also be appointed by the Board to aid it on particular projects.

SECTION 2. Any committee appointed may be terminated by a majority vote of the full membership of the Board upon written notice to the appointee; and the Board may appoint successors to those persons whose services have been terminated.

ARTICLE VI

Discipline

SECTION 1. American Kennel Club Suspension. Any member who is suspended from the privileges of The American Kennel Club automatically shall be suspended from the privileges of this Club for a like period.

SECTION 2. Charges. Any member may prefer charges against a member for alleged misconduct prejudicial to the best interests of the Club or the breed. Written charges with specifications must be filed in duplicate with the Secretary, together with a deposit of $25.00 which shall be forfeited if such charges are not sustained by the Board following a hearing. The Secretary shall promptly send a copy of the charges to each member of the Board or present them at a Board Meeting, and the Board shall first consider whether the actions alleged in the charges, if proven might constitute conduct prejudicial to the best interests of the Club. If the Board considers that the charges do not allege conduct which would be prejudicial to the best interests of the Club, it may refuse to entertain jurisdiction. If the Board entertains jurisdiction of the charges it shall fix a date of a hearing by the Board not less than 3 weeks or more than 6 weeks thereafter. The Secretary shall promptly send one copy of the charges to the accused member by registered mail together with a notice of the hearing and an assurance that the defendant may personally appear in his own defense and bring witnesses if he wishes.

The Board may also bring charges against a club member for alleged misconduct prejudicial to the best interests of the Club or the breed. If this should occur the Board will deposit $25 per Board member (which shall be forfeited if the charges are not sustained) to the Secretary. The Board shall then nominate a committee of 3 club members to hear the grievance. The Secretary shall promptly send a copy of the charges to each member of the committee, and the committee shall first consider whether the actions alleged in the charges, if proven might constitute conduct prejudicial to the best interests of the Club. If the committee considers that the charges do not allege conduct which would be prejudicial to the best interests of the Club, it may refuse to entertain jurisdiction. If the committee entertains jurisdiction of the charges it shall fix a date of a hearing by the committee not less than 3 weeks or more than 6 weeks thereafter. The Secretary shall promptly send one copy of the charges to the accused member by registered mail together with a notice of the hearing and an assurance that the defendant may personally

appear in his own defense and bring witnesses if he wishes.

SECTION 3. Disciplinary Action. There are three levels of disciplinary action that may be taken.

a.        Letter of reprimand. A letter of reprimand will be sent to the defendant. No member may receive more than one letter of reprimand within a twelve month period without incurring further disciplinary action.

b.       Suspension. The defendant will be suspended from all privileges of the club for not ore than six months from the date of the hearing.

c.        Expulsion. If suspension as punishment is deemed insufficient, expulsion of the defendant from the club may be recommended to the membership. Expulsion of a member from the Club may be accomplished only at a meeting of the Club following a Board hearing, and upon the Board’s recommendation as provided in Section 5 of this Article. Such proceeding may occur at a regular or special meeting of the Club to be held within 60 days, but not earlier than 30 days after the date of the Board’s recommendation of expulsion. The defendant shall have the privilege of appearing in his

own behalf, though no evidence shall be taken at this meeting. The President shall read the charges and the Board‘s findings and recommendations, and shall invite the defendant, if present, to speak in his own behalf if he wishes. The meeting shall then vote by secret written ballot on the proposed

 

expulsion. A 2/3 vote of those present and voting at the meeting shall be necessary for expulsion. If expulsion is not so voted, the Board’s suspension shall stand.

SECTION 4. Self-Reporting of a Code of Ethics Violation. If a member self-reports a violation of the MHRC Code of Ethics, there shall be no $25 deposit requirement. A quorum of the Board will consider

the violation and then by a majority vote decide if any disciplinary action should be taken, and if so, which of the three levels as outlined in Section 3 shall be imposed.

SECTION 5. Board Hearing. The Board shall have complete authority to decide whether counsel may attend the hearing, but both complainant and defendant shall be treated uniformly in that regard. Should the charges be sustained, after hearing all the evidence and testimony presented by complainant and defendant, the Board may by a majority vote of those present suspend the defendant from all privileges of the Club for not more than six months from the date of the hearing. And, if it deems that punishment insufficient, it may also recommend to the membership that the penalty be expulsion. In such case, the suspension shall not restrict the defendant’s right to appear before his fellow-members at the ensuing Club meeting which considers the Board’s recommendation. Immediately after the Board has reached a decision, its findings shall be put in written form and filed with the Secretary. The Secretary, in turn, shall

notify each of the parties of the Board’s decision and penalty, if any.

ARTICLE VII

Amendments

SECTION 1. Amendments to the Constitution and By-Laws may be proposed by the Board of Directors or by written petition addressed to the Secretary signed by twenty percent of the membership in good standing. Amendments proposed by such petition shall be promptly considered by the Board of Directors and must be submitted to the members with recommendations of the Board by the Secretary for a vote

within three months of the date when the petition was received by the Secretary.

SECTION 2. The Constitution and By-Laws may be amended by a 2/3 vote of the members present and voting at any regular or special meeting called for the purpose, provided the proposed amendments have

been included in the notice of the meeting and mailed or emailed to each member at least two weeks prior to the date of the meeting.

ARTICLE VIII

Dissolution

SECTION 1. Dissolution. The Club may be dissolved at any time by the written consent of not less than 2/3 of the members. In the event of the dissolution of the Club other than for purposes of reorganization whether voluntary or involuntary or by operation of law, none of the property of the Club nor any proceeds thereof, nor any assets of the Club shall be distributed to any members of the Club, but after payment of

the debts of the Club its property and assets shall be given to a charitable organization for the benefit of dogs selected by the Board of Directors.

ARTICLE X

Order of Business

SECTION 1. At meetings of the Club, the order of business, so far as the character and nature of the meeting may permit, shall be as follows:

Roll Call

Minutes of last meeting

Report of President

Report of Secretary

Report of Treasurer

Report of Committees

Election of Officers and Board (at annual meeting)

Election of new members

Unfinished business

New business

Adjournment

SECTION 2. At meetings of the Board, the order of business, unless otherwise directed by a majority vote of those present, shall be as follows:

Reading of Minutes of last meeting

Report of Secretary

 

Report of Treasurer

Reports of Committees

Unfinished business

New business

Adjournment

Robert’s Rules of Order, Newly Revised, latest edition, shall govern this Club in all cases to which they are applicable and in which they are not inconsistent with these By-Laws and any special Rules of Order the Club may adopt

Club History

The Mile High Rottweiler Club of Greater Denver (MHRC) held its first annual meeting in May of 1988. The initial mission of forming the club was to bring together Colorado fanciers who were showing and breeding Rottweilers and to educate the public about our dogs. MHRC is a Code of Ethics club and follows the Mandatory Practices established by the parent club, The American Rottweiler Club (ARC). The Mandatory Practices may be viewed and downloaded from https://www.amrottclub.org/about-the-american-rottweiler-club/mandatory-practices/.

The formation of The Mile High Rottweiler Club of Greater Denver began after the successful hosting of an ARC Regional Specialty in August 1988. The Specialty was held in conjunction with the Greeley Kennel Club All-Breed show. Since then, MHRC has hosted multiple ARC Regional Specialties, three ARC Nationals, over 30 Independent specialties, along with herding trials, carting tests, tracking tests, obedience and rally trials as well as multiple fun matches. The Club also supports the breed through supported entries with several all-breed clubs.

Mile High Rottweiler Club of Greater Denver

Welcome to the Mile High Rottweiler Club of Greater Denver!  We hope you enjoy your visit as you learn about our breed specialty club.  Having a dog in your life is an incredible experience. There is nothing like the relationship between a person and their dog.  We all love our dogs and being involved with other "Dog" people. Our website says a lot about who we are.  You will find a wealth of information here and if you don't find the information you want, we want to know about it.  Below you will find information about our club as well as valuable tools for you and your canine family.  We have a fun in our club.  We hope you will consider becoming a part of our dog family.

Our "ABOUT" page includes our club history, lists of our officers, directors, and committees.  You will also find our bylaws and code of ethics.

Our "EVENTS" page has lists of upcoming meetings, competitions, fundraisers and community events.  We believe in being a part of our community and giving pack.  You will also find entry forms and and can make reservations related to upcoming events.

The "MEMBERSHIPS" page provides valuable information about our various types of memberships.  We hope you will consider becoming a member.

Have questions?  Our "FAQs" page is full of questions and answers about a multitude of topics from becoming a member to helpful information for you and you dog.  Thinking about a puppy?  You will find helpful information here.

Our "PUPPY" pages is designed specifically for people who are thinking about making a puppy part of their family,  From deciding on a breed to finding a breeder to knowing about what to expect from your new family member.  Is your puppy or dog not feeling well?  Visit our canine Disease Information section.  We have a wealth of information related to disease and disorders.  Did you know most breeds have a list of specific genetic issues you should be aware of before you buy a puppy?  You will find the information here.

Need help? Have a question? Visit our "CONTACT" page.

Don't forget to let us know about your visit to our site.  Please sign our "GUESTBOOK".  Leave comments too!  Want to see what others say about our site and club?  You will find their comments here.

"MEMBERS ONLY"? Well, that is for members.  Join us and we will let you in.

Find quick connections to other organizations on our "LINKS" page. Health organizations, dog legislation, and even a podcast link.

Pictures speak a thousand words. Visit our "SCRAPBOOKS" to see pictures about previous events and get-togethers.  You will learn much about our club, our members, 

Thanks again for visiting our site.  We appreciate you stopping by and hope you will return again and again.

About

Does the site have a page for a list of the previous members?

Yes.  The previous members are part of the database for all members, committee members, officers, directors, and previous members.  When a user is entered into the database we have created flags for the various positions.  A person can be designated to multiple groups.  Our menuing system also has a flag for each group.  WIth this system you maintain no website pages.  It is all done for you.

Here is a link to the "Previous Members " list.

Does the site have a page for a list of the club members?

Yes.  The members are part of the database for all members, committee members, officers, directors, and previous members.  When a user is entered into the database we have created flags for the various positions.  A person can be designated to multiple groups.  Our menuing system also has a flag for each group.  WIth this system you maintain no website pages.  It is all done for you.

Here is a link to the "Members " list.

Does the site have a page for a list of the club committee members?

Yes.  The committee members are part of the database for all members, committee members, officers, directors, and previous members.  When a user is entered into the database we have created flags for the various positions.  A person can be designated to multiple groups.  Our menuing system also has a flag for each group.  WIth this system you maintain no website pages.  It is all done for you.

Here is a link to the "Committee Members " list.

Does the site have a page for a list of the club directors?

Yes.  The directors are part of the database for all members, committee members, officers, directors, and previous members.  When a user is entered into the database we have created flags for the various positions.  A person can be designated to multiple groups.  Our menuing system also has a flag for each group.  WIth this system you maintain no website pages.  It is all done for you.

Here is a link to the "Director's " list.

Does the site have a page for a list of the club officers?

Yes.  The officers are part of the database for all members, committee members, officers, directors, and previous members.  When a user is entered into the database we have created flags for the various positions.  A person can be designated to multiple groups.  Our menuing system also has a flag for each group.  WIth this system you maintain no website pages.  It is all done for you.

Here is a link to the "Officers" list.

FAQs

Can we have an "FAQs" section on the website?

Yes, it is one of the main menu headings.

Puppies

What do I need to have to be prepared when we get home?

Here is a good list of the things you need to have ready when you bring your new puppy home.

 

  • Food designed specifically for puppies
  • Treats for training
  • Food and water dishes
  • Crate (to be replaced by a bigger one as he grows)
  • Crate bedding (at least 2 sets)
  • Puppy house-training wee-wee pads
  • Dog gate(s)
  • Soft, adjustable collar (and new ones as he grows)
  • At least one 4-to-6-foot leash, leather or webbed (an additional longer lead useful for training)
  • At least 5 or 6 safe chew toys (the more the better — toys can be rotated)
  • A brush the breeder recommends for your puppy’s coat and sturdy metal comb
  • Gentle puppy shampoo
  • Good-quality dog nail trimmer or Dremel made specifically for dogs

Does the website have a list of canine diseases?

Yes.  Thee is an intigrated database so people can search by breed, disease, symptoms, etc.  Canine iseases.

What if I have questions after I take my puppy home?

You should receive contact information from the breeder or seller and be encouraged to contact them with any questions or concerns you may have.

What requirements does the breeder have of people wanting one of their puppies?

You should be able to ask many questions and in addition you should expect for questions to be asked of you. It is important to ensure puppies are going to good homes, with people who know what to expect and have made all the necessary preparations. Don't be surprised if you are asked to fill out a questionnaire detailing many facts about your family and your home.

Should we keep the puppy on a leash when we get home?

Set the puppy down inside and let him explore. He may decide to run around a bit, or he may hide under the couch and stare at you. It's been a long day. Just give him some time and make sure you have rules and a schedule in place for when he gets settled.

Does the puppy come with a health guarantee and a contract?

It is important to find out what kind of guarantee is provided with your puppy. What happens if you find the puppy has a serious health condition? If you can no longer care for the puppy, will the breeder take it back or help you rehome the puppy?

How soon should we introduce our other pets to the puppy?

If there are other pets in the house, don't be in a rush to introduce the puppy to them. Make his first day home all about him. There will be time for him to get acquainted with the other pets.

How are the puppies socialized?

It is very important that puppies are properly socialized beginning at an early age so they become well-adjusted dogs. Early socialization will help the puppy better adjust to new surroundings and life with you after you bring him home.

Socializing your puppy is the key to ensuring you’ll have a happy, confident, and well-adjusted dog. Below, learn the best time to socialize your puppy, how to do it right, and why it’s important.

When to Socialize Your Puppy

During your puppy’s first three months of life, he will experience a socialization period that will permanently shape his future personality and how he will react to his environment as an adult dog. Gently exposing him to a wide variety of people, places, and situations now makes a huge, permanent difference in his temperament.

When you buy a puppy from a responsible breeder, the socialization process should start before you even bring your puppy home. Gentle handling by the breeder in the first several weeks of your puppy’s life is helpful in the development of a friendly, confident dog. As early as 3 weeks of age, puppies may begin to approach a person who is passively observing them, so having a knowledgeable breeder who encourages a positive experience with people – adults and children — will help shape the puppy’s adult behavior. As their puppies develop, good breeders allow them to experience safe inside and outside environments, car rides, crates, sounds, smells, and gentle handling.

Why Socialize Your Puppy

The idea behind socialization is that you want to help your puppy become acclimated to all types of sights, sounds, and smells in a positive manner. Proper socialization can prevent a dog from being fearful of children, for example, or of riding in a car, and it will help him develop into a well-mannered, happy companion.

Having a dog who is well adjusted and confident can even go as far as to save his life one day. According to the American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior, improper socialization can lead to behavior problems later in life. The organization’s position statement on socialization reads: “Behavioral issues, not infectious diseases, are the number one cause of death for dogs under three years of age.” Start taking your dog out to public places once your veterinarian says it is safe, and he’ll learn to behave in a variety of situations and to enjoy interacting with different people.

 

How to Socialize Your Puppy

As mentioned earlier, your breeder will start the socialization process as early as the puppy’s first few days of life, by gently handling him and allowing him to explore his surroundings. But when the puppy comes home with you, the crucial socialization period continues, so your job is to keep the process going. Here are the basic steps to follow:

  • Introduce the puppy to new sights, sounds, and smells: To a puppy, the whole world is new, strange, and unusual, so think of everything he encounters as an opportunity to make a new, positive association. Try to come up with as many different types of people, places, noises, and textures as you can and expose your puppy to them. That means, for instance, have him walk on carpet, hardwood, tile, and linoleum floors; have him meet a person in a wheelchair or using a cane, children, a person with a beard, wearing sunglasses, using an umbrella, or wearing a hood. Think of it as a scavenger hunt. Here’s a comprehensive checklist for puppy socialization that can be used as a guide.
  • Make it positive: Most importantly, when introducing all of these new experiences to your puppy, make sure he’s getting an appropriate amount of treats and praise, so that he associates what he’s being exposed to and the feeling of seeing something new as a fun experience. Don’t forget to break the treats into small pieces that will be easy for your puppy to digest. Also, don’t be stressed yourself — dogs can read our emotions, so if you’re nervous when introducing your puppy to an older dog, for example, your puppy will be nervous, too, and may become fearful of other dogs in the future.
  • Involve the family: By having different people take part in the socialization process, you’re continuously moving the puppy out of his comfort zone, letting him know that he might experience something new no matter who he’s with. Make it a fun game for the kids by having them write down a list of everything new the puppy experienced that day while with them, such as “someone in a baseball cap” or “a police siren.”
  • Take baby steps: Try to avoid doing too much too fast. For instance, if you want your puppy to get accustomed to being handled by multiple people he doesn’t know, start with a few family members and slowly integrate one stranger, then two, and so on. Starting this process by taking your puppy to a huge party or a very busy public place can be overwhelming and result in a fearful response to groups of strangers in the future.
  • Take it public: Once your puppy is used to the small amount of stimuli, move outside of his comfort zone to expand the amount of new experiences he’ll have. Take him to the pet store (after he’s started his vaccination series), over to a friend’s house for a puppy playdate, on different streets in the neighborhood, and so one. At seven-to-ten days after he’s received his full series of puppy vaccinations, it’s safe to take him to the dog park (but be sure to follow dog-park safety protocol.)
  • Go to puppy classes: Once your puppy has started his vaccinations, he can also attend puppy classes. These classes not only help your puppy begin to understand basic commands, but the most important advantage is that they expose him to other dogs and people. Skilled trainers will mediate the meetings so that all dogs and people are safe and happy during the process. You can find puppy classes through local AKC training clubs and dog training facilities.

When will you be able to take the puppy home?

It is recommended for you to not expect to bring home the puppy until it is 8 to 12 weeks of age. Puppies need ample time to mature and socialize with their mother and litter mates.

Should we have a party for the puppy when we come home?

Make sure that everyone is calm when the puppy arrives home. The best way to get your puppy to warm up to you is to be calm and relaxed. Too many loud noises or voices will likely frighten your puppy.

Do your puppies have vaccinations?

You should be sure that the puppy has been seen by a licensed veterinarian and know where the puppy is on their shot-schedule. This will also help you so that you have the proper medical information when you bring your puppy home and you will know what shots are needed next.

Which Shots Do Puppies Need?

Going to the vet repeatedly over several months for vaccinations, and then for boosters or titers throughout your dog’s life, may seem like an inconvenience, but the diseases that vaccinations will shield our pets from are dangerous, potentially deadly, and, thankfully, mostly preventable.

We read about so many different vaccinations, for so many different illnesses, that it can sometimes be confusing to know which vaccinations puppies need and which ones are important but optional. Here is an overview of the diseases that vaccinations will help your pet to avoid.

Bordetella Bronchiseptica

This highly infectious bacterium causes severe fits of coughing, whooping, vomiting, and, in rare cases, seizures and death. It is the primary cause of kennel cough. There are injectable and nasal spray vaccines available.

If you plan on boarding your puppy in the future, attending group training classes, or using dog daycare services, often proof of this vaccination will be a requirement.

Canine Distemper

A severe and contagious disease caused by a virus that attacks the respiratory, gastrointestinal (GI), and nervous systems of dogs, raccoons, skunks, and other animals, distemper spreads through airborne exposure (through sneezing or coughing) from an infected animal. The virus can also be transmitted by shared food and water bowls and equipment. It causes discharges from the eyes and nose, fever, coughing, vomiting, diarrhea, seizures, twitching, paralysis, and, often, death. This disease used to be known as “hard pad” because it causes the footpad to thicken and harden.

There is no cure for distemper. Treatment consists of supportive care and efforts to prevent secondary infections, control symptoms of vomiting, seizures and more. If the animal survives the symptoms, it is hoped that the dog’s immune system will have a chance to fight it off. Infected dogs can shed the virus for months.

Canine Hepatitis

Infectious canine hepatitis is a highly contagious viral infection that affects the liver, kidneys, spleen, lungs, and the eyes of the affected dog. This disease of the liver is caused by a virus that is unrelated to the human form of hepatitis. Symptoms range from a slight fever and congestion of the mucous membranes to vomiting, jaundice, stomach enlargement, and pain around the liver. Many dogs can overcome the mild form of the disease, but the severe form can kill. There is no cure, but doctors can treat the symptoms.

Canine Parainfluenza

One of several viruses that can contribute to kennel cough.

Coronavirus

The canine coronavirus is not the same virus that causes COVID-19 in people. COVID-19 is not thought to be a health threat to dogs, and there is no evidence it makes dogs sick. Canine coronavirus usually affects dogs’ gastrointestinal systems, though it can also cause respiratory infections. Signs include most GI symptoms, including loss of appetite, vomiting, and diarrhea. Doctors can keep a dog hydrated, warm, and comfortable, and help alleviate nausea, but no drug kills coronaviruses.

Heartworm

When your puppy is around 12-to-16 weeks, talk to your vet about starting a heartworm preventive. Though there is no vaccine for this condition, it is preventable with regular medication that your veterinarian will prescribe.

The name is descriptive — these worms lodge in the right side of the heart and the pulmonary arteries (that send blood to the lungs), though they can travel through the rest of the body and sometimes invade the liver and kidneys. The worms can grow to 14 inches long and, if clumped together, block and injure organs.

A new heartworm infection often causes no symptoms, though dogs in later stages of the disease may cough, become lethargic, lose their appetite or have difficulty breathing. Infected dogs may tire after mild exercise. Unlike most of the conditions listed here, which are passed by urine, feces, and other body fluids, heartworms are transmitted by mosquitoes. Therefore, diagnosis is made via a blood test and not a fecal exam.

Kennel Cough

Also known as infectious tracheobronchitis, kennel cough results from inflammation of the upper airways. It can be caused by bacterial, viral, or other infections, such as Bordetella and canine parainfluenza, and often involves multiple infections simultaneously. Usually, the disease is mild, causing bouts of harsh, dry coughing; sometimes it’s severe enough to spur retching and gagging, along with a loss of appetite. In rare cases, it can be deadly. It is easily spread between dogs kept close together, which is why it passes quickly through kennels. Antibiotics are usually not necessary, except in severe, chronic cases. Cough suppressants can make a dog more comfortable.

Leptospirosis

Unlike most diseases on this list, Leptospirosis is caused by bacteria, and some dogs may show no symptoms at all. Leptospirosis can be found worldwide in soil and water. It is a zoonotic disease, meaning that it can be spread from animals to people. When symptoms do appear, they can include fever, vomiting, abdominal pain, diarrhea, loss of appetite, severe weakness and lethargy, stiffness, jaundice, muscle pain, infertility, kidney failure (with or without liver failure). Antibiotics are effective, and the sooner they are given, the better.

Lyme Disease

Unlike the famous “bull’s-eye” rash that people exposed to Lyme disease often spot, no such telltale symptom occurs in dogs. Lyme disease (or borreliosis) is an infectious, tick-borne disease caused by a type of bacteria called a spirochete. Transmitted via ticks, an infected dog often starts limping, his lymph nodes swell, his temperature rises, and he stops eating. The disease can affect his heart, kidney, and joints, among other things, or lead to neurological disorders if left untreated. If diagnosed quickly, a course of antibiotics is extremely helpful, though relapses can occur months or even years later.

Parvovirus

Parvo is a highly contagious virus that affects all dogs, but unvaccinated dogs and puppies less than four months of age are at the most risk to contract it. The virus attacks the gastrointestinal system and creates a loss of appetite, vomiting, fever, and often severe, bloody diarrhea. Extreme dehydration can come on rapidly and kill a dog within 48-to-72 hours, so prompt veterinary attention is crucial. There is no cure, so keeping the dog hydrated and controlling the secondary symptoms can keep him going until his immune system beats the illness.

Rabies

Rabies is a viral disease of mammals that invades the central nervous system, causing headache, anxiety, hallucinations, excessive drooling, fear of water, paralysis, and death. It is most often transmitted through the bite of a rabid animal. Treatment within hours of infection is essential, otherwise, death is highly likely. Most states require a rabies vaccination. Check with your vet about rabies vaccination laws in your area.

Of course, your veterinarian should weigh in and can always provide more information and guidance if needed on necessary and optional vaccinations.

Puppy Vaccination Schedule

The first thing to know is that there is not just one puppy vaccination schedule for all dogs. Factors such as which part of the country you live in, and your dog’s individual risk factors will come into play. Some dogs do not need every vaccine. This decision is between you and your veterinarian. Always discuss puppy vaccinations at your regularly scheduled appointments.

That said, here is a generally accepted guideline of the puppy vaccination schedule for the first year.

Puppy’s Age Recommended Vaccinations Optional Vaccinations
6 — 8 weeks Distemper, parainfluenza Bordetella
10 — 12 weeks DHPP (vaccines for distemper, adenovirus [hepatitis], parainfluenza, and parvovirus) Coronavirus, Leptospirosis, Bordetella, Lyme disease
12 — 24 weeks Rabies none
14 — 16 weeks DHPP Coronavirus, Lyme disease, Leptospirosis
12 — 16 months Rabies, DHPP Coronavirus, Leptospirosis, Bordetella, Lyme disease
Every 1 — 2 years DHPP Coronavirus, Leptospirosis, Bordetella, Lyme disease
Every 1 — 3 years Rabies (as required by law) none

 

* Provided by AKC.org

What should we do when we first get home?

Once you're home, take the puppy outside so he can do his business. Calmly walk him around his designated bathroom area. And make sure your yard is puppy-proofed ahead of time.

Should I go straight home when I pick up my puppy?

After picking up the puppy, go straight home. It may be tempting to share your new little bundle of joy with a few friends, but it's important that you get your puppy home and settled as soon as possible.

What should I take with me when I pick up my puppy?

Be sure to pack paper towels, plastic bags, and odor neutralizer, in case the puppy has an accident.

Should I crate the puppy on the way home?

On the way home, make sure that someone is either holding the puppy securely in her lap, or the puppy is in a crate.

Should I take my family with me to pick up my puppy?

Yes. The puppy will bond the most with the family members who go to pick him up to be brought home, so make it a family affair.

When is the best time to bring our puppy home?

ring your puppy home on a long weekend or when you know you'll have time to focus on him. This will give you both a chance to get properly acquainted with each other, as well as help the puppy get used to his new home.

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