Have a fur baby that needs some helpful guidance? Or maybe just looking for a fun, social interaction for them? Well, now’s your chance to meet other local residents who also have a great love for their fur baby.
Kern Canine Activities, a dog club for you and your dog, hosts a wide variety of classes: obedience, flyball, dock diving (offered when the weather is warm), barn hunt and three different levels of agility courses.
Aside from dock diving, the remaining classes are offered six weeks at a time, with a small break in between, all year-round. Classes are offered Saturdays starting at 7:30 a.m. and has been hosted at the home of KCA member Linda Watson for the last 10 years.
“Flyball is a relay race for dogs. There’s two different teams, with four dogs on each team, and they run jump over a box, jump over four jumps and the team who does it the fastest wins,” explained Watson.
Dock diving is just what the name is: A dog goes to the end of a landing and jumps into a 20-by-40-foot pool. There are dock-diving competitions for height, length and the fastest time for retrieving a bumper at the end of the pool.
Barn hunt is the newest course added to the list. It originated in the Midwest and East Coast and is currently led by Dawn Stubbs and trainer/judge Chris Stubbs. Barn hunt tests the working traits of a dog and consists of finding a rat in a tube amid bales of hay.
The agility courses are led by trainers Sherry Kelly, with 14 years of experience, and Sharon Clark, nine years of experience. The classes are intro to agility, intermediate and advanced agility courses.
KCA invites pure breeds and mixed breeds. They must be up-to-date with all of their shots and there is a $20 annual fee to join the club.