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Lobobear44 01-26-2014 07:13 PM

Why did a club refuse just cause I volunteer at a shelter?
Yesterday at the Dog Show went around and got more opened to sign up for dog clubs. Got 2 who were fine with me signing up, although doesn't mean a guarnteed. This one club was a Collie club and asked if I can join. She said "no because you work in a shelter and rescue organizations. You get more experienced in a rescue/shelter than a club." I said, "I support breeders and rescues." I don't know if that is right because everyone there breeders and all sorts of handlers got and whatever have way more experience.

marbury 01-26-2014 08:05 PM

Breed-specific clubs are... Breed specific. I would bet money that you working in a shelter has nothing to do with why you weren't welcome with open arms. More likely it's a group for breeders and exhibitors. If someone came to my (fictional) GSD club saying they don't have a dog at the moment but are really interested in Chinese Cresteds I would probably point them in another direction because my knowledge won't help them in their endeavors.

Imagine joining the chess club at school because you're interested in getting better at Bridge. Doesn't make much sense.

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angelas 01-26-2014 08:27 PM

I would stick with all-breed or obedience clubs until you have a dog of a specific breed or are committed to a breed.

I know some clubs are really difficult to join. My local all-breed club would never return my emails, even after I spoke with members at the show. I don't have a dog at the moment but I've known for 10 years the next one will be a Rottweiler. A few years ago I joined the national club and now I volunteer for them.

Kaimeju 01-26-2014 09:12 PM

I doubt they refused you because you volunteered for a rescue. I think what the lady meant was that you would have more ways to be involved in other sorts of clubs and that the Collie club was not a good fit for you. Not every dog club has member activities you can participate in if you're not actively exhibiting or competing. What were the other clubs you signed up for?

middleofnowhere 01-26-2014 09:13 PM

Don't worry about "why" - and don't worry period. Go with the people that will talk to you.

Lobobear44 01-26-2014 10:46 PM


Originally Posted by middleofnowhere (Post 4911218)
Don't worry about "why" - and don't worry period. Go with the people that will talk to you.

Well I filled out a couple club forms for Akita, Anatolian. Not sure about a Doberman club because I almost got mauled by one. Although sent an email to the club saying not experience dont know much about the dobe. Well handling one, etc. didn't say anything being attacked by one because dont want them to know the full truth.

JakodaCD OA 01-27-2014 08:22 AM

I agree the woman probably meant you will LEARN more volunteering at a shelter/rescue vs their club.

Most breed specific clubs have owners that have that specific breed, and frankly, alot of them don't "do" anything. They are just a club, maybe put on a match/show, but aren't really about learning how to "train" dogs.

Your best bet is to find a trainer who will mentor you, allow you to observe classes that they teach.

NancyJ 01-27-2014 08:30 AM


Originally Posted by JakodaCD OA (Post 4913362)
Your best bet is to find a trainer who will mentor you, allow you to observe classes that they teach.


The Akita and Anatolian are not dogs I would recommend you get started with if the goal is to interact with them. I have less experience with Akitas but new a few Anatolians I would not want to meet alone on a dark night. Same with a Boerbel.

martemchik 01-27-2014 08:34 AM

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Not sure why any club would allow you to join unless you're either a few months away from getting that breed, or currently have that breed.

Our club doesn't let people join unless they have a GSD...its pretty much pointless if you don't have one. We offer a free puppy class until your dog is 6 months old and only after that are you required to become a member (pay member dues) in order to continue training. Until then...not sure why anyone would pay the almost $100 a year in order to be part of my club.

I'm assuming that we wouldn't turn down someone looking to join and just pay us money, and we have plenty of members that at one point or another had a GSD and now don't but are still members because they've got very good friends at the club and like to get information on our shows and other things we do so that they can come out to those. I know for sure that you can't be in a training class without a dog and no one is going to let you just stand there and question the instructor without you yourself actually working a dog and having actual questions instead of just hypothetical situations with your "future dog."

Really not sure what kind of clubs these are...are you just signing up for an email list? Or are they actually regional breed clubs? Most regional breed clubs I know have some sort of membership fee.

The reason I can see them not wanting you to join is that because you don't actually have their breed...they don't want you showing up to training sessions because they don't know how responsible of a dog owner you are. As someone that volunteers at a shelter/rescue you'll be in contact with sick dogs, and because they don't see that you're taking good care of YOUR dog, they can't guarantee you won't just show up to watch a training session and bring some sort of disease along with you...

Liesje 01-27-2014 10:16 AM

What are the bylaws of the club? Most clubs will not let you just walk over and join. For example, if I want to join the local agility club I have to attend a certain amount of practices, I have to volunteer at two trials, and I have to have other current club members "endorse" my application with their signatures. For the GSD breed club, I'd have to attend a certain amount of meetings, complete and application process, pay dues. For flyball you have to train (usually for about a year), attend and help with at least one tournament (even if you don't have a dog ready to compete), and then the rest of the club votes you in.

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