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Old 12-21-2012, 10:23 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Starting a non-pro sport group?

My particular interest is nosework, but I'm also interested in herding and agility. It's kind of a general question.

I'm not a pro, and a live in an area where our sporting opportunities are limited. I would really like to get an informal group of people together for sports. Again, nosework is my primary interest (both because there aren't many training opportunities around here and because I just want to do it), but I'm also interested in agility and herding, and have competed in the latter (and taken classes in all of the above, am a member of a K9 search team, etc.).

Has anyone organized a club like this, and can you give any advice? I'd like to do things correctly, but the focus would be on the social aspects (for dog and handler both!). We'd need insurance and all so I think there'd need to be some sort of dues, but I don't care to make a profit, just have a fun outlet for my dogs and people.

I have 4 committed (including financially) potential members so far, so I think it's a reality here. Not a lot of great dog training ops here.

edit: or rather, some great training ops here...but they're picky. Dogs who are driven-but-not-quite-driven-enough don't have much outlet that I can find. That's what I'm interested in here! If you're not familiar with my posting history, this is mostly about my failed SAR dog Hector--he has great talent and drive for searching, but not the temperament to do that under stress like he might need to in a working situation. I think a lot of dogs fall into this "driven but not high-drive enough for working teams" category and would love to create an outlet for them.
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