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post #1 of 25 (permalink) Old 09-21-2011, 01:48 PM Thread Starter
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How to address schutzhund enthusiasts?

I am writing up a Welcome Packet to give to new members of our club. Most people we get are brand new to the sport and in order to avoid answering the same questions over and over (where do I get the harness, what is the word for the bite command, etc) I am trying to answer the most commonly asked questions in a format that we can hand out to new folks and they can take home and read and use when they have time.
Anyway, here's a silly question. On my welcome letter I am wondering how to address the reader, my current draft just says "Welcome, Prospective New Member" as the salutation but that seems kind of generic. What about "Dear Schutzhunder". I have heard people refer to other enthusiasts as "Schutzhunders" but wasn't sure if that was ok or what.
I'm also looking for a nice closing thing, right now it just says "Regards" but maybe something like "Happy Training" or something a little more specific to dog people would be good.

Any thoughts or suggestions would be appreciated.

Currently I am up to 6 pages and could easily keep going, but I don't want to overwhelm people right off the bat .

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Salutation:
Dear Pole,
(as in "Be a pole!!!!!")

Closing:
Yours in the sport,
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Mary, LOL, that is hysterical. We are forever yelling from the peanut gallery "be a pole". Even though I just spent 5+ minutes explaining the hows and whys of being a pole.

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Constant refrains for newbies....

Be a POLE!
...or...
Run your dog. NO, run FASTER!

Thank goodness I don't hear those too often anymore.
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As someone who would love to do schutzhund, but knows nothing of the sport yet (and is still searching for the perfect rescue...) "Dear Schutzhunder" sounds like a great opening, and "Yours in the sport" or "Happy Training" both sound nice in closing. I can't wait to find out what "Be a pole" means (though I think I can infer), but as an opening I think it would be confusing to a newbie....

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since the word "schutzhund" is being phased out (although I doubt it will leave our vocabulary!!) - what about Dear Prospective Sportsman/Member/GSD lover

for closing

yours in training/in dogsport/happy training

Good idea....a nice FAQ!!!


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Dear IPOer!
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IPO'r now that sounds impressive!
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Constant refrains for newbies....

Be a POLE!
...or...
Run your dog. NO, run FASTER!

Thank goodness I don't hear those too often anymore.
OMG, I still hear an butt load of that. Can't run fast enough.... LMBO! Also, I can't be a pole I weigh 100 pounds, Killian pulling, pulls me right off my feet!! I'm not LOVING those two phrases!!!

FUNNY, TRUE, HONEST, but dang, I hear those ALL THE TIME!!!!
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Karlo use to pop me off my feet, too no matter how low I'd post. I use to joke that I was a willow, not a red oak. The prong collar helped me bigtime!
Annette, I'd like to read your packet when you are finished with it.
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