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Get active and have fun with your dog

Stop playing with your electronic gizmo, and do something real!

You think your dog wants to lie on the floor watching you update your Facebook profile? Of course not! Your dog wants to be out in the world doing fun and interesting things with you. Break out of your electronic stupor and do yourself a favour: Sign up for one (or better still) a variety of our exciting events. You will not believe how fun you can have with your dog.

Barn Hunt

Save the date:
Saturday September 12, 2020
Sunday September 13, 2020
Location: Terra Cotta, Ontario

Details coming soon.

Obedience Trials

Our next trial will be
held May 2021
Location: Acton, Ontario

Sorry, no info yet.

CKC Scent trials

Our next trial will be
held summer 2021
Location: Etobicoke, Ontario

Sorry, no info yet.

Barn Hunt Workshop

May 2, 2020
9:00 AM - 12:00 Noon
Location: Terra Cotta, Ontario

Click here for details.

What is barn hunt?

For hundreds of years itinerant ‘rat catchers’ travelled the countryside ridding barns and properties of vermin, thus helping to conserve food grains and prevent disease. The Barn Hunt Association has created a sanctioned sport based on this traditional dog work for all dogs, not just terriers. In this new sport, dogs locate rats (safely enclosed in aerated tubes) hidden in a straw/hay bale maze. It will test your dog’s scenting ability, speed, agility and sure-footedness. Open to any and all dogs who can fit through an 18" wide by approx 20-22" high tunnel made of straw or hay bales.

2020 barn hunt TRIAL - Postponed 'Till 2021

NEWS FLASH: The Olympics were the first casualty of COVID-19, but now, an important sporting event, the SDOC Barn Hunt, for the first time in history, has been postponed... to the weekend of September 11th & 12th 2021.

Ladies and gentlemen, we had planned to celebrate THE YEAR OF THE RAT with the most amazing barn hunt you had ever been to... No small feat since we are already renown for holding the best barn hunt trials this side of the Canada/USA border. But plan to be delighted next year with spectacular prizes and exciting initiatives which have become something of a trademark for us. As usual, our giant tent will be there to keep our competitors and spectators warm and dry. Our premium list will be coming out July 1st 2021 at which point we will be accepting entries.

Barn Hunt Workshop - CANCELLED

Fast track into this amazing sport with our Barn Hunt Workshop. In a small group, your dog will learn what the quarry, i.e. live rats, smell like (yum!); work on climbing straw bales and hone tunnelling skills. Our experienced instructor will lead your dog step by step from the concept of recognizing the rat in a perforated tube to finding the tubes hidden in straw bales. We will focus on marking the quarry and handling techniques. Rat care and safety is paramount in the sport. No rats are harmed during any barn hunt event. Our workshop will prepare you for your first trial. You will learn Barn Hunt procedures rules and etiquette. This popular workshop fills quickly. Click here for entry form. Enroll today!

Barn Hunt Rat & Hunt Fun League - CANCELLED

Our NEW Barn Hunt Fun League is for dogs at all skill levels: From those who have just learned to identify a rat, all the way up to the seasoned Master dog. Practice your skills and perfect your technique! Teams will consist of 4 to 5 dogs. Each week the courses will emphasize different skills and elements of Barn Hunt, such as tunnelling, indication, or higher hides. Your dog can practice the skills he has learned at our workshop. To sign up click here. Our Fun League will run four Saturdays in May: The 2nd, 9th, 16th, and 23rd. See you there!


2019 Lakeshore Santa Claus Parade - EVENT CONCLUDED

The SDOC will be marching in the 2019 Lakeshore Santa Claus Parade. Members, friends, and students are welcome to join in the fun. Mark the date on your calendar: SATURDAY DECEMBER 7TH 2019. We will be meeeting at the staging area (near Second Street Junior Middle School -- 71 Second St, Etobicoke, ON, M8V 2X4) starting at 8:30 AM. The parade participants will assemble on the north side of the school on Birmingham Avenue. Look for all the dogs!

In preparation for the parade many main roads will close at 9:00 AM. Arrive before then. Park on a side street north of Lakeshore between Dwight Avenue and 37th Street. Wear comfortable shoes and dress for the weather. The parade offcially starts at 10:00 AM.

For more info check the official parade website here.

Be creative, but remember, there is only ONE Santa Claus in the parade; so no Santa suits for any of us marching or our dogs.

We hope you take this opportunity to showcase your amazing dog(s), enjoy a little exercise and get into the Christmas spirit! SEE YOU THERE.

2019 spring obedience trials - event concluded

Our 2019 Obedience and Rally-Obedience trials were a great success. Thanks to all who entered. Congratulations to all who earned legs and titles. See you in the spring of 2021!

Looking to register for one of our awesome classes? Your dog will love you for it.