SDOC logo no background1Sandia Dog Obedience Club: Teaching people and their dogs for over 65 years.

From Betty Pearson, President of SDOC:  We will be closed through the June 7, 2020 at least. Please check back here for updates. In keeping with the NM Governor's Public Health Order dated May15, 2020, All facilities at SDOC, including the agility yard, are closed for an unforeseeable time. Stay home, train your dog there, and stay in touch with friends via text, email, video, social media, or telephone. Like everyone, I hope it will not be very long but the reality is it could be. Stay safe and healthy.

An inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 exists in any public place where people are present. COVID-19 is an extremely contagious disease that can lead to severe illness and death. By attending any Sandia Dog Obedience Club class or event, you voluntarily assume all risks related to exposure to COVID-19.

On Sunday, August 31, 1952, Sandia Dog obedience Club held its very first AKC Licensed Obedience Trial. Dogs, handlers, and a judge gathered outdoors in Roosevelt Park at the very civilized hour of 10 am to 6 pm. Mr. D.D. Brodie from San Marino, California, judged all 50 entries.

A total of 38 exhibitors entered the trial for a whopping cost of $4.25, with second entries costing $2.00.

Unregistered dogs paid a listing fee of $25. It was even possible to telegraph entries to the Trial Secretary, although only one entry was permitted per telegram.

Interestingly, in addition to the standard Novice A and B, Open A and B, and Utility (with no split into A and B at the time), the club offered Graduate Novice, Brace, and Team. The trial awarded prizes for all class placements and groups, and several special trophies were offered. The High-in-Trial was open to ALL classes and was actually won by a Cocker Spaniel, Major’s Merry Mark CD, from the Graduate Novice class.

The variety of the breeds of dog entered equaled what we see in today’s trials. There were, of course, no Border Collies that dominate the rings today, but plenty of Poodles competed. Some of the other breeds included a Chow Chow, which took first in Novice B; a boxer, which took second, and a Scottish Terrier. Other popular breeds were German Shepherds and Cocker Spaniels. Two Dachshunds were entered as well as a Chihuahua and a Belgian Sheepdog from Los Alamos. A Pekingese, Hoi-Nai, qualified in Novice A with a 195 score.

The original author of this look back is unknown.