We train you to train your dog
The Hutchinson Kennel Club was established in 1954 and is an All-Breed Member Club of the American Kennel Club. We are a 501 C 4 not-for-profit organization. As such, our primary mission or purpose is to promote the sport of purebred dogs. In conjunction with this mission, we offer classes or other instruction in obedience, agility, conformation, and herding, and we have members who are involved in scent work, tracking and hunting-dog competitions. We can assist dog owners in preparing for these types of competition. Mixed-breed dogs may complete in AKC events.
The Hutchinson Agility Training Team, Inc., which trains at the Hutchinson Kennel Club building, offers United Kennel Club (UKC) agility classes, both for persons who own purebred dogs and for mixed-breed dog owners. This fulfills a mission to promote activities that increase the bond between dog and owner and that are enjoyed by both dogs and owners.
The Hutchinson Kennel Club, Inc., has been involved in promoting responsible dog ownership since its inception. We know that an educated dog owner, and a well-trained dog, are a formula for one of life’s best long-term friendships. To fulfill this mission, we offer puppy kindergarten and basic obedience classes to the public. These classes offer instruction on problem-solving dog behavior issues, basic dog psychology, and physical care of one’s dog. To promote responsible dog ownership, we also offer the AKC’s Canine Good Citizenship program, where your dog can earn his/her CGC certificate for demonstrating appropriate pro-social behavior.
The Hutchinson Kennel Club Inc., has the following shows/trials/sanctioned events annually:
The Hutchinson Agility Training Team, Inc., usually offers two or three agility trials, usually in January, March, and August.
As a club with a mission to promote the sport of purebred dogs, the Hutchinson Kennel Club supports the ethical, responsible breeding of purebred dogs. We are opposed to puppies/dogs being sold through brokers or in pet stores and encourage the purchase of puppies/dogs directly from a responsible breeder.
The Hutchinson Kennel Club, Inc., is opposed to many of the goals of animal-rights organizations such has PETA, the Doris Day Animal League, and HSUS. We believe, instead, in promoting dog welfare by educating dog owners on humane care of dogs. We oppose dog abuse, neglect, and cruelty.
Objectives of the Club
The applicant is to have two member sponsors (who are in good standing). The sponsor will provide you with a membership application. The sponsors will invite the applicant to attend a regular club meeting as a guest and they will be introduced.
Once introduced (1st Meeting), the applicant must attend two additional regular monthly meetings. At the 4th meeting they attend the new applicant will be voted on by the other members. Affirmative votes of 2/3 of the members present are required to elect the applicant. An applicant who has been rejected may not apply for membership within 6 months.
Sponsors may not be members of the same household. The sponsors are to mentor the new member for two years. The mentor is to remind the new member of all meetings, dinners, and club-sponsored events and to answer any questions that he or she may have.
Applicant is informed that all members are expected to help with three events a year and also to attend a minimum of three meetings a year.
The applicant is required to agree to abide by the HKC Constitution and By-Laws, Policies and all the rules of the AKC, specifically the AKC Rules of Sportsmanship.
Because of these and other activities, the Hutchinson Kennel Club is a working club. Members are expected to volunteer to help with these events, and with class instruction. We cannot fulfill our missions and keep our costs down without volunteerism among our members—ALL our members.