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Judging Program for Jan 21-22, 2017 Show

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The judging program for our upcoming all-breed dog show is available: Judging Program

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Public Education at the Pet Expo

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CIKC members were at the Great Iowa Pet Expo in October in support of responsible breeders and purebred dogs. We enjoyed the public education opportunity and doing a “meet the breed” with club member dogs.

Great Dane sisters, Gigi and Heidi, at the Pet Expo

Great Dane sisters, Gigi and Heidi, at the Pet Expo

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Handling Seminar May 21-22 2016

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Please join us for a handling seminar in Des Moines on May 21-22, 2016. 8AM-4PM both days

We are delighted to be able to offer this exciting seminar by Norma Smith!

Saturday will be covering aspects of showing for both beginners and experts.  Demonstrations and discussion will include the way to stack your dog, discussion about the best pacing, what to do when your dog posts, and the best speed for your dog and why.  Ring procedures will be discussed.  We will be working one on one with you and your dog’s issues.  And, most importantly, any questions you can think of will be addressed.

Sunday will be a continuation of more one on one help, questions and answers.  In the afternoon, there will be a mock dog show, but it won’t be your dog that is being judged – think of this as the best junior handling class for adults!  Participants without a dog will be able to observe and ask questions while the show is occurring.  Awards will be given for the best in seminar, most improved, most professionally dressed, etc.  Bring your show clothes and prepare for some competition with your new found knowledge!

Seminar Details:

Advanced:  This class is for handlers who have handled for two more years OR who have handled at least one dog to their championship.  Cost is $150 with dog.

Beginner:  This class is for the novice exhibitor.  Cost is $150 with dog.

Observer:  This is extremely beneficial for those who want to attend and have a great opportunity to listen and learn without the distraction of a dog.  Cost is $75.

Special price for Junior Handlers: $75 with a dog; free as a spectator.

-Dogs not being worked must be crated.  Dogs must be crate trained and well behaved as they will be crated away from the working area of the seminar.  Disruptive dogs will be asked to be removed from the building.

-Bring appropriate dog supplies, your own chairs and floor covering for your dog.

Included will be morning refreshments, snacks and lunch both days.  We will be indoors, in fully matted rings, at the Des Moines Obedience Training Club (1423 Army Post Rd, Des Moines, IA 50315).

For more information, questions or to request a registration form, contact Tiana Walters (515-460-2270)

The following motels have indicated that dogs would be allowed. Please inform them of your dogs when you make your reservation. They reserve the right to change their pet policy and rates at any time.

LaQuinta Inn – (515) 221-9200
10390 NW 118th St.
Clive, IA 50325

Rodeway Inn – (515) 265-7511
I-80/35 Exit Hwy 169N
Des Moines, IA

Chase Suite Hotel – (515) 223-7700
11428 Forest Ave.
Clive, IA 50325

Ramada Northwest – (515) 278-0271
I-80/35 Exit 131 Merle Hay Rd,
Johnston, IA 50131

Quality Inn – (515) 287-3434
5231 Fleur Dr.
Des Moines, IA 50321

Motel 6 – (515) 267-8885
7655 Office Plaza Drive North
West Des Moines, IA 50266

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Judging Program for Jan 23-34 2016 show

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Our judging program is now available online:

Check out the pages that have the “Judging Program by Alphabetical Order”. It lists each breed and the ring/time in which they show each day.  Each day is a separate show.

The break down by ring is down a little further in the program.  It shows the schedule for each individual ring.

The ring break down might look like this:
Ring 1
15 Doberman Pinschers 6-5-2-2
12 Newfoundlands 1-5-5-1

Neither breed can start before the posted ring time, however if all of the Dobermans are absent, the Newfoundlands would start right at 8:30.  If all the Dobermans are there, it will be about 9AM before the Newfies actually start showing.

What do all those numbers mean? The number in front of the breed reflects the total entry.  The four numbers after are the breakdown of gender and what is called “class” entries vs “specials”.  In the case of the Dobermans above, there are 6 “class” dogs, 5 class bitches, 2 dog specials and two bitch specials.  Males are called dogs and females are called bitches.  Dogs are always listed (and shown) first.

A class entry would be competing for points towards his/her AKC championship.  A special is an entry that has already finished their championship, but are competing for points towards their grand championship and for breed rankings.

For more information about what goes on inside the ring, check out our Dog Show FAQ.  We also have a page about Spectator Etiquette.

Questions?  Email our corresponding secretary: Bev Klingensmith

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CIKC at the Pet Expo!

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We had a great time at the Great Iowa Pet Expo this past weekend!  Thanks to all that stopped by our booth, where we were promoting both responsible dog ownership and responsible breeding.


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Fun Match 9/19/15

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We will be hosting a conformation fun match on September 19, 2015 at the West Shelter in Maytag Park in Newton, Iowa. Tentative start time is 10AM with a potluck to follow judging. For more info, visit our Match page.

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Fun Match & Potluck – August 10

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Fun Match!

Conformation judging, CGC test, potluck and Great Dane puppy (15 puppies!) evaluation

When: Sunday, August 10, 2014
Registration starts at 10:30; judging starts at 11:00
Potluck to follow judging, then puppy evaluations
Where: 5552 W 68th St S, Colfax, Iowa (home of club members Denise & Kevin Carroll)
Cost: $5 per conformation entry or CGC test

The club will provide main dish of chicken and also drinks.  Please bring a side dish or dessert to share for the potluck.

Questions? Contact Bev Klingensmith or 641-521-3006

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Space is filling up for our July 2014 seminar

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Space is beginning to fill up for our summer seminar:  Myra Savant Harris – Canine Reproduction, Whelping, and Puppy Intensive Care Seminar.

Registration Form

Topics include:

  • The Common misconceptions about canine conception
  • About Progesterone testing and optimal levels
  • How to maximize sperm viability and protect your stud dog’s virility
  • How to collect canine semen and inseminate a bitch
  • The Timing for chilled and frozen semen
  • How to do artificial insemination using chilled or fresh semen
  • The Importance of a tie
  • How to care for your bitch and ensure her health every step of the way
  • How to get bitches in whelp, keep them in whelp, deliver puppies, and keep them alive
  • The diet for the bitch in whelp, and the role of calcium and Pitocin in whelping
  • How to get problem bitches in whelp
  • How to care for your bitch & help ensure her health before, during & after pregnancy
  • How to deliver healthy puppies
  • How to recognize puppies in distress and, assess their problem
  • How to use Hydrating by subcutaneous fluids, and administering oxygen.
  • How to tube feeding save what could be your BIS puppy
  • How to assess a sick puppy
  • How to apply labor/delivery techniques to assist in whelping healthy puppies
  • About Stuck puppies and signs and symptoms of impending premature birth
  • How to recognize puppies in distress and assess their problems
  • What you MUST have on hand to make a puppy intensive care nursery
  • How to set up a puppy ICU nursery
  • And much more!!!
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Myra Savant Harris – Seminar

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Myra Savant Harris – Canine Reproduction, Whelping, and Puppy Intensive Care Seminar

Registration Form

July 19 & 20, 2014
Saturday 9-4 (1 hour lunch) Sunday 10-3 (1 hour lunch)
DMOTC Building-1423 SW Army Post Rd, Des Moines, Iowa

Whether you are experiencing your 1st or 20th litter, have ever lost a puppy or bitch, or had a breeding that did not take, this seminar is a must. Saving the life of just one puppy will make this seminar a worthwhile investment. The techniques Myra teaches have helped save the lives of countless puppies and protected the well being of many bitches.
Myra Savant Harris has many years of experience working labor/delivery and
Neonatal ICU in hospitals. Her books “Puppy Intensive Care” and Canine Reproduction and Whelping” translate many of the things she learned in her career into puppy and canine repro terms. Breeders all over the US and Canada are learning many things from her seminars.

Registration fee for this 2 day seminar is $100 per person
Plan to come with a friend – special price for TWO for only $150!
Registration fee includes lunch each day
Space is limited – register today!

Registration Form
For more information contact Pam Talley 515-577-7719

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Exciting summer seminar!

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Myra Savant Harris
July 19 & 20, 2014
Registration form coming soon
Or Contact Pam Talley (515) 577-7719 or

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