SPDTC Obedience Stewarding class Ever wonder why so many dog people know each other? One big reason is working together at the many dog shows throughout the year in different locations. Stewards and other volunteers enjoy the day working together under fun conditions and eating a meal and beverages prepared at the club for free.
We hold a Spring training session each year to familiarize volunteers with the requirements needed to steward, (helping in the ring), at Obedience shows. The class is taught by an AKC judge and lasts about an hour. While learning how to steward participants also gain useful knowledge pertaining to showing their own dogs if they so desire. After completing the classroom portion students then practice in the mat area while our Run-Thru's, (others practicing showing their dogs in a ring setting), are in progress until they feel comfortable enough to steward. To have your name added to the next class just email the Director of Obedience and we'll contact you when the next date has been determined. Upon completion of this class participants can choose to have their names placed on the city wide list or not. City List schools in need of volunteers will email a request to our representative who will then blind copy everyone on the list to respect member's privacy. If the member wants to help out they reply to the requesting schools directly, if they can't help no action is required. The requesting schools will include all of the pertinent information in their request such as dates, hours, which rings need how many stewards and even what benifits they will allow the volunteers. For example, anyone who stewards for SPDTC will receive a free advanced class of their choice for each show they volunteer their time for plus a free meal.
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