There are a lot of unknowns about this newest canine illness. We should all do our best to work to avoid the spread of this disease by following these basic recommendations:
Keep your dog up to date on vaccines including but not limited to Bordetella, Parainfluenza, and Canine Influenza, and avoid direct contact with other dogs.
If your dog has been exposed to a dog with an upper respiratory illness, but is showing no symptoms, it is recommended you quarantine your dog for a minimum of 2 weeks. Do not take it to any areas where other dogs will be.
If your dog has been exposed to a dog with an upper respiratory illness, and is showing symptoms, it is recommended you quarantine your dog for a minimum of 4 weeks after all symptoms have passed. Do not take it to any areas where other dogs will be.
Absolutely do not take your dog to any events if it is showing any signs of respiratory illness such as coughing, sneezing, wheezing, any nasal discharge, lack of energy, or difficulty breathing.
Avoid sharing water and food bowls among dogs. Dog bowls should be washed regularly.
Regularly wash or sanitize your hands, especially after handling dogs.
While judging guidelines recommend that judges ask the exhibitor to display the oral exam, during this time and out of an abundance of caution, judges are expected to have the exhibitor display the oral exam and may personally examine the mouth ONLY if absolutely necessary. Where applicable, judges must conduct thumb exams.
If necessary to personally examine the mouth, the judge MUST sanitize their hands after examining the dog, and as a general practice, are strongly encouraged to sanitize their hands after examining each entry. Re-examining of dogs should be minimized.
Clubs hosting conformation events should provide hand sanitizer/wipes for judges and stewards to use between dogs. Equipment used to measure and/or weigh dogs should be sanitized before and after each use.
Responsible actions by exhibitors, judges, and clubs are necessary to minimize any risks to our dogs. We thank everyone for their thoughtful cooperation and diligence in taking these extra measures.
2023 Annual Trophy Guide is on the members-only page. We added Rally, Scent Work, and Tracking this year; and updated the scoring for Field. Visit the members-only page to download the current Trophy Guide.
President: Linda Ertsgaard
Vice President: Barbara Westergard
Treasurer: Kathy Rasinowich
Secretary: *open position*
Conformation Directors: Debra Rahm and Luann Runkle
Field Directors: Judy Super and *open position*
Performance Directors: Anne Bradley Reynolds and Lisa Putnam
Established in the 1960s, the Greater Twin Cities Golden Retriever Club (GTCGRC) is an exempt organization under Section 501(C) (4) of the Internal Revenue Code. The GTCGRC is a member of the Golden Retriever Club of America (GRCA) and sanctioned by the American Kennel Club (AKC) for specialty shows, rally, agility, and obedience. The club also is licensed to hold GRCA WC/WCX tests.
The GTCGRC club members are pet owners, breeders, exhibitors, and trainers dedicated to the interest and promotion of the versatile Golden Retriever in field, obedience, conformation, agility, therapy, and tracking. But primarily we make every effort to ensure our Goldens live a happy, healthy life as family companions.
Please take a look around. If you are interested in joining, don’t be shy to attend any of our meetings or our events. You can find information about each meeting/event on the “Upcoming Events” tab. We would love to meet you and help you in becoming active with your Golden companion.