Northants Dog Training Club
Kennel Club registered since 1956
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History of Northants Dog Training Club
The club was started in 1953 by a group of eight people who owned Alsatians, forming the Northamptonshire Alsatian Club. However, soon after it was suggested that the club should be opened to all dogs. This was done and eventually after an Extraordinary General Meeting in September 1955, it was agreed to change the title of the Club and so the Northants Dog Training Club came into existence. Classes were held outside at the Ex-
In March 1956, the official registration was received from The Kennel Club and we donated 10% of the fees charged for several demonstrations to Guide Dogs for the Blind Association. We held our first Open Obedience Show in 1959 in conjunction with Co-
In 1960 Tuesday night training started at the A.T.C. Headquarters for committee, instructors and competitive members. Obedience classes were included in the Abington Park Show for the first time. Members won the Heart of England Show Team event and our Chairman George Rowland won a third C.C. with his German Shepherd Dog Otto, making him an Obedience Champion. A newsletter for the Club was started called "The Recall". The fiancial statement at the A.G.M. showed a bank balance in three figures for the first time.
A branch of the Club started at Blisworth in 1961, classes were held on Wednesday evenings and the Northampton indoor classes moved to St. Andrew's Church rooms for 25/-
In 1962 a second branch was started at Corby, the instructors took the classes on rotation. The Club also provided security for an event at Sywell Aerodrome over four nights.
In 1963 the weekly training fee was increased to 1/6d (7.5p) and we had members from Coventry, Cambridge and the Peterborough area, and even one non-
During 1966 the Blisworth and Corby branches were now able to stand on their own, so becoming clubs in their own right. The Open Show entry for this year was 401, being the record for any Midlands club.
In 1968 John Reeves and his dog Inge won the bitch Supreme Obedience Championship, and Mrs. Faulconbridge won with her male dog, so for the first time both winners belonged to the same club.