Taking part in the ribbon-cutting ceremony at Greenville Area Dog Club's new location were, from left, Paula Huntington, Barb Rhoades, Cindy Scott, Jeannie Grosch, Terri Pigman, Charlotte Wisener, Sherry Shafer, Chamber Director Peggy Emerson and Roberta Lewis. Standing in the background near the building are Brenda Stump and Lisa Schlechty. (Linda Moody photo)

GADC ribbon-cutting a colorful event

GREENVILLE—Greenville Area Dog Club (GADC) has moved to a new location, and a ribbon-cutting ceremony, with the Darke County Chamber of Commerce represented, was conducted late Saturday morning.

Peggy Emerson, director of the Chamber, was present at the grand opening held at 803 Martin St.

Club President Denise Jones said the club was formerly located at 940 Front St.

“We were there almost four years and that place was sold to another person and we wanted to look for another site with more exposure,” said Jones. “And, we have air conditioning here.”

Greenville Area Dog club has been in existence since 1968 and continues to open its doors to dogs of all breeds (purebred and mixed breeds) and their handlers.

According to a pamphlet on display during the grand opening, the GADC is a dog training club open to all members of the community. Featured there are classes for obedience, agility, puppy and rally classes during the year. Trick dogs and therapy dogs are also included in the training schedule, which begins Sept. 6.

Handlers are trained so his or her dog can be a better family pet and companion. Stressed are responsible training techniques. Volunteer instructors teach dog ownership and safety and help handlers develop a well-mannered dog, with the aim of strengthening the human-animal bond and reducing pet abandonment and overpopulation.

They also offer AKC evaluations for citizens and star puppies.

The purpose of the club is to stimulate public interest in the training and control of dogs by offering obedience training at the community level and to foster friendship and the ideals of sportsmanship among all dog people. The goal is to build public awareness and provide educational information about responsible dog ownership, while providing fun and exciting activities to all.

“We hold classes Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday,” said Vice President Jeannie Grosch. “You bring your dog in and we teach you to train your dog.”

CPE classes, it was noted, are held in Dayton and Greenville is a hosting club six times a year.

“Our training philosophy is we train with praise and treats and do positive reinforcement treatments,” Jones said.

Several members of the GADC are excelling with their animals on the state and national levels. Barb Rhoades and her dog are fourth in the nation in the WCRO; Sherry Shafer is fifth in the nation with her dog in AKC Rally; and Sue Young has been invited to Westminster with her Newfoundland.

Other officers in addition to Jones and Grosch are Cindy Scott, secretary, and Terri Pigman, treasurer.

Greenville Area Dog Club welcomes new members to join the club as they work together to support responsible dog ownership.

“From novice owners and pet lovers to experienced and accomplished show participants, you will find a community feeling, a supportive group, positive atmosphere, and a place where you can help others,” the pamphlet read.

“Hopefully, because of COVID, we want to do more community events, like a grooming dog seminar,” Grosch said.

For the grand opening, there were donations given away to those who purchased tickets.

“It’s unbelievable the response from downtown,” said Jones. “Donation-wise, they have been very helpful for us.”

Work at the new location was done in six weeks.

The GADC is a 501c3 non-profit and is open to donations.

“All of our instructors are volunteers; nobody gets paid,” said Grosch.

The GADC has approximately 35 members and they’re always looking for more members.

Greenville Area Dog Club welcomes new members to join the club as they work together to support responsible dog ownership.

“From Novice owners and pet lovers to experienced and accomplished show participants you will find a community feeling, a supportive group, positive atmosphere, and a place where you can help others,” it was stated.

The instructors are all members of the club who volunteer their time and talent because they love dogs and enjoy working with people. The instructors devote much time and planning in order to provide an efficient program for others’ enjoyment and benefit. All dogs are welcome to take classes.

To become a member, a person must complete one paid class and attend one club meeting; then, must fill out and submit the membership application form to the secretary and pay a membership fee. The membership application will be discussed and voted on for approval by the board and general members upon receipt of the application.

A sign on a wall as one enters the business reads: Greenville Area Dog Club “Where Friends Become Family.”

Darke County Now Staff - Linda Moody - Staff Writer

Linda Moody / Staff Writer

I am a Darke County native living in the Ansonia area with my son. I have been in journalism 50+ years and enjoy what I do.

Contact Darke County Now Media Correspondent Linda Moody @ lmoody@darkecountynow.com or 937-337-1955.

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