Lochaber & District Canine Society
Formed in the mid 1970s “The Dog Club” began running training classes for dog enthusiasts who wished to develop a special bond with their canine friends and perhaps join in some competitive events. It has always promoted responsible dog ownership & participation in community events.
In 1994 the Dog Club joined the Kennel Club, thus becoming recognised as Lochaber & District Canine Society. From then onwards we were able to run competitive shows in many spheres of dog activity. In September 2019 we will be holding our 25th annual Breed show for pedigree dogs in the Nevis Centre, and expect an entry of 300-400 dogs from all over Scotland, with some special prizes to compete for. We also held Open Obedience competitions for many years, and currently run a Rally Obedience competition once a year. The club also holds fund-raising events for local or dog-related charities throughout the year.
Throughout the last 40+ years we have continued to run pet dog training classes on Tuesday evenings. These started off in the Braxy hall in Inverlochy but gradually outgrew that venue and moved to the Nevis Centre in Fort William several years ago. These classes provide training & socialising opportunities for puppies as well as more advanced classes for older dogs. Countless numbers of local dogs & their owners have benefitted from these classes & have made both doggy & human friends in the process.
There are also many other doggy activities that we run & promote. In the summer the active outdoor sports of Agility & Flyball (as seen on Crufts coverage each year) are great fun, as is the fast & furious Lure Coursing. Rather more sedate summer walks for the less energetic, and of course the ever popular Doggy Christmas Party.