What does it take to be a good club member?
What is it that sets you apart and makes you a good candidate for membership in a dog club?
What Clubs Look For
Just as you are checking and feeling out different dog clubs to see if you want to join, clubs too are checking you out to see if they would want you as a member. Remember, clubs are about relationships. One person can either enhance or destroy the overall relationship of the club.
So, what do clubs look for in prospective members? While this may vary, most clubs look for the following aspects:
Notice that so far, there's nothing on this list about the dog! Clubs are about loyalty, family, and relationship. Dogs will come and go, but in a good club, members stay. So, clubs want dedicated individuals who are good people, and who will be committed to the club and its membership. They want a great team player who fits in with their particular family, regardless of the genetic capabilities and talents of the dog that they have.
Are You A Good Club Member?
How do you know if you are a good club member? Take a moment to reflect on the following questions:
What Makes Someone a "Bad Fit" for a Club?
Clubs are reluctant to add people who are difficult to get along with. In any family, there will be some family drama and arguments, but in good clubs, they strive to keep this to a minimum by keeping the drama-causers out! Thus, they avoid potential members who routinely gossip about others, who have abrasive and controlling personalities, who complain about everything, or who secretly undermine others. Other traits that may cause membership refusal include:
If you would like to be considered for Membership into the Grand Canyon GSD Club please download the Application.