A Special Breed of Dog Owners

Founded in 1961, the Sioux Empire Kennel Club (SEKC) brings together a special breed of extraordinary people who share a love of dogs. Its members are dedicated to upholding the integrity of the American Kennel Club’s Registry, promoting the sport of purebred and mixed-breed family dogs and breeding dogs for type and function. The SEKC is an all-breed club that has been a member of the American Kennel Club since 1968 and shares its objective: To advance the study, breeding, exhibiting, running and maintenance of purebred dogs. But the club is not only for purebreds, family dogs are welcome and open to compete in a variety of competitions. With more than 100 dog enthusiasts as members, the club is committed to advocate for the purebred show dog or family companion, advance canine health and wellbeing, work to protect the rights of all dog owners and promote responsible ownership. The SEKC is a proud sponsor of the Sioux Falls Humane Society and BIG PAWS Canine Academy and Foundation, an organization that trains and provides service and companion dogs to disabled veterans and former first responders injured in the line of duty.


COMPETITION The SEKC hosts an annual Fall Show and various Obedience/ Agility trials throughout the year, giving members and guests from across the region a great opportunity to enter the ring and receive recognition for the hard work both dogs and their owners dedicate to preparing for competition. TRAINING We love puppies, and believe that they – and their human companions – live better together with basic training, but this is just the beginning of the classes we conduct for dogs in the area. From the basics to competition preparation, we offer many class and seminar choices for our members and the community.

  • Agility – (Various levels) Teach your dog to jump correctly, jump grids, different types of jumps and tunnels.
  • Conformation – (AKC-UKC registered dogs only) Get your dog ready for the show ring.
  • Obedience – (Various levels) Build a good relationship with your dog, prevent common behavior problems with the use of games and positive reinforcement. Prepare to compete at all levels of obedience.
  • Nose Work – (Various levels) Inspired by working detection dogs, Nose Work is the fun search and scenting activity for virtually all dogs and people. This new sport builds confidence and focus in many dogs, and provides a safe way to keep dogs fit and healthy through mental and physical exercise. Coming soon.
  • Rally – (Dogs with basic obedience skills only) The newest AKC sport, dogs and their owners make their way through a complex course showcasing obedience skills – a fun experience for people and pets.
  • Therapy Dog Manners Class – (Some restrictions apply) This class will help you and your dog prepare to test for certification by TDI. The SEKC does not train therapy dogs but works closely with TDI to support this valuable program.
  • Seminars offered throughout the year in basic training, obedience, agility and nose work. Find the class that’s right for you and your dog on our website. MEMBERSHIP Sioux Empire Kennel Club members are active participants in club activities, serve on committees, and assist with the annual Fall Show and any Obedience/ Agility Trials hosted by the club. Membership fees: $20/ year – Single* $25/year – Family*

To be considered for membership applicants are required to attend a minimum of two meetings and have written sponsorship of two SEKC members in good standing. General membership meetings – 7 pm on the second Tuesday of each month at our facility at the Old McDonald’s farm building, W.H. Lyons Fairgrounds. Board meetings – Monthly, prior to the general membership meeting. Guests are welcome to attend general meetings and volunteer at events. Download an application from our website and become a member today.

SEKC Facilities – Old McDonald’s Farm Building W.H. Lyons Fairgrounds |100 N Lyon Blvd Sioux Falls, SD 57107 | siouxempirekennelclub.org

As seen in South Side Living Magazine- Article Credit: Krista Haynes

Keeping Your Pets Safe in the Garage

As a pet owner, you probably do everything you can to keep your furry friends safe. However, one of the biggest danger zones for your pet may be lurking in your own home! The garage may seem harmless, but there are many threats that if not taken care of properly, can seriously harm or even kill your fur baby. The good news is, these dangers can be easily taken care of if you follow a few precautionary steps.

Photo by Monkey Bar Storage

Photo by Monkey Bar Storage

Leaving and Entering Your Garage

Parking and backing out of the garage can seem like simple tasks. However, these tasks can take a hazardous turn if your pets have free range in your garage. Cats like to snuggle up against the warm engine, on top of tires and other strange places around your car, so it is important to check around the car before you turn it on. Pets can also be startled by your car starting and accidentally run behind it. Make sure all of your animals are safe and sound inside the house before you try and back up or pull into your garage.

Storing Your Belongings

Homeowner’s garages are most commonly used as a storage rooms. Keeping bigger items like wheel barrows, ladders and bicycles can be harmful to your pets if they aren’t properly stored. If these items are kept loose, they have the potential to fall and hurt your pets! Hanging these items from a storage rack or housing them on some overhead storage will help prevent this mishap. These options are ideal because they get your things off of the ground where they are easily messed with, and onto the safer areas of the walls and ceiling.

There are also many smaller items in the garage that can be just as harmful! Items like antifreeze, paints, gasoline and gardening products contain aromas that attract curious critters. The problem is the chemicals in these products can seriously harm or even kill your animals. To avoid this horrible outcome, store these products in cabinets that close and lock, so only you have access to them.  

Climate Control

Permanently keeping your pets in the garage is not a good idea. A lot of pet owners may do this because they believe it to be a better alternative to keeping them outside. The garage still gets very hot in the summer and very cold in the winter if you do not have some sort of climate controlling system in place. If you feel like it is too hot or too cold to keep your furry friends outside, it is too hot or too cold to keep them in the garage as well!

The garage can be a dangerous place for animals, but following these simple tips will transform your garage from a danger zone, to a place every member of your family can enjoy.

Source: Born Again Spaces

Submitted by Megan Nokleby

Q&A with Woofs & Waves

Woofs & Waves is a new pet store on the east side of Sioux Falls. Find out more about them and their store in our latest Q&A with Justin, owner of Woofs & Waves – with a couple unique questions thrown in!

What inspired you to start Woofs & Waves?

It has always been a passion of mine to open my own pet store.  It took years of planning and discussing details with my business partner, Mark, before we actually to the first step in starting our own store.  Having been in the industry for a while we were able to design a business plan that aligned with the things we wanted to improve on in the industry.

L to R: Justin Shatto, Christine Gillick & Mark Olesen

Tell us about Woofs & Waves?

Woofs and Waves is thrilled to be the first pet store of its kind to be able to service the east side of Sioux Falls and the surrounding communities. We have a wide variety of high quality dog and cat food in addition to an extensive line of food and supplies for reptiles and small animals. In addition to food, supplies, treats and toys for all pets, our store also features an impressive selection of saltwater, freshwater and exotic fish. Showcasing 83 tanks and over 5000 gallons of water, we have the perfect addition to any aquarium. We also specialize in the knowledge and experience to keep any aquarium in optimum condition.

Our pets are our family and we have a knowledgeable staff with over 50 years of combined experience who can help provide nutrition and behavior education for all pet parents. We are excited for the opportunity of serving residents on the east side Sioux Falls and look forward to being a part of it’s continued growth.

Woofs&Waves (8 of 14)What experience do you have in the pet industry?

I started in the pet industry when I was 14 years old and have been working off and on throughout the years.  My passion is for aquariums and I learned everything I know from my business partner Mark (who has been in the aquatics industry for 25+ years).  At the store I’m known as the African Cichlid expert.

What types of products do you sell?

We sell a little bit of everything.  From Small Animal, Bird and Reptile supplies to a variety of all natural foods and treats for your dogs and cats.  We also sell many standard and custom aquariums, aquarium products and supplies, and pride ourselves on the variety of fresh, saltwater, and exotic fish that we consistently have in stock.

Do you support local small businesses who have pet items by selling them in your store?

We always shop local whenever we have the chance.  One of our biggest grooming suppliers is Groomers Choice, an international grooming supply company.  We also carry a product called the Portion Paw which was designed and created here in Sioux Falls.

How long have you been in business?

We have been in business for about 6 months.  Our first day of business was 11/16/15.

What made you decide to open on the east side of Sioux Falls?

We wanted to open on the east side of Sioux Falls because there was a great need that wasn’t being met.  Eastern Sioux Falls and the surrounding communities (Brandon, Northwest Iowa, and Southwest Minnesota) would have to drive clear across town to get the quality pet supplies they need.

Do you have any special events or hosting a rescue group coming up?

At this time the only special event we have coming up is our Grand Opening event coming up on Saturday, June 11th 2016.

Do you have any pets? If so, do they come to the store with you?

I have a 2 year old German Shorthaired Pointer named Ava.  She will come to the store occasionally, but she gets anxious when she does because of the open field right next door that she feels she needs to run in constantly.  Christine will bring her dog occasionally and we always have our customers bringing in their dogs to come check out the store!  YES, customers’ dogs are always welcome at our store as long as they are leashed.  We love to have guests come visit us!

If you could pick your favorite celebrity pet, who would it be?

I don’t follow pop-culture very often, but I always enjoy hearing stories of service dogs (civilian and military) that dedicate their lives to loving and caring for their owners.

If you could be any animal, what would it be and why?

If I could be any animal it would have to be a dog.  I think it’s self-explanatory why!


5426 E. Arrowhead Pkwy.  Sioux Falls, SD 57110

(605) 274-9663





Photos by Little White Dog Pet Photography