When you join/sign up it is in one person's name! That person is the trainer and member.
Two dogs one trainer? You pay member prices for the second dog. Basic skills would be $115 first member with dog and $50 for 2nd dog with the same trainer/member. Two dogs two trainers? Two full memberships. (Basic skills would be $115 each member)
To "renew" you must have been a member last year. Training Member $55 Associate Member $27.50 Senior Member$27.50 if you have let your membership lapse or have never been a member please sign up for Basic Skills or contact the Financial Secretary here!
Pay with your credit card There is a $2 online administration fee.
After you have filled out the form please click on the tab to pay.
**** Lifetime membership - is a privilege gifted to certain members after many years of service.
What is after Novice?
Novice Trainers: If you are interested in watching or learning Open/Utility competition exercises, stop in at the Advanced Obedience class. Check the schedule) Advanced Obedience is not a structured class, so various exercises are in process concurrently. Ask questions or request an exercise demonstration.
What are titles?
The AKC (and other organizations) give you and your dog a chance to
show what you have learned. And in the process you earn titles. In obedience you can earn a Companion Dog (CD), Companion Dog Excellent (CDX) or Utility Dog (UD) titles plus more. And you can go on from there to Masters and champion levels. And there are similar titles in Rally. Obedience and Rally are known as companion sports, but there is more. There are performance sports too. Some, like tracking, are open to all breeds and some, like herding are limited. While the Berks County Dog Training Club doesn’t offer training in all the sports, our obedience gives you the foundation to move into many areas. BCDTC Awards banquet recognizes your efforts in many training areas. It is attended by people who have worked hard and earned titles during the previous year and by their friends, families and fellow trainers. Consider joining us this February for our annual event. And if your dog earned something, let us know and be included in the festivities.
See your newsletter for upcoming classes, calendar and other information.
New Graduates of Basic Skills.. Welcome! what is next?
Our next class, MEMBER CLASS FOR BEGINNER NOVICE, is a "Drop-in" class. So you can start the next Thursday... or wait a week or what ever. Go as often or as sporadically as works for you and your dog. Just keep in mind, the 2nd Thursday of each month is MEMBER MATCH. We encourage you to participate in member match as a training exercise!
Members, sign up for Basic Skills at member prices. (a-la-carte)
Q- How do I become a member? A- When you sign up and pay for a class you automatically are a member. If you are an experienced dog trainer and don't want to sign up for a class, you still pay the full amount of the tuition for Basic Skills and then you are "evaluated" to be sure you can function in our member classes without the Basic Skills class.
Previously a member or trained with another club? You can join (rejoin) for the cost of the Basic Skills class.