We would like tomake your time with us productive and fun for you and your dog.
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.
Watch for classes. Some we charge for and others are no charge. Check your newsletter ad right here.
Rally IF YOU WANT TO GET ON THE EMAIL LIST to join us for rally class, send your email address to Lynnmillar@gmail.com. Classes will be held on non-match night Thursdays at 5:30 to 7.
Welcome to Berks County Dog Training Club (BCDTC) As a new graduate there may be a few things that you will want to know. Like when does the next class start? We offer a “INTERIM” class (still being set up) to help you adjust from Basic Skills class to Beginner Novice.
BEGINNER NOVICE is ongoing. No beginning or end.So you can jump right in. You can go every Thursday (2nd Thursday is a member match) or when your schedule allows. We've got what you need. If you just want some training, stick with it. by the end of the year your dog will be a new dog. if you want a dog friendly social group we are it! And if you want to do some good quality showing we can help you there too.
What is a match? Once a month BCDTC puts on a match. It is a practice show and helps get us and our dogs relaxed and doing our best in the obedience ring. But it does much more. If your dog will do the things you have taught him while in the ring, you can rest assured you are on the road to a well behaved dog and a strong bond between you besides.
First, all but our December match are held on the 2nd Thursday of each month. There are usually 4 levels: Beginner Novice, Novice, Open and Utility. There is something for everyone. Sometimes we add Rally when we have the space and help. You can train in the ring at first so your dog knows that inside the gates is a place to work. Training in the ring is called FEO (for exhibition only).
Matches are on the 2nd Thursday of the month January through November but in December they are on the first Thursday. they begin at 6:30 but you can sign up at 6:15. Due to lack of outdoor light, May and September they are 1/2 and hour earlier. The cost is $1 to sign up.
See you at the match!
SPRING Orientation is on Tuesday night 4/20 at your class time!