Port Chester Obedience Training Club (PCOTC)
We Teach You to Teach Your Dog

Celebrating 75 Years

In June, 2014 Port Chester Obedience Training Club begins its 75th year as the leading dog training club in the Tri-State area, culminating in the celebration of our 75th anniversary in June 2015. At our facility in White Plains, NY, we train in the companion dog sports of agility and rally, as well as obedience. Our Family Manners program aims to produce well-behaved dogs that are welcome in the family and the community. The club is quickly becoming a center for the popular, rapidly growing sport, K9 Nose Work.

Over these seven decades, our expertise in developing family dogs and Trial Champions has grown along with the variety of activities we offer. 

Group classes are held during days, evenings and weekends. With over 60 classes scheduled each week, there are subjects, times and levels to fit almost everyone’s schedule. All breeds and mixed breeds are welcome in our training classes.

PCOTC is a member club of the American Kennel Club. As such, we are able to provide AKC-licensed Obedience, Rally, and Agility trials, as well as training matches. We invite experts to give seminars and workshops on a variety of subjects, from training techniques to canine health, to behavior issues. Our club meetings usually include an educational component.

Some dogs may require individual or in-house training before they're ready to participate in group training classes. Many of the club's instructors offer private training; call the club for details.

How we view dog training, in brief:

  • A well-trained dog is a joy to live with. 
  • No matter what age your dog is, PCOTC will help your dog become a well-behaved family member.
  • We teach you to teach your dog. This begins a lifelong bond.
  • You'll learn to understand your dog's signals and body language.
  • We use rewards and praise. Class is fun for both dog and owner.
  • Our instructors are experienced with all kinds of dogs: puppies, adults, seniors, purebreds and mixed breeds.

We're easy to get to, just off Interstate 287 in White Plains, New York, six miles east of the Tappan Zee Bridge. Our students come from Westchester, Putnam, and Fairfield Counties, Manhattan and the Bronx, Northern New Jersey, and Long Island.


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The photos on the left were taken at PCOTC events over the past six years by Liza Wallis Margulies. Go to www.pbase.com/snootydog/pcotc to view more PCOTC images.

Deadline for Title Awards/Plaques April 15

Fill in the PCOTC Annual Title Awards form to order a plaque or title tag for your dog(s). The form is due on APRIL 15, 2015.

To have your moment in the spotlight and be included in the presentation at the Annual Club Meeting in June, 1) Write 2-3 sentences about yourself or your dog or how you trainer or earned this title—something humorous or unusual or how you feel about this accomplishment. 2) Attach a digital photo of your dog. An informal action shot is best. 3) Email your story and photo to Carol Fessler. The deadline is May 8, 2015.

PCOTC's 75th Anniversary Dinner May 30

Members and guests, please celebrate our 75th anniversary on Saturday, May 30, from 6 to 10 pm at Sam's of Gedney Way with a wonderful buffet dinner. The restaurant is located at 52 Gedney Way in White Plains. Ticket price, further details to come. Save the date!

Spring Issue of Sit 'n Stay Available Online

The Spring Issue of PCOTC's newsletter, Sit 'n Stay, is now available online.

Class Cancellation Information

When questionable weather is predicted, instructors will contact students by phone or email. Cancellations will be made by, if not before:

     • 6:30 am for 8 am classes

     • 7:30 am for 9 am/early afternoon classes

     • 2:30 pm for late afternoon/evening classes

Cancellations will be posted to the web, Facebook and Twitter as soon as possible. If unsure, please email Registrars at dog.class.register@gmail.com or call 914-422-3647 (DOGS).

May agility trial opens for entries March 24.

Our May agility trial opens for entries Tuesday, March 24. Premium List.

J Michaelis on Musical Dog Sport Association board

Family Manners instructor Jenn Michaelis is now an Executive Board member with the Musical Dog Sport Association. She commented, "Can't wait to work together with them helping spread the word and love of the great sport of canine musical freestyle!"

Kathe Baxter Qualifies for 2015 NACSW Invitational

K9 Nose Work Training Director Kathe Baxter and her Karita have qualified for the 2015 NACSW National Invitational by earning the NW3 Elite title by December 31, 2014. The invitational is May 15-17 in Colorado. 

PCOTC Instructor Videos on AKC websites

Our instructors have been featured in a number of videos on AKC's websites. No wonder — they're terrific! Here are links for their videos:

Nancy Field, Family Manners instructor, CPDT-KA: Sit and Lie Down

Rick Pisani, Obedience Training Director, CPDT-KA: Come and Leg Weave

Stephen McKay, Agility Training Director, CPDT-KSA: Rollover

Jenn Michaelis, Family Manners Instructor, CPDT-KA: High-Five