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ABOUT THE CLUB

PCOTC is an AKC Member Club, started in 1940 in Port Chester, NY but now located in White Plains, NY, near Exit 6 from I-287.  The club includes basic training for puppies and dogs—which we call “Family Manners”—along with training in dog sports, including agility, obedience, rally, K9 nose Work, and some other specialties.

HOW TO GET STARTED

This depends on your dog’s age. If your dog is a puppy under five months of age when the class begins, you will start with a puppy class, either AKC Star Puppy or Pre-K Puppy. Otherwise, you should sign up for our introductory class, Family Manners Foundation.

PUPPY CLASSES

If you have a new puppy under 5 months of age, go to Class Registration and sign up for an AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy® class at PCOTC . Your puppy will learn to interact appropriately with different people, dogs, and environments. You will build the foundation for a friendly, confident, well-mannered adult dog. Your next step will be Family Manners Foundation class.

INTRODUCTORY CLASSES

If your dog is older than 5 months and has no previous training in a group class, go to Class Registration and sign up for a Family Manners Foundation class. You will be taught dog-friendly ways to train your dog to sit, lie down, wait, walk on a loose leash, come when called, and more.

THE NEXT STEPS

When your dog graduates from Family Manners Foundation, your next step will be Family Manners Skills. In this class, you will build reliability by training in an increasingly distracting environment and with gradually increased distance and duration, while fading lures and additional prompts. The goal is a dog that will reliably respond to your cues no matter what is going on around him/her.

From Family Manners Skills, you can expand in several directions, continuing on with Family Manners Unleashed, or going on to try Obedience, Agility, Canine Musical Freestyle, Rally Freestyle, Canine Good Citizen, and Therapy Dog classes.

CLASSES FOR DOGS WITH SPECIAL NEEDS

Is your dog shy? Consider the Shy & Fearful Dog class. Or is your dog a bit…grumpy, especially with other dogs? A Grumpy Growlers class may be what you need.

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; you can go here to read about the individual instructors or email registration@pcotc.org to ask what they would recommend.

BENEFITS OF MEMBERSHIP

If you plan to continue training you might want to consider the benefits of full membership, which includes being added to a members only mailing list, priority notification of any events and the ability to vote at club meetings,. A volunteer membership, where you volunteer 12 hours in various club activities per year, gives you a discount on your class rates and lets you rent the facility for individual practice. See Membership for more information.