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Charlotte Dog Training Club

Serving Charlotte area dog owners since 1955


Most classes start the week of June 16

Class Prices listed are for non members.  All Class prices are $150 for a 6 week session, 4 week classes are $100.   EXCEPT for  a special offering of Control Unleashed taught by Susan Mann at $200 (no vouchers or discounts accepted for this class).

Please make sure you are able to attend at least 4 of the 6 sessions to earn credit for completing  a class.

Please review the class descriptions and prerequisites below.  Click on the registration link to be taken to the registration page for that class. 

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Pet/Intro Obedience Classes

AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy

Description: This is a basic socialization and early obedience class for puppies up to 12 months old. At the completion of the program, your puppy can earn an AKC S.T.A.R. puppy certificate. Skills such as sit, down, come, and controlled walking on a leash will be taught. Other puppy behaviors we practice are handling the puppy, socialization with other people and puppies etc. Puppies do not have to be registered with AKC nor do they need to be purebred. STAR Puppy Advanced and Life Skills for Dogs are recommended next classes.

This class starts June 29.

Instructor: Beth Berg/Donna Craig

Click here to register Saturdays at 10:30

Instructor:  Ann DiSilvestre

Click here to register → Mondays at 6:30

Life Skills for Dogs

Dogs will learn to sit, down, stay, greet people properly.

Handlers will learn how to get a dogs attention. How to move from lure training to marker reward training. How to control a dog when greeting people out walking or at the door at home. How to teach and use a stay in position with distractions about.

Prerequisites:  Be able to walk on Leash

                        Not aggressive towards people or dogs

Instructor:  Nancy Cook

Click here to register → Mondays at 12:00

CGC Test Prep

Description: ​This class will teach you to train your dog for the 10 specific behaviors required by the AKC for the Canine Good Citizen certification.  Please note:  This is  for dogs with some previous obedience training.  Your dog should be able to walk alongside you on leash, know some basic commands such as sit, down, stay and come.  We'll help you with the rest.  

Instructor:  Nancy Cook

Click here to register → Tuesdays at 11:30

Instructor:   Valerie Licausi

Click here to register → Thursdays at 6:30

Control Unleashed

Control Unleashed is a program developed by Leslie McDevitt, that is a fabulous foundation for working with your dog.  CU helps you and your dog develop clear 2 way communication about what your dog can handle, while improving the ability to concentrate on task in the face of distractions.  It is a great start for puppies, a super way to help adolescents through a difficult time, and helpful for any dog experiencing issues. Since this is a special offering of this class offered by others at a higher cost, no vouchers or discounts will be accepted. 

Instructor:  Susan Mann

Click here to register → Tuesdays at 6:00

Beginner Obedience/Rally I

Description: This class is for handlers and dogs to learn skills needed to prepare for Obedience and Rally Classes.  The class is intended for graduates of Life Skills for Dogs 2 class and to continue to build on those skills

Instructor:  Donna Craig

Click here to register → Wednesdays at 7:45

Physical Conditioning for Healthy Adult or Senior Dogs

Strength, cardio, balance, and flexibility exercises for healthy adult and senior dogs. Equipment is mandatory. Household items can replace dedicated equipment. Please ensure your dog’s growth plates are closed; consult your veterinarian if needed. The required minimum age is: for toy/minis – 8 months, medium-size dogs – 12 months, large dogs – 14 months, and giant dogs – 16 months.

Please See attached document for more class information: Physical Conditioning for Healthy Adult and Senior Dogs.pdf

Instructor:  Lena Skov

Click here to register → Thursdays at 7:30

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Competition Obedience/Rally Classes

Rally Advanced/Excellent Run Throughs

This class combines the Advanced and Excellent run through classes.  One ring will have advanced courses with the second ring having excellent courses.  Students may run advanced, excellent, or both levels during the class.  Students may run the advanced course as an intermediate (on lead) course using an alternate sign for the jump.  Students will receive practice and coaching in correctly performing the rally signs and running courses.

Prerequisites: This class is open to students who have completed the Rally Novice or Intermediate/Advanced class, have their rally novice title, or have the instructor’s permission.

Equipment Required: regular collar (no harnesses) and a 4' or 6' leash. 

If the class is full, please email the instructor at  to be added to the wait list. 

Instructor: Debbie Mitchell

Click here to register → Tuesdays at 4:30

Rally Master Signs and Run Throughs

The first 3 weeks of this class will consist of short sequences with the focus on learning the proper way to perform the master level signs.  During the last 3 weeks students will run full courses with coaching and instruction to help maximize scores.

Prerequisites: Currently exhibiting in rally excellent or knowledgeable in the excellent level exercises.  No prior experience in masters is required.

Limited to 5 students.

Instructor: Debbie Mitchell

Click here to register → Tuesdays at 6:00

Competition Obedience Foundation

Whether your goal is to earn a Novice title or an OTCH with your dog, success starts with a solid foundation. In this class we will work on building a strong foundation in heeling and engagement, as well as identifying and fixing any holes in your dog's current understanding. Through the use of props like bowls and platforms, you and your dog will learn a variety of fun games to teach 1) an accurate heel position while you're in motion or standing still, 2) duration focus around distractions that are typical at an obedience trial, 3) understanding and reliability during changes of position (command discrimination for Open), and 4) a good understanding of where front position is.

You and your dog will work on building a strong foundation in heeling. We will be prioritizing quality over quantity, focusing on accuracy and engagement instead of distance and duration. If your heeling is holding you back, this class is perfect for helping you help your dog learn to love heeling. 

Prerequisite: For dogs and handlers who have completed Beginner Obedience/Rally classes.  Dogs must be able to walk on a loose leash and must be able to eat treats and/or play with toys on leash in proximity to other leashed dogs. This class is for people who want to compete in competition obedience. 

Instructor: Liz Petko

Click here to register →  Thursdays at 9:30

Click here to register →  Thursdays at 5:00

Competition Beginner Novice

Description:  This class prepares handler/dog teams to compete for the Beginner Novice Title (BN). The required exercises consist of Heeling on Leash while following signs, Figure Eight, Sit for Exam, Sit- Stay walk around the ring, and Recall.  Prerequisites: Dogs must be able to heel on leash, sit, stay, and recall, or instructor’s approval.

Instructor: Karola Hoffman

Click here to register → Mondays at 10:30

Competition Novice

Description:  This class prepares hander/dog teams to compete for the Novice Title (CD). The required exercises consist of Heeling on Leash and Figure Eight, Stand for Exam, Heel Free, Recall, Sit Stay-Get Your Leash, and Group Exercise (Sit and Down). Prerequisites: Completion of the BN Title, or dogs must be able to heel on and off leash, sit, stay, recall, control dog off leash, or instructor’s approval.

Instructor: Stan Hoffman

Click here to register → Mondays at 10:30

Competition Open Obedience

Description: For those teams that are presently competing in Open Obedience, have completed their Novice title, or are successfully competing in Novice Obedience. All teams should have foundation skills for Open. Additional classes needed: Novice Prep &/or Ring Ready Prep or instructor approval. Students must have Novice Obedience title.

Instructor: Stan Hoffman

Click here to register → Tuesdays at 10:30

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Agility Classes

Except for Agility 4, all classes will be held indoors at 2273 Burkette Rd. on 3/4" foam matting.


This class will cover targeting, focus and attention and beginning baby obstacle familiarization. Dogs should know sit stay for ten seconds and come when called. Dog should be able to work in a ring with other dogs.

Prerequisites: a beginner class such as star puppy, CU, CGC, Tricks, beginner obedience or instructor approval.

Instructor: Nan McClure

Click here to register → Wednesdays at 1:00

Pre-Agility 2

This class is intended for teams that have completed "Pre Agility 1."
This class will build the foundation for how to engage with your dog to be able to work with your dog in a distracting environment. You will also learn how to teach the dog impulse control.  Focus will be on teaching the dog how to think and offer behaviors to create a true understanding of skills. Specific goals for this class will be teaching the handler how to create object focus and handler focus from the dog.  Handler focus and object focus are the key foundational components of training agility that are built from engagement and impulse control. There will be handler and dog teams working at the same time. Off leash control with a reliable recall is REQUIRED.

Instructor: Carol Hamblin

Click here to register → Wednesdays at 2:15

Agility 4 - Refining Handling and Contacts/Weaves

Agility 1-3 is a Prerequisite. This class will build and progress. The skills learned in Agility one through three which includes weaves and plank work. This class will also introduce handler motion with short sequences and beginner handling.   Students must have reliable recall of their dog and remain task focused while training around other working dogs. Maximum of 6 students.

This class is held indoors at the Sky High Building in Catawba, SC.  

Instructor: Debbie Roen

Click here to register → Tuesdays at 7:15

Strengthening Foundation Skills for Agility

Review and reinforce foundation skills learned in pre-agility or foundations classes at CDTC or elsewhere, to include start line stays, playing chase, touch and target, plank work, perch work, jumping skills, with exercises based on the needs of the students in the class.

Pre-requisite - successful completion of at least an agility foundations or intro or pre-agility course, with the dog comfortable working in the vicinity of other dogs and handlers.  Most exercises will be done with the dog off-leash or with non-working dogs put into crates while waiting their turns.  Limit 6.

This 4-week class starts June 5.

Instructor:  Jeff Boyer

Click here to register → Wednesdays at 8:00AM

Beginner Agility 

Whether it’s just-for-fun or with the goal of competing, the foundation is the same.  Instruction is tailored to each team’s level.  Dogs will work one at a time on competition agility equipment.  Teams will learn to safely perform all individual obstacles, then short sequences, then longer sequences.  New handlers will learn basic handling concepts and the advantages of different contact criteria. 

Prerequisite skills:  stay and come when called.

Instructor:  Monica Swanson

Click here to register → Wednesdays at 6:30

Focus on Contacts and Weaves 

Work on contact and weaves performance, addressing any issues and strengthening skills for more reliable, consistent, and fast performance. 

Pre-requisite:  The dog should be familiar with and comfortable with performing all contact obstacles (dog walk, A-frame, teeter) at full height and with a basic understanding of weave performance.  Limit 6.

This 4-week class starts June 5. 

Instructor:  Jeff Boyer

Click here to register → Wednesdays at 9:00

Intermediate Handling 

Sequences to improve handling skills on the novice/intermediate level.  Dogs must be able to sit/stay and work off leash.  

Instructor:  Nan McClure

Click here to register  Wednesdays at 10:00

Advanced Skills & Sequence

This class is for dogs and handlers competing at the advanced Open or Excellent/Masters Levels. The goal is to get teams already competing thinking about the skills they need to develop and apply to have success in competition at higher levels. 

Prereq:  Dogs must be competing at the Open/Excellent or Masters levels

Limited to 8 teams

This 4 week class start 6/29

Instructor: Ryan Arnold

Click here to register → Saturdays at 1:30

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Scent Work Classes

Scent Work Intermediate

In this class, dogs and handlers will work with more complex scent puzzles in a variety of elements at the Novice and Advanced level. This class will also work on more advanced handling skills and more advanced scent theory and learning to set hides.

Preference will be given to students who have completed Intro to SW and Intro to Odor Classes. If you have not completed these classes, you may be asked to move to the waitlist to accommodate students already in the program.

Prerequisites:  Intro to Odor 2 AND Instructor Approval 

Instructor: Dawn Heath

Click here to register →  Sundays at 1:30

Click here to register →  Sundays at 3:00

Scent Work Excellent

In this class, dogs and handlers continue to work on more complex scent puzzles in a variety of elements at the Excellent and Master level. This class will also work on more advanced handling skills and more advanced scent theory and setting hides.

Prerequisites:  Scent Work Intermediate AND Instructor Approval Class Size: 6

Instructor: Anne Nored

Click here to register → Tuesdays at 1:00

Scent Work Trial Prep Excellent/Masters/Detective

This is a trial preparation run through class for teams trialing at Excellent, Master, NW3, or higher. This is a “run through” class (No individual instruction).

Prerequisites:  Dog on Birch, Anise, Clove, Cypress. AKC Advanced/NW2 Titled AND Instructor approval Class Size: 8

Instructor: Carol Hamblin

Click here to register → Tuesdays at 7:45

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Drop-In Classes 

Conformation Drop-In Classes Starting September 8 @ 10:30-11:30.  No signup is required.  For details go to this link  Conformation Class InformationFor schedule:  Class Calendar   Proof Vaccination is required.  $5 per session for members/$10 per session non members

Competition Open/Utility Proofing - Wednesdays 12-2PM  These sessions are for proofing open and utility obedience exercises. Dogs must be training at the competition open or utility levels.    Participants will help each other with elements of exercises, but there is no instructor to provide training. Dogs will be training in close proximity to other dogs so must be under control and work safely near other dogs. This is a drop in class so signup is necessary.    Proof of Vaccination is required. Price is $5/person members/$10/person non-members.

Thursdays 12-2pm

Open Ring & Practice Time for Members

Open Ring for Club Members

Description:  This "class" is for CDTC members who want to practice with their dogs in a ring.  This is a 6 week session sign up.  No instructor is present and other members may also be signed up for use of that ring at the same time. Registration is required and it is the responsibility of the members signed up to work out a rotation to allow everyone to use the ring. This is not open to non-club members. 

Click here to register → 

Practice Time for Members:

This is for members only. 1/2 hour Practice sessions $5/dog. Must be sure that someone will be at the building and what time. You must sign up using this link: 

Practice Time for Members

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2273 Burkette Rd

Rock Hill, SC 29730

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