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Charlotte Dog Training Club

Serving Charlotte area dog owners since 1955

Winter 2024 CLASS REGISTRATION

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Class Registration will open to members on 12/19 and to non-members on 12/21.  Classes start 1/14

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.

Instructor: Victoria Carey

Click here to register → Wednesdays 10am


Instructor: Ann DiSilvestre

Click here to register → Saturdays 10am (no class 2/3)


S.T.A.R. Puppy Advanced

This class is for puppies 4-6 months of age and will offer fun ways for your puppy to learn the of basic skills like sit, down, come, stay, leave it and loose leash walking.  There will be fun puppy games during the class to make sure the puppies stay mentally stimulated! 

Pre-requisites:  Successful completion of STAR Puppy. Instructor approval.

Instructor:  Debbie Sherier

Click here to register → Saturdays 11:00am


Life Skills for Dogs 1

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 → Thursdays 1pm  


Life Skills for Dogs 2

Description:  We will strengthen knowledge obtained in Life Skills 1 or Puppy classes and introduce new exercises such as impulse control, stay, alternative method of polite greeting, navigating doors, and accepting body handling.  

Priority registration will be given to those students who have successfully completed the classes listed below or with instructor approval.  To be added to a a wait list please email:  melissa.s.shea@gmail.com

PRE-REQUISITES: Life Skills 1 and/or CDTC Puppy Classes (S.T.A.R Puppy or Puppy 1 or 2)

REQUIREMENTS: Freedom Harness and a 4-foot leash  

Instructor:  Lena Skov

Click here to register →  Thursdays 7:15pm

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:  Liz Petko


Click here to register → Thursdays 4:45pm

Beginner Obedience/Rally II

Description:  This class is the next class for those who have completed the Beginner Obedience/Rally Class (Part I). We will focus on the skills needed for advancing to Competition Novice Skills, Beginner Novice, Novice and Rally Classes.  Skills covered will be beginning heeling with patterns for obedience and rally, sit and down stays, recalls fronts and finishes.
Prerequisite: Completion of Beginner Obedience/Rally or instructor approval.

Instructor:  Liz Petko


Click here to register →  Thursdays 11:45am

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:  Marti Morris


Click here to register → Wednesdays 7:15pm


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 6pm


Tricks Concepts

Description:  This class will teach various tricks using luring as well as shaping to allow dog/handler teams to have fun in a low stress environment, improve their training skills, and learn tricks to prepare for AKC Tricks Title testing.

Instructor: Valerie LiCausi/Beth Berg


Click here to register → Tuesdays 9:15am




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Competition Obedience/Rally Classes

Rally Novice Fundamentals

This class is for students who are new to the sport of AKC rally, or for those who want to brush up on the skills needed to successful compete in AKC Rally Novice. AKC Rules and Regulations will be introduced. The focus of the class will be on learning the correct way to perform each exercise at the rally novice level. We will also work on improving the skills needed to succeed in Rally Novice including leash handling, heeling, sits and downs, fronts and finishes, and pivots. Short courses will be introduced building on the signs that are being covered each week.

Prerequisites: Dogs must be able to work in close proximity to people and other dogs. Students should have knowledge of basic obedience exercises as taught in the Beginner Obedience/Rally I and II class.

Equipment Required: Regular collar and 4' or 6' leash.

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

Instructor: Debbie Mitchell


Click here to register →   Mondays 1:15pm

Rally Novice Run throughs

Rally AKC rules and regulations will be reviewed. One Novice Rally course will be set up each week, possibly and if space permits, a smaller ring will be set up for practicing exercises. Students will receive practice and coaching in reading signs and running courses. We'll cover everything you need to enter your first AKC Rally Novice Competition.

Prerequisites: This class is for students who have knowledge of basic obedience exercises as taught in the Beginner Obedience/Rally I and II classes. Teams must have command of basic obedience skills such as heel, down, front, finish, and sit. The dog must demonstrate that the handler is in control of the dog’s behavior while on leash.

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

Instructor: Bonnie Conrad


Click here to register → Thursdays 7:15pm

Rally Intermediate/Advanced

This class is designed to provide experience in running AKC Intermediate/Advanced level courses. Students will receive practice and coaching in a run-through format. Intermediate teams are welcome to use a regular collar & leash but will not execute any jumps. Prerequisites: This class is open to students who have completed the Rally Novice class and have at least one leg in Rally Novice or have the instructor’s permission.

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

Instructor: Debbie Mitchell


Click here to register → Mondays 2:30pm

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 → Tuesdays 10:30am

Competition Novice Skills

Description:   In this class we will learn the skills required for competing in the Novice/Beginner Novice Obedience Classes.  Exercises will be broken down into the pieces needed for you and your dog to learn and then be able to put together for the complete exercise.  This is not a run though class.

Instructor: Liz Petko


Click here to register →  Thursdays 10:30am


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 → Wednesdays 10:30am

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 10:30am

Exposure to Distractions

Description: This class will expose your dog to distractions that you may encounter in the ring.   Exercises will be geared towards rally and obedience, however, the scenarios we will be working are applicable to other dog sports.  We will work on distractions such as toys and food in the ring, people in the ring, judges walking alongside your dog, entering the ring through a crowd, etc.   We will also work on some unexpected distractions.  Dogs must be able to work in close proximity to people and other dogs.

Facilitator:  Debbie Mitchell


Click here to register →  Thursdays 2:15

Problem Solving 

This class has an instructor who will help you work on Obedience/Rally Skills with your dog. Please have something specific that you would like help with. This is not a behavior management class.

Instructor: Beth Warren


This is a drop in class →  Saturdays 1pm




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Agility Classes

Pre-Agility

Description: 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.
>This class is held indoors.
> Prerequisites: a beginner class such as star puppy, CU, CGC, Tricks, beginner obedience or instructor approval.

Instructor: Patricia Ray

Click here to register → Mondays 6pm

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.  This class is held indoors.

Instructor: Carol Hamblin


Click here to register → Mondays 7:15pm

Agility 2 - Obstacle Commitment

This class is intended for teams that have completed "Agility 1 - Groundwork."
This class will build upon skills learned in Agility 1 - Groundwork. Focus will be on the dog learning to perform the objects with confidence, progression of 
contact skills on a plank, and building skills for object independence. There will be multiple stations working at the same time. Off leash control with a reliable recall is REQUIRED around working dogs. Start line stay of 10 feet and a 5 foot send to obstacle is recommended. Plan to bring visible treats and or toy (with or without food in it) to throw.

This class is held indoors at the Sky High Building in Catawba, SC.  Prerequisites: successful completion of Agility 1 or instructor approval.

Instructor: Debbie Roen


Click here to register → Tuesdays 7:15pm




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Scent Work Classes

Scent Work Intro to Odor 1

This class is a continuation of Intro to Scent Work Foundations 1. This class continues the use of food (primary reinforcement) to build the dog’s search drive. The dogs will work more complex scent puzzles in a variety of elements. Handlers will continue to work on handling skills and learning to read their dog’s changes of behavior.

Prerequisites:  Intro to Scent Work 2  AND Instructor Approval Class size: 6 

Instructor: Dawn Heath

Click here to register → Full

Click here to register →  Full

I n 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. 

PRQ: 2023 Scent Work Skills, Intro to Odor 2 or Instructor Approval

Class Size: 6

Instructor: Anne Nored

Click here to register → Full

Click here to register → Full

Scent Work Excellent/Masters Run Throughs

This class is for students who are currently competing in Advanced or higher level AKC Scent Work or similar level in another venue. Dogs must be on birch and anise odors. We will also include clove in some searches. Class will consist of run-thru set ups, with multiple search areas, scent puzzles and challenges.  Prerequisite: SW2, trialing at or titled at the Advanced level, or prior instructor approval.

Instructor: Isabelle Nilsson

Click here to register → Full

Click here to register →  Sundays 5:15pm



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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 1-3PM  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.

Click here to register → Wednesdays 1pm


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 → Tuesdays 11:45am

Click here to register → Tuesdays 6pm

Click here to register → Thursdays 11:45am

Click here to register → Thursdays 4:45pm

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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