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About SOTC

The Syracuse Obedience Training Club, Inc. is an AKC-licensed obedience club and a New York State-registered 501(c)3 educational corporation (organized not-for-profit).   Learn more

Founded in 1960, the club has nearly 300 members who have earned advanced titles in many dog sports.

Our officers, instructors, and other key workers are all volunteers.

We conduct business, offer obedience classes, and hold events at our training facility located at 6392 Deere Road in Syracuse, near Carrier Circle.

News & Reminders

Members' crates must be removed by end of classes on:
  • Wednesday August 28 (AMCA agility trial)

Just Posted

8/14/19: The premium for the October agility trial has been posted to the Events page. Entries open August 23, close September 27.

8/7/19: The August newsletter has been posted to the Newsletters page. The next GM meeting will be held Tuesday August 13 at 7pm.
8/6/19: The Fall class schedule has been posted to the Classes page. Registration opens the week of 8/12.
6/25/19:  The premium for the AMCA all-breed agility trial (August 30-September 1) has been posted to the the Events page. Entries open June 26, close August 16.
6/11/19:  Fast CAT is coming!! The premium for SOTC's first Fast Cat event (August 23-25, 2019) has been posted to the Events page. Entries open June 12, close August 15.

Officers and Board 2019-2020


Karen Vanderburgh

Vice President 

Pamela Renock


Sue Taylor

Corresponding Secretary 

Kathy Mosher

Recording Secretary 

Rachel Putnam

Training Director 

Kathy Helmke

Directors 2021 

Suzanne Eaton, Lisa Hanley,  Heather Lane

Directors 2020 

Teri Botsford, Colleen Clemett, Kelly  Mueller

Objects of the Club

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(SOTC Inc. Constitution Art. 1 sec. 2)

1.  To promote the sport of dog obedience.

2.  To disseminate knowledge regarding obedience training.

3.  To conduct classes for the training of handlers and their dogs.

4.  To encourage the training of judges.

5. To encourage and cooperate with individuals and other groups with similar purposes.

6.  To hold and support obedience trials, tracking tests, exhibitions, and matches under the rules and regulations of the American Kennel Club.

7.  To promote cooperation and good sportsmanship among its members in the training and exhibition of dogs.

Copyright 2019

The Syracuse Obedience Training Club, Inc. 

PO Box 3457 Syracuse NY 13220-3457

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