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   Established 1960


About our classes

SOTC offers classes in basic obedience as well as competition obedience, conformation handling, rally, musical freestyle, flyball, and agility. Classes are held at 6392 Deere Road. The format is group classes (6 to 8 students), not private lessons.

Classes generally run for 8 weeks and are offered four times a year (starting in March, June, September, and December/January), with Puppy classes starting more frequently as needed. The fee for an 8-week Puppy, Pre-Basic or Basic class is $104.

Most classes are held on weeknights (Mondays through Thursdays after 6pm), with a few daytime offerings. There are usually no weekend classes.

Who Can Take Classes at SOTC

You do not need to be a member of SOTC to take classes with us, and all dogs are welcome, mixed breeds as well as purebreds. However:
  • We do not tolerate aggressive dogs in our classes, nor do we offer behavior modification for such dogs.
  • Students new to SOTC and new to competition must begin with Puppy, Pre-Basic, and/or Basic, depending on the age of the dog. Even if your dog has had prior training elsewhere, we strongly recommend a refresher with us first if you wish to take any class that lists Basic as a prerequisite.
  • Students new to SOTC but with competition experience may request permission to enroll in competition obedience, rally, freestyle, or flyball classes. We will ask you and your dog to meet with our Training Director or the class instructor for a run-through.
  • We offer very few agility classes, and they are offered mostly as a service to our members. Non-members who wish to get started in agility are encouraged to seek out other options. (We can give you recommendations.)

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Our Approach to Training

  • We don't train your dog. We train YOU to train your dog.
  • We are a club, not a business, and our instructors are all volunteers. What qualifies us to teach? Most of us compete with our own dogs in various sports, and all canine sports begin with basic obedience training.  We love training, learning about new techniques, and sharing what we have learned.
  • We use reward-based training (food, toys, play, praise) and flat-buckle collars. We may recommend other types of physical collars to address problems like pulling, but we do not recommend electronic (shock) collars or permit their use in our building.

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Our Basic Obedience Program

We offer three levels of basic (intro-level) obedience: Puppy, Pre-Basic, and Basic. Each class has a maximum enrollment of eight dogs. Classes meet for 45 minutes once a week for eight weeks. The fee is $104 for the general public ($72 for members).

Which one should you take? It depends on the age of the dog:

  • Puppy is for dogs that will be between 12 and 20 weeks of age on the first day of class.
  • Pre-Basic is for those either continuing from Puppy, or new to our program with a young dog too old for Puppy class (5 to 14 months of age).
  • Basic is for those either continuing from Pre-Basic, or new to our program with an older dog (14 months of age and up).

Start at whichever level is appropriate for the age of your dog, then go on to the next level.

Basic is the prerequisite for everything else we offer.

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The Syracuse Obedience Training Club, Inc. 

PO Box 3457, Syracuse NY 13220-3457

A New York State-registered 501(c)3 educational corporation (organized not-for-profit)

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