SOTC offers classes in basic obedience as well as competition obedience, conformation handling, rally, freestyle, and flyball. 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 January). The fee for an 8-week Puppy, Pre-Basic or Basic class is $104.
Most classes are held on weeknights (Mondays through Thursdays after 5:30pm), with a few daytime offerings. There are usually no weekend classes.
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:
Why? Our facility is big and busy, with three or four classes running simultaneously in clear view of one another. Even dogs with prior training in group obedience classes struggle to focus when they first visit the building.
Why? We are a club, not a full-service dog-training business. As an AKC-licensed club and 501c(3) educational corporation, our educational mission is to offer basic obedience classes to the public. Our instructors and other workers are all unpaid volunteers. The number of classes we can offer depends on the availability of members willing to donate their time and expertise.
Why? Because we cannot pay our instructors and other workers, we offer them priority admission to classes: instructors register first, other members next, non-member current students third, non-member new students last. To have even a small chance of getting into (say) our Agility Foundations class, any non-member would need to have taken some other class with us first (usually Basic), just to attain "current student" status. But even then the chances aren't good. Each quarter we have only 6 openings in Agility Foundations available for the 60-plus instructors, 200-plus other members, and 50-plus current students who might want them.
Agility programs everywhere are tough to get into, but in the for-profit sector you at least won't have SOTC's priority-registration rules working against you.
For other recommendations, click HERE to email our Agility Inquiries contact.
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:
Start at whichever level is appropriate for the age of your dog, then go on to the next level.
Basic is the prerequisite for almost everything else we offer.