Students must pre-register and pre-pay, either via this website (paying with PayPal) or by mail (paying by check or money order). No walk-ins or verbal reservations.
Different classes have different registration requirements! Consult the Class Schedule page for specific instructions.For students paying by check: If registering for more than one class, write separate checks. Make checks payable to SOTC, Inc. There is a $20 bank fee for returned checks.
All students registering for a class must agree to the Club's Liability Release.
SOTC members receive priority for admission to classes, with priority registration opening several days before general registration.
Registrations received during the priority period are treated according to priority: class openings are allocated first to members of SOTC who are currently teaching/assisting, or did so during the previous session; second to other SOTC members; third to non-member current students; and then to non-member new students.
Registrations received after the priority period are treated on a first-come/first-served basis, regardless of member/non-member status.
Registration remains open until classes fill or start, although new students are strongly encouraged to register before Orientation.
Students must be able to prove that their dogs have received age-appropriate vaccinations for rabies and DAP (distemper, adenovirus, parvo).
Acceptable forms of proof:
To enroll in Puppy classes, puppies on initial vaccination schedules must have received at least the second DAP shot by the start of class. (This shot is normally given around 12 weeks of age.) Dogs enrolled in other classes should have been vaccinated in accord with the guidelines outlined on the American Animal Hospital Association website. New York State law requires that dogs over 4 months of age be vaccinated for rabies.
The following students must attend a run-through (with their dog) to determine eligibility:
If you need a run-through, please so indicate on the registration form, and contact the General Registrar to schedule it.
Students new to SOTC must attend Orientation. Orientation is held only once per session (usually on the Wednesday preceding the start of classes). This is an informational program designed for owners only. Do not bring your dog to Orientation.
You may cancel your enrollment by notifying the General Registrar before your class starts and will receive a full refund or credit. Refunds will be made by check. There will be no refunds made, or credits given, after the first day of class.
We reserve the right to cancel a class that does not generate enough interest and will issue a full refund or credit for that class upon its cancellation.
Classes are not held after 7pm on the Club's monthly General Membership meeting nights. Meetings are usually held on the 2nd Monday of odd-numbered months (January, March, etc.) and the 2nd Tuesday of even-numbered months (February, April, etc.) The schedule is posted on the Meetings page. If your class ends before 7pm on a meeting night, it will likely be held. Students are welcome to attend meetings.
Individual classes may be canceled/postponed in the event of bad weather or other unforeseen circumstances. Class cancellation/postponement policies will be provided at Orientation or your first class. For last-minute information about cancellations, check the Updates page.