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Find out about some of the fun things you can do with your dog!



OBEDIENCE

Obedience trials showcase dogs that have been trained and conditioned to behave well at home, in public places, and in the presence of other dogs. AKC Obedience trials allow exhibitors and their dogs to enjoy companionship and competition as they proudly earn AKC titles.

Find out more on AKC's website

Orlando Dog Training Club offers three AKC Obedience & Rally trials each year – one weekend in April, one weekend in October, and 3 days in December. Check out our Events

ODTC also offers training classes in Obedience.

Sassy Utility A First Place
Sassy Utility A First Place
© Stan Dudek
Dixie in V-1 Class
Dixie in V-1 Class
© Pamela Fleming
Wanda CD
Wanda CD
© Cynthia Margenau
Wanda PCDX Title 2nd Place Eustis 3/17/17
Wanda PCDX Title 2nd Place Eustis 3/17/17
© Cynthia Margenau



AKC Rally

AKC Rally® is a companion sport to AKC Obedience. It too requires teamwork between dog and handler along with performance skills similar to obedience. Rally provides an excellent introduction to AKC events for new dogs and handlers, and can provide a challenging opportunity for competitors in other events to strengthen their skills. All dogs are eligible to compete in rally.

Find out more on AKC's website

Orlando Dog Training Club offers three AKC Obedience & Rally trials each year – one weekend in April, one weekend in October, and 3 days in December. Check out our Events

ODTC also offers a training class in Rally.

Stan and Sassy
Stan and Sassy
© Stan Dudek
Rally Nationals 2017
Rally Nationals 2017
© Pix N Pages
Travis's Rally National Collage
Travis's Rally National Collage
© Pix N Pages



CANINE GOOD CITIZEN

Responsible Owners, Well-Mannered Dogs. The AKC's Canine Good Citizen program is recognized as the gold standard for dog behavior. In CGC, dogs who pass the 10 step CGC test can earn a certificate and/or the official AKC CGC title. Dogs with the CGC title have the suffix, "CGC" after their names.



Find out more on AKC's website

ODTC also offers training classes and testing for CGC.


Advanced CGC; The CGCA Title

AKC Community Canine is the advanced level of AKC's Canine Good Citizen (CGC) program.

As with CGC, AKC Community Canine has a 10-step test of skills that dogs must pass to earn the official AKC Community Canine title. This is a title that appears on the dog's title record at AKC.

Urban CGC; The CGCU Title

AKC Urban CGC requires that the dog demonstrate CGC skills and beyond in an urban setting.

As with Canine Good Citizen, AKC Urban CGC has a 10-step test of skills that dogs must pass to earn the official AKC Urban CGC title. This is a title that appears on the dog’s title record at AKC.

ODTC also offers training classes and testing for CGCA/CGCU at certain times throughout the year. We will post on the homepage when the class is offered again. You can also sign up to get on the wait-list for this class.
In the meantime check out the video below!

check out this video about our CGCA/CGCU class

CGC Titles
Students of CGC Class received their new CGC titles!
© Robin Hammel
Sailor CGCA

© Linda Unger
CGC Title and Intermediate Trick Dog Title
CGC Title and Intermediate Trick Dog Title
© Linda Unger



CONFORMATION

“Conformation” is the official name for “dog shows.” While they may seem glamorous, the true purpose of conformation showing is to evaluate breeding stock. The dog’s conformation—his overall appearance and structure—is an indication of the dog’s ability to produce quality purebred puppies, and that is what is being judged in the ring. That’s why mixed-breeds and spayed or neutered purebreds are not eligible to compete. Many times a new exhibitor will get started in dog shows by finding a mentor, usually the breeder they acquired their puppy from. Many AKC clubs also offer handling classes to teach owners how to present their purebred dog to a judge at a dog show.

Find out more on AKC's website

Orlando Dog Training Club does not hold Conformation shows.

ODTC also offers a training class in Conformation.

Kannon puppy training stacking on conformation table
Kannon puppy training stacking on conformation table
© Silvia Do Valle
Ozzy - Greater Fort Meyers Dog Club show 2016
Ozzy - Greater Fort Meyers Dog Club show 2016
© Don Meyer
Sheeva - Ochlockonee River Kennel Club 2015
Sheeva - Ochlockonee River Kennel Club 2015
© Tom Nutting
Mary Lynn
Photo courtesy of Mary Lynn Jensen
© Mary Lynn Jensen



TRACKING

Dogs have a very keen sense of smell—100,000 times stronger than humans! That’s why dogs are often used to find lost people and animals, drugs, avalanche and disaster victims, and even to detect cancer and oncoming seizures. AKC Tracking is a canine sport that demonstrates a dog’s natural ability to recognize and follow a scent, and is the foundation of canine search and rescue work. In tracking the dog is completely in charge, because only he knows how to use his nose to find and follow the track. For many, the greatest pleasure of tracking are the hours spent outside, training and interacting with their dogs.

Find out more on AKC's website

Orlando Dog Training Club offers one AKC Tracking trial each year in December. Check out our Events

ODTC does not offer Tracking classes at this time.




BARN HUNT

Barn Hunt is the new and quickly growing dog sport catching fire across the country! Barn Hunt is based on the traditional roles of many breeds in ridding farms, barns, crop storage areas, and homes of destructive vermin. Some breeds were specifically created to fill this role, and for many of those breeds, Barn Hunt provides their first true opportunity for responsible breeders to test proper working traits in their dogs. Barn Hunt is also open to any dog of any breed or mix who wishes to play the game and can fit through an 18" wide by bale-height tall tunnel. Barn Hunt has titles, levels of increasing difficulty, and championships. Barn Hunt is an independent sport, but titles are recognized by both the American Kennel Club (AKC) and United Kennel Club (UKC).

Find out more on the Barn Hunt website

Orlando Dog Training Club does not hold Barn Hunt trials.

ODTC occasionally offers a training class in Barn Hunt.

Wanda sniffing
Wanda sniffing
© Cynthia Margenau
Ready for Barn Hunt
Ready for Barn Hunt?
© Betty Ann Ogus
Maeve - Barn Hunt HIT, Sonlight ranch 2015
Maeve - Barn Hunt HIT, Sonlight ranch 2015
© Silvia do Valle
Aisis Barnhunt
I'm gonna find that rat!
© JenCan



TRICK DOG

From the 1920’s and 1940’s when trick dogs such as Rin Tin Tin and Lassie won peoples’ hearts, trick dog training has become one of the most exciting new areas in dog training today.

Find out more on AKC's website

ODTC also offers a training class and testing in Pet Tricks.

Jaxon Trick Titles
Jaxon obtaining Novice and Intermediate Trick Titles!
© Renee Kalmanson
Tachi - ITD
Tachi - ITD
© Shirley Conley
Zee Zee TDCH
Blitzen's Florida Breeze UDX2 GO RE NAP NJP NAJ OA CGC TDCH (ZeeZee)
ODTCs First Trick Dog Champion!!
Photo courtesy of Bobbie Kurivial
Wanda ETD

© Cynthia Margenau



ODTC Pet Tricks instructor Cynthia doing a Pet Tricks demo at the AKC National Championship 2017




Pet Therapy

Therapy dogs are dogs who go with their owners to volunteer in settings such as schools, hospitals, and nursing homes.

From working with a child who is learning to read to visiting a senior in assisted living, therapy dogs and their owners work together as a team to improve the lives of other people.



Find out more on AKC's website

ODTC does not offer Therapy classes at this time.


click here for an article about the Orlando dog therapy program featuring ODTC member Jan Vena




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