Session I of 2018 begins with Orientation on Monday, January 8th, with classes starting the next evening, 1/9. Upcoming Events: Session I (of 5), Noseworks seminars January 6th, 2018, registrations due no later than December 23rd to Diane (more info on website).

Instructors & Assistants for Session I 2018

Thank you to our Training Director, Bobby Jones!  Bobby has filled this position for us in the past and did a super job….. we are sure he will do so again!  Thank you for making classes run smoothly, Bobby!

This position can often be 90% behind the scenes, but is one of the most important!  Don’t know what we’d do w/o all our dedicated Members.

 Session I 2018 will soon be announced (before Orientation)


Session V 2017   Schedule of classes & Instructors

Times for all classes subject to change……

Mon     6:30 pm   Rally I    Instructor:  Janet Doxey,  Assistant:  Marny Temple 

Mon     7:30 pm    Rally II   Instructor: Michelle Ezzell,  Assistant:  Marny

Tues     6:30 pm   “Younger Puppy Obedience”  Instructor:  Sallie Cooper,  Assistant:  Connie Brown

Tues      7:30 pm   “Beginner Obedience”   Instructor: Connie Brown,  Assistant:  Bobby Jones

Tues     8:30 pm    TBA upon demand


Wed    9:30 am          “Combo Agility”  Instructor:  Susan Jackson

 Wed   5:45 pm           “Beginner Agility”   Instructor:  Janet Doxey,   Assistant:  Kathy Bloden

 Wed     7 pm          “Intermediate  Agility”  Instructor:  Captain DaveAssistant:  Gwyn Scheidt & Eric  

 Wed     8 pm         “Competition Agility”    Co-Instructors:  Dave Moore & Kathy Bloden


 Thurs   6:30 pm    “Older Puppy Obedience”  Instructor:   Nancy Parrott, Assistant:  Karen

 Thurs  7:03 pm     “PreNovice Obedience”  Instructor: Nancy Parrott, Assistant:  Karen



Every other Friday  Members Only   “Novice and Open Class” Instructor:  Larry Jenkins 

Please contact Larry for dates, times and availability







2018 Class Schedule

2018 Class Schedule

Session I         Orientation    January 8, 2018

                        Classes         January 9, 2018

Session II        Orientation   March 12, 2018

                        Classes         March 13, 2018

Session III      Orientation       May 14, 2018

                        Classes            May 22, 2018

Session IV      Orientation       July 30, 2018

                        Classes          August 7, 2018

Session V        Orientation  October 8, 2018

                        Classes        October 9, 2018

Graduation Dates    2-26-2018, 4-302018, 7-2-2018 (4th is on

                                a Wednesday), 9-24-2018 and 11-26-2018

                                (remember Thanksgiving 11-23)

Session V Classes now in progress

2017  Thank you to Bobby Jones for taking the very important job of Training Director.  Bobby keeps us running smoothly – we appreciate him!


2017 Class Schedule

 Final Session (V) is underway and we are proud of all our hardworking Teams!  If you missed out this year, please check back for 2018 Sessions and classes.


Session IV      Orientation       July 31, 2017

                        Classes          August 7, 2017


Session V        Orientation   October 9, 2017

                        Classes       October 17, 2017


Graduation Dates     9-26-2017, and 12-5-2017


In the record books:  Sessions I, II, III & IV

Session V currently running – All classes save Rally run an eight week session, Rally runs a six week session.


Our Climate Controlled Home

With the safety of our Teams uppermost in our minds, we are delighted to report that our custom-made 1/4" mats arrived and within 4 days our hardworking Members had them installed and the Training Facility looking GOOD! Hope you will join us to try them out real soon!

Image by Bobby Jones 


Too HOT to train?!  or Too COLD?  no problem at ADTC; as we are fortunate to have our wonderful climate controlled training facility! 

We recently gave the inside a face lift, by painting the walls (THANK YOU Members!) AND replacing our matting with custom-made 1/4″ mats.  The new thicker mats are constructed to have little or no jarring or stress on our dogs’ bodies.

Hope you come out and join us soon! 











All dressed for an upcoming Orientation

Image by Harriet Rood

2/11/17 All Obedience Show ‘n’ Go’s Indoors: Great Success!

The First Indoor All Obedience Show ‘N’ Go’s of the year were held on Saturday, February 11, 2017, at our climate controlled Training Facility, Rally Obedience & Traditional Obedience only, held in irregular rings.  Doors open at 8:30 am, we will be starting the day with Rally Excellent Obedience.  Registration Forms can be found at the bottom of this flyer, for quicker registration day of.  Please see more details below our directions.

Please check back for our next events!


 ADTC’s Training Center info and directions are located on the web at

Please note we are located off Hwy 17, just past the Whitebridge subdivision going north.  You will see a lot filled with boats and boat trailers and our sign is just past the boats, with our driveway immediately after the sign.  If you enter Hampstead’s city limits, you’ve gone too far!  and please note also, that we are not located on Shearwater Drive in Hampstead.


Please find a sample of what our Show ‘n’ Go info flyers look like:

Celebrating 46 Years of Service to the Community (1971-2017) 

Azalea Dog Training Club presents an

Obedience & Rally Show ‘N’ Go on Saturday, February 11th, 2017

at our Climate Controlled Training Facility

Questions?  Please contact our Show ‘N’ Go Chairperson:  Bonnie Berg-Eckhoff

at the website contact email: or



ENTRY FEES: all runs will cost $5 each

 In response to Students and other Exhibitors’ asking when we will be holding our next SnG, you can see above it will be Saturday, February 11th, 2017.  Please mark your calendars and plan on joining us for a great training opportunity.  We have experienced folks calling the various levels of  Traditional and Rally Obedience and in addition to that, we generally have exhibitors who are beautiful examples of what we all strive for in the ring ourselves!  On a personal note, I find learning from successful handlers is a wonderful tool!

As ya’ll know, we do our best to have our indoor Show ‘N’ Go mimic a real Trial (tho, please note our ring is not regulation sized), so please bring your chair(s) and crate(s) and plan on working your dog(s) and having fun with old friends and new!!

 Doors open at 8:30 am!!  Run Thru’s open to all Obedience trained dogs!  However, we request that you only do Run Thru’s at the levels at which you are currently working.  In a Run Thru, there no time for a ‘caller’ to teach an exercise!

As always, we pay close attention to input from you, our friends, our exhibitors and we continue with the following format for our Show ‘N’ Go presentation:

#1  Exhibitors’ runs will be timed.  Time limits will be as follows: Utility 8 minutes, Open 7 minutes, Novice, (not including stationeries).  In Rally all three levels will be timed at 4 minutes.  So whether you wish to do a true Run Thru or simply want to practice on some element of the level on which you are working, the floor is yours for the stated times!

#2 The fragrance of ‘human’ food makes concentrating on the tasks in the ring really hard for some of the Canine Halves of our participating Teams, so please “no food in the building”!  We’re hoping that by our setting Utility (starting no earlier than 11 am) and Novice (starting no earlier than 1:30 pm), that this will enable everyone to take a lunch break and not have to sit and wait hungry and tired, all day!!

REGISTRATION for Rally Obedience will be conducted from 8:30 am until 9 am. The Excellent Walk Thru begins at 8:50 am!  Advanced and Novice courses will follow.  Latecomers entries will be accepted if the level in which they need to practice is not finished!  We will not be able to accommodate latecomers by resetting the ring level for either Rally or Traditional Obedience.

REGISTRATION for Traditional Obedience will be held all morning, and into the afternoon, as needed, with Utility beginning no earlier than 11 am.  Open courses will follow Utility, with Novice following Open. Beginner Novice and Novice will begin no earlier than 1:30 pm


Show ‘N’ Go’s are not judged, but have ‘callers’.

ADTC can be found on the web at  Directions to ADTC’s Training Facility on the website!  Please note we are located off Hwy 17 and NOT on Shearwater Drive in Hampstead!

Cold Drinks will be available on the show site, for a small fee!!

 Please be a responsible show person……remember, clean up after your dog! And we’re trying to make “our front yard” a “no potty” zone, so please try to guide your dog(s) to either our side or back yards. We provide poop bags and pooper scoopers for your convenience. Thank you!

NOTICE:  The Show ‘N’ Go Chairperson and/or representative, reserve the right to excuse from the Show ‘N’ Go’s Ground ANY dogAND/OR handler that displays aggressive or dangerous behavior. ADTC believes in training dogs in a kind, loving manner and will not tolerate harsh corrections.




Azalea Dog Training Club Show ‘N’ Go Entry Form



Name:  ______________________________________  Tele#  _____________________

Address: ____________________________ City  ________________Zip: __________

Email addy:  _____________________________________________________________

Dog’s name:  _______________________  Breed:  ______________________________

Obedience: (class(es)/jump height/# of runs) _________________________________________

Rally:  (class(es)/jump height/# of runs) _____________________________________________

The Show ‘N’ Go Chairpersons and/or Chairs’ representative, reserve the right to excuse from our grounds ANY dog AND/OR handler who displays aggressive or dangerous behavior.  ADTC believes in training dogs in a kind, loving manner and will not tolerate harsh or strong corrections.

I have read and understand the information above.

Signature:  ________________________________________  Date:  ________________

CGC Testing is only offered at our outdoor Show ‘N’ Go’s




Special thanks to all the members of ADTC for their efforts, before, during and after the SnG, to insure this event is a success for the club and an enjoyable time for our friends, the exhibitors.



What we’ve been up to…….


2/11/17  All Obedience Show ‘n’ Go’s Saturday in our climate controlled  training facility.


4/29/17  K9 Nose Work® Seminars, “Find out how your dog’s nose works”, By Sue McKinney


6/17/17  K9 Nose Work® Seminars, “Find out how your dog’s nose works”, By Sue McKinney




Presented by Azalea Dog Training Club, in our climate-

controlled training facility, Please join us on Saturday, October 22, 2016

Please note these important facts:  *TIMELINE, COST AND SEMINARS  First preregistrations w/payment rec’d, first to be signed up for chosen Seminar(s)

*All dogs entered must be reliable off lead; Agility is done off lead

*Working Teams limited to 8 each, $25 per Team, per Seminar(s)

*Due to space concerns we are not having Auditors during this event

*We urge you to preregister at least 2 to 3 weeks before the event.

To register:  please use the forms provided OR go to ADTC’s website for Agility Seminar(s)Registration (NOT our regular Classes format please).  Forms may be downloaded (printed out) from link:   Fill in the requested information, add your dog’s vaccination record, check payment and mail to Barbara Bray, 2348 Scotts Hill Loop Road, Wilmington, NC 28411.  Attach a check for $25, made out for each Seminar you plan to attend.  Questions?  Call Barbara Bray at 910 520 6567 or 910 686 0293


Please bring your dog’s supplies; crate, treats, water, water bowl.  We have chairs for your convenience.  And please “pack” light, space is at a premium.


8:00 a.m. –  8:30 am Registration – Also 30 minutes before each seminar.


8:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. – Beginner Agility Seminar – Building Your Foundation for Agility to Achieve Success – Different foundation stations will be set up on the floor so each student has a chance to work the different skills needed for introduction to the obstacles, such as the wobble board for the teeter, jumping technique instruction, etc.  Each student will spend time at the different stations learning proper form as well as becoming accustomed to the different obstacles on a strictly novice level.  Janet Doxey, Instructor

10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. – Sequences to Build Skills and Speed – Exercises will include:  Box Jump Basics, Being ABLE To make Your Contacts & Sending your dog ahead to the tunnel.  Gwyn Scheidt, Instructor

12:30 – 2:00 p.m. – Fun and Challenging Sequences from Masters and International Courses with Tunnels and Weave Poles – Masters level and distance skills are needed for these sequences.  Barbara Bray, Instructor

2:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. – What do Agility Training and Wine Have in Common?  – Distance work, out and here, crosses and difficult weave pole entries.  Dave Moore, Instructor


Agility Seminar(s), October 22, 2016, Registration Form


Seminar #1:  8:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. – Beginner Agility Seminar – Building Your Foundation for Agility to Achieve Success by Janet Doxey, Instructor


Seminar #2:  10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. – Sequences to Build Skills and Speed by Gwyn Scheidt, Instructor

Seminar #3:  12:30 – 2:00 p.m. – Fun and Challenging Sequences from Masters and International Courses with Tunnels and Weave Poles Barbara Bray, Agility Director and Lead Instructor

Seminar #4:  2:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. – What do Agility Training and Wine Have in Common?    Dave Moore, Instructor

Please circle seminar(s) requested:  Seminar #1  Seminar #2  Seminar #3  Seminar #4

Name: ____________________________  Home Phone: ___________________

Address: __________________________ City/State/Zip: ___________________

Email Address: ___________________________  Work #: __________________

Dog’s Name:____________________ Breed:_____________________________

Age: ________ Sex: _________

AKC Registered?:____ UKC Registered?:____ Other Registry?: _______

Any child under 12 should be accompanied by a parent or guardian.



I (we) agree to hold the Azalea Dog Training Club, its members or agents, harmless from any claim for loss or injury which may be alleged to have been caused directly or indirectly to any person or thing by the act of this dog. I (we) further agree to hold the aforementioned parties harmless from any claim or loss, damage, or injury of this dog or my person by any cause while in or upon the training premises or grounds or near any entrance thereto.

Signature: _______________________________ Date: ______________


Below this line for club use only:  please circle seminar(s) chosen

Seminar #1                   Seminar #2                   Seminar #3                   Seminar #4

Vaccination Records checked by________  Fee Paid: Check #_____   Cash  _______


Sue plans to be back in January, 2017….. what it’s all about – see below!

K9 Nose Work® Seminars, “Find out how your dog’s nose works”, By Sue McKinney

Hosted by Azalea Dog Training Club, Serving the Community since 1971

13100 US Highway 17 South, Hampstead, NC 28443

was held July 30 & October 23, 2016

A second opportunity will be held on October 23, 2016 (please check for info on ADTC website, on it’s own page!  More details will be posted as soon as we know!

Many of ADTC Members have trained with Sue and have made glowing comments on her kindness, patience and expertise with dogs.  The folks who took one of the seminars in July at the ADTC training facility were delighted at how quickly their dogs caught on to the process, under Sue’s kind and gentle hands.  As I can no longer get images on ADTC’s website, please go to ADTC’s Facebook Page for lots of info AND pictures!!  Our FB page is Azalea Dog Training Club, Inc (clever, huh!  ?  It currently has one of our most wonderful Instructors, Bobby Jones and his Collie puppy, Journey as our “cover models”.   Let us know what ya think!  As of now, we only have the morning session recorded and are hoping that someone took pictures of the afternoon session (if you were the photographer, please let Marny know at  thank you!

On Sue’s website       it states:

“Sue McKinney, owner of Whole Dog Institute and Dog Fun Forever, has a natural gift for teaching. She uses that gift to help her students understand how to communicate more effectively with their dogs and how to solve basic behavioral challenges, as well as teaching dogs what we want from them. Sue is a Certified Pet Dog Trainer Knowledge Assessed (CPDT-KA) and a Certified Nose Work Instructor (CNWI).”

Also on Sue’s website, to give you perquisites and a class description (a Seminar provides an introduction of this venue)  that provides you an idea of what it’s all about:

“K9 Nose Work®

Minimum age: 4 months, no obedience required
One hour class once a week for 6 weeks

Wonderful activity for dogs of all ages! Excellent mental stimulation – will tire out even high energy puppies/dogs. Also appropriate for older dogs looking for something fun to do, dogs who are rehabilitating an injury, or reactive dogs not comfortable working around other dogs.

All dogs have the ability to excel at K9 Nose Work® since dogs “see” the world through their noses. If you are looking for a way to exercise your dog and drain some excess energy, Nose Work may be just the thing. This is a sport that celebrates the dog’s natural abilities and teaches humans to recognize and build on those natural talents. Learn how to have fun with your dog’s sniffing habits (instead of complaining about them)! Classes are taken in sequence to first allow dogs to learn to problem solve finding the source, experience multiple environments and conditions, and then to train on specific odors. Because each dog works one at a time with no other dog present, handlers can relax and enjoy the activity (appropriate for reactive dogs). The sport also builds confidence in low confidence/anxious dogs.”


Info in a nutshell:

K9 Nose Work® Seminar

“Find out how your dog’s nose works”

By Sue McKinney

Hosted by Azalea Dog Training Club

Serving the Community since 1971

13100 US Highway 17 South

Hampstead, NC 28443

Date: Sunday, October 23, 2016

Time: TBA

Pre-registration & Fee ($75) are required by TBA

ADTC Members & Students can leave registration & check payment (made out to

ADTC) in the Training Center office, labeled for Diane or Marny


Members and/or Non-Members may mail registration & check payment

(made out to ADTC) to:  TBA


Please Bring: Proof of vaccinations to include rabies tag number

Hosted by & Location of Azalea Dog Training Club:  13100 US Highway 17 South, Hampstead, NC 28443

Directions: url: has maps & text info

Questions? On website,, please click on “Contact” or


Registration Form

(this form, along with vaccination records & check payment must be in ________ to insure your spot)

Handler Name: ____________________________________

Address including City, State and Zip: ___________________________________

Phone including Area Code: _________________________________

Email: ___________________________________

Dog’s Call Name: _____________________________

Dog’s age: ____________ Breed: ______________________ Sex: ______


Owner or Handler’s Signature:

Print:___________________________  Write: ______________________________


we’ve been busy as bees, have had one indoor Show n Go at our training facility and one outdoor Show n Go at Empie Park, planning another of each at the end of the Summer heat and into the Fall.  Have held testing for 12 Prospective Therapy Dogs (June 18), of which 10 Teams qualified. Special thanks to Evaluator Margi Moore from Florence, SC and her band of merry men and women for making this possible.


4/27/2015  ADTC’s Therapy Dog Teams presented a Safety Demonstration and Petting Session at Cape Fear Middle School, Rocky Point, NC, at 3pm was a great success!  Children loved learning safety with dogs and then getting to pet the furry dogs. 


ADTC’s Therapy Teams recently visited four schools to teach the after school kids all about dogs….. safety tips, training skills and just plain olde fun things!  Our dogs and their humans had a wonderful time and we think the children did, too! Here’s a note from Katie Wayman, YMCA Youth Development Coordinator! “On September 30th, the Azalea Dog Training Club visited the Wilmington Family YMCA After School Program.  The trainers brought six of their dogs, and gave the afterschool quite an awesome show!  The Training Club showed the kids how to “Stop, Drop, and Freeze” which is the correct way to react if a dog is dangerous and approaching.  The Training Club also shared tips on how to approach a dog with smelling of the hand, being calm, and how to correctly pet the dog.  Trainers even shared the signs of dogs that should not be approached.  Each trainer’s dog had their own obedience trick to show off to the kids such as how to retrieve, come when they are called, jump over obstacles, and weave through legs.  They shared a lot of safety information, and even some stories.  At the end of the presentation the kids had the opportunity to pet each of the dogs, and review the ways on how to approach the dogs correctly. The Azalea Dog Training Club also visited three of our other after school sites and presented to the kids. The sites were Temple Baptist Activity Center, Parsley Elementary, and Castle Hayne Elementary. The visits and presentation was definitely an organized and kid friendly, and we would love to have them back anytime in the future! Katie Wayman Youth Development Coordinator 2710 Market Street Wilmington, NC 28403″ **************************************************


Member Lila Smith headed ADTC’s participation in Wilmington/New Hanover County’s “Cops Camp” held two weeks in June, two weeks in July and one week in August.  ADTC’s Teams have made a good showing and the children adored the petting session with the dogs at the end of the day!  It is more touching than I can express to see the unconditional love of our dogs enveloping these children, most of whom, have so little joy in their young lives. **************************************************


Our first indoor Show ‘N’ Go held in our climate control building of 2014 was well rec’d and we got to enjoy working with many old, as well as new, friends!  We hosted many very nice working Teams and know we will see them soon in the Ring as they follow their dreams of earning Titles!   Members of ADTC’s Therapy Dog Group accompanied Nancy Parrott to Cape Fear Academy for a Safety Demo for the younger children the middle of November 2013.  The wee ones were thrilled to have ‘the dogs visit’ and their reward for being so good was they got to have a petting session at the end of our visit!   Nancy presented a wonderful safety talk and the dogs were in heaven; enjoying the cool temps and loving the kids!  Despite the COLD temps, it was well rec’d.   Our Show ‘N’ Go the end of October at Empie Park was another fine example of how many hands make light work!  Our Members turned out in full force and reports from our exhibitors were very positive.  This included three Show ‘N’ Go venues; Traditional and Rally Obedience, along with Agility, with Canine Good Citizen throw in for good measure.   Our group has been busy as bees in the past six months!  Our Teams have been doing therapy work ,teaching and or assisting with our classes (which is our favorite thing to do….. everyone seems to have settled into the session and we’re seeing alot of learning and we are so proud!), hitting the trialing and showing scene regularly and we are so proud of each and every one of them, whether they came home with a Qualifying score (and brags) or a “Not Quite” score (usually with funny stories)! ****************************


Flyball Seminar by Diane Dargay was a blast and dogs and their humans enjoyed every minute!  Diane and her Gordon Setters showed how it’s done and then Diane walked everyone thru their paces and got them started on their way into the wonderful world of Flyball!  We’re all hoping for a another seminar real soon!         ****************************


The annual Cape Fear Wildlife Expo was held at the “old & new” Convention Centers in downtown Wilmington (corner of Nut & Convention Streets, next to parking deck), the weekend of March 15th.  If you missed it year, you missed a real treat…. hope you’ll come out and support it next year!  Many of our members attended and said it was simply wonderful!  (I have some pics but struggling to get them loaded… please check back!) ****************************


Last  May 12th, a group of enthusiastic ADTC Members represented our group at the “Battleship Splash” Dock Diving Event! Our group presented a Safety Demo, Obedience and Agility Demos and manned (and womanned) a booth sharing dog training tips and training cookies! ADTC Member Missy Gordon is also a member of Carolina Dock Diving Club and is a wonderful representative of both groups!


Image by Dick Parrott Photography


We’re here to help. The 3 ‘P’s.


3PWe are proud to employ the three P’s in our training techniques: Patience, Practice and Praise!

Whatever you want to do with your dog, we’re here to help!!

Our areas of expertise include:

  • Traditional Obedience: Puppy and/or Beginner up to Competition level

  • Conformation: All experience levels welcome!

  • Agility: Beginner up to Competition levels

  • Rally Obedience: Introduction to Rally up to Competition levels

  • AKC’s Star Puppy Program, Canine Good Citizen and Therapy Dog Testing

ADTC’s newest STAR Puppies!

2016 Session I  Sallie Cooper’s “Puppy Class Combo”, assisted by Karen Heineke, are pleased as punch with the five Teams who earned their AKC’s STAR Certifications this session!  Congratulations to Sallie and Karen, as well as Mario with Otto/Boxer, Tammy with Riley/German Shepherd, Janet with Rupert/Miniature Schnauzer, Molly with Eustace/Australian Shepherd/Poodle, Sharyn with Hazel/Australian Shepherd.

Picture to follow (I HOPE)!  Still working on it…… (sigh)


STAR Puppy Teams who have come before; and we have a boatload of them, however, all info lost when my old computer gave up the ghost.  We do have the one below.

Nancy Parrott’s “Older Puppy Class”, assisted by Kay Rodgers, are very proud of this group of STAR Puppy Teams!  Congratulations to each and every one….. may your Certifications be the first of many such celebrations!

Left to Right:  Luellyn Piver/Rose (Doberman Pinscher), Ellen Pieciul/Allie (Boxer Mix), Hana Nooraldeen/Culee (Yorkshire Terrier), Andrea Arbagast/Samba (Australian Shepherd), and Ray Spell/Bella (Brittany)

Photo by Dick Parrott Photography


Types of Classes, Days, Times & Prerequisites

Back in 1971 when ADTC was first formed, it was an Obedience Club, a Traditional Obedience Club!  But thru the years, as Dog Sports grew, we added Agility, Therapy Dog Certification, Active Therapy Dog Teams visiting children and presenting Safe Demos, older folks who needed a smile (and still do), & Conformation (around 1990), Rally Obedience (in 2005).  Our Members do a variety of other dog sports as well, including Dock Diving, Flyball, & Lure Coursing.

We proudly present the Classes listed below, in our climate controlled training facility

Unless otherwise indicated, classes run for 8 weeks. 

Please note: the rescue fee only applies to the first class taken, second and subsequent classes will be charged at the “Returning Student” fee of $90.

Unlike all our other classes, Rally classes run on a 6 week schedule and costs $90 for new students and $70 for returning. The schedule is usually as follows, but may vary depending on enrollment demand: Monday Monday classes meet every Monday evening except the fourth Monday of the month (which is our group’s meeting night) and the five Monday nights of the year during which Orientation is held. In our continuing effort to keep class sizes small AND allow all who wish to take classes with ADTC to attend, times and class levels and/or subject matter are subject to change. Classes begin on Monday nights at 6:30 pm. Although “Intro to Rally”, “Intermediate Rally” and “Competition Rally” are the classes slated, if, for example, we do not have any students wishing to take the Intro class, and have a higher number of Intermediate Rally students, we will hold two Intermediate Rally classes and no Introduction to Rally and so on….. we try to accommodate everyone’s wishes!

6:30 pm (time subject to change)   Rally Novice Obedience This class is open to dogs and handlers who have completed at least one session of PreNovice Obedience training AND who have good heeling skills (tight leashes are a big ‘no no’ in Rally!) and reliable sits, downs and recalls. This class may be repeated as needed.

7:30 pm  (time subject to change) Intermediate/Competition Rally Obedience This class is open to dogs and handlers who have completed at least one session of PreNovice Obedience training AND at least one session of Introduction to Rally class. Good off lead skills are a must. Teams must be currently competing or ready to compete in the near future. This class may be repeated as needed.

Tuesday In our continuing effort to keep class sizes small AND allow all who wish to take classes with ADTC to attend, times and class levels and/or subject matter are subject to change. If, for example, our Beginner Obedience class fills to capacity, we will add a second Beginner Obedience class to our schedule.

6:30 – 7:30 pm  (time subject to change) “Young” Puppy Obedience Class 12 weeks to 6 months on first night of class. This class is for our youngest puppies!  All pups must be up to date on their vaccination schedules to begin classes.  dogs 12 weeks to 6 months of age.

7:30 – 8:30 pm  (time subject to change) Beginner Obedience Class This class is for: A) Dogs 12 months or older with no prior formal training, B) Puppies progressing in their training from Puppy Class, or C) Dogs not yet ready to proceed to a higher level class.

8:30 – 9:30 pm  (offered as needed, time subject to change) Novice Obedience This class is for dogs preparing for the competition obedience ring! Because of the off lead work, dogs must be under voice control and have reliable sits, downs and recalls. We encourage this class to be repeated as needed. (this class fine tunes both members of the team!!)

Wednesday In our continuing effort to keep class sizes small AND allow all who wish to take classes with ADTC to attend, times and class levels are subject to change. If, for example, we do not have any students wishing to take Beginner Agility and have an higher number of Intermediate Agility Students, we will hold two Intermediate classes and no Beginner, OR one Intermediate Class and two Competition Classes. especially for those headed towards competition.

6 pm  (time subject to change) Introduction to Agility Class This class is open to dogs who have completed at least one session of Pre-Novice Obedience training AND who have a reliable sit, down, stay and recall. Emphasis will be placed on the handlers’ control of their dogs around distractions. Dogs will be introduced to beginning agility obstacles and handling techniques. Puppies over 6 months may participate in this class, but jumping will be restricted. May be repeated as needed.

7 pm  (time subject to change) Advanced Beginning Agility Class This class is open to dogs who have completed at least one session of Pre-Novice Obedience training, who have a reliable sit, down, stay and recall skills and have completed at least one session of ADTC’s Introduction to Agility.  Emphasis will continue to be placed on the handlers’ control of their dogs around distractions. Dogs will review the beginning agility obstacles and handling techniques previously learned in “Intro to Agility” and will continue gaining self confidence, fine tuning their skills.  This class may be repeated as needed.

8 pm  (time subject to change) Intermediate/Competition Agility Class This class is continuing education in Agility. May be repeated as needed, for those currently competing or headed towards competition. In fact, repetition is encouraged!

Thursday 6:30 – 7:30 pm  (time subject to change) “Older” Puppy Obedience Class – 6 months to 1 year of age This class is for dogs 6 months to 1 year. “STAR Puppy” certification is offered at this level. This class may be repeated depending on the maturity of the puppy.

7:30 – 8:30 pm  (time subject to change) Pre-Novice Obedience Class This class is for dogs/puppies who are proficient in formal basic obedience. It is the beginning of competition training and fine tuning, but is an excellent tool for owners who enjoy working with their dog and their classmates, with the end result being a well-rounded companion. Canine Good Citizen Testing is offered at this level. We encourage this class to be repeated as needed.

8:30 9:30 pm  (please call to let Instructor know you are coming)  Breed handling class upon demand. This class is handled differently from our other classes.  One does not have to pay for a full 8 week session, but can pay per class.  The fee is $10 per dog per class (not per handler, please).  Bonnie Eckhoff is the Instructor and she requires a 24 hour notice of a Team’s intent to attend class that week.  Bonnie’s home number is:  799 7201.  This class helps the Beginning Handler learn the in’s and out’s of handling one’s own dog(s) in the Conformation ring and/or helps the Experienced Handler fine tune his/her companion for showing!!

The following classes are scheduled as needed: *Open and Utility Obedience *Advanced level competition obedience including retrieves, scent work, jumping, signals, etc.

*Therapy Dog Information & Evaluation:  Please contact our website or simply check back to see if we have an Evaluation scheduled. Dogs must have at least basic Obedience skills, display good manners and be under control at all times. Dogs and handlers should have even temperaments and outgoing personalities. Under ADTC’s guidelines (not Therapy Dog, Inc.), Teams must have their Canine Good Citizen Certification. CGC testing will be offered to those teams not already certified. Therapy Dog Certification is through Therapy Dogs International.  After successful completion of Therapy Dog International, the candidate may fill out paperwork and send into the Organization, pay the annual fee and receive this group’s ID info that each team wears to every visit.  ADTC offers Therapy Dog Certification at a very reasonable price that all can afford.

ADTC is proud to present our new Evaluator:

Margi Baldwin Moore; APDT Member #77711, Florence, SC

Pawmetto Pack Flyball Team Love Me, Love My Dog Training TDI Evaluator #940

AKC CGC Evaluator #23581

Rochars Ritzy Rolls Royce (Bentley) IRON DOG, ONYX, MBDCh-G, BN, RE, CGC, TDIAOV #113377 Artep

Mr Personality (Bug) RN, CAA, CGC, FDCh-S, TDIA #142903

Artep Hansel (Andy) RN, CA, CGC, FDCh-G

Waiting at the Bridge:

Missy-The Rescue Dalmatian (1998-1/27/2014)

MM’s I’m a Lil’ Sweet Pea (7/18/1999-12/26/2013) RN, ThD, CGC, TDIRVA #043892

Garlin’s Carolina Milka Way (5/10/1999-12/2/2013) NA, OAP, NAJ, OJP, NAC Abraham’s Krystal Lola (12/23/1997-11/5/2013) CGC, LDX (Lap Dog Excellent)

Huan’s Autumn Darci (9/16/1992-11/3/2006) CD, CGC, TDI #013587

“The real joy is in the privilege and ability to step to the start line with your dog by your side, not in the crossing of the finish line victorious over others.” -Gail Storm

“We Passed!” Happy Therapy Teams Evaluated





“Potential Therapy Teams Wanted!!!  Please contact us…. ”  well, we asked and you answered and we are now very proud that we have 11 new therapy Teams in progress!!!  Recently, ADTC sponsored, as a public service, a day of training and evaluation of potential therapy dogs, under the guidelines of Therapy DogInc.   Website:

Our Therapy Program is currently undergoing growing pains, as our long time Therapy Guru, Kay Rodgers, has retired from the job of Evaluation and Mentoring new Teams.  Kay, you are a rare gem and we are thankful to you for your many years of service!  You have started many the team on their way toward sharing their love and joy with others.

In the image above, Kay Rodgers, ADTC’s Therapy Director and Tester/Observer for TDInc. presented a thorough ‘learning session’, as well as an opportunity for each interested Team to be evaluated and to sign up for individual supervised therapy visits (three supervised visited required, within six months of testing, to be eligible to be registered).  Besides our wonderful Teams, we were honored to have Tamekia Young, who has made her Senior Project on Therapy Dogs, Star News Reporter: Chris Mudarri and a Staff Photographer (please watch your local paper for an article on ADTC’s Therapy Dog Program, in mid October). In the above picture, from L to R:  behind/on Dogwalk: Lisa Steinkamp & Marty (Shih Tzu), Janet Doxey & Hazel (Corgi), Barbara Bray & Niki (Papillion) & Beacon (Sheltie).  On floor: Lila McDowell & Tucker (Lab), Evaluator Kay Rodgers & Mick (Golden Retriever, team partner Marny photographer), Wendy Yandow & Whoopi & Lucy (Cockers), Shannon Cain & Ollie (Golden Doodle), Cynthia Mackie & Walker (All American), Tamekia & Glory (Golden Retriever – supervising Certified Therapy Dog), down in front:  Dave Moore & Pepper (Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever).  Andrea Kelly & Noah (Bichon) not pictured.   Therapy Dogs Inc. Goal!  “It is a goal of Therapy Dogs Inc. to provide registration, support, and insurance for members who are involved in volunteer animal assisted activities. These activities include, but are not limited to, visits to hospitals, special needs centers, schools, and nursing homes. Our objective is to form a network of caring individuals who are willing to share their special animals in order to bring happiness and cheer to people, young and old alike.”

Effective Fall 2015, our new Therapy Dog Evaluator is the lovely Margi Baldwin Moore.  She had two sets of teams, with 6 teams qualifying and 3 teams asked to come back and try again soon.  All the dogs were outgoing and very sweet, with the 3 teams asked to come back just needing a bit more practice. 

Margi Baldwin Moore, APDT Member #77711, Florence, SC

Pawmetto Pack Flyball Team Love Me, Love My Dog Training TDI Evaluator #940

AKC CGC Evaluator #23581

Rochars Ritzy Rolls Royce (Bentley) IRON DOG, ONYX, MBDCh-G, BN, RE, CGC, TDIAOV #113377 Artep

Mr Personality (Bug) RN, CAA, CGC, FDCh-S, TDIA #142903

Artep Hansel (Andy) RN, CA, CGC, FDCh-G

Waiting at the Bridge:

Missy-The Rescue Dalmatian (1998-1/27/2014)

MM’s I’m a Lil’ Sweet Pea (7/18/1999-12/26/2013) RN, ThD, CGC, TDIRVA #043892

Garlin’s Carolina Milka Way (5/10/1999-12/2/2013) NA, OAP, NAJ, OJP, NAC

Abraham’s Krystal Lola (12/23/1997-11/5/2013) CGC, LDX (Lap Dog Excellent)

Huan’s Autumn Darci (9/16/1992-11/3/2006) CD, CGC, TDI #013587

“The real joy is in the privilege and ability to step to the start line with your dog by your side, not in the crossing of the finish line victorious over others.” -Gail Storm