Session III is underway. In response to news of a brand new CANINE VIRUS/FLU that began in FL & GA 6 weeks ago, ADTC Members are in touch with contacts all over the southeastern states, doing our best to keep abreast of potential spreading. There have been no outbreaks locally and we have not heard of any outbreaks anywhere close to us. However, we are being very cautious in order to protect the dogs currenty training at our facility. We posted informational signs at our facility and messages expressing our concern about the spread of this dangerous disease. If caught early, it can be treated successfully, but dogs have been lost to this virus w/ owners thinking the intestinal upset is caused by something their pet ate. If your dog displays any unusual symptoms, please do not wait, have them checked by their Vet asap. In response to this very real threat, a group of our Members have done a preventative cleaning of our facility, using products that should kill any germs. We have cleaned the entire building, including floor, crates, chairs and any other surface that might contain any germs. We are still holding classes, but please use your own good judgement as to whether your dog should attend during this possible crisis. Please check back here on our website, where we will do our best to report any incidences of this disease. Upcoming Events (that may or may not be canceled) : Nosework Seminars 6/17/17, Session IV begins 7/31/17, & Show 'n' Go planned for August. Interested? Please visit the link for each activity and contact us with any questions.

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

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