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KEYSTONE CANINE TRAINING CLUB (KCTC)
Our Short Session of classes will be held December 2 - 19. See the CLASS SCHEDULE page for details. No pre-registration is required.
Our next regular session of classes will begin January 4. The class schedule will be posted in mid-December.
Keystone Canine Training Club offers dog and puppy training in the Pittsburgh, PA area. We are a non-profit organization mainly devoted to providing basic obedience training to dogs and their owners, to make their pets well-behaved family members and welcome members of the community. We offer Puppy Kindergarten, Puppy Family Manners, and Family Manners Obedience classes at Basic and more advanced levels. We also offer classes in Agility, Rally, Scent Work, and Tricks. We have preparation classes for Canine Good Citizen (CGC) and CGC Advanced (CGCA) testing, and for Therapy Dogs International (TDI) testing. We have certified Puppy STAR, CGC, CGCA and TDI evaluators. In addition, we have an extensive Community Outreach program, and give frequent demonstrations (including dance routines and “doggie weddings”) at senior citizen homes, day care centers, community events, and nursing homes. Our events and instructors have been featured in local newspapers, cable television, and even the Wall Street Journal. One of our instructors and her dog appeared with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra! Our classes are open to the public. All of our instructors and officers are strictly volunteers, who freely donate their time and energy to benefit the community. See the Testimonials page for some comments on our classes. Click on the Flyer to learn more about KCTC and what it has to offer. Our location is 5167 Brownsville Road in Baldwin Borough, in the south suburbs of Pittsburgh, PA. Our mailing address is PO Box 921, Bethel Park, PA 15102-0921.
UPCOMING EVENTS BELOW (IN CHRONOLOGICAL ORDER). (CLICK HERE FOR PAST EVENTS.)
WCRL RALLY TRIAL
Our fall WCRL Rally trial was held November 22 - 23. We had over 150 runs, and the usual good food and raffles. Thanks to everyone who competed, and to the many KCTC volunteers who helped make the trial run smoothly. Our next Rally trial will be May 9 - 10, 1015 (Mother's Day Weekend).
ADVANCED CANINE GOOD CITIZEN TESTING (CGCA) THURSDAY, DECEMBER 11
We will be holding Advanced CGC testing for the AKC "CGCA" title on Thursday, December 11, at 6:00 pm. Only dogs who already have their CGC certification are eligible for testing. There is a 4-dog limit. Test cost is $15 for non-members and $10 for KCTC members. If you would like a slot, contact Dan Goldberg at email@example.com.
NOSEWORK SEMINAR AND MOCK TRIAL SATURDAY, DECEMBER 6
Come and learn about the fascinating world of Nosework with your best 4-pawed friend! KCTC is holding a Nosework day on Saturday, December 6. From 9:00 – 11:30am, we are having a seminar to introduce you to Nosework. We will show you and your dog the basic principles to get you started. The cost is $45 for non-members, $35 for KCTC members, $25 for KCTC instructors, and $15 for auditors without dogs. There is an 8-dog limit for working spots; no limit on auditors.
Then from 12:15 – 3:00 pm, we will have a Mock Odor Recognition Trial (ORT) for dogs with some Nosework experience. All three odors will be tested (Birch, Anise and Clove). The fee is $15 for the first odor and $10 for each additional odor.
Click HERE for a flyer and registration form. The registration deadline is December 1.
ON-GOING EVENTS - SEE BELOW
KCTC ON YOUTUBE!
We have created a short video about KCTC that has been posted on YouTube. Click here here for the link.
OPEN OBEDIENCE DROP-IN CLASS
Our Open Obedience Drop-In class is normally held Saturday at 9:00 am. Julie Agosti is the instructor, and she teaches the skills needed for AKC Open Obedience. It is intended for handlers ready to move on to AKC Open from AKC Novice, although a Novice title is not a prerequisite to attend this class. There are no classes in November or December. Classes will resume in January. The fee is $10.
WCRL (FORMERLY APDT) RALLY
Our World Cynosport Rally (WCRL) classes are mainly intended to prepare handlers for WCRL competition, but is open to anyone who wishes to learn about Rally. These classes will resume in January.
CONFORMATION CLASS AND INTRODUCTION TO CONFORMATION
Conformation class with Clare Schmalz and Bill Colbert has resumed and is held every Wednesday at 8:30 pm, even between class sessions. Drop-ins are welcome! There will be no class on November 26 or December 17, 24, and 31. Introduction to Conformation is a 5-week class, by appointment. Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org if you wish to enroll.
MEMBERSHIP AND BOARD MEETINGS
KCTC Membership meetings are held the third Sunday of odd-numbered months at 7:00 PM, at the club. No dogs please! The next meeting will be January 18.
KCTC Board of Directors meetings are normally held the second Sunday of each month at 7:00, at various locations.
Last Updated: November 26, 2014