York County, Pennsylvania USA
Agility, Obedience, Rally, Earthdog, Tracking,
Scent Work, Community Involvement, and MORE!
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The York County Dog Training Club was established in December 1999 by a small group of dog sport enthuasists that were interested in bringing more competition events to the central Pennsylvania area.
Dog-Sports Mentors! The YCDTC does not conduct training classes/lessons as an organization, but our individual members have years of expertise in various dog sports. If you would like to contact someone in our club who can helpfully guide you to get started in a dog sport, CLICK HERE to access our current mentor list.
While the love of dogs was the common denominator for the group, there were individuals interested in agility, obedience, tracking and earthdog. Some of the group were active competitors in all of these and other dog sports.
The YCDTC elected to seek recognition with the American Kennel Club and was licensed by this organization in 2001. In 2002, the YCDTC hosted its first AKC agility event. Currently, the YCDTC holds AKC agility events in March and October each year. The club has a reputation of having first-class worker hospitality and a friendly atmosphere at the trials, which makes it an excellent place to either start a novice agility dog or to participate at an advanced level in a positive environment.
The second dog sport competition to be offered by YCDTC was obedience. The first obedience trial was hosted in March 2006. In January 2007, the club hosted its first rally obedience trials. Trials have been offered in the winter and summer since then. YCDTC strives to hold small exhibitor- and dog- friendly trials that provide as stress-free of an atmosphere as possible.
Tracking was then added to YCDTC's calendar. In December 2007 YCDTC hosted its first tracking test. The tracking test allows dogs to use their natural instincts and is one of the areas in which a dog must title to earn a Versatile Dog Title from the AKC.
In November 2008, the club hosted its first two-day earthdog test. In 2009, two additional earthdog tests were added in May of that year.
In May 2018 the club hosted its first AKC scent work trials.
In 2017 we began a cooperative outreach program with the York County SPCA to provide young people, free of charge, with the opportunity to experience, first-hand, dog-sports activities including agility and trick-dog!
YCDTC is very proud of its educational outreach connections with the York County SPCA, as well as many other organizations in our area!
The York County Dog Training Club is honored to host an annual awards banquet in March of each year that showcases the achievements of the members and their canine companions. All members whose dogs have earned a title in the previous calendar year are celebrated, and awarded a commemorative item.
We also enjoy together our summer picnic, and holiday celebration dinner in December.
Public education events and seminars are conducted on a frequent basis. Seminars have included canine conditioning, advanced obedience training techniques, earthdog training, tracking opportunities, farm dog events, and a variety of other topics.
YCDTC club documents and forms may be found on the MEMBERS page.