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Dear CABTC students,

Returning to classes depends on having a thorough understanding of the Club’s new protocols to help safeguard students and volunteers.

We invite you to participate in classes and will require you to follow these rules to best protect everyone present:

  • MASKS: Masks will be worn over the nose and mouth by everyone at all times while in the building. Please bring your own mask. Should you forget, masks can be purchased on site.
  • SOCIAL DISTANCING: Practice social distancing at all times.  Please avoid congregating to every extent possible.
  • SANITATION: Wash hands frequently and thoroughly. Use hand sanitizers positioned liberally throughout the building. Avoid touching dogs that are not your responsibility. We will clean all commonly touched surfaces regularly.
  • CRATING: You are welcome to bring your own. If using club expens please sanitize with the spray provided at the end of class.
  • RESTROOMS:  As you use please spray the handles and door knobs with the spray sanitizer provided. Restrooms will be cleaned each evening.
  • EQUIPMENT:  Each time you touch any equipment (jumps etc) please have either freshly sanitized hands or a fresh pair of gloves.  EACH time, fresh gloves or fresh sanitized hands.  Instructors will remind.  This will protect everyone!

Please study these rules carefully to make sure you understand the new requirements and are willing to abide by them.

In addition, you will be required to sign a release about Covid-19.


CABTC focuses on a positive training experience. CABTC has beginning manner classes that offer AKC Puppy STAR and Canine Good Citizen certification. CABTC also offers all levels of obedience competition classes for all types of dogs.

CABTC recognizes how imperative socialization is at an early age. We encourage puppy owners to enter classes as early as 8 weeks of age.

Our Foundation Skills Series of classes are designed to establish a solid obedience background from the ground up for puppies 5 months and older. We encourage students new to dog training to start with the Foundation Skills One class.

CABTC’s obedience instructors have many years of training experience with a wide variety of dogs.

CABTC’s instructors are some of the best in Northeastern Ohio. We have experienced, talented, and skilled instructors. CABTC sponsors regular training seminars to continue our instructor’s education on current methods and ideology of dog training. All of our instructors compete in various AKC venues and some have attained many titles on multiple dogs. Some of our instructors have competed at the highest levels of competition and are nationally ranked.

All sessions are 7 weeks long.

Obedience Competition History
Dog and handler teams are judged on how closely they match the judge’s mental picture of a theoretically perfect performance as they execute a series of specified exercises. Accuracy and precision are essential, but the natural movement of the handler and the willingness and enjoyment of the dog are very important.

  • Helen Whitehouse Walker devised the first obedience “test” in Mt. Kisco, New York in 1933 to show the intelligence of her poodles.
  • The first AKC licensed obedience trial was held in 1936.
  • 200 dogs were entered in 18 trials in that inaugural year.

AKC Notes

  • 3 levels of competition – novice, open, and utility – requires mastering a specific skill set, which increase in difficulty, before advancing to the next level.
  • Novice (CD) – demonstrates good canine companion skills such as heeling, both with and without a leash, coming when called, standing for a simple physical examination, and staying in both a sit and a down position with a group of dogs.
  • Open (CDX) – more challenging,  as more exercises are done off leash, and retrieving and jumping challenges are added.
  • Utility (UD) – includes scent discrimination, directed retrieves, jumping and silent signal exercises.
  • Advanced Titles.
  • Utility Dog Excellent (UDX) when they receive qualifying scores in both Open B and Utility B at 10 separate trials.
  • Obedience Trial Championship (OTCH) title,  often referred to as the “PhD” for dogs, is the highest obedience honor a dog can receive.

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Classes: Obedience Agility Confirmation Specialty
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