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  • Tracking Games for the Big City!

    Class focus will be on articles, starts, corners, and transitions, with an emphasis on, but not limited to, urban tracking.  Students should be working at the intermediate level and need […]

  • Intro to ISC Workshop: Level 1 Course

    Intro to ISC Workshop: Level 1 Course

    Cost: $40 or one DTCCU class card Workshop date: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., April 20 DTCCU Outside Ring. Inside if weather does not cooperate. Instructors: Barbara Scanlan and Mary […]

  • Out and About Nosework Practice Group

    Each week you’ll travel to a new location to practice your skills, gain confidence in new environments, and learn from observing other teams. NACSW odor will be used. Be prepared […]

  • Fun with German Turns

    Fun with German Turns

    Cost: $40 for DTCCU members, $80 for non-members Fun you say? Yes!  Terms used in International-style agility can sound intimidating. But when you start step-by-step, you can find the skill […]

  • Layering Part 4 Smooth Transitions

    Layering Part 4 Smooth Transitions

    Cost: $40 for DTCCU members, $80 for non-members The ability to send your dog past an obstacle to take one further away is an increasingly valuable skill. These days, opportunities […]

  • Masters Handling Workgroup

    Masters Handling Workgroup

    Rings 2 and 3 Instructors: Barbara Scanlan and Wendy Woods Class limited to 7 participants Masters Handling Workgroup Rings 2 and 3 Instructors: Barbara Scanlan and Wendy Woods Class limited […]

  • Contacts and Weaves

    Contacts and Weaves

    You and your dog will learn the basics of training contacts (teeter, dog walk, A frame) using the two-on-two-off method.  Running contacts will not be covered in this class.  You […]

  • Foundations for Agility

    Foundations for Agility

    Engagement, impulse control, body awareness, recall games, introduction to beginner agility equipment, and more will be included in this class.  All students who are new to agility must take this […]

  • Nose Work Skills Challenge

    Nose Work Skills Challenge

    This class will focus on the training and handling required to successfully navigate and complete the 2024 NACSW Skills Achievement Challenge, NACSW’s virtual titling program. For complete information on the […]

  • Summer Session

    Summer Session

    Summer Session 2024 runs from June 23 – August 27

  • Sarah Low

    Sarah Low

    I got my first Belgian Sheepdog in 1995 and have since been hooked on showing and training Belgians. I have trained, competed and titled in conformation, obedience, rally and agility. […]

  • Nose Work for Newbies 2

    Nose Work for Newbies 2

    Nose Work for Newbies 2 This class begins where Nose Work for Newbies left off.  We’ll continue to build nose work skills on containers and interiors, plus introduce vehicles and […]

  • Utility Basics

    Utility Basics

    This class will get you and your dog started learning the advanced obedience exercises in utility – signals, scent discrimination, directed retrieve, directed jumping, and moving stand.  You’ll learn pieces […]

  • Nosework for Newbies

    Nosework for Newbies

    Get started learning the fundamentals of nose work (a.k.a. scent work) in this class.  We will introduce dogs to odor using a series of games to make it easy for […]

  • Obedience Foundations

    Obedience Foundations

    In this class the foundational skills for competitive obedience will be taught. We will address the most difficult parts of the most difficult obedience exercises, novice through utility, and teach […]

  • Hanna Rao

    Hanna Rao

    I have been a member of DTCCU since 2005. In my professional life I have a PhD in biochemistry and work as a research scientist at the university of IL, […]

  • Deb Sauberli

    I enrolled in my first class at DTCCU in the early 2000s. My first home companion teacher, Lisa Ochoa, was a superb instructor and encouraged me to continue with more […]

  • Nosework Skills Challenge

    Nosework Skills Challenge

    For four weeks, we will focus on the training and handling required to successfully navigate and complete the 2022 NACSW Skills Achievement Challenges. For complete information on the challenges: https://nacsw.net/challenges […]

  • Canine Good Citizen Prep

    Canine Good Citizen Prep

    Designed to prepare well behaved, well socialized dogs to take the Canine Good Citizen test, this class focuses solely on the skills required to earn the CGC title.  Dogs that […]

  • General Membership Meeting

    Tuesday, August 9, 2022 7pm

  • Board Meeting

    Tuesday, August 9, 2022 6pm

  • Open / Utility Advanced

    Open / Utility Advanced

    Handlers should have already begun to train the exercises for Open and Utility before taking this class.  Exercises will be further polished and proofed as you prepare for competition.  Prerequisite:  […]

  • Beginner Novice/Novice

    Beginner Novice/Novice

    Learn the skills necessary to compete in Beginner Novice and Novice Obedience.  Heel on and off leash, front and finish, stand or sit for exam, recall, sit-stay, and down-stay will […]

  • Treibball


    Treibball, or urban herding, is a new dog sport that is growing in popularity.  It is suitable for all ages and breeds of dogs, and can be played in any […]

  • Rally Master

    Rally Master

    All exercises are performed on leash.

  • Cindy Ziegler

    Cindy Ziegler

    I  have been working with dogs for the past 15 years, mostly herding and sporting dogs. Currently have two German shepherds, Garnet and Gretchen,  both have their CGC and  Novice […]

  • Angie Froman

    Angie Froman

    I started dog training when I was 11 years old with a papillon and showed her in 4-H. After college I became interested in agility. I have been showing my […]

  • Jessica Wedow

    Jessica Wedow

    Jess’s love of dogs and dog training started young with her family Schipperke. She currently has a Miniature American Shepherd and a Pembroke Corgi. Jess loves the nerdy aspects of […]

  • Brittany Ashmore

    Brittany Ashmore

    Brittany has been working with dogs most of her life from volunteering at the Champaign county humane society as a child and now at a dog sanctuary for special needs […]

  • NoseWork Tune- Up!

    NoseWork Tune- Up!

    This four week, between-trial seasons, class is appropriate for all dogs competing in any nosework/scentwork venue who are competent in anise, birch, and clove at an ORT level or equivalent, […]

  • Dave Stone

    Dave Stone

    I began training at the club in 1982 with my gordon setter puppy, Jackson. I’m blessed with a spouse who I met at the club a year later, who shares […]

  • Lola Heim

    Lola Heim

    I have loved dogs my entire life . I have had purebred and rescue dogs. I started at DTCCU after getting a rescue Rottweiler mix puppy that we entered in […]

  • Corbyn Giers

    Corbyn Giers

    I was born into a dog family, as my mother bred American cocker spaniels from before I was born, and also had pet dachshunds. As a young teenager, I found […]

  • Karen Kramer

    Karen Kramer

    After many years of rescuing dogs,  both through transporting dogs from high kill shelters to the north and running my own shelter at my home, I joined DTCCU and began […]

  • Jane Billman

    Jane Billman

    I’ve loved animals since I was a kid and had a Collie and cats and goldfish. For the past 25 years, I’ve had Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retrievers (Tollers), which […]

  • Sara Moshage

    Sara Moshage

    Although I grew up with dogs on our family farm, I didn’t take my first training class until 2019. I loved how much fun my dog was having in “school” and how […]

  • Intermediate Tracking

    Intermediate Tracking

    This class is for dogs that can do a track that includes at least two corners. By the end of the class, it is hoped dog-handler teams will be able […]

  • CGC / U (Urban)

    CGC / U (Urban)

    AKC Urban CGC requires that the dog demonstrate CGC skills and beyond in an urban setting. As with Canine Good Citizen, AKC Urban CGC has a 10-step test of skills […]

  • Handler Scent Discrimination

    Handler Scent Discrimination

    Learn the Utility Scent Discrimination Exercise using Connie Cleveland’s cookie tin method.  The retrieve is taught separately and added after the dog is solidly indicating handler scent among a group […]

  • Trial Prep Rally Advanced / Excellent

    Short course to prepare for Rally Trial

  • Rally Intermediate / Advanced

    Rally Intermediate / Advanced

    Think of an AKC Rally event as any team sport: You and your dog navigate a course, side-by-side, as you steer him through a course of 10-20 different signs. Each […]

  • Carolyn Brown

    Carolyn Brown

    I have been training standard poodles since 1983. Currently I share my home with one standard poodle.  I have been a member of Dog Training Club since 2015.

  • Laurie Lobdell

    Laurie Lobdell

    I started obedience training with my first dog Ziggy a Miniature Schnauzer many years ago, he earned his CD. I then trained my second Miniature Schnauzer Hannah and she earned […]

  • Joyce Latham

    Joyce Latham

    Joyce M. Latham began dog training in AKC obedience back in the 1980s with a wonderful “goose pit” yellow Labrador from the Eastern Shore of Maryland, Brandy.  Joyce promised Brandy […]

  • Barb Scanlan

    Barb Scanlan

    I always loved dogs. I always wanted to train a dog and got that opportunity when I signed up for a Home Companion class at DTCCU over 20 years ago […]

  • CGC / A (Community)

    CGC / A (Community)

    Take your CGC skills to the next level. Class is taught outdoors at Meadowbrook Park in Urbana. CGC / A test will be held during last class.

  • Introductory Tracking

    Introductory Tracking

    In AKC tracking dogs are trained to follow the scent of a someone other their handler and to recover articles the tracklayer has placed on the track. The lenght of the track, the type of cover, how old the track is, the types of distractions and the number of articles to be recovered, vary depending…

  • Scentwork


    Scent Work is the latest craze, because it’s FUN!  It’s also a great confidence builder as it requires the dog to lead the way.  The goal of this course is […]

  • Open-Utility Basics

    Open-Utility Basics

    Open Basics in an intro class to the Open Exercises in Obedience. Advanced Obedience is taught in pieces and can be taught to the young dog .  The Open Exercises […]

  • Rally Excellent / Master

    Rally Excellent / Master

    Excellent is performed off leash with 15 to 20 signs. There are some more challenging exercises. Handlers are not allowed to clap or pat their legs. Two jumps are required.

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