New Dog Owners

Why train your dog?

Your dog will be with you for many years. No one will love your dog the way you love your dog, and no one will even like your dog if it doesn’t have some basic manners. Dogs aren’t born understanding the human world and the rules of your household. You must teach them. They need to learn to be around other dogs, people and places. They need to understand basic cues like come, sit and down. Training your dog will help you develop a relationship of trust, understanding and loyalty with your dog.

Read more about Responsible Pet Ownership, and take the Responsible Dog Owner Pet Promise.

Why choose CCTC for training?

CCTC offers two basic courses for new dog owners:  Puppy Pre-School and Beginner Obedience.  Puppy Pre-School is designed for puppies up to six months of age.  Dogs over six months old are invited to the Beginner Obedience course.  Beginner Agility is also offered regularly on the schedule but dogs must complete Beginner Obedience before enrolling.  Other courses such as Advanced Beginner Obedience, Tracking, and Flyball are offered as time and demand allows.

Classes are limited to small enrollments (8-12 dog-handler teams) and many fill quickly, so enrolling early is advised. The registrar maintains a waiting list for popular classes. Unless otherwise noted, Puppy Pre-School courses run for six weeks and last 1-1/4 hrs. and Beginner Obedience courses run for eight weeks and last 60 minutes.

Not all classes are offered every semester. Please check our calendar page for complete information.

Registering for Classes

Decide what class you want to enroll in by visiting our Classes page and viewing the Course Flowchart.   When you've decided on a course that's right for you and your dog, then find when the class is being offered by viewing our Calendar.  Submit your registration by using our Contact Form, calling our Registrar’s voicemail at (217) 483-2512 and leaving a message, or emailing (Puppy Class registration), (Beginner and Advanced Beginner Obedience registration), (Beginner Agility and Advanced Beginner Agility registration).  By phone or email, provide your name, contact information, course and date you are interested in.  A club member should be in contact with you in a couple of days.  You are not considered registered until you receive an acknowledgement.  CCTC is an all-volunteer organization, relying on the generosity of its members for all aspects of running the club, including answering email and voicemail, and handling class registrations.  If we're slow, or something slips through the cracks, we hope you’ll be understanding and contact us again.

Class Acknowledgement & First Class Procedures

You will receive a reminder about a week before the start of the class confirming your enrollment.  You are not considered registered until you receive an acknowledgement.  For Puppy and Beginner Obedience courses, orientation is the first class.  Remember to bring payment and dog vaccination records but leave your dog at home.  For Advanced Beginner Obedience, Beginner Agility, and Advanced Beginner Agility courses, bring both of these and your dog.  If you haven’t been contacted by the Registrar, please call (217) 483-2512 or email, , , or again to find out what happened.  CCTC is an all-volunteer organization, relying on the generosity of its members for all aspects of running the club, including answering email and voicemail, and handling class registrations.

Find Out More

Find out more about what courses to take, our training methods, aggressive dogs, class observers, membership and addressing behavior problems on our FAQ page...

Find out more about our dog training classes, training methods on our Public Classes page... and our Member Classes page...

Find out more about CCTC Membership on our Membership page...

Find other resources on dog training, competitive dog events and responsible dog ownership on our Resources page...