Port Chester Obedience Training Club (PCOTC)
We Teach You to Teach Your Dog

Celebrating 75 Years

In June, 2014 Port Chester Obedience Training Club begins its 75th year as the leading dog training club in the Tri-State area, culminating in the celebration of our 75th anniversary in June 2015. At our facility in White Plains, NY, we train in the companion dog sports of agility and rally, as well as obedience. Our Family Manners program aims to produce well-behaved dogs that are welcome in the family and the community. The club is quickly becoming a center for the popular, rapidly growing sport, K9 Nose Work.

Over these seven decades, our expertise in developing family dogs and Trial Champions has grown along with the variety of activities we offer. 

Group classes are held during days, evenings and weekends. With over 60 classes scheduled each week, there are subjects, times and levels to fit almost everyone’s schedule. All breeds and mixed breeds are welcome in our training classes.

PCOTC is a member club of the American Kennel Club. As such, we are able to provide AKC-licensed Obedience, Rally, and Agility trials, as well as training matches. We invite experts to give seminars and workshops on a variety of subjects, from training techniques to canine health, to behavior issues. Our club meetings usually include an educational component.

Some dogs may require individual or in-house training before they're ready to participate in group training classes. Many of the club's instructors offer private training; call the club for details.

How we view dog training, in brief:

  • A well-trained dog is a joy to live with. 
  • No matter what age your dog is, PCOTC will help your dog become a well-behaved family member.
  • We teach you to teach your dog. This begins a lifelong bond.
  • You'll learn to understand your dog's signals and body language.
  • We use rewards and praise. Class is fun for both dog and owner.
  • Our instructors are experienced with all kinds of dogs: puppies, adults, seniors, purebreds and mixed breeds.

We're easy to get to, just off Interstate 287 in White Plains, New York, six miles east of the Tappan Zee Bridge. Our students come from Westchester, Putnam, and Fairfield Counties, Manhattan and the Bronx, Northern New Jersey, and Long Island.


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The photos on the left were taken at PCOTC events over the past six years by Liza Wallis Margulies. Go to www.pbase.com/snootydog/pcotc to view more PCOTC images.

PCOTC OPEN HOUSE for Dogs & Their Families Oct. 4

Open House at PCOTC on Sunday, Oct. 4, 1-4 pm: Always wanted to try agility, nose work, obedience or rally? Curious as to what tricks you can teach your dog or whether you can dance with them? Come to our FREE, fun-filled Open House and try out all or any of these activities with your dog and family. For more info.

A Singular Honor for PCOTC on our 75th Anniversary

The AKC has issued and presented to PCOTC a truly remarkable resolution on the occasion of our club's 75th anniversary. See resolution.

Volunteer Signup Sheets for White Plains Weekends

Volunteer sign-up sheets for Oct.-Nov. White Plains Weekends:

Oct. 18: www.volunteersignup.org/AWFEH

Nov. 1: www.volunteersignup.org/DD8PA

Nov. 15: www.volunteersignup.org/ABBCL

FALL Issue of Sit 'n Stay available online

The Fall Issue of PCOTC's newsletter, Sit 'n Stay, is now available online.

Class Cancellation Information

When questionable weather is predicted, instructors will contact students by phone or email. Cancellations will be made by, if not before:

     • 6:30 am for 8 am classes

     • 7:30 am for 9 am/early afternoon classes

     • 2:30 pm for late afternoon/evening classes

Cancellations will be posted to the web, Facebook and Twitter as soon as possible. If unsure, please email Registrars at dog.class.register@gmail.com or call 914-422-3647 (DOGS).

PCOTC Instructor Videos on AKC websites

Our instructors have been featured in a number of videos on AKC's websites. No wonder — they're terrific! Here are links for their videos:

Nancy Field, Family Manners instructor, CPDT-KA: SitLie Down and Bow.

Rick Pisani, Obedience Training Director, CPDT-KA: Come and Leg Weave

Stephen McKay, Agility Training Director, CPDT-KSA: Rollover

Jenn Michaelis, Family Manners Instructor, CPDT-KA: High-Five