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.

Want to Teach Your Dog to Spin?

See this video of instructor Jenn Michaelis with Terra, from an AKC newsletter.

1 working spot available for Eifert Sat. am

One working spot has become available for Anna Eifert's "OMD Basics: for puppies & young dogs" workshop on Saturday, June 10. If interested, please contact Debbie Poe at debbie.poe@gmail.com

Ronchette Breed Handling Seminars Now Open

Registration for Vicki Ronchette Breed Handling Seminars, "Show Like the Pros!", on Oct. 7 & 8 is now open. Saturday, Oct. 7 is "Shaping Show Dog Superstars: How to Train a Successful Show Dog," and Sunday, Oct. 8 is "Mastering Your Dog's Movement and Show Stopping Stacks." More information. To sign up.

Yes, we reached a quorum!

We reached EXACTLY a quorom at our club meeting on Wednesday night, April 26, and passed the last bit of our revised bylaws. Some lucky dogs are enjoying Sara Gagnon's home-made dog treats today, some dogs received pretty new bandannas, two people won a raffle gift card, and Kathy Gregory spoke briefly and took questions on the new AKC Scent Work program. PCOTC has obtained AKC approval to host AKC Scent Work trials. October 1, 2017 is the official launch of AKC Scent Work—the earliest date that a club may hold a Scent Work trial.


PCOTC welcomes Sara Gagnon to the Board of Directors as 1st Vice President, and congratulates Megan Woods on being elected as the new Treasurer.

PCOTC Telephone # Changed

Please note our new number: 914-269-8550

SPRING 2017 Sit 'n Stay newsletter now available

View PCOTC's newsletter, Sit 'n Stay Spring 2017. Previous issues available: Winter 2016-17Fall 2016Summer 2016, and Spring 2016.

AKC Live Stream at PCOTC on National Dog Day

For National Dog Day on August 26, an AKC videographer live-streamed the last session of Nancy Field's Family Manners Foundation class. Nancy explains that she always does a little "party," which is a chance to practice all the exercises students did in class in a real-life scenario that involves self-control around food. See the video!

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 914-269-8550.

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 Instructor, CPDT-KSA: Rollover

Jenn Michaelis, Family Manners Training Director, CPDT-KA: High-Five