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.

All Classes Cancelled Wednesday, 11/26/14

All classes at PCOTC are cancelled today due to weather.

Participate in Scent Study at PCOTC

The Horowitz Dog Cognition Lab at Barnard College, run by Alexandra Horowitz, studies the behavior and cognition of companion dogs. Their current study explores dog interest in different scents, and they need our help! Click for more info.

Reg Opens 11/14 for Soshana Dos Seminars

Registration will open 11/12/14 at 9 am for Soshana Dos agility seminars on Dec. 30-31. See information. WORKING SPOTS NOW FULL, waitlist available; auditing spots open. See Calendar listing for links.

Seminar Reg Available: Amy Herot, Disc Dogs

Online registration for Amy Herot's Dec. 9 seminar, "Developing & Maintaining Good Team Work for the K9 Nose Work Dog," is now available.

Marty Levy's two four-hour disc dog seminars on Jan. 18 are now available for registration at Intro to Disc Dog registration and Disc Dog Competition Skills registration.

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: Sit and Lie Down

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

AKC Coverage of PCOTC at Bark for Life

View a slide show and text about the "My Dog Can Do That!" event that PCOTC hosted at Bark for Life in Tarrytown on 4/13/14. Many PCOTC members volunteered for MDCDT! and 75 dogs participated!

A wonderful video shows both "My Dog Can Do That!" and parts of the agility demo our volunteers put on.

Online Membership Renewal Now Available

Members may now renew their membership for June 2014-May 2015 online. See the "For Members Only" section of the Membership page. A downloadable form is also provided for those who cannot renew online.

Renewals were due on May 30.

Weather Day Information

When questionable weather is predicted call 914-422-DOGS from 8 a.m. on for classes starting on or after 9:00 a.m. and from 3 p.m. for classes starting after 5:00 p.m.