Next class series begins the week of July 30. Registration is now available online.

Charleston Dog Training Club Classes


It is our goal at Charleston Dog Training Club for you to meet with success in our classes and improve your connection/relationship with your dog. Like when we went to school it starts with a strong foundation. If you have a puppy, based on the age, we recommend that you do Puppy Basics or AKC Star Puppy and develop great training habits for you and your dog. Please feel free to contact the instructor in charge of the classes listed on our calendar, if you have any further questions. Classes are built on a progression and we hope that you will eventually decide to join our club and participate in our activities.

 Puppy Basics: Age 2-5 months. Must have had 2 sets of shots.  Course is 6 weeks for $120

Get your New Puppy off to a great start! How do puppies learn? Build their confidence. Get a head start on potty training, coming when called and the number one behavior people want help with, greeting people.  Learn how your energy affects your puppy and how to read their body language. How to deal with the two fear stages your puppy will go thru. Learn guidelines to socialize your puppy. Expose your puppies to other puppies in a safe environment. Watch your dog go thru a tunnel, walk on 7 surfaces and the tippy board. Learn how to read your puppy’s body language. Prepare for AKC Star Puppy. Register your puppy with AKC as a Registered Breed or a PAL


AKC Star Puppy: Age 5 months to 10 months Course is 7 weeks plus test for $120

Taught by an AKC Certified Evaluator

Earn the Star Puppy Medallion after completing 6 weeks of training and passing the AKC star Puppy Test. Look on for test and medallion. Puppies will learn many skills as: relax on the mat, sit, down, reliable recall and stay. Puppies will begin to develop their muscle memory of where we want them to be when we walk. After they understand to stay by our side we will work on change of pace: fast and slow. They will continue skills to build their confidence and socialization.  Owners will learn how to help their puppies deal with fearful situations barking and crate training games. Learn how to read your dog’s body language when he sees another dog and the correct way to approach. We offer many suggestions for separation anxiety. Classes are taught using a positive training method with a clicker and many treat rewards. Bring a hungry dog, plenty of soft treats and a mat to the first class. Dogs may wear a flat collar or harness.

Obedience 101:  Prerequisite: Dogs should be able to sit, down and come as well as walk on a loose leash. Class is designed for owners and dogs who are serious about training and eventually want to compete in Obedience, Rally, Agility, Therapy Dog and Canine Freestyle. Class is also designed for dogs who want to go on to Canine Good Citizen, Canine Good Citizen Advanced, and Canine Good Citizen Urban. Dogs should not be shy, or aggressive towards people or other dogs. They should be able to have a sit stay and a down stay for at least 30 seconds. 6 Weeks on going for $120 or $90 Member

Class taught with operant food training reward system. Bring a hungry dog and plenty of treats. Dogs will learn to heel next to their owners, have a change of pace, do right, left and about turns, sit and stand for exam, figure 8 and recall. Their goal will be to sit for 1 minute with the owner on the other side of the room and down for 3 minutes. We will stress how your body language affects your performance. By then end of this class with practice dogs will be ready to show in the beginning level of any venue i.e. Beginner Novice AKC.

They will also be ready to go on and take the CGC courses with the confidence passing.


 AKC Canine Good Citizen: Prerequisite: Dogs who are 10 months or older and have completed CDTC’s Family Dog or Novice Class.  Dogs should be able to sit, down and come on command as well as walk on a leash. Dogs should be socialized and not aggressive or fearful of people or dogs.   6 weeks plus Test $120 or $90 Member Taught by an AKC Certified Evaluator With all the anti-dog legislation and insurance changes this is an important title to earn on your dog.

Learn about Pet Responsibility. You must attend all 6 weeks in order to take the test. We work with you to have a makeup session if you miss one class. Dogs learn to do their learned behaviors without luring and constant food reward.

Dogs will be able at the end of the 6 weeks without food to:

·         Walk on a loose lead with a slow, normal and fast pace which includes a left turn, right turn and about turn. Dogs also must walk through a crowd and past another dog.

·         Accept a friendly stranger; sit politely for petting, able to be brushed by the evaluator.

·         Not be nervous or aggressive when presented with a distraction.

·         Sit and Down holding the position while the owner walks 20 feet away

·         Shows the dog can sit and down on command

·         Supervised Separation for 3 minutes


Rally Class:

Rally is a sport in which the dog and handler complete a course that has been designed by the rally judge. There are currently 299 rally signs and 3 levels of competition-Novice, Advanced and Excellent. In November 2017 that number increased to 322 signs and 6 levels of competition-Novice, Intermediate, Advanced, Excellent, Master and Rally Champion. The judge tells the handler to begin, and the dog and handler proceed at their own pace through a course of designated stations (10 - 20, depending on the level). Scoring is not as rigorous as traditional obedience. 

Rally provides a link between the Canine Good Citizen® (CGC) program and beginning level of formal obedience or agility competition. It gives the handler and dog team a great way to get ring experience in a more casual atmosphere.

The CDTC class will introduce several new signs each week.  You will be taught the proper way to complete the sign as well as methods to improve and learn the behavior.  A course will be set up each class for dog and handler teams to practice their skills.  All levels of team experience are welcome.  Each team should be comfortable walking on a leash, know sit and down, and be able to stay in place for 30 seconds with their handler next to them.  We will build on those skills throughout the class.

Dog must be able to walk beside you on a loose leash.

Current Instructors

Steve Monyko, Training Director

Obedience 101, Canine Good Citizen

Susan Norris, Julia Williamsen 

S.T.A.R. Puppy

Annette Lee

Puppy Basics

Sue Cipolla, Judi Randall, Teresa Robards, Ricki Silveria

Rally Novice, Rally drop-in

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