Birmingham Obedience Training Club - 205-264-1905

Class Descriptions


Why should my dog and I attend classes?
One word - Obedience

You can't live well with a dog unless it's a well socialized and trained properly.  It's that simple.  Every dog should know at least five basic commands: heel, sit, down, stay, and come and should be well adjusted to a variety of situations, people, and other animals. These basics are essential in making your dog a true companion and best friend.

At B.O.T.C. we don't train your dog. "We teach you to train your dog" making for a greater bond between you and your best friend.

Puppy Class:  Age 3 - 6 months

This class is for puppies between the ages of 3 - 6 months. A combination of social skills, basic obedience, puppy good manners, and fun games you can play with your pup! Basic skills taught: sit, down, come, stay and walking on leash.  Additional issues discussed: mouthing, jumping up, & crate training.  This class continues with socialization started at home or in the Yappy Hour class,  helping you to lay the foundation for a happy well trained companion and is the prep for the next level of obedience class.

Beginner Class: Age 6 months and up

This class is for all dogs 6 months and older.  Basic skills taught: sit, down, come, stand, stay, heeling on leash.  This class is for dog and handler beginning obedience training, or as a continuation of the skills learned in puppy class and a prep for the Intermediate obedience class.

Intermediate Class:  Dogs that have successfully completed the Beginner Class

This class is a continuation of obedience skills from the Beginner class and helps the dogs and handlers to make the transition from the introductory obedience classes to competition level classes. The dog and handler continue with more in depth obedience training skills, expanding on what they learned previously. It is a preparation for the Canine Good Citizen Classes, Competition Classes and AKC obedience trialing.

Canine Good Citizen Class

This class prepares the dog and handler for the requirements of the AKC Canine Good Citizen Test. At the end of this class, the dog and handler will be given the option of taking the AKC CGC test.

Competition Classes: Novice, Open, Utility for students who have passed Intermediate or by approval of training Director.  Please see our class schedule for availability.

These classes are upper level courses to prepare the dog and handler for the various levels of AKC obedience competitions. Please contact BOTC for information regarding when these classes will be offered.

Rally Classes:
(Pre- Requisite: Obedience Class

Rally is the one of the newest dog sport that is taking the nation by storm, a successful stepping stone from the AKC Canine Good Citizen program to the world of obedience or agility. Rally offers both the dogs and handlers an experience that is fun and energizing. Rally was designed with the traditional pet owner in mind, but it can still be very challenging for those who enjoy higher levels of competition. A rally course includes 10 to 20 stations, depending on the level. Communication between handler and dog is encouraged and perfect heel position is not required, but there should be a sense of teamwork between the dog and handler. The main objective of rally is to produce dogs that have been trained to behave in the home, in public places, and in the presence of other dogs, in a manner that will reflect positively on the sport of rally at all times and under all conditions. BOTC Rally class teaches how to perform each sign on all levels. This is a great step towards competition obedience and/or agility.

Tracking: (Pre-Requisite: Approval of instructor)

Tracking is an AKC sport modeled on the training and performance of search and rescue (SAR) dogs. Dogs and handler teams are trained to follow a scent trail left by a person walking through a field, and to find an article dropped by that person. Dogs of any age and any breed can learn to track. Most dogs find this sport very rewarding – they all like to use their noses! Handlers who enjoy working with their dogs in the great outdoors will also enjoy it. Tracking in Alabama is a fall through spring activity. We always have one and sometimes two beginner classes starting in the fall, and we meet on Saturday mornings throughout the season. Experienced trackers are welcome to join at any time. If you would like more information about tracking, or if you want to be placed on the list for the next season’s beginner class, contact the instructor, Sarah Cunningham. (

B.O.T.C. Class Fees:

Obedience Sessions are for 6 weeks, 1 hour, 1 night per week. (BOTC Right Start Puppy, Beginner, Intermediate, CGC Prep., Competition Prep)
Obedience & Rally Rates:    
$125.00 for registration 

$100.00 for the 2nd (and subsequent) sessions with the same dog.

*Note: 1st night of class please arrive 15 minutes in advance to get dogs settled.

What To Bring To Class:

Your class instructor will contact you a week before class begins to advise of any special items you may need for your class.

Please bring your proof of vaccinations the first night of class plus any items your instructor has requested you to bring. Every week bring a lots of yummy treats for an evening of fun and learning!