Indianapolis Obedience Training Club Inc.

Basic & Advanced Obedience Classes | Conformation Classes | Pet Therapy

Class and Pet Therapy Descriptions

Congratulations on considering formal training with your dog! Your pet should be an enjoyable companion for each member of the family and training strengthens the bond between handler and dog. Whether your dog is a new member of the family, or a long term family member that could benefit from a renewed interest in obedience skills, the Basic and Advanced courses provide socialization, training and a positive environment to learn. Puppies, older dogs and mixed breeds are all welcome! If your dog competes in AKC Conformation, the Wednesday night Conformation Class provides preparation for the next time you and your dog enter the ring! Please come in for a required visit and pre-registration on any Tuesday at 7:00pm. Note that IOTC is closed during the month of December.

Basic Obedience Class

This class is designed for dogs who have never experienced obedience training or have been away from training and need a refresher to begin again. The class is nine weeks long and occurs on Tuesdays from 7:00pm to 8:00pm. It is held multiple times per year (see start dates at right). The first class session does not include your dog. At the first class you’ll discuss equipment and training methods as well as how to prepare for the next week’s class. Upon successful completion of this course you may opt to become an IOTC member.

Reserve your spot in the next scheduled class by coming in for a required visit (without your dog) and pre-registration on any Tuesday at 7:00pm. During the visit you can observe a class, complete an application and submit deposit of 25% of the class fee by check or cash. The total class fee is $100.00. Bring vaccination records when you register.

Advanced Obedience Class

This class is designed for dogs that have completed Basic Obedience class or can demonstrate those skills learned in Basic. This is an ongoing class that occurs each Tuesday from 8:15pm to 9:15pm and offers an opportunity to practice obedience skills in a group setting. AKC Companion Dog skills are covered in addition to other skills beneficial for trained dogs. Your IOTC membership covers the cost of this class.

For membership inquiries, contact the club at 317-359-2030.

Conformation Class

Indianapolis Obedience and Training Club (IOTC) is a member of the American Kennel Club (AKC). Thousands of dogs participate in AKC Conformation competition and this session is a great opportunity to prepare dogs and handlers for the show ring. The class occurs every Wednesday from 7:00pm to 8:00pm and costs $5 per class per handler.

Bring vaccination records and be prepared to complete an application form on your first night.

Customer Review by Susan B

A confident team is a winning team and a well-trained team is a confident team. Conformation classes at IOTC provide training opportunities for the owner/handler and the dog. The owner is assisted in developing and honing skills to present the dog at its best.

This training includes learning how to manipulate or “stack” the dog into a show pose for viewing and examination by the instructor, aka the judge. The owner is also instructed on proper gaiting of the dog in various ring patterns used by judges, ending in bringing the dog back to the judge for that front presentation.

As the owner practices these presentation skills, he/she is training the dog to cooperate through use of simple commands such as stand, stay, teeth, let’s go, etc. In addition, the dog is becoming socialized by being introduced to the presence of other breeds and being handled and examined by others.

All of these things help to build a confident, well trained team of handler and dog, ready for the show ring! These classes have been a great help to me and my dog!

Pet Therapy

Dogs that demonstrate they can navigate hospital hallways, work in a group with other therapy teams and enjoy meeting Hospital patients & visitors may be invited to join our Thursday night Pet Therapy teams at Community Hospital East. IOTC is proud of our longstanding association with Community Hospital East and has been visiting on Thursday nights for 29+ years.

For pet therapy inquiries, contact the club at 317-359-2030.

2018 Basic Obedience Classes begin on:

  • January 2, 2018
  • March 6, 2018
  • May 8, 2018
  • July 10, 2018
  • September 11, 2018