Good Dog! Obedience and Rally Clubs
and Resources in the New England Area

Obedience Classes

Classes at a good obedience club can be the best investment you make for your dog, especially if you're a first-time dog owner or are having trouble getting your dog to mind. The most important thing the instructor will teach you is how to train your dog. You and your dog will learn how to work together, which strengthens the bond between you.

If you're looking for an obedience club in your area, here are some methods you can use to find one:

Of course, just because a dog trainer can afford to buy an ad someplace doesn't make that person a good dog trainer. Always try before you buy: Ask to sit in on a class or another training session before you sign yourself and your dog up. If the trainer appears to be rough with the dogs or with their owners, back slowly out the door, turn, run, and don't go back with your dog.

The APDT (Association of Pet Dog Trainers) has a good set of guidelines posted on their Web site discussing how to choose a good dog trainer. Look for APDT or NADOI (National Association of Dog Obedience Instructors) certification with the trainer you choose. They're not absolute guarantees, but the certifications do show that the instructor cares enough to stay abreast of developments in the training field, and to abide by the organization's code of ethics. Another registry for trainers is CPDT, the Certification Council for Pet Dog Trainers.

Here is a brief list of obedience clubs and classes in the northern Massachusetts/southern New Hampshire/southern Maine area. Some of these clubs' Web sites link to those of other clubs in the region. If you know of other good ones in this locale, please tell me about them.

NEARR (Northeast All Retriever Rescue) has compiled an even more extensive list of training facilities, doggy daycare and boarding facilities, and other useful information. Scroll about halfway down the page to reach the list of training facilities.


Northern Massachusetts

Obedience Events and Trials

The Northeast K9 Events site contains a useful list of events, including obedience trials and seminars, in the New England area.

If you go just a bit farther afield, you can compete in obedience trials in Canada.