The beginning obedience class is available for $100. It is our most popular class and comes highly recommended by most of the veterinarians in Columbus and the surrounding area.  Each session is 8 weeks long.  Night one is for handlers only, no dogs, and then 7 consecutive weeks with your dog.  You must be present for night one or you will be dropped from the class. 

THE GOAL - Teach dogs and handlers the basic commands and skills of obedience.  All work will be done on a 6-foot leash.


  • Proper use of collar and leash
  • Walking on a loose leash
  • Heel and proper heel position including pace changes, turns (left, right, about), circle right and left, and automatic sit
  • "Come" including "come-fore", formal recall, and restrained recall
  • Sit command
  • Down command
  • Stand command
  • Sit and down stays (1 minute sit/3 minute down)
  • Sit for examination
  • Proper praise and correction techniques and importance of timing
  • Proper use of release word, tone of voice, enthusiasm in training
  • This is an 8-weeklong course offered on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday evening. Dogs must be at least 18-weeks old, and handlers must be at least 12-years old. The only equipment needed for class is a 6-foot leather or nylon lead, a training collar, and training treats.The first class is an orientation session that begins at 6:30 PM and lasts approximately 2 ½ hours. While there the first night, you will attend a group training demonstration and discussion.  You will be assigned to a class that will meet for the next 7 weeks, either at 7:00 or 8:00. (Dogs are normally assigned to a class based on size of dogs; however, if you have a time preference, we will do our best to accommodate you, if possible.) THIS FIRST SESSION IS A REQUIRED ATTENDANCE.  If you do not attend the first class (orientation), you will not be able to participate in the remaining classes. Please note that dogs do not attend this first class.

Enrollment in each class is limited to 12 dogs, and we will not "hold" a spot for anyone until we receive a paid application. Participants must preregister by submitting an application (see "forms" or click on "DOWNLOAD APPLICATION HERE" at the top of this page) and payment in full. Most classes typically fill 10 days before orientation.  If the class is full when we receive your application and payment, we will contact you immediately to discuss other options.

We also require that all dogs are current on vaccinations, including DH-PP, bordetella, and rabies. When you request the class application, you will also receive a vaccination history form that must be signed by your veterinarian. You may return the vaccination history form to us by submitting it with your application, or you may bring it to class the first night.  Please note that we must have the signed form before your dog will be allowed in the building.

We hope you will decide to join us for this exciting and rewarding beginning class. If you have any further questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to email.

** COVID-19 Information for CATC, updated 5/3/20 **

CATC will continue to respect the stay-at-home order announced by Governor DeWine. The Board will be watching for developments, as they occur, and will announce changes as soon as possible.  I know how much we all miss the classes and fun events.  Everyone is looking forward to the time we can meet freely.  The Board is anxious to discuss steps for returning to normal.  CATC will provide a reopening date as soon as we can assure our club members, the public, and our furry ones will be safe.  If you have any questions or concerns, please contact me at (614) 299-1000, Tracy Pence, President.

All Classes are suspended

All Open Training is suspended

Members Meeting March 26 will be rescheduled to TBD

Annual Election/Members Meeting is TBD

2/18/20 - CANCELLED
3/11/20 - CANCELLED
4/2/20 - CANCELLED
4/21/20 - CANCELLED

Columbus All-Breed Training Club

"We teach you to train your dog"

Our Beginning Obedience classes are on either Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday evenings.  

Start dates for the next sessions are: