The Amarillo Obedience Training Club was formed in 1978. We are an American Kennel Club licensed obedience, rally, and agility club. For more than 30 years our members have been helping owners teach their dogs to be better behaved members of the household and preparing dogs to compete in AKC obedience, rally and agility trials.
Classes for the general public and club members are held year round. Classes include Puppy Kindergarten, Household Manners, Basic Obedience/CGC (skills needed to pass the AKC’s Canine Good Citizen Test), and all levels of Obedience and Rally up through the highest levels of AKC competition.
Obedience classes are held at our indoor facility located at 8175 S. Osage. The property is fenced with red pipe and located 1/4 mile North of the Loop on Osage, and 4.5 miles South of I-40 on Osage.
Agility classes are held outdoors on our fully fenced grass-covered field which is located on Lakeside Dr. (S.E. Loop 335) on the east side of Amarillo. Foundation classes through upper level competition classes meet Spring through Fall.
AOTC hosts 2 three-day AKC Agility Trials each year on New Year’s weekend and Memorial Day weekend, and 1 two-day AKC Obedience and Rally Trial. In addition, we participate in the TriState Fair Parade, SPCA’s Muttfest, Buddy Walk and encourage our members to become involved with numerous community outreach programs involving a variety of dog related activities.
We are also a social club where folks with a common interest in dogs become life long friends. We have a club picnic with fun games for people and dogs in the summer and an Awards Banquet in the winter where we honor the accomplishments of our members during the past year.
Although not an official function of AOTC, one of our members is a Tester/Observer for Therapy Dogs, Inc. and can provide information for becoming certified and involved with therapy dog work.