Princeton Dog Training Club

BEGINNER I Good, basic obedience class for both pet dog and an introduction into competition classes. Open to all dogs over 6 months of age. Long-line training for attention in motion, heeling properly, and settle are some of the commands in this class. Instruction sheets are given each week for at-home practice. This class fills extremely fast and a spot is not guaranteed unless you have contacted PDTC in advance. All Beginner I students must reserve their class place by clicking here.

ADVANCED BEGINNER/PRE-NOVICE  Handler and dog work together to increase fluency of the basic commands learned in the Beginner I Class under increased levels of distraction. This class is a prerequisite to the advanced competition classes, and will provide the additional training needed to take the AKC Canine Good Citizen (CGC) test which is open to all breeds and mixed breeds.

In order to attend this class, you must have completed PDTC Beginner I or a similar class at another school. It is assumed that teams taking this class are already familiar with but have not yet mastered sit and down stays with distractions, basic heelwork, stand stay, recall to front, and the finish. The foundation of these skills is taught in Beginner I.

PLEASE NOTE: repetition of the Advanced Beginner class helps the handler and dog master the basics before moving on to the more advanced classes.

NOVICE  This class is for those who have completed the Pre-Novice class and wish to advance in the sport of obedience. Novice obedience is the first level of competitive obedience. In Novice, the dog will have to heel both on off lead at different speeds, come when called, stay in a sit and a down in a group of dogs and stand for a simple physical exam by the judge. The dog can earn a CD or Companion Dog title.

RALLY/ADVANCED RALLY  Rally offers both dogs and handlers an experiene that is energizing. Dogs/handlers follow a course of signs that encourage teamwork through designated stations (10-20, depending on the level). Rally provides a link from the Canine Good Citizen program to obedience or agility competition for dogs and handlers. In addition, rally promotes fun and enjoyment for dogs at all levels of competition. Dogs can earn RN, RA, RE and RAE titles.

OPEN  Building on the fundamentals learned in the Novice class, participants teach their dogs the dumbbell retrieve. In Open, the dog must do similar exercises as in Novice, but all exercises are done off-lesh and the time periods are extended for the stays. Open obedience als requires that the dog retrieve on the flat and over a jump. The dog can earn a CDX or Companion Dog Excellent title.

UTILITY  Utility is the final and most challenging level of obedience. All exercises are done off-leash and some of the work is done with hand signals. Tasks such a scent discrimination and directed jumping are required in Utility obedience. This is an advanced class  for dogs that have a CDX title. The dog can earn a UD or Utility Dog title.

< In order to attend advanced obedience classes, prior approval by PDTC Obedience is required. >

In case of inclement weather

Please call the Club phone at 908-431-0460 after 3:30 PM - recorded message will inform you if class is cancelled.

Griggstown Bridge closed? Call 908-359-3222 – Police Dispatcher.

Alternate Canal Road flooding directions: Route 518 to Route 27 to Bunker Hill Road and then left on Canal.




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AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy Training  This class is designed to be a fun introduction to obedience for puppies who are between 12 weeks and 20 weeks old.  It is important to start training your puppy early to establish proper behavior right from the start.  Puppies in this class will be taught how to walk on a leash, sit, come, down, and stay.  It is very important for all puppies to work on socialization skills around other dogs and people.  Solutions to help owners with common puppy behavior problems (house manners, common behavior issues, house-training, jumping on people, etc.) will be discussed.  This class will get your dog off to a wonderful start in building a great relationship and training foundation with your puppy.



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Class descriptions are below. Not all classes are offered every session -- please see application for current offerings and class times. Contact the Obedience Director to inquire about classes not currently offered.

PDTC Class Refund Policy

Cancellations must be in writing to the class registrar before the 2nd class.

A refund will be given only if withdrawal is made before the 2nd class.

No refund will be given after the 2nd class, with the exception of illness or injury to the dog or handler. In such cases, any refund will be determined at the discretion of the Board.