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Agility Trial

Apr 17-19, 2020
  • Cancellation Notice - Click here

  • Agility Trial - Postponed

    Due to the unprecedented global situation, and our concern about the health and well-being of our staff, students and community, Bratty Paws Dog Plex in conjunction with the Dog Obedience Club of Lee County (DOCLC) have made the decision to postpone the April 17, 18 & 19 AKC Agility Trial.

    We are working with the AKC now to try to secure an alternate date. We will reach out to everyone once we have this accomplished.

    Since we are postponing prior to closing, it is our intention to shred all checks.

    Thank you all for your patience and understanding. We look forward to having this behind us all and getting back to playing with our Dogs!

    Kindest Regards,
    The staff at DOCLC and Bratty Paws.


    Agility Trial

    May 29-31, 2020
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    Training / Events

    All DOCLC Classes are currently on hold to minimize any possible exposure to COVID-19

    Your K9's Come First
    Fort Myers

    Monday Nights

    Nose Work Classes
    Jan. 6th, 2020
    6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
    7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
    pre-registration required

    Wednesday Nights

    Classes & Individual Obedience
    6:30 pm - 8:30 pm


    Nose Work Classes

    Jan. 9th, 2020
    12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
    Intro to Nose Work
    6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
    7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
    pre-registration required

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    Who We Are

    The Dog Obedience Club of Lee County is located near the Fort Myers area. Founded in 1983, we are an AKC sanctioned, not-for-profit organization dedicated to making dogs better citizens through training. Whether you wish to compete in obedience or just want a well-behaved companion and best friend, we can help you train your dog. Our instructors have all raised and trained dogs from a variety of breeds and have achieved AKC Obedience titles on their dogs. They actively compete in AKC obedience, rally, agility, tracking and more.

    We offer classes from Canine Good Citizen through obedience competition as well as rally obedience and puppy training and socialization. The club is involved in many activities throughout the year. We attend festivals and fairs doing demonstrations and promoting responsible dog ownership. In January we hold the club’s Obedience and Rally Trial and throughout the year we offer Canine Good Citizen testing and hold Show N Go’s.

    Fort Myers Classes

    Our indoor training facility is located at:
    Your K9's Come First
    2558 Fourth Street,
    Fort Myers, FL 33901

    Next Class Begins 3/11/20

    All DOCLC Classes are currently on hold to minimize any possible exposure to COVID-19. Please check back for updates listing dates that our classes and train on your own section will resume.


    Ring 1:
    6:30-7:15 - Puppy Class

    Next Class: 3/11/20

    - - -
    7:25-8:10 - Intermediate Class

    Next Class: 3/11/20

    6-Week Classes
    Fee Schedule:
    $60 non-member
    $35 member

    Ring 2:

    6:30-8:30 - Train on your own

    Train on your own fees:
    $10 Non-Member
    $0 Member

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    to reserve a spot in our next class.

    Cape Coral Classes

    Our outdoor training area is located at:
    Cape Coral City Hall
    1015 Cultural Park Boulevard
    Cape Coral, FL 33990

    Next class: 3/26/20

    Our March session of classes are cancelled due to the COVID-19 virus and our concerns for our students' safety. Please stay safe and cool and we will see you in September!

    No Drop-ins permitted

    Class Schedule:

    Registration begins at 7:00 pm on the first night of class.
    This is a 9 week class including registration night.
    Weekly classes: 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm

    Classes offered:

    Star Puppy Class - $60
    Adult Beginner Class - $70
    CGC (Canine Good Citizen) Class - $100


    Trick Dog Evaluations - Scheduled on request

    CGC/CGCA/CGCU Evaluations - Scheduled on request

    Puppy Class

    You and your puppy will learn:
    * Socialization with other dogs and people
    * Controlled walking at your side
    * Sit
    * Sit and Stay
    * Down
    * Down and Stay
    * Come when called
    * Stand and be still

    Puppies are eager to learn, but have a short attention span. We will help teach you to work with that eagerness. As time permits will we will also address other problems such as crate training, housebreaking, chewing, digging, and all the other things puppies do!

    Novice/Beginner Class

    You and your dog will learn:
    * Socialization with other dogs and people
    * Teaching Commands
    * Timing for Praise / Reward or Correction
    * Attention / Watch / Look
    * Sit - * Down - * Stand - * Heel - * 'Leave it' and 'Drop it'
    * Sit / Stay - * Down / Stay - * Stand / Stay - * Heel with Sit - * Heel with Right, Left, & About turns
    * Sit / Stay - Leave your dog
    * Down / Stay - Leave your dog
    * Stand / Stay - Leave your dog
    * Come
    * Come with Sit in Front
    * Sit / Stay - Recall
    * Stand and be still

    CGC Class

    Canine Good Citizen (CGC): Class & Test

    Canine Good Citizen (CGC) is a certification program that is designed to reward dogs who have good manners at home and in the community. The Canine Good Citizen Program stresses responsible pet ownership for owners and basic good manners for dogs. All dogs who pass the 10-step CGC test may receive a certificate from the American Kennel Club.

    The American Kennel Club CGC is rapidly becoming recognized as the standard of behavior for dogs in our communities. Canine Good Citizen resolutions have been passed by 18 state legislatures and the United States Senate. Insurance companies are starting to use CGC to insure breeds they would not otherwise insure, and some condominium associations around the country now require that all dogs in the complex have earned the Canine Good Citizen award.

    This course includes both five (5) weeks of group training, conducted by an AKC certified CGC Evaluator, and the CGC Evaluation (test) on the sixth week. This program will increase your dog’s social skills, and make him a valuable asset to the community.

    The CGC test includes:
    1) Accepting a friendly stranger: The dog will allow a friendly stranger to approach it and speak to the handler in a natural, everyday situation.

    2) Sitting Politely for Petting: The dog will allow a friendly stranger to pet it while it is out with its handler.

    3) Appearance and Grooming: The dog will permit someone to check its ears and front feet, as a groomer or veterinarian would do.

    4) Out for a Walk (walking on a loose lead): Following the evaluator’s instructions, the dog will walk on a loose lead (with the handler/owner).

    5) Walking Through a Crowd: This test demonstrates that the dog can move about politely in pedestrian traffic and is under control in public places. The dog and handler walk around and pass close to several people (at least three).

    6) Sit and Down on Command and Staying in Place: The dog must do sit AND down on command, then the owner chooses the position for leaving the dog in the stay.

    7) Coming When Called: This test demonstrates that the dog will come when called by the handler (from 10 feet on a leash).

    8) Reaction to Another Dog: This test demonstrates that the dog can behave politely around other dogs. Two handlers and their dogs approach each other from a distance of about 20 feet, stop, shake hands and exchange pleasantries.

    9) Reaction to Distraction: The evaluator will select and present two distractions such as dropping a chair, etc.

    10) Supervised Separation: This test demonstrates that a dog can be left with a trusted person, if necessary, and will maintain training and good manners. Evaluators are encouraged to say something like, "Would you like me to watch your dog?" and then take hold of the dog's leash. The owner will go out of sight for three minutes. The dog does not have to stay in position but should not continually bark, whine, or pace unnecessarily, or show anything stronger than mild agitation or nervousness. Evaluators may talk to the dog but should not engage in excessive talking, petting, or management attempts (e.g, "there, there, it's all right").

    Nose Work Class

    So, you say, your dog needs a job. Well, Nose Work certainly fits the bill. We get the dogs to get excited trying to find the hidden food/odor and then they get rewarded again, for locating the hidden item. Nose Work is for all ages of dogs, from puppies to much older dogs. Our classes are fun and the dogs truly light up when they see boxes or obstacles on the floor. Would you believe that you can actually compete in Nose Work/Scent Work trials? Plus, get numerous titles on your dog also? How about giving it a try? Let the dog do all the work just by using his wonderful nose. New intro to Nose Work classes will start up in September after Labor Day. For more information, email Jean at


    AKC Tracking is a canine sport that demonstrates a dog’s natural ability to recognize and follow the scent of a person's scent. In tracking, the dog is in charge, because only he knows how to use his nose to find and follow the track. The handler plays a supporting role, including knowing how to help the dog that has overshot the corner, helping the dog over obstacles and keeping the line from tangling. For many, the greatest pleasure of tracking are the hours spent outside, training and interacting with their dogs.

    The Dog Obedience Club of Lee County offers monthly classes to show handlers how to track with their dogs. We meet at various locations to provide your dog with different scenting problems. Your dog will need a non-restrictive halter. Eventually you will need a 20 to 40 foot line, flags, flagging, inexpensive leather gloves, cloth articles and perhaps a GPS.

    We normally meet the second Saturday of the month at 8:00 am, but that can vary depending on show schedules. Please send us an email ( if you are interested in attending a future class.

    2020 Officers

  • Lisa Beever, President
  • Connie Burkert, Vice President
  • Coleen Hann, Recording Secretary
  • Barb Wills, Corresponding Secretary
  • Karen Snyder, Treasurer

  • Board of Directors

  • Jeanette Rogers
  • Carol Tollini
  • Jeanette Larson
  • Sue Netzman
  • Ruth Stubler
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