DogBlog

TCOTC members hold our values dear

A message from our board president: Over the six years I have been a member of TCOTC, I have been consistently impressed by the values our members and staff demonstrate every day. I’ve seen it when our instructors place the safety of our dogs and their humans...

High Spirits Flyball Team Promotes Community at TCOTC

Flyball: It’s loud! It’s exciting! It’s fun! But what is it? Flyball is a team dog sport that is run like a relay race. Typically two teams of four dogs race against each other from a start/finish line, jumping over hurdles to a box that releases a...

Youths learn positive training through 4-H

Part of TCOTC’s mission as a nonprofit club is to serve the community. One way we do this is by hosting the Hennepin Heelers, the 4-H dog training club for Hennepin and Ramsey county youth in grades 3 through 12. Throughout the year, these young people and their...

Staff Spotlight: Katie Brittan’s road trip with Rico

Does your idea of the perfect Road Trip include you and your dog, 4000 miles in 10 days, and a National Agility Competition? TCOTC Agility Instructor Katie Brittan and her 6-year-old Miniature Schnauzer Rico hit the road last month to participate in the 2017 CPE...

Volunteer Spotlight: Vicki Willett

Visitors to Thursday’s agility classes or open-ring time are likely to be greeted by Vicki Willett, a 5+ year member who recently began volunteering at the front desk. Vicki has worked with animals for many years, from rehabilitating squirrels to caring for birds. She...

It’s spring training season!

Get your dog ready for walks along the river, backyard barbecues and visits to the lake with these upcoming Tier 2 Obedience classes: Public Manners builds on skills learned in Basic Obedience to help your dog behave politely in public, from walking on a loose leash...

Instructor Spotlight: Julia Torgersen

Julia and her Border Collies, Duff and Kat, are well known faces at TCOTC. Julia teaches six agility classes a week, from Foundation to Competition, and has been a part of the TCOTC staff for 10 years.  Duff and Kat are truly lucky dogs in that they train and compete...

2016 Spirit, Volunteer of the Year Winners Announced

At this year’s Annual Awards Banquet on February 4, instructor Steve Hansen was honored with the 2016 Dale Weyhrich Spirit Award in recognition of his perpetual cheerfulness and the tremendous positive support he offers his students and fellow instructors. Steve...

Instructor spotlight: Scott McKenzie

From Puppy Parent to Obedience Instructor When Scott McKenzie joined TCOTC as a member in 2007, he simply wanted to socialize and train Tucker, his adorable new German Shepherd puppy. He never imagined that he’d be with the club nine years later, both as a student...