Students must register on-line via the website (under Classes > Current Classes). For instructions, see the How to Register page. No walk-ins or verbal reservations. Payment may be made either with a credit card via the website or by check/money order sent via U.S. mail.
For students paying by check: If registering for more than one class, write separate checks. Make checks payable to SOTC, Inc.
There is a $20 bank fee for returned checks or credit-card chargebacks.
All students registering for a class must agree to the Club's Liability Release.
For the duration of the COVID-19 pandemic, students must abide by all COVID rules.
You may cancel your
registration up until the first day of class for a full refund or
credit. Requests for refunds after the first class meeting will be
considered on a case-by-case basis.
We reserve the right to cancel a class that does not generate enough interest and will issue a full refund or credit for that class upon its cancellation.
Classes are not held after 7pm on the Club's monthly General Membership meeting nights. Meetings are usually held on the 2nd Monday of odd-numbered months (January, March, etc.) and the 2nd Tuesday of even-numbered months (February, April, etc.) The schedule is posted on the Meetings page. If your class ends before 7pm on a meeting night, it will likely be held. Students are welcome to attend meetings.
Individual classes may be canceled/postponed in the event of bad weather or other unforeseen circumstances. Class cancellation/postponement policies will be provided at your first class.
What about makeup classes? If we cancel a scheduled class meeting (owing to bad weather or other circumstances), we will make every effort to schedule a makeup. If it isn't possible for us to hold all the class meetings we promised you, we will issue prorated refunds or credits. However, if you miss a class for reasons of your own, we cannot offer a makeup, refund, or credit for the meeting you missed.
We are a volunteer-run club. Our entry-level obedience classes (Puppy, Pre-Basic, Basic) are offered as a public service, but our other classes are offered as a service to our members, particularly those who teach the classes. For this reason, registration operates on a priority basis, not a first-come/first-served basis.
As part of the registration process, all students must attest that their dogs have received age-appropriate vaccinations (either initial puppy vaccines or adult boosters).
In addition, students enrolled in Puppy, Pre-Basic or Basic must show proof of the dog's age-appropriate vaccination at the first class meeting. Acceptable forms of proof :
Run-throughs are suspended for the duration of the COVID pandemic.
The following students must attend a run-through with their dog to determine eligibility: If you need a run-through, please contact the Registrar to schedule it.
In-person Orientation meetings have been suspended for the duration of the COVID pandemic.
new to SOTC must attend Orientation. Orientation is held only once per
session (usually on the Wednesday preceding the start of classes). This
is an informational program designed for owners only. Do not bring your
dog to Orientation.