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HOW DO I JOIN CDC?
Fill out a Membership Application. Applications are available on our website or at the Club building. If you want an application sent by mail, please call. Send the application and a check for dues to the address stated on the application. Once your application and dues are received, you will be voted on by the Board of Directors or by the general membership. Dues are pro-rated quarterly after the beginning of the year.
CAN I JOIN THE CLUB IF I’VE NEVER TAKEN A CLASS FROM CDC?
Yes. If you have not taken a class from CDC, there is an initiation fee of $60. After the fee is paid, it can be applied toward payment of a class once you are a member of CDC.
WHAT IS JUNIOR MEMBERSHIP?
A Junior Member is under 18 years of age and sponsored by a parent or legal guardian. Junior Members shall enjoy all the rights and privileges of the Club except the right to vote.
WHAT IS REGULAR MEMBERSHIP?
Regular Members are entitled to all the rights and privileges of the Club, providing they remain in good standing. You must be a Regular Member in order to vote or buy a Trainer’s Pass.
HOW DO I RENEW MY MEMBERSHIP?
Fill out the Membership Renewal Form. Forms are available on our website or at the club. Send the form and a check for dues to the address stated on the application or drop it off at the club.
WHAT WORK IS REQUIRED AFTER I BECOME A REGULAR MEMBER?
While you are not required to do any amount of work for the Club, you are encouraged to get involved. Since we are an all-volunteer group, members who unselfishly volunteer their time carry out all of the CDC activities. There are many things you can do to make a difference. Members can teach classes, help at show & go’s, steward/help at our agility trials or dog shows, donate food items for our agility trials or dog shows, donate paper goods to the club, help clean the building, etc.
WHAT IS GOOD STANDING?
A member in good standing is a member who is current on all financial and property responsibilities to the Club. A member in good standing is not under any disciplinary suspension or sanction from any recognized national club. Good standing, as well as regular membership, is required to vote or buy a Trainer’s Pass.
WHAT IS A TRAINER’S PASS? HOW DO I GET ONE?
Any Regular Member in good standing may buy a Trainer’s Pass. It is a one-year or quarterly commitment and entitles you to a key to the training center. You may use the rings at any time they have not been committed for another function. You must fill out and sign the Trainers Pass Application. The Trainer’s Pass Chair issues keys.
WHAT IS MEMBERS’ TRAINING NIGHT?
Members Training Night is a time period, each week, during which any regular member in good standing may use the rings for training their dogs. Applicants who have paid dues, but have not yet been voted in, may also use this time. The day and time is on a rotating basis each month. Please check the calendar for the current month’s scheduled time. There are also structured training times for flyball and agility. Please check the calendar for current training times.
HOW CAN MY DOG AND I GET MORE EXPERIENCE FOR THE OBEDIENCE RING?
CDC offers Show & Go obedience matches. These matches are set up similarly to obedience trials with mock judges and stewards. These matches are training opportunities, as you are encouraged to provide feedback to your dog during the run throughs. They also offer excellent practice and experience to obedience handlers. There is a nominal charge per run through. The match schedules are available on our website and on flyers posted at the Club.
DO I HAVE TO ATTEND MEETINGS?
No, but all members are encouraged to attend general membership meetings. Members are also free to attend the board meetings.
HOW CAN I GET THE DATES OF UPCOMING CLASSES?
Look on the website.
ARE MIXED BREED DOGS ALLOWED IN THE CLUB?
Yes! All breeds are welcome and many of our members train both mixed and purebred dogs. We have had members who put titles on their dogs through registrations other than AKC. No CDC training excludes mixed breed dogs.