Who We Are

From 1966 to the present, Monterey Bay Dog Training Club, Inc, has provided knowledgeable, on-going professional obedience training to the dog owners of Santa Cruz, San Benito, and Monterey Counties. Our training facilities are located at the Santa Cruz County Fairgrounds in Watsonville and at the MidCountySeniorCenter on Bay Ave in Capitola. We take pride in being the very first Dog Training Club as well as the first AKC Member obedience club recognized in the area. We provide training at all levels…puppy, beginning 1 & 2, novice, open, and utility. Our program also offers all levels of Rally classes. The quality of our training is demonstrated by the number of handlers who return with their new dogs and the referrals we receive from former students.

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Notice to Students of Monterey Bay Dog Training Club

The Santa Cruz County Fairgrounds has cancelled all events through the end of April. The Mid-County Senior Center is also closed, cancelling the remainder of our Thursday evening classes. Our dog obedience classes are cancelled for this session. We know that this is an inconvenience but feel at this time an abundance of caution is the correct thing to do. For the classes we were not able to offer, refunds are being mailed for the six remaining classes of March-April session. We will keep everyone informed as we learn what the facilities decide to do in the future. In the meantime, keep active with your dogs. Keep working on your connection and everything the trainers have been able to demonstrate to this point. We will be here ready to work with you as soon as we are given the OK to get back into the facilities. Keep cleaning your hands and practice adequate social distancing and we will conquer this together.


MAY 5 at the Watsonville Fairgrounds and MAY 7 at the Capitola Senior Center a new class session begins.DEPENDING ON THE STATUS OF COVID19 GUIDELINES

MBDTC Scent Work Trial, April 25th and 26th. CANCELED DUE TO COVID19

MBDTC Agility Trial, June 13th and 14th. SKY PARK, Scotts Valley, CA CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD THE PREMIUM

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AKC Trials, Workshops, Certifications

We support the Dog Fancy by hosting Obedience Workshops, sponsoring Obedience/Rally. Scent Work, and Agility Trials, offering a Variable Surface Tracking Test, and providing Canine Good Citizen certification.

Community Involvement


We are a civic minded group pledging ourselves to support a variety of dog related activities with scholarships (UCDavis) or donations: Morris Animal Foundations, Canine Companions for Independence, Guide Dogs for the Blind, Disaster donations, and one close to our heart, "Gifts From The Heart" for pets in need of veterinary care. We provide dog demonstrations whenever asked and always look forward to joining the 4th of July parade in Aptos and enjoying our yearly participation at the Santa Cruz County Fair (pictured above).

Year Round Classes

Our Instructors come from a long history of actively being involved with dog training. Starting out by training and showing their own dogs for years, they moved into the next step … using those many years of experience to share their knowledge with the dog owners attending our classes. Our class fees for 8 week classes are the most reasonable around.