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Who we Are

Monterey Bay Dog Training Club

Since 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.



Monterey Bay Dog Training Club is an American Kennel Club (AKC) member Club founded in 1966. Our mission is to demonstrate and promote responsible dog ownership. The Monterey Bay Dog Training Club has been conducting training classes for over 55 years.



Our members participate in a variety of activities with their dogs including obedience, conformation, agility, tracking, herding, and therapy dog work.

The Club offers obedience, rally, and conformation training classes. We host AKC sanctioned obedience, rally, scent work, and agility trials, and a variable surface tracking test. We also offer the AKC Canine Good Citizen test and support a number of philanthropic efforts.



Club membership is open to those wishing to participate more actively in Club events and activities. All Club events and activities are possible only through the contributions of our members. All members are asked to participate, whether by serving on the Board of Directors, as a Committee Chair, as a volunteer at a trial or event, or other tasks it takes to run the Club. To be considered for membership, you need to:

• Complete at least one training sessions with the Club (attending at least 6 classes of each session). These training sessions can be at any MBDTC location OR attend one Club general meeting OR volunteer at one other Club event (i.e. trials, workshops, CGC test).
• Obtain sponsorship signatures from 2 current MBDTC members in good standing.

If you are interested in membership consideration and want to join, complete the membership interest application and return to
MBDTC Membership Director at P.O. Box 1022, Watsonville, CA 95077.


Click Here to Download the Application

After you have met the criteria for membership consideration, your name is presented to Club members at large for review and voting. Voting occurs during the Club’s general meetings and requires 3/4 members present to approve.

Once you are voted on by members, the Membership Director will notify you of your membership invitation outcome.

QUESTIONS? Contact MBDTC, Membership Director at