By Lonnie Huhman,
Formed over 40 years ago, the Ann Arbor Dog Training Club has opened a new chapter with the grand opening of its new performance building off of North Territorial Road.
The AADTC scheduled its grand opening from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Friday, March 8, to give the public a chance to see how the club has really improved with the new building.
“It’s an indoor sports arena for canines,” club president Mary Westhoff said of the building at 1575 E. North Territorial Road.
The club was formed in 1967, to promote the training of dogs and to share knowledge about dog training. AADTC conducts classes for the training of dogs and their handlers. It encourages and cooperates with individuals and other groups with similar purposes to hold and support canine performance trials, tests, exhibitions, and matches under the rules and regulations of the American Kennel Club.
Westhoff, a Dexter Township resident, said the all-volunteer organization looked to its members to make the new facility happen. The club has called a handful of locations home since it began, including at the armory in Ann Arbor and Washtenaw Farm Council Grounds, until it found its way out to North Territorial.
The old building it used at this location was smaller and restricted the club’s trials.
That’s changed now with the 18,000 square feet building. Westhoff said they have more room that among various things, allows them the capability to run agility activities indoors. The floor is also better with a half of inch of rubber put down and a large part of the floor space has another layer of turf. There’s also space for restrooms, storage and other club needs.
The club offers classes in puppy socialization, household manners, competition obedience, agility, tracking, flyball and rally. It also offers an AKC sanctioned obedience/rally trial weekend in October and three weekends of AKC sanctioned agility trials February, April and September, and throughout the year they occasionally offer a variety of dog-related seminars.
The grand opening ribbon cutting is at 5:45 p.m. on March 8. There will be demos on agility, rally and obedience as well as light refreshments available.
The club can be reached at (734) 995-2801 and more information can be found at www.aadtc.org.