Why join IDTC?
- Members get a discount on classes – a class that is $85 for a non-member is only $70 for an inactive member and just $20 for an active one (see below for explanation of active/inactive)
- Find out about all sorts of dog events in the area – competitions, practice runs, seminars, demonstrations, etc. For seminars, etc. hosted by IDTC, the fees are discounted.
- Interact with other dog people – get or give advice, share stories, celebrate successes.
- At Club meetings, see free programs about dog-related topics. Enjoy picnics in the summer and a party at Christmas time.
- Give back to those who helped you with your dog by becoming an assistant or instructor and helping others.
How to join
- Be at least 12 years old.
- Take your dog through two introductory classes, usually Puppy or Beginners I plus Beginners II, but it could be Puppy plus Beginners I, or Puppy or Beginners plus CGC. Or, take a Beginners II class after doing some training elsewhere. Or, have a dog which you have already trained and shown to a performance title (e. g. Obedience, Rally, Agility, Tracking). Or, have approval of the Training Committee to start training at least at the CGC level.
- Apply for membership using this form. Pay dues for the year ($30 for an individual, $40 for a family, reduced rate for members under 18).
- Continue to pay dues annually to maintain your membership.
Active members get lower rates for classes and other events than inactive members. More importantly, they are what makes the Club work. When you join IDTC, you are considered an active member for the first year. After that, active membership is maintained by putting in a minimum of 10 hours per year doing things for the Club, such as assisting or instructing a class, helping out at events (e. g. being a steward at trials, providing refreshments for a graduation, making arrangements to bring in a seminar speaker, etc.), or serving on a committee such as the Training Committee. Active members are also expected to regularly attend the monthly Club meetings. Your active/inactive status for a year is determined by your participation during the previous year.