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Our History

Swansea Dog Obedience Club (SDOC) had its origins in a small summer obedience school operated by Judy Rich. The classes were held in Swansea Park, Toronto, hence the current name of the Club. The summer classes originated in 1970, but soon expanded to winter classes at West Park Public School, with Bob and Sylvia Milne coming on board with Judy. By 1974 Judy and Carl Rich, Bob and Sylvia Milne, and Helen and Bill Murray decided to form the Swansea Dog Obedience Club. The first General Meeting was held on June 27th. Novice classes were held at St. Agnes Anglican Church in Long Branch, and Advanced Classes continued to be held at West Park Public School. 1975. Soon after officially forming the club, the charter members organized it’s first Correction Match. It was held on May 25th, at Pine Point Arena, and to this date is still the site of Swansea’s Annual Obdeience Trials. 1976. Major advances in the club were undertaken that year. It was the year of the first Annual Awards Night Dinner, held at the Valhalla Inn, Etobicoke. The original Swansea Logo and Crest, as shown above, were designed at this time. Continue here for more history...

Our Mission

You got yourself a dog. Congratulations! Now what? The Swansea Dog Obedience Club (SDOC) offers a wide variety of fun, gratifying and useful activities you can enjoy with your K9 companion. Since 1974, the Club has successfully instructed thousands of dogs and their owners in puppy, basic obedience, competitive obedience, Rally-O, Agility classes and much, much more... We offer tons of options to bring out the best in your dog, and the best in you! Remember, great dogs are the product of great owners. And we endeavor to help you become the best dog owner you can be.

Why Choose Us

At Swansea, we combine praise, positive motivation and reinforcement to enable every dog to reach its full potential as a well behaved companion or a participant in competitions. Our instructors are professional and highly experienced, some with decades of experience and multiple performance titles. Classes take place in the west end of Toronto, Ontario at St. Matthew’s Church (3962 Bloor Street West, a few blocks east of Highway 427); click here to see a map. Our training venue offers plenty of free parking. Swansea is a not-for-profit volunteer club. Members of the club volunteer their time to promote responsible dog ownership through class instruction, seminars, obedience trials, agility competitions. We also undertake community outreach initiatives, attending festivals, offering demonstrations, and providing pet companionship at seniors' residences.

Meet Our Team

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