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About RDOC

Richmond Dog Obedience Club (RDOC) is an all volunteer organization dedicated to improving the relationship between pets and people by teaching responsible dog ownership and obedience classes. We are the only dog obedience organization in Richmond area granted a license by the American Kennel Club to hold obedience trials.

 

Founded in 1959, the club has an excellent national reputation for outstanding training. Our program offers positive, humane techniques and discourages harsh methods. Many of our club members have won awards in local, national, and international competitions. We welcome our trainees to join our club. Besides offering classes, we perform obedience demonstrations for community groups, nursing homes, and schools.  Other club activities include: agility trials, obedience trials, rally trials, seminars and Canine Good Citizenship Tests.

 

Our meetings are held on the first Tuesday of each month, and we welcome visitors.

Club Officers

2024

Club Officers

Office

President

Vice President

Corresponding Sec.

Recording Secretary

Treasurer

Training Directors

Name

Patti Kilcullen

Carolyn Wilkerson

Merilynn Bergstresser

Claibourne Jackson

Rocky Altimore

Gabrielle Hughes

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Members at Large

Theresa Myers

David Frazier

Judi Edwards

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PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE

 

Most organizations have a stated purpose, often called a mission statement. If you look at the RDOC website or in our literature we state that: “Richmond Dog Obedience Club is an all volunteer organization dedicated to improving the relationship between pets and people by teaching responsible obedience classes.”

Those twenty-three words define RDOC to the world. They make us unique, and should separate us from the competition. They set the expectations of our club to the general public. So let's look at this statement:

  • An all volunteer organization – This is the foundation of our club. We do not depend on paid professionals to conduct our training or run our business. The membership willingly does it all.
     

  • Dedicated – We are here because we choose to participate. That choice is dedication's glue. Without the continual willing commitment of the membership, the club would cease to function.
     

  • To improving the relationship between pets and people –The goal is to make both the handler and dog a team. That is the basic joy of pet ownership, and we exist to promote this companionship.
     

  • By teaching responsible obedience – The tool is teaching, the methodology is obedience, and the message is responsibility.

Twenty-three words. They define us as an organization, and should make a difference in how we approach club activities. Every demonstration, trial, seminar, and activity that we conduct should be guided by those words. They are a powerful and significant statement of our club.

Regards, RDOC President

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