Train With Us
Piscataqua Obedience Club (POC) is a non-profit dog training club dedicated to fostering and deepening the relationship between dogs and their owners. Based in southern Maine and seacoast New Hampshire, we offer a variety of basic and competition level classes at our training center in Kittery, ME.
We welcome purebreds, mixed breeds, rescue dogs, puppies, seniors, and everyone in between to our classes. Our certified instructors use motivational training techniques that emphasize kind, positive treatment.
POC dog club members bring their dogs to nursing homes and to elementary or secondary schools for visits and demonstrations. We also do other demonstrations that may include drill team obedience work, flyball, dock dogs, scent hurdles, agility, and games. Club members work with their dogs in AKC/CKC/UKC obedience and rally, tracking, carting, herding, hunting, conformation showing, K-9 scentwork, pet-assisted therapy work, and other activities.
Our annual fun match takes place each June and is open to the public. The match features AKC/CKC/UKC obedience, AKC rally, and AKC Canine Good Citizen testing. When possible, we also offer TDI (Therapy Dogs International) testing.
We also participate in a number of events in the community, including:
- Obedience and Rally trials at the Southern Maine Coastal Cluster dog shows in Scarborough, ME
- York Days celebrations in York Beach, ME
- Alfred Festival Days
- Newfie Fun Days in Eliot, ME
- Urban Forestry Center's Festival of Trees in Portsmouth, NH
- Town of Wells, ME Christmas Parade
- Town of Kittery Christmas Parade
POC also sponsors the Maine Coast Runners flyball team and helps to host its annual tournament in Dover, NH each spring.
Meetings are held on the third Thursday of every month at the Kittery Rec Center.
Board Meeting: 6:00 PM. All members are always welcome at the Board meetings.
General Meeting: 7:00 PM.
Keep in Touch With POCWe use Constant Contact to announce classes, POC events, and other noteworthy happenings. You don't have to be a club member to join the mailing list. To sign up, fill out this form:
Visit Us on Facebook
The POC Facebook page has photo galleries from recent events and classes, announcements, and other fun and useful information. We post to our Facebook page if classes or events are postponed or canceled due to inclement weather.
We also have a Facebook group that we use for general-purpose discussion. You must be approved by an admin to join the group.