Membership

 

Join a dog training community that is passionate, determined, and supportive. No matter what training you are pursuing, we’ve got exactly what you need.

Requirements for New Members

  • Club Member Sponsor

  • Attend Two Member Meetings

  • Complete One Class

  • Complete Ten Volunteer Hours

  • Good Standing with the AKC

Typically your sponsor will be the instructor from your class or a classmate. Meetings are held the 4th Monday of each month.

Volunteer Opportunities

As a volunteer organization, the club is always in need of people to teach or assist with classes, serve as ring stewards at matches and obedience trials, agility trials or tracking tests, perform any number of duties for events, distribute marketing brochures, help with general building maintenance and trash removal, field questions, write for and edit our newsletter, and represent the club at public events, to name just a few of the many functions that must be performed in order to fulfill our goals. Many of these functions do not require specific dog-training knowledge or experience. There is a suitable job for any person wishing to support the club.

Annual Renewal Requirements

  • Ten Volunteer Hours

  • Two Membership Meetings

The membership year runs from January 1 to December 31. During the month of November there will be a renewal reminder. Annual dues are payable on Jan 1 with a deadline of March 1.

Private Lessons

NDTC members may give private lessons to members and non-members. Members using the NDTC building to give private lessons must pay $10.00 per hour per ring, even if they are otherwise eligible for discounted or free ring time. The same non-member guest or the non-member’s dog may accompany a club member no more than twice a month.

Member Discounts

Club members who volunteer at least 10 hours per year may take classes for half price and rent ring time for half price.

Members who assist or teach for one 6-week class session receive a free 6-week class or 6 hours of free ring rental time.

Members who commit to teach two classes or assist 3 classes in a calendar year may attend unlimited classes in that year for free and may also reserve ring rental time for free throughout that year.

Members who serve on the board of directors receive two years of benefit for each year of service, starting at the beginning of the first year of service. For instance: a board member serving one year would receive two years of benefit, their board year and one additional year.

Member Crates

Crate space at the building is limited. As a result, crate space will be distributed on an equitable basis as determined by request and availability. For members who own and train multiple dogs and desire more than one space, your consideration of these limitations is appreciated. More than 2 crates is generally discouraged. Please contact the property chair (property@nashvilledog.org) if you have questions about crate space.

Ring Rentals

Any NDTC club member may reserve a ring or rings for a reasonable amount of time. Fees are $10.00 per session, except as the discounts apply.

Classes, seminars, fun matches and other club events will take precedence over individuals in reserving rings.

Rings are available for reservation up to 30 minutes before classes start in that ring, and immediately after classes are finished.

During the 30 minutes before class, the ring is open for use by any instructor or assistant that is teaching that same night. Instructors/assistants may use this time to train their own dogs, or set up for their class. If no instructor/assistant is using the ring, then members may use the ring, until/unless an instructor/assistant needs the ring.

Full Building Rental

Members and non-members wishing to reserve the entire building (not just 3 rings, but office, upstairs, etc. in addition to 3 rings) must request board approval before reserving. Outside groups wishing to use the building must have an NDTC member/sponsor and must pay a cleaning fee and rental fee.