The Monterey Bay Training Club recently celebrated its 50th anniversary in Watsonville, California. Club founders, Board of Directors, students, as well as current and past members attended the celebration. Members reminisced about the club’s early days and shared stories. Tables were stacked with albums, paintings, trophies and photos to showcase the history of the club. This non-profit training club was created in 1966 by several dog owners who were competing in various sports with their dogs. Originally, the club was called Vista Mar Dog Training Club, but the name was changed to The Monterey Bay Training Club, it’s present-day name, after becoming affiliated with the American Kennel Club (AKC).
The Monterey Bay Dog Training Club supports their community by providing a variety of services and events that help dogs become good citizens in their neighborhoods. The club has donated masks and jackets for workers during disasters and emergencies and is a big supporter of many community organizations, including: The Canine Companions for Independence, Guide Dogs for the Blind, and animal research through The Morris Animal Foundation. They have also provided a scholarship to the University of California Veterinary School of Medicine for prospective veterinary students.
The club currently has 50 members and is always on the search for dog owners who want to participate in responsible and professional dog training. They especially encourage young people and their parents to train with them to experience the bond and trust that occurs between dog and human.