Location BOTC is conveniently located in the Twin City south metro area, just a few blocks south of 494 and Lyndale Ave. 8127 Pleasant Avenue South Bloomington, MN 55420 FROM THE NORTH: Take 35W south to 494. Take 494 east. Exit at Lyndale Ave, which is the first exit after getting onto 494. Turn right (south) onto Lyndale Avenue. Go south on Lyndale till the 2nd stoplight intersection, which is 82nd street. Take a left (east) onto 82nd. Toro Company will be on your left. Go approximately a block and a half and across a railroad crossing to Pleasant Ave. Turn left on Pleasant and drive of a block. BOTC will be on your right. Parking is available in front of the building or at the lot north of the building. There is no parking on the street. FROM THE SOUTH: Take 35W north and exit at the 82nd street exit. Turn right (east) onto 82nd street. Drive about a mile till the next stoplight intersection, which is Lyndale Ave. Continue on 82nd street across Lyndale Ave. Toro Company, will be on your left. Go approximately a block and a half and across a railroad crossing to Pleasant Ave. Turn left on Pleasant and drive of a block. BOTC will be on your right. Parking is available in front of the building or at the lot north of the building. There is no parking on the street. FROM THE EAST: Take 494 west. Exit at Lyndale Ave. Turn left (south) onto Lyndale Avenue. Go south on Lyndale till 82nd street. Take a left (east) onto 82nd. Toro Company will be on your left. Go approximately a block and a half and across a railroad crossing to Pleasant Ave. Turn left on Pleasant and drive of a block. BOTC will be on your right. Parking is available in front of the building or at the lot north of the building. There is no parking on the street. FROM THE WEST: Take 494 east. Exit at Lyndale Ave. Turn right (south) onto Lyndale Avenue. Go south on Lyndale till the 2nd stoplight intersection, which is 82nd street. Take a left (east) onto 82nd. Toro Company will be on your left. Go approximately a block and a half and across a railroad crossing to Pleasant Ave. Turn left on Pleasant and drive of a block. BOTC will be on your right. Parking is available in front of the building or at the lot north of the building. There is no parking on the street. Classes at BOTC are held on weekday evenings from: 6:30 PM to 9:30 PM Monday thru Friday; Saturday mornings Obedience classes are held Tuesday through Thursday evenings and Saturday mornings. Run Thrus (proofing your dog for obedience competition) are held Monday night. Agility classes are held Monday through Thursday evenings, Tuesday mornings, and Sunday afternoons Conformation classes/run thrus are held Wednesday evenings Flyball classes are held Friday evenings. Feel free to stop in and observe a class at any time or call the Club at 952-888-4998 for the specific time and day of a class you are interested in. Top of Page Bloomington Obedience Training Club is a dog-training club that advocates and practices positive motivational training methods. It consists of dedicated volunteer members who are passionate about dogs and dog training. They enjoy and are committed to training their own dogs and to helping others to train their dogs. Whether it is training for a well-mannered family dog or developing a new handler and dog competition team in Agility, Obedience, Conformation or Flyball, BOTC is a great choice for your canine training. BOTC was formed in 1956 by a group of dog enthusiastic individuals. Early on, these club members wanted to share their knowledge by offering dog-training lessons to the public. Starting with Obedience classes, the club has now grown to provide Agility, Conformation and Flyball classes. Currently, BOTC has about 40 volunteer instructors providing classes throughout the week. In addition to classes, BOTC volunteer members plan and organize numerous dog related events and activities throughout the year. After obtaining an American Kennel Club of America (www.akc.org) affiliation in the mid-sixties, BOTC began its long-standing tradition of hosting an annual AKC Obedience show in the fall. In 1995, BOTC held its first Agility trial and currently hosts a spring and fall trial. Please check out our Events page for information on those shows and other BOTC sponsored events. Overall, BOTC provides a wide range of options for any dog owner/handler. From those who simply want to teach their dogs basic obedience, to those who want to compete in a variety of dog sports and become involved in dog club, BOTC invites you to look at our website and contact us for any additional questions. BOTC Board of Director Bloomington Obedience Training Club is operated according to its by-laws that are approved by the American Kennel Club (AKC). As part of the by-laws, a volunteer Board of Directors meet at least once a month to guide and direct the club operations. Board members are nominated and then elected to serve a two-year term. Generally, Board members have been members of the club for several years and have been active volunteers before deciding to accept a Board position President –  Mary Anderson Vice President –  Todd Anderson Secretary –  Steve Lein Treasurer –  Donna Bonnicksen Board Member – Ruth Dill-Macky Board Member – Holly Dundore Board Member –  Jill Hoffbeck BOTC Training Directors & Committees Bloomington Obedience Training Club is run and operated by volunteer members who love dogs and dog training and want to share their knowledge with other dog owners. It takes many dedicated volunteers to continue to provide the quality instruction, equipment and facilities that BOTC is known for. The following list is only a representation of who our member volunteers are and what they contribute to the success of BOTC throughout the year. Director of Agility Training — Kathy Kelly Director of Obedience Training — Rose Miller Director of Conformation — Jill Hoffbeck Plus over 40 dedicated volunteer instructors! Committee Chairs & Positions Agility Enrollment Coordinator — Kathy Kelly Agility Trial Chairperson — Gary Cook Annual Banquet Coordinator TBA Front Desk Coordinator — Mary Anderson Obedience Trial Chairperson — Barb Wedekind Selton Newsletter — Cheryl Doucette/Jan Hopper Summer Annual Membership Meeting TBA Building Landlord Liaison — Mary Anderson Agility Equipment Manager — Rick Lemke Building Maintenance — Todd Anderson Building Supplies — Jan Hopper, Donna Bonnicksen Club Rental — Colleen Bush Retail Inventory — Bonnie Swanson Webmaster — Gary Cook Becoming a BOTC Member Bloomington Obedience Training Club is run and operated by volunteer members. If you enjoy dogs and dog training, think about becoming a member. It is a great opportunity to build a better relationship with your dog, meet other doggy people, and to learn and participate in different dog events. In addition to the member benefits listed below, you will become a part of a club where your participation and contributions will make a difference. Think about it! BOTC Member Benefits BOTC Newsletter Discounts on advanced classes Advance notice on BOTC events Discounts on selected BOTC events Annual awards for titles earned Annual BOTC banquet And the company of dogs and doggy people! BOTC Membership Rates Single Membership – $15.00 per year Family Membership – $20.00 per year