We will be opening the club back up on June 15, 2020.  We have been working on our policies and procedures to ensure that our staff and students are safe. 

Please see the below letter from our Board of Directors that explains what this will look like. 

If you have specific questions feel free to email us at:  BOTCinfo@gmail.com.

Dear Members, Students and Volunteers,

Like many of you, we are eager to resume operations! Our goal at this time is to re-open for classes on June 15th. In order for that to happen in the safest manner possible, we have laid out some new policies that will be in effect upon our re-opening.
Here is what you can expect.
*Please note these policies may be changed at any time as deemed necessary by the Board of Directors.


  • Classes will be limited to 10 people or less, including the instructor(s).  We will also be limiting 1 handler, per dog. No visitors or observers will be allowed.
  • 1 class per room at a time with a ‘buffer’ time between classes. Some classes may be moved, restructured or rescheduled to accommodate this.
  • Drop in classes (Novice, Open/Utility & Conformation) will require advanced sign up in order to restrict class size. Monday night run-thrus will be temporarily suspended.
  • All students, instructors & volunteers will be required to wear a face mask while in the building. No exceptions. Masks will not be provided. If you do not wear a mask, you will be asked to leave.
  • Curriculum will be adjusted to limit or eliminate the instructor handling student dogs or equipment.
  • Class equipment including; gates, cones, jumps or Agility equipment will be moved only by the class instructor. 
  • Communal water dishes will be permanently removed. Bring a water dish for your dog.
  • Please maintain appropriate social distance at all times in class. 
  • One way flow: Obedience, Conformation & Flyball students should enter through the main double doors that lead into the lobby, and exit through the exit door near the garage door in the Obedience room. Agility students should enter through the Agility door, and exit through the exit door near the garage door in the Obedience room. Signs will be placed to assist you. 
  • If you need to stop at the front desk, please maintain appropriate social distance from our front desk volunteer and other students. Markings will be placed on the floor to assist you.
  • If you wish to purchase an item from our store, please ask the front desk volunteer for assistance. Do not touch the items yourself.
  • We are encouraging touchless payment whenever possible. You may pay for classes via online registration or, with our square reader at the front desk.
  • Students arriving for the first night of class will receive an email to remind them to provide a digital copy of their dog’s vaccination records. Please submit this digitally to reduce hand to hand transfer and congregation at the front desk.
  • Instructors will take attendance for all classes, please do not stop at the front desk to check in. Report to your class space and instructor when you arrive for your class.
  • The chairs in the Obedience room will be removed to reduce congregation. The chairs in Agility will remain but 6 ft distances will be marked for social distancing purposes.
  • Please do not linger after your class to reduce student overlapping between classes.
  • Hand sanitizer stations will be provided and all soap and paper towel dispensers in the restrooms have been upgraded to ‘touchless’. 
  • We will routinely disinfect commonly touched surfaces (restrooms, doors, fridge etc.) 
  • Wash/sanitize your hands frequently, cover coughs & sneezes and most importantly do not come to class if you are ill or have been exposed to someone who is.

    By entering Bloomington Obedience Training Club and/or attending class, you acknowledge that you understand and agree to follow and abide by these policies as listed here.

Welcome To BOTC

Classes at BOTC are held on weekday evenings from: 6:30 PM to 9:30 PM Monday thru Friday; Saturday mornings

BOTC Formed In

Type Of Classes Offered

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Dogs Trained



Our Conformation Classes or “Run Thrus” provide you the opportunity to practice showing your dog in a non-stressful environment.


We have a puppy skill I & II, beginner obedience I & II, novice, open, utility and obedience run-throughs for classes.


Our Rally Novice and Advanced/Excellent classes you learn the rally exercises/stations for the AKC title event and rally trial.


We offer four agility classes; foundations, one (beginning agility), regular and junior.


Shake, spin, high five, speak! Trick training is a fun and engaging class where your dog will learn fun behaviors to impress family and friends.


Our Flyball classes will introduce your dog to the fundamentals of the sport of Flyball – a team relay fetch race. Great for a ball-obsessed dog who loves to play fetch!

We took our new 2 year old adopted dog here and LOVED the beginning obedience class! So much fun and bonded a ton with our boy!



The Bloomington Obedience Training Club (BOTC) is a dog training school that has been serving the Minneapolis/St. Paul metro area for more than 50 years. BOTC is run by a group of dedicated volunteer members committed to helping you train your dog to be a well mannered family dog or a competition dog by using a variety of positive motivational techniques.