UPDATE: Due to the rising number of COVID infections in New Jersey, and the extreme contagiousness of the latest variant, K-9 OTC has cancelled its obedience and rally trials scheduled for January 16, 2022. We are truly sorry and very disappointed, but the health and safety of our members and exhibitors made this decision necessary.

Trained Dogs Make Better Companions

Welcome to K-9 OTC

The K-9 Obedience Training Club of Essex County, NJ, Inc. is a not-for-profit organization that has operated continuously since its founding by Hal Wheeler in 1944. In addition to training our own dogs for competition obedience, we are dedicated to the community to help promote responsible dog ownership through training. We do this by holding classes for dogs of all ages and breeds. Our instructors are actively training and competing in various events such as:

Obedience, Rally, Agility, Conformation, Field, Herding, Barn Hunt, and Nosework.


We hold beginner classes (for dogs that have little or no training) and all levels of competition obedience classes. Upon completion of our Beginner and Advanced Beginner classes, your dog will be eligible to test for a Canine Good Citizen (CGC) title offered by the AKC. Classes are held Tuesday and Wednesday evenings in Cedar Grove, NJ.


Our motto is “Trained dogs make better companions.” Come join us and learn how to make your dog your best companion.

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Covid-19 Information

We will comply with all AKC, federal, state, and local requirements.

For all students who can prove that they are totally vaccinated, masks are optional (unless federal or state requirements dictate otherwise). Anyone unable or unwilling to prove vaccination status will be required to wear a mask regardless of the requirements.


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1126 Pompton Ave.

Cedar Grove, NJ 07009

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