Dear USDTC Members & Students:


During this time of concern and confusion we’d like to assure you that your health and safety are of the utmost importance to us. This crisis has forced us all to make adjustments, and we understand that changes at USDTC may affect your involvement in our classes and events both as students and instructors. Flexibility will be important for all of us to come through this crisis with the best possible outcome.


We’d like to reassure you that we’ll work with you to the best of our abilities to meet your dog training needs safely. Therefore the USDTC Board of Directors has delayed the continuation of all classes until at least the end of April and will meet again on April 15th to determine whether we should postpone classes further.


When we restart classes, you may see some schedule changes necessary to address ongoing safety concerns due to COVID-19. Should you be unable to attend a class you’ve already paid for, you can request a refund. To request a refund for Obedience & Tricks classes contact and for Agility classes contact or simply respond to your email confirmation for the class. Please include your name, your dog’s name, the class, as well as the day and time the class meets.


We’ve also rescheduled the USDTC Awards Banquet to Friday, October 2nd. If you purchased a banquet ticket and are unable to make this date you can request a refund.  In addition, the Manatee River Association has canceled our agility trial that was to take place on April 24 – 26. 


When the Board allows the continuation of classes we will implement enhancements to promote the continued health and safety of our students and volunteers. These enhancements will likely include increased frequency and intensity of cleaning as well as an adjusted class schedule to avoid crowding at the club.


Please continue to check our website ( and our Facebook page for updates on class schedules and events. As a volunteer-run, not-for-profit organization, we appreciate your on-going support. We hope you stay healthy and safe during this time of crisis and we look forward to seeing you again soon!


Heidi Buck

USDTC President 

Welcome to U.S.D.T.C.

USDTC is an all-breed training facility. For over 50 years USDTC has empowered people to become better dog owners through positive training & education.


USDTC has classes for every dog from puppies to seniors. From manners to competition, we can teach you to teach your dog. We offer classes in obedience, rally, agility, conformation and tricks. We also offer therapy dog training for those who want to give back to the community. 

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Got to spend the weekend with my boys Rickett and Boomer playing UpDog on Lutz. Rickett and I had a great time. He really tried hard, and we tried a couple of new things on the field. I always love spending time with him. Boomer stole the show. Out of the four games we played, he earned three personal bests. Best of all, he earned his first placements today with third place and Sharpshooter awards in Throw N Go and a shocking second place in Greedy. Both were really good boys.

Today in the Mid Florida Shetland Sheepdog Club, Sheltie Specialty at IPOC in Lakeland, under Judge Bob Withers, Himark Apollo's Southern Delight finished in 2nd place in Rally Novice ( for the first time ever in a rally trial) with a score of 96 out of 100. Himark Apollo's Southern Delight, also finished in 1st place  in Rally Novice with a score of 93 out of 100. Paul & I are very proud of our boy. Thank you Judy Guaraldo for my Himark fantastic boy.  Loved, owned & trained by Bonny Thatcher.

Today in the Tampa Bay Area Shetland Sheepdog Club obedience trial at IPOC in Lakeland,  in the Sheltie Specialty, under Judge Bob Withers, Himark Apollo's Southern Delight, 10-27-14, Apollo won 1st place in Novice B, in the first trial with a score of 195 out of 200 and then took High in Trial. Apollo also won 1st place with a score of 194, under Judge, and then took High In Trial again. Two High In Trial in one day is a first for us!  We are so very proud of our Himark Shelties and love them so very much! Loved, showed, and trained by Bonny Thatcher

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Upper Suncoast Dog Training Club

2101 Logan Street

Clearwater, FL  33765

727-23-UPPER (87737)