About Us

CCTC: Capitol Canine Training Club

The Club's motto, "Control With Kindness", reflects the purpose of the Club which is to promote the training of dogs and disseminate knowledge regarding training.  CCTC's objectives include:

  • Conduct classes for the training of dogs and their handlers;
  • Encourage the training of judges;
  • Hold and support any AKC sanctioned event; and
  • Promote cooperation and good sportsmanship among its members in the training and exhibition of dogs.

Club membership has grown to about 120 members who volunteer their time to manage the business of the Club by serving on the Board of Directors or Committees, conduct classes for the training of dogs and their handlers, and hold a variety of AKC sanctioned events such as an annual Obedience and Rally Trial, Tracking Tests and Agility Trials.  CCTC was given the Best Pet Trainer Award for 2000 from the Illinois Times of Springfield.

CCTC Board

CCTC Committees

CCTC History & Past Presidents

CCDS: Capitol Canine Dog Sports

Capitol Canine Dog Sports of Springfield, IL (CCDS) was established as a not-for-profit organization in 2011 to provide dog-owners and dog-trainers with opportunities to gather to train for and participate in dog performance activities.  CCDS will hold Canine Performance Events (CPE) agility trials in the Spring, Summer and Fall of each year.  CPE is an all-inclusive agility venue for dogs and handlers alike.  Dog agility is a dog sport in which a handler directs a dog through an obstacle course in a race for both time and accuracy.  Dogs run off-leash with no food or toys as incentives, and the handler can touch neither dog nor obstacles.  Consequently, the handler's controls are limited to voice, movement, and various body signals, requiring exceptional training of the animal and coordination of the handler.  CPE offers dog agility competitions for handler/dog teams to earn titles, encourage teamwork, positive training, and to have fun.

CCDS may also host a Teacup Dog Agility Association (TDAA) affiliated event occasionally.  TDAA provides a competitive venue for dogs of small stature without regard to breed or pedigree and to encourage course challenges that are comparable to the course challenges which face large dog handlers in other popular venues.  Obstacles are scaled down to a size more appropriate to the little guys.  Jump heights will be set in a range from 4” to 16”, with adjustments for long-backed and short-legged dogs.

CCDS will also host Scent/Nose Work affiliated events during the year. Venues may include C-WAGS or NACSW organizations.

CCDS Board