Train for Knowledge and Commitment
The Talbot Kennel Club, Inc. was formed in 1959 by original members Elizabeth Hazen, Ruth E. Hyde and James F. Stewart. The mission of these individuals was to further the advancement of all breeds of dogs and to conduct sanctioned matches and dog shows under the rules of the American Kennel Club (AKC). A founding goal was to teach individuals how to train their dogs. With this goal in mind, the slogan was formed “Training Your Dog with Kindness and Compassion”.
The efforts of these ambitious members began by interacting and corresponding with others through a post office box located in Oxford, Maryland. Initially, TKC rented space for classes in various venues around Easton, including a garage near the Post Office, the National Guard Armory, the Talbot Ag Center and Hog Neck Community Center. As membership and class participation grew (and as members grew tired of hauling equipment in and out of various locations), members decided to rent a more permanent location in what is known as “The Packing House”, located in Cordova, Maryland. This location was used as TKC’s training center from 1992 to 2013. Class participation and membership grew quickly and more classes were added. It was soon obvious the Club would need to search for a larger facility to accommodate the growing success of the Club. In 2013, a new building was found and TKC moved to its current location at 405 W. Bell Street, Unit 6, Ridgely, MD. This new location has made it possible for the Club to add more varied classes and events. Our membership has grown to over 100 members.
Talbot Kennel Club and its members reach out to the surrounding communities and participate in many community events such as Queen Anne’s County 4-H Fair, and Talbot Humane fundraisers. Club members offer demonstrations of agility, rally and obedience at these events.
The Club believes that well-trained and well-behaved dogs are always welcomed. As individuals and their dogs progress through the classes with experienced instructors, they will develop bonding relationships and skills that will prove to be everlasting. With a well-behaved dog, there are more possibilities available for those who want to give their time to their community. For example, individuals and their trained dogs can participate with Pets on Wheels; taking their dogs to nursing homes to brighten the day of those who no longer can have their pets with them or they can take their dog to programs at local libraries where children learn to read with the help of a calm, quiet canine listener.
We invite you to visit our training center and observe one of our classes. Our instructors can guide you to the class that will benefit you and your dog the most. You will be amazed at how quickly your dog can learn and how proud you will be to show off your newly learned skills.