This history of Huntsville Obedience Training Club (HOTC) can be traced
back to an article which appeared in The Huntsville Times on April 23,
1963. This article stated, "A dog obedience course will begin at Big Springs Park
on Monday, May 6, under the direction of Mrs. Barbara Treanor...". Mrs. Treanor
was offering ten weeks of private obedience training lessons to all those interested
in training their dogs. These lessons were sponsored by the Huntsville Parks and
Recreation Department. Mrs. Treanor had expected as many as ten dogs might attend,
she got thirty to fifty instead.
Due to the amount of interest in obedience training, in July of 1963 the idea of
an obedience club was brought to task. HOTC was founded on three basic
principles. First, obedience is a full-time activity, a self-sustaining discipline,
which is formal and unique. Second, the club would offer training to all dogs --
from household pets to show dogs and from mixed-breeds to pure-breds. Third, the
club would work for the betterment of dogs.
In 1964, the members of HOTC voted to incorporate as a non-profit organization,
with training receipts used to support club operations. Any surplus money would
be used to promote dog obedience in Huntsville or to advance dog welfare whenever
there was an opportunity to give purposeful help. The club also agreed that instructors
would not be paid. It was agreed that instructors would be allowed to teach all
the classes they wished and HOTC would not charge them for the wealth
of experience and pleasure they would undoubtedly gain.
As it was in 1964, it is today. HOTC's main purpose is to train dogs
(actually, to train people to train their dogs). As it was with the first class
beginning in May of 1963, HOTC offers obedience training to all those
HOTC does not discriminate against dogs or people.