Club members train more than 1,000 people a year
By ELISE McKEOWN SKOLNICK
It was years in the making, but the Youngstown All Breed Training Club has officially opened the doors to its new $1 million facility.
“Over the years, we’ve just put money away through events that we’ve held,” said Perri Graf, club president. “It’s all been through donations and events that we’ve held.”
The building was completed March 1, but Saturday, club members, their dogs, and a variety of vendors greeted the public at an open house.
“Just to let the public know we’re here, what we do, we’re here to help them,” Graf said.
The new facility sits on 8 acres and includes 18,375 square feet of indoor training floor and offices. Eventually, outdoor rings and tracking and hunting facilities will be built.
This is the first facility owned by the club in its 60-year history.
The purpose of the nonprofit club is to educate dog owners in the care and discipline of their dogs, and to provide facilities and opportunities for training.
“We’re here to help people train their dogs,” Graf said. “We don’t take their dogs [and train them]. We actually train the owners to train their own dogs.”
Club members train more than 1,000 people a year, she said.
The club also hosts agility and obedience shows and is affiliated with the local 4-H organization.
Renee Caldwell of Newton Falls brought her niece Catie Caldwell of Perry to the event.
“I had my niece over for the weekend,” Renee said. “And we thought the dog show would be nice to see. We both like dogs. [Catie] has two dogs at home.”
The event included a lot of dogs, Catie, 9, noted.
“And when we were pulling in, we saw a dog training outside,” she said.
Renee liked the open house.
“It’s very nice,” she said. “And it gives the public a chance to see breeds they normally wouldn’t come across. There are certain breeds you could go your whole life and never see unless you go to a dog show.”
Club members brought their dogs to the open house for a “meet the breed” session. Along with familiar types of dogs, such as Golden Retrievers and Collies, there were lesser known breeds, such as Newfoundlands and Japanese Chins.
Catie enjoyed petting the dogs.
The event included demonstrations of agility, conformation, obedience, rally, and fly ball.
Vendors offered products such as dog food, leashes, bandanas and bows.
The nonprofit organization has approximately 200 members.