What We Have to Offer & Club History

Birch Acres Dog Training Club offers the following:

  • Puppy Socializing (8 weeks to 5 months old) – Saturday afternoons
  • Obedience Training Saturday afternoons
  • Agility (Beginners Only this term) Thursday evenings
  • Carting Saturdays afternoons
  • Companion Dog Saturday afternoons
  • Flyball Saturday afternoon for Beginner dogs & Senior Class in the evening during the week
  • Tracking (limited space available)Saturday mornings

Please look under Dates to Diaries tab for lastest information

PS: To Register:

Your Dog Must Have Been Vaccinated:

(5-in-one, as well as Rabies) within the last 12 months to register

(You will not be able to register without your valid vet’s vaccination card as proof )


What we have at our disposal:

We have our Chief Trainer who is a Flyball Champion,

Trainers who have achieved at the highest level of competition, including National Champion status, in Obedience (Class C), Agility/Dog Jumping, Carting, Companion Dog, Flyball, Tracking & Working Utility Dog.

As well as Trainers who are highly esteemed Judges in their fields of expertise.

We also offer:
  • Country membership, which is for owners who wish to exercise and run their dogs within a secure environment during non-training times

A brief history of Birch Acres Dog Training Club (BADTC)…

BADTC as we have become fondly known has been in existence since 1975 as Birch Acres Dog Training School.

It was a privately owned club by the founder, Brian James.

In 1977, the school was taken over by Henry Serfontein, who managed the school for a number of years. In 1982 the school was handed over to a newly formed Committee and we became the Birch Acres Dog Training Club and our first constitution was drawn up in March 1983.

Our first Chairman was Floris Pretorius who with the Committee was instrumental in having our Club acknowledged as a sports club and securing the grounds we are now on to operate as such. Our first Chief Trainer was Jim Ritchie.

The Club then became members of the then CSLC (Central Sports Liaison Council) of Kempton Park and have been a member ever since to this day with the newly formed Kempton Park Sports Council.

We continue to enjoy the support of the Sports Council with the maintenance of our grounds etc.

The B.A.D.T.C. is a nonprofit organization, whose trainers and committee receive no remuneration for services rendered.

Our Club offers the highest training standards and is constantly keeping abreast of latest training methods and trends.

We support positive reinforcement training methods.

We strive to ensure puppies have the soundest of basic training to prepare them for the road ahead in whatever field their owners would like to take them.

Prior to becoming affiliated to the Kennel Union of South Africa, BADTC ran the obedience and dog jumping championship disciplines for Northern Transvaal Kennel Club (NTKC) for a number of years.

In 2006 we drew up our new constitution and submitted it to the Kennel Union of South Africa and in 2007 we became a fully constituted Club affiliated to the governing body of dogdom in Southern Africa, the Kennel Union of South Africa. Our area of representation in Gauteng is the Northern Areas Provincial Council and our Club is regularly represented at meetings held by this Council.

On 31st August 2008 we held our first Qualifying Show and on 21st February 2009 our second Qualifying Show. This enabled us to officially hold Championship Shows under our own license. From 2010 we have held Non-Championship Shows and Championship Shows, in Obedience, Dog Jumping, Agility, Working Trials Classic, Tracking Trials and Flyball.

What are our objectives

 (a)   to promote, encourage, foster and advance the training, breeding, well-being of, and interests in household dogs.

 (b)   to organise and hold shows (including match meetings) in breed, obedience, agility, protection work, working trials, field trials and other dog activities, including training for  any  or all of these activities. 

(c)     to promote a better understanding and a wider knowledge of dogs and dog affairs and to promote goodwill both among people and dogs. 

(d)     The Club shall retain its sports club status as far as its relationship and dependence upon the Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Municipality Sport & Recreation Liaison Committee is concerned for the specific purpose of remaining eligible for occupation of the Clubhouse and grounds.

Prepared by Rita Cook 24.05.2017