Welcome to Aberdeen Canine Training Society


The club AGM will take place on 21 April 2022 at 20.00 in Sheddocksley Community Centre, Sumburgh Crescent, Aberdeen.

The meeting will follow on after the evening training session which will
take place as usual.

Please do try to join us and support the club.

If anyone has any items for the agenda, please have them with the Secretary by 14th April 2022.

Welcome to Aberdeen Canine Training Society.

We are a Kennel Club registered dog training club and non-profit organisation which was founded in 1952

ACTS is  run by our members for our members.

We train using positive methods, praise, treats and play, and meet on a Thursday evening at Sheddocksley Community Centre, Sumburgh Crescent, Aberdeen .


Training Offered


We run Puppy Training courses throughout the year where puppies and their owners learn how to interact appropriately with people and other dogs while learning basic obedience and building a strong bond with each other.


Starters class is for dogs over six months old. Older puppies can jump straight into this class if they missed out on the puppy course.


Starters Class teaches basic obedience exercises to the maturing young dogs. They learn to recall, to listen attentively with distractions, to settle and be calm when necessary, to enjoy being handled and groomed, to walk nicely on the lead– all important life skills for dogs.


On completion of this class dogs will be able to take their Good Citizen Dog Scheme Bronze Award


After they have passed their Bronze Test dogs move into our Intermediate class where they will consolidate what they have learned and hopefully continue their GCDS journey working through Silver and Gold Levels.

The next level is into our Competitive Obedience and Rally Class where you will join the remainder of our club members.

The video below shows the exercises required for obedience competition.

Many of us train our dogs to competitive level and compete in Obedience, Agility, Rally O, and Working Trials. The basic skills taught in our early classes are essential before a dog is ready to advance into dog sport.

ACTS runs a 2 day Open Obedience Show every year where judges and competitors from all over Scotland and sometimes further afield come along to take part.


At the show we hold a heat of The Kennel Club Good Citizen Dog Scheme Special Prebeginner Stake which is for new people to Obedience. Dogs must have passed their Bronze Award to enter and you and your dog could qualify for the Finals at Crufts . Several of our members have qualified to go to those finals over the years.

Our Club Members  have also represented Scotland in the Inter-Regional Obedience Competition at Crufts .

We hold a heat for the Scottish Kennel Club Beginners Competition early in the year where handlers qualify for the final at Ingliston in May.

Although our club focus is on Obedience and Rally O , the foundation lessons we provide are also a solid base for , agility, working trials, and newer activities such as hoopers.

Our Instructors


Our Instructors are all active club members, with a broad range of experience. 


All have attended Nationally Recognised Dog Training Instructor courses.  They continue to gain experience and keep up to date with current trends.


Besides an interest in training pet dogs, they participate in a wide variety of dog activities. 


We occasionally have guest instructors.

For further information, please email acts.training@outlook.com

Competitive Obedience


While classes are suspended,. why not check out these free online lessons?



Thank you to Russell making these videos available.




We hold classes in competitive obedience,  and Rally O.  For details about these classes please contact us.

News for Club Members

Changes to Class Times

A notice for all that the class times are changing on 30th October (NEXT WEEK ) :

6.30 Puppies

7.30 – 8.15 Intermediate ( working to silver and gold)

8.15 – 9.00 Open


29th May 2019

There will be no classes on 29th May as the church has an event on that evening.  Classes as normal the following week.

Scottish Kennel Club Beginners Competition

Congratulations to our members who took part in the SKC Beginners Competition heat.  In first place was Laura followed by Maria (2nd),  Shirley (3rd) and Shauna (4th).  Our first place junior handler is Struan.

Thank you to our judge Mike Wilson and steward Helen Strachan.

Class starts 16th January 2019

Class starts again on 16th January, at 7.15 pm.  Both Nicola and Judith’s classes will be together.  Cost will be £5 per class, and will be 1.5 hours duration.

Please note that we have a new venue:

Hillview Community Church

Earlswells Road, Cults, Aberdeen AB15 9NY



Who are we?

Aberdeen Canine Training Society is a long established dog training club,  run in line with Kennel Club regulations.  Our classes are run by club members who  enjoy passing on their experience to others.