How it began
In 1948, Mr. C. Howard Yates and a small group of friends began to rent a room from the Des Plaines Park District where they could get together to train their dogs. The room was located in the Rand Park Field House, which is how the club got its name. Training sessions were held on Tuesday evenings, and training took place from September to June. (The facility could not be used for dog training during the summer because of other park district activities.) The club continues to follow the same training schedule.
Rand Park's first sanctioned match was held in the Fall of 1949; the second in the Spring of 1950. The club's first licensed obedience trial was held in December of 1950. Rand Park has held a trial every year since. The first trials were held at the Rand Park Field House; entry was limited. Through the years, as the club grew, larger trials were held at various venues. From 1977 through 1981 Rand Park's trials drew record numbers of entries.
If you are interested in joining Rand Park Dog Training Club or have questions, call 847-825-3318.
How Rand Park Functions
Rand Park is a totally volunteer-run organization. We depend on our Board of Directors, instructors, committees, and members to keep the club active. Our Board is elected by the membership each year. The Board and committee members meet regularly on the third Friday of each month.
Rand Park holds monthly fun matches usually on the 1st Saturday of the month at For Your Canine, 1975 Cornell Ave., Melrose Park, IL 60160.
Click here to print a Rand Park fun match entry form. PLEASE NOTE: You must have Adobe Acrobat Reader to access this form.
Annually, we honor our members accomplishments at our awards banquet. At our banquet our members receive awards for titles earned the previous year. Our new officers and the members of the Board of Directors also are installed. In addition, we hold a Special Awards ceremony to recognize those members who display good sportsmanship, loyalty to the club, high scoring dogs, team of distinction, the individual who has provided the most assistance to the board, and member of the year. Click here to see the winners!
Canine Good Citizenship Test
We give our new students their first opportunity to earn an AKC "title" on their dog by offering a Canine Good Citizenship test between the winter and spring training sessions. This certificate tells them that they are on their way to a well-trained dog!
In 1977, a dog demonstration team was formed to promote dog obedience and good will towards canines in our community. Our team has performed at grade schools, high schools, senior centers, nursing homes and private clubs, and continues to be active in the community.
The club holds four meetings per year for the general membership. The membership meetings are held in October, January, March, and April, on Tuesday nights, after the evening's last training class.
Rand Park members annually participate in community events, such as the Park Ridge Memorial parade and the Des Plaines Fourth of July parade. In 1998, the club was judged to be the Best Overall Entry in the Des Plaines parade.
Paw Prints, the club newsletter, which is sent to club members, is published monthly. Articles are written by members about happenings in the club, notable accomplishments, and information from the dog world. Articles on training and medical news from other sources are reprinted with permission.
In 1973 and 1975 the club purchased and donated tranquilizer guns for the Des Plaines and Park Ridge police departments.
In 1980 a big dream came true for the club when we purchased the first hearing dog in the state of Illinois. As a result, more hearing dogs have since been placed in our state.
The club has also made numerous donations to: the Morris Animal Foundation which works toward cures for animal disease; the North Carolina Hurricane Fund which aided animals after the 1999 devastation; Canine Epilepsy; Companion Dogs; dogs to aid the handicapped.
Donations were made to Search and Rescue Dogs and the Chicago Tribune Disaster Relief Fund following the September 11, 2001 tragedies.