About MDTC

The Merrimac Dog Training Club was founded in 1947 as a not-for-profit volunteer organization geared toward community service. We still promote the original goals of creating a stronger bond of companionship between people and their dogs, of raising awareness of the responsibilities of dog ownership and of helping all to achieve that sense of pride that comes from a well trained dog.

Merrimac is an AKC licensed club on the Virginia Peninsula that offers obedience, agility, rally and conformation handling classes, and holds AKC obedience and agility trials. We offer classes at levels ranging from puppies to competition.

We also offer Barn Hunt classes and hold Barn Hunt trials



Our Training Area

The Merrimac Dog Training Club (MDTC) is housed in a 15,000 square foot facility that supports our full range of training classes, run-throughs, seminars, and trials. With room for three regulation- sized, fully matted obedience rings, our climate-controlled facility allows for multipurpose year around use: obedience, agility, and conformation matches; special events; club meetings; and seminars and workshops. For instance, obedience trials enjoy three rings, exhibitor crating space, dog exercise area, kitchenette, ample parking at the building, and motels accepting dogs within ten minutes driving time. In addition to supporting MDTC activities and classes, the building is available for rent by other clubs or organizations at reasonable rates. Click here to go to the Building Rental page for more complete information.

Contact US

Building location:

    The Merrimac Dog Training Club, Inc.

15 Newsome Place

Hampton, Virginia 23661-1117


Mailing address for all correspondence:

Merrimac Dog Training Club, Inc. P. O. Box 9187

Hampton, VA 23670


Points of Contact:

Class information: Deanna Bullock, Training Director 757-778-7608 or myrottz@cox.net

Class registration questions: Jim Swimme vestra@verizon.net

Membership/Prospective Member information: Sherry Bryant sherryab@aol.com

Building rentals: Lynda Fairchild lynsfairecavaliers@cox.net

Correspondence: Pat Stearns markandassoc.inc@verizon.net

Webmaster: For comments or questions about the website, please contact the Webmaster.

For all other questions: You may also call the club phone (757) 723-8141 and leave a message.

Please be sure to leave your name and phone number along with your question(s). Your call will be returned shortly.