UPDATE: Quincy Kennel Club plans open house at new location

Please note, KHQA has corrected the date of the Quincy Kennel Club open house event. It is happening next Sunday, June 13th from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Tri-State dog lovers have had a place to go to train man's best friend for 50 years now.

It's the Quincy Kennel Club's golden anniversary this year.

It's also celebrating its new digs at 3909 Commercial Drive.

KHQA's Rajah Maples checked out the new place Thursday afternoon to show you what it has to offer you and your four-legged friends.

The Quincy Kennel Club offers obedience training as well as agility classes for all breeds, ranging from the beginners to competition level.

QKC Member Katie Stegner said, "We are an organization that provides training classes in a variety of areas. Our job is to help people have dogs who are good neighbors."

"We all have those neighbors with dogs that bolt out of the yard or don't mind or are running loose on a leash," said Stegner. "Our job is to teach some of the skills so that the dog isn't bothering other neighbors."

She said, "We've been able to offer more nights. We were restricted to two nights a week at our old location. We now offer classes Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday nights. We also offer classes on Saturday during the day."

The organization will have an open house next Sunday, June 13th from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. It will feature a variety of activities including a demonstration in agility; responsible pet ownership and even square dancing. If you can't make that, Member Katie Stegner says there are other opportunities to see what the Quincy Kennel Club has to offer.

She said, "Just come on the first Tuesday of the month. We have a lot of new people who start every month. It's really easy. Come in, fill out the paperwork and bring your dog."

The Quincy Kennel Club has many branches of service, including what's called Quincy K-9 Connections.

It's an organization founded by Anne Heckle.

Every Saturday, volunteers from that organization pull dogs and cats from area shelters and transport them to rescue organizations and parts of the Midwest that actually have a shortage of pets.

The organization not only saves lives, but also saves money for local city and county governments, which are spared euthanasia costs.

Quincy K-9 Connections is now a 501c3 organizaton, which means it's now able to accept donations from the public.For more information, log onto