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Pasanita is proud of its history. It is a non-profit organization and a member of the American Kennel Club.  Its mission is to foster and promote the training of dogs and to conduct obedience trials and matches under the rules of the American Kennel Club. The Trials and Matches are held each year at Brookside Park, Pasadena. Any profits derived by the club are donated to the Pasadena Humane Society where Pasanita holds a Life Membership.

Pasanita Obedience Club, the west’s oldest obedience club, was first organized in 1940 as a dog training class and was called the Santa Anita Obedience Club. They held no regular meetings and collected no membership dues beyond the small fee for training. The Club was later re-organized and established as a separate unit from the training class. At the time of the re-organization the name was changed to Pasanita Obedience Club – a combination of the former name of Santa Anita and the city of Pasadena.

Pasanita’s first training classes were held at a riding academy in Altadena. For over sixty years the club has conducted novice, open and utility training classes weekly in the evenings at Brookside Park, Pasadena, near the famous Rose Bowl. The training facilities at Brookside Park have improved through the years from an asphalt parking lot to a large dirt area, to what is now considered the ultimate in training areas – a beautiful grass area with modern lighting, public address system and a club equipment building. Novice classes are also conducted on Saturday mornings.

Pasanita gave its first American Kennel Club Member All Breed Obedience Trial on November 9, 1947, with a total of 102 entries. Our trials now have around double that number of entries each year.