In 1988, Dougie Fivas and Mervyn Tobiansky started Cape Province Dog Club to train dogs for security work. The club met on Sunday mornings at Clyde Pinelands. After many requests from local residents for home obedience classes, they realised they needed to shift focus.
They continued to run classes at Clyde until 1995, when Mervyn and I decided to make the move to Pinelands Primary School, where we felt we could offer more to the public on Saturday afternoons. Dougie retired and along with a team of trainers and helpers from other clubs, we set up CPDC in our little ramshackle garage at the primary school.