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  CLASS CALENDAR & REGISTRATION  

Sign-up for GCOC Classes using the event registrations below!

GCOC holds classes year round, with a break in late December for the holidays. Most classes are scheduled on weeknights, but occasionally daytime and weekend classes are offered when instructors are available.

Our classes are all taught by volunteer instructors who give generously of their time and energy.

Registration online and payment in advance is required to attend any class. See GCOC's Refund Policy.

Upcoming events

    • 22 Jan 2024
    • 26 Feb 2024
    • 6 sessions
    • GCOC Building, back room
    • 0


    • 23 Feb 2024
    • 29 Mar 2024
    • 5 sessions
    • GCOC Training Facility; 947 S. Stadium Road
    • 21
    Register


    Register for the C-WAGS Rally League!

    Premium

    Our spring league will offer both Advanced and Zoom 1.5 Rally. League participants will get the chance to complete one run per day in a mini trial setting. Each qualifying run will count towards your title! The league will run for 5 days on the following dates: 

    • 6-9pm on Friday Feb 23, Mar 1, Mar 8, Mar 15, Mar 29

    During league times you will get the opportunity to practice rally skills, socialize with other members, and lunch/dinner will be provided!

    Ribbons will be awarded for each qualifying run as well as new titles! Additionally, special placement ribbons will be awarded on the last day of the league. If you expect to receive an advanced title (ACE or Master Team Award), please indicate this on your registration so we can make sure to have a ribbon for you. 

    Teams can now enter both offered classes. If you are entering multiple dogs, register each dog separately. If you only sign up for one class and your dog completes their title during the league, you will be allowed to switch classes/division. 

    Competitors MUST be registered with C-WAGS and have a dog number before the first night of the league. You can get your team registered here https://c-wags.org/dog-registration/online-registration/  (it’s a two step process, submit the registration info and then click the paypal button on the bottom to pay)


    For complete rules go to:

    Rally and ZOOM Rules


    You will be required to check a box stating you have read the Disclaimer found at bottom of premium for your entry to be valid

    • 24 Feb 2024
    • 30 Mar 2024
    • 6 sessions
    • GCOC Training Facility 947 S. Stadium Road
    • 0

    This class and waitlist are full. If you registered and can't attend, please let us know so we can move someone from the waitlist.  

    Basic Skills - Morning

    Basic Skills is designed for dogs 6 months and older. This class will cover getting the dog’s attention, impulse control exercises such as wait and leave it, relaxing calmly around other dogs & people, and confidence with new experiences. Handlers will learn how to teach their dog controlled walking on a leash; sit, down, come and stay commands using the positive training techniques demonstrated in class.  The primary goal of this class will be to develop a happy, well-mannered family companion and create a positive relationship between the handler and dog.

    Length: 6 weeks

    GCOC Members:$100.00

    General Registration: $165.00

    Instructors:  Sue Pfaff

    GCOC reserves the right to cancel or reschedule classes.

    The mission of GCOC is to teach the handler successful methods of training which will result in a lifelong bond with their dog. Our goal is to provide a safe environment that will encourage this learning process. GCOC does reserve the right to excuse any dog who is disruptive or whose learning threshold has been exceeded.

    NOTE:  GCOC follows CDC guidelines. At this time masks are optional. We will adjust our policy according to the level of the virus in the area. Thank you for your cooperation. 

    The Greater Columbia Obedience Club will refund fees paid for a class, minus a $15 administration fee, if cancellation occurs at least five days prior to the first day of class. If cancellation is requested after that period, but the available slot can be filled from the class wait list, the payment minus the $15 administration fee, will be refunded. No refund will be paid if the slot cannot be filled, or the class begins. GCOC recognizes that extenuating circumstances may occur. In this event, an application may be made to the Training Director for a review of the situationSuch occurrences as a bitch in heat, death in the family, illness of canine or trainer will be considered.

    • 11 Mar 2024
    • 22 Apr 2024
    • 7 sessions
    • Booker's Field
    • 2
    Register


    • 15 Mar 2024
    • 17 Mar 2024
    • 3 sessions
    • SC State Fair Grounds Horse Arena 1200 Rosewood Dr Columbia SC 29201
    Register

    2024 Regional Grand National March 15-17

    South Carolina State Fairgrounds

    1200 Rosewood Dr.

    Columbia, SC. 29201


    This is where you give us your T-Shirt Size. One T-shirt per exhibitor.

    You can also rent a stall where you can crate your dog(s) out of the weather when they are not running. There is an electrical outlet outside each stall and a water pump on each aisle.



     


    Region 3 Regional Premium March 15-17 2024.pdf


    • - Only dogs who enter and compete in all four Grand National Trials are eligible for Grand National Byes.

    • 15 Mar 2024
    • 7:00 AM
    • 17 Mar 2024
    • 6:00 PM
    • Will be brought to the Fair Grounds
    Register

    McAlister's

    Deli

    McAlister's has provided an pretty extensive list of box lunches to choose from and is charging a reduced rate to our exhibitors so we can make sure you have good food as well as good fun at the event. 

    Price per lunch is $8.24 All Boxed lunches come with chips and a cookie. They will be providing Gallons of Sweet Tea-Unsweetened Tea-and Lemonade.

    There is a 0.30 base price which is applied once at the end of you order, this plus the 0.24 already included in per meal price (8.00+0.24=8.24) covers the clubs cost for you to pay using a Credit Card.

    You must pay when you order but you can come back and order additional if needed.

    Orders for the Regional Event Will be placed March 12th. I am sorry that we will not be able to accept orders after 7:00 PM Eastern Standard Time Tuesday March 12, 2024.

    Full Description of each choice:

    • McAlister's Club - Roasted turkey, Black Forest ham, bacon, sharp cheddar, Swiss, spring mix, tomato, mayo and McAlister's Honey Mustard™ on wheat.
    • Black Angus Club - Black Angus roast beef, bacon, sharp cheddar, Swiss, red onion, spring mix, tomato, horseradish sauce and mayo on wheat.
    • Turkey Club Croissant - Roasted turkey, bacon, sharp cheddar, Swiss, spring mix, tomato, mayo and McAlister's Honey Mustard™ on croissant.
    • Memphian - Roasted turkey, Black Forest ham, Black Angus roast beef, provolone, spring mix, tomato, mayo, and spicy brown mustard on baguette.
    • Harvest Chicken Salad - A southern classic chicken salad dressed with spring mix and tomatoes served on croissant. * *Contains pecans
    • Grilled Chicken Caesar Wrap - With Romaine, Parmesan and Caesar dressing in a wheat wrap
    • Turkey Bacon Ranch Wrap - Smoked turkey, bacon, sharp cheddar, tomatoes, lettuce, ranch in a wheat wrap
    • Veggie - Spinach, tomatoes, crisp cucumbers, red onions, house-roasted multi-colored peppers, avocado and herb mayo, seasoned with salt n' pepper on 9-Grain bread.


    To make it easier for people traveling together, the form is designed so you can order up to 8 of each choice


    • 18 Mar 2024
    • 22 Apr 2024
    • 6 sessions
    • GCOC Building 947 S. Stadium Road
    • 2
    Register

    Registration for members on Feb. 17th
    Registration for pending members Feb 19th
    Sorry, no non-member registration available.

    Making Your Heeling Fun! 

    This class will use games to improve your dog's confidence and enthusiasm for heeling.  Much of the content will be based on Julie Flannery's book, Joy of Heeling.  All games and exercises will be aimed at creating happy, dynamic, and precise heeling. 

    This is not a beginning heeling class. Teams need a basic knowledge of heeling and heel position. Dogs need to be able to attend to the handler in a class situation.

    If you have questions about this class call Nell Jenkins at 803-767-3939.

    Crates are required for this class.

    Instructor:  Nell Jenkins

    This class is for GCOC members or pending members only.

    GCOC reserves the right to cancel classes.

    • 18 Mar 2024
    • 22 Apr 2024
    • 6 sessions
    • GCOC Training Facility 947 S. Stadium Rd.
    • 6
    Register

    Registration for members begins Feb 17th.
    Registration for non-members begins Feb 19.

    Puppy Kindergarten - Evening 

    Puppy Kindergarten is designed for dogs 12 weeks to 6 months of age. This class will cover: gaining the puppy’s attention, impulse control for puppies, learning to relax around other dogs & people, basic commands, leash manners, and puppy safety issues. In addition to basic skills, confidence and manageability with new experiences will also be introduced. Other topics as appropriate will also be covered. The primary emphasis of this class will be to develop a positive relationship between the puppy and family members.  This class WILL qualify for AKC Star Puppy certification but you must attend ALL sessions.

    You will need to bring your puppy's vaccine records to the first session.                        

    Your registration is not secured until it is paid for.  Please pay online.

    Prerequisite: None

    Length: 6 weeks

    Instructors: Brandy Dunaway

    GCOC reserves the right to cancel or reschedule classes

    The mission of GCOC is to teach the handler successful methods of training which will result in a lifelong bond with their dog. Our goal is to provide a safe environment that will encourage this learning process. GCOC does reserve the right to excuse any dog who is disruptive or whose learning threshold has been exceeded.

    NOTE:  GCOC follows CDC guidelines. At this time masks are not required. We will adjust our policy according to the level of the virus in the area. Thank you for your cooperation. 

    The Greater Columbia Obedience Club will refund fees paid for a class, minus a $15 administration fee, if cancellation occurs at least five days prior to the first day of class. If cancellation is requested after that period, but the available slot can be filled from the class wait list, the payment minus the $15 administration fee, will be refunded. No refund will be paid if the slot cannot be filled, or the class begins. GCOC recognizes that extenuating circumstances may occur. In this event, an application may be made to the Training Director for a review of the situationSuch occurrences as a bitch in heat, death in the family illness of canine or trainer will be considered.

     
    • 19 Mar 2024
    • 23 Apr 2024
    • 6 sessions
    • GCOC Training Facility 947 S. Stadium Rd.
    • 4
    Register

    Registration for members begins Feb 17th.
    Registration for non-members begins Feb 19.

    Puppy Kindergarten - Evening 

    Puppy Kindergarten is designed for dogs 12 weeks to 6 months of age. This class will cover: gaining the puppy’s attention, impulse control for puppies, learning to relax around other dogs & people, basic commands, leash manners, and puppy safety issues. In addition to basic skills, confidence and manageability with new experiences will also be introduced. Other topics as appropriate will also be covered. The primary emphasis of this class will be to develop a positive relationship between the puppy and family members.  This class WILL qualify for AKC Star Puppy certification but you must attend ALL sessions.

    You will need to bring your puppy's vaccine records to the first session.                        

    Your registration is not secured until it is paid for.  Please pay online.

    Prerequisite: None

    Length: 6 weeks

    Instructors: Jennifer Wheeler & Gayle Mitchener

    GCOC reserves the right to cancel or reschedule classes.

    The mission of GCOC is to teach the handler successful methods of training which will result in a lifelong bond with their dog. Our goal is to provide a safe environment that will encourage this learning process. GCOC does reserve the right to excuse any dog who is disruptive or whose learning threshold has been exceeded.

    NOTE:  GCOC follows CDC guidelines. At this time masks are not required. We will adjust our policy according to the level of the virus in the area. Thank you for your cooperation. 

    The Greater Columbia Obedience Club will refund fees paid for a class, minus a $15 administration fee, if cancellation occurs at least five days prior to the first day of class. If cancellation is requested after that period, but the available slot can be filled from the class wait list, the payment minus the $15 administration fee, will be refunded. No refund will be paid if the slot cannot be filled, or the class begins. GCOC recognizes that extenuating circumstances may occur. In this event, an application may be made to the Training Director for a review of the situationSuch occurrences as a bitch in heat, death in the family illness of canine or trainer will be considered.

     
    • 19 Mar 2024
    • 23 Apr 2024
    • 6 sessions
    • GCOC Training Facility 947 S. Stadium Road
    • 0
    Join waitlist

    Member registration begins March 17th.
    Non-member registration begins March 19th.

    Intermediate Skills - Evening

    Intermediate Skills is designed for dogs and handlers who have successfully completed Basic Skills class, or the equivalent. Verify that you and your dog can do the skills from the basic skills class here: Class Expectations page (gcoc.net) 

    The Intermediate Skills class will work on deepening and polishing the skills learned at the Basic level, including loose leash walking, attention/focus, impulse control, recalls, stays, and other skills.  It will introduce controlled distractions to allow your dog to perform skills beyond their backyard.  And finally, the class will cover all the exercise of the Canine Good Citizen class.

    The primary goal of this class will be to continue developing a happy, well-mannered family companion with emphasis on becoming a good canine citizen of the community.

    It could be helpful to crate your dog in this class.  Feel free to bring one.

    Prerequisite: Basic Skills or equivalent skills with the permission of the instructor. If you have a question contact GCOC.

    Length: 6 weeks

    GCOC Members: $100.00

    General Registration: $165.00

    Payment required upon registration

    Instructors: Kristina Gilbert

    GCOC reserves the right to cancel classes.

    The mission of GCOC is to teach the handler successful methods of training which will result in a lifelong bond with their dog. Our goal is to provide a safe environment that will encourage this learning process. GCOC does reserve the right to excuse or recommend another type class for  any dog who is disruptive or whose learning threshold has been exceeded.

    NOTE:  GCOC follows CDC guidelines. At this time masks are optional. We will adjust our policy according to the level of the virus in the area. Thank you for your cooperation. 

    The Greater Columbia Obedience Club will refund fees paid for a class, minus a $15 administration fee, if cancellation occurs at least five days prior to the first day of class. If cancellation is requested after that period, but the available slot can be filled from the class wait list, the payment minus the $15 administration fee, will be refunded. No refund will be paid if the slot cannot be filled, or the class begins. GCOC recognizes that extenuating circumstances may occur. In this event, an application may be made to the Training Director for a review of the situation. Such occurrences as a bitch in heat, death in the family illness of canine or trainer will be considered.





    • 20 Mar 2024
    • 24 Apr 2024
    • 6 sessions
    • GCOC Training Facility 947 S. Stadium Road
    • 7
    Register

    Registration opens for members Feb. 17th.
    Registration Opens for non-members Feb 19th.  

    Basic Skills - Evening

    Basic Skills is designed for dogs 6 months and older. This class will cover getting the dog’s attention, impulse control exercises such as wait and leave it, relaxing calmly around other dogs & people, and confidence with new experiences. Handlers will learn how to teach their dog controlled walking on a leash; sit, down, come and stay commands using the positive training techniques demonstrated in class.  The primary goal of this class will be to develop a happy, well-mannered family companion and create a positive relationship between the handler and dog.

    Length: 6 weeks

    GCOC Members:$100.00

    General Registration: $165.00

    Instructors:  Mary Katherine Kearsey

    GCOC reserves the right to cancel or reschedule classes.

    The mission of GCOC is to teach the handler successful methods of training which will result in a lifelong bond with their dog. Our goal is to provide a safe environment that will encourage this learning process. GCOC does reserve the right to excuse any dog who is disruptive or whose learning threshold has been exceeded.

    NOTE:  GCOC follows CDC guidelines. At this time masks are optional. We will adjust our policy according to the level of the virus in the area. Thank you for your cooperation. 

    The Greater Columbia Obedience Club will refund fees paid for a class, minus a $15 administration fee, if cancellation occurs at least five days prior to the first day of class. If cancellation is requested after that period, but the available slot can be filled from the class wait list, the payment minus the $15 administration fee, will be refunded. No refund will be paid if the slot cannot be filled, or the class begins. GCOC recognizes that extenuating circumstances may occur. In this event, an application may be made to the Training Director for a review of the situationSuch occurrences as a bitch in heat, death in the family, illness of canine or trainer will be considered.

    • 20 Mar 2024
    • 24 Apr 2024
    • 6 sessions
    • GCOC Training Facility; 947 S. Stadium Road
    • 3
    Register

    Rally Intro Novice

    Registration for members on Feb. 17th
    Registration for pending members Feb 19th
    Sorry, no non-member registration available.

    This class is designed to be taken multiple times because the skills needed for rally are not learned in 6 weeks. 

    This class is designed to teach the skills required to appropriately perform individual signs. The focus will be on learning skills, not particular signs.  

    Please bring plenty of treats, a toy, and a crate. There will be times when the humans are working solo, so dogs will need to be crated.  

    Pre-requisite: Completion of GCOC obedience classes, at least through Intermediate and preferably through Advanced, or by instructor permission

    Instructor: Kathy Evans

     If you have any questions about meeting the pre-requisites for this class, contact Kathy Evans at gcocotd2024@gmail.com

     

     

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