Class Calendar and Registration

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.

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.





Upcoming events

    • 01 Apr 2019
    • 06 May 2019
    • 6 sessions
    • GCOC Training Facility; 947 S. Stadium Road
    • 6
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    Rally Advanced/Excellent/Masters Class

     

    This six week class will include the rally advanced/excellent/Masters signs and the skills that are needed for these signs.  Handlers will practice the exercises and perform short sequences with the signs.  Rally rules and ring strategy will be discussed.  Although it is not necessary when entering the class, handlers should be comfortable with their dog off leash.  The class is designed to be taken multiple times to assist you in preparation for competing at the Advanced/Excellent level. 

     

    General registration: $125.00

     

    Instructor: Susanne Butterfield

     

    If you have any questions, contact Renee Graham, 803-960-5541.   

     

     

     

     

    • 01 Apr 2019
    • 06 May 2019
    • 6 sessions
    • GCOC Training Facility 947 S. Stadium Rd.
    • 0
    Registration is closed

    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.

     

    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. 

     

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

     

    Prerequisite: None
    Length: 6 weeks

     

    Instructors: Gayle Mitchiner/Mitch Mitchiner/

     

    General Registration: $125.00

    GCOC reserves the right to cancel or reschedule classes.

    • 02 Apr 2019
    • 07 May 2019
    • 6 sessions
    • GCOC Training Facility 947 S. Stadium Road
    • 1
    Register

    Intermediate Skills - Evening

     

    Intermediate Skills is designed for dogs and handlers who have successfully completed Basic Skills class, or the equivalent. This 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.  


    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.


    Prerequisite: Basic Skills or equivalent skills with the permission of the instructor.  If you have a questions, please call Renee 803-960-5541.

     

    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.


    GCOC reserves the right to cancel classes.


    Instructor:  

    General Registration $125.00

    Length: 6 weeks

    GCOC reserves the right to cancel classes.

    • 02 Apr 2019
    • 6:15 PM
    • 07 May 2019
    • 7:15 PM
    • GCOC Training Facility; 947 S. Stadium Road
    • 3
    Register

    Weave Pole Class


    2 X 2 weave pole class.  Teach your dog to weave in this 6 week course.  If you have any questions, please contact Kathy Evans at arthuriandog@gmail.com


    Class instructor: Kathy Evans.

    Bring toys and treats to class. 







    • 02 Apr 2019
    • 07 May 2019
    • 6 sessions
    • GCOC Training Facility 947 S. Stadium Road
    • 0
    Registration is closed

    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.


    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.


    GCOC reserves the right to cancel classes.

     

    Prerequisite: none

    Length: 6 weeks

    Instructor: Bailey Howe/

    General Registration $125.

     

     

    GCOC reserves the right to cancel or reschedule classes.

    • 03 Apr 2019
    • 08 May 2019
    • 6 sessions
    • GCOC Training Facility 947 S. Stadium Road
    • 1
    Register

    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.


    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.

     

    GCOC reserves the right to cancel classes.


    Prerequisite: none

    Length: 6 weeks

    Instructor:  Renee Graham/Peggy Langdon

    General Registration $125.

     

     

    GCOC reserves the right to cancel or reschedule classes.

    • 03 Apr 2019
    • 08 May 2019
    • 6 sessions
    • GCOC Training Facility; 947 S. Stadium Road
    • 0
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    Rally Novice/Intermediate Class

       

    This class is designed to teach the skills required to appropriately perform individual signs. Each week will focus on different signs, building on the skills from the previous week's signs.  The Rally Novice & Intermediate signs, some more difficult than others, will be worked on in this class.  The amount of time you are willing to practice in-between classes will influence how many signs we can cover during the six week course. The last class will have a course designed with the signs covered during the class.

    Please bring plenty of treats, a toy, and a crate. When you dog is not working you will be watching the dogs in the ring, learning and sharing ideas.

    This class is designed to take multiple times. 


     

    General registration: $125.00

     

    Instructor: TBA

     

    If you have any questions, contact Renee Graham, 803-960-5541.   

     

     

     

     

    • 03 Apr 2019
    • 08 May 2019
    • 6 sessions
    • GCOC Training Facility 947 S. Stadium Road
    • 5
    Register

    Advanced Skills - Evening

     

    The Advanced Skills class is designed for handlers and dogs who have successfully completed the intermediate class.  It covers topics such as attention, heeling, fronts, finishes, turns, and self-control.  This class provides the foundation for future work/classes in obedience, rally, and agility.    

    This class is designed to be taken several times to become more comfortable preforming higher level activities.

     

    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.

     

    Prerequisite:  Intermediate Skills (or equivalent skills with the permission of the instructor)

     

    Instructor: 

     

    General Registration $125.00
    Payment is required to secure your registration. 
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    GCOC reserves the right to cancel classes.
    • 03 Apr 2019
    • 08 May 2019
    • 6 sessions
    • GCOC Training Building 947 S. Stadium Drive, Columbia, SC
    • 2
    Register

    Agility Foundations - 1 At Training Building


    This class meets at the GCOC Training Building at 947 S. Stadium Dr., Columbia, SC on Wednesday  nights. This class emphasizes all component skills needed in agility; self control, motivation, balance/coordination, and handling. Dogs and handlers will learn a foundation of safety and skills which will enable them to continue to more advanced agility training if they wish. This class is geared towards dogs who have no prior experience with agility training.  We will introduce you and your dog to agility in a positive, safe manner. This is course  includes foundation skills necessary prior to learning  obstacles.  Dogs taking this class must be able to sit, stay, and come on one command.

    Minimum Age of Dog:  8 months by the day you register.

    Prerequisite:  To be eligible for this class dogs must  have taken Basic skills class.    Or  be evaluated by the instructor or agility training director using the exercises from the Canine Good Citizen's Test. 

     

    Instructors: Diana Krause

     

    Cost: General Registration $125.00  


    Prerequisite: Passing Canine Good Citizen's Test  not required but recommended. Basic Skills class or instructor approval.

    Please pay on-line. 

    Length: 6 weeks.

    • 03 Apr 2019
    • 08 May 2019
    • 6 sessions
    • GCOC Training Facility 947 S. Stadium Road
    • 1

    Countdown to Novice & Beyond

     

    This class is full.


    Countdown to Novice & Beyond is a mentoring class designed to prepare teams for competition.  This 24 week class is designed to prepare teams for trial.  This is a reward-based and play focused class.  No drills or patterned learning.  The goal of the class is to build a team that will not only do well in the ring, but will enjoy the experience!

     

    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.

     


     

    Instructor: Kathy Evans  Assistant: Renee Graham

      

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    GCOC reserves the right to cancel classes.
    • 08 Apr 2019
    • 13 May 2019
    • 6 sessions
    • Booker's Field
    • 4
    Register

    Advance Agility  @ Booker Field on Mondays.


    This class is for teams that have successfully completed Foundations of Agility, and  at least  two Beginning agility classes,  or instructor permission.


    Description: This class will increase in difficulty of course work to challenge you and your dog. We will also be working on firming up your 2o/2o  on contacts, weaving with distractions and walking full courses so that you fill comfortable being able to walk a course by yourself. You must  know front crosses, rear crosses and blind crosses. You dog should be successfully running novice courses. 

    Instructors: Diana Krause  , 


    Prerequisite:  Foundations of Agility ,  three beginning agility classes
    or Instructor recommendation
    Length:  6 weeks
    Cost:  $125 general registration  
    • 09 May 2019
    • 11 Jul 2019
    • 8 sessions
    • GCOC Training Facility 947 S. Stadium Road

    Columbia  Kennel Club Conformation Class

    Big & Small Ring


     

    Columbia Kennel Club Conformation classes will begin Thursday, January 10 at 7:30.


    Dates are:

    May 9, 16, 23, 30

    June 13,20,27

    July 11

    All classes begin at 7:30 p.m.


    Contact Janice Nepita via email for more information and to register for this class.  JaniceNepita@aol.com

     


     

     

     

       

     



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