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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

    • 16 Jul 2024
    • 27 Aug 2024
    • 6 sessions
    • GCOC Training Facility 947 S. Stadium Rd.
    • 5
    Register

    Registration for members begins June 1.
    Registration for non-members begins June 3.

    Puppy Kindergarten - DAYTIME (11:30 am) 
    **CLASS SKIPS JULY 23rd**

    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. The first class is for humans only; please leave puppies at home.

    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 Mitchner

    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.

     
    • 16 Jul 2024
    • 20 Aug 2024
    • 6 sessions
    • GCOC Training Facility 947 S. Stadium Road
    • 5
    Register

    Registration opens for members on June 1
    Non-members on June 3

    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

    Instructor: Robbie Black and Assistant Sarah Bulloch

    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.





    • 16 Jul 2024
    • 20 Aug 2024
    • 6 sessions
    • GCOC Training Facility 947 S. Stadium Rd.
    • 2
    Register

    Registration for members begins June 1.
    Registration for non-members begins June 3.

    Puppy Kindergarten - EVENING (7:30 pm) 

    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. The first class is for humans only; please leave puppies at home.

    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

    Instructor: Nicole Voropaeff
    Asst: Amy Hearing

    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.

     
    • 17 Jul 2024
    • 21 Aug 2024
    • 6 sessions
    • GCOC Training Facility 947 S. Stadium Road
    • 5
    Register

    Registration opens for members June 1.
    Registration Opens for non-members June 3.  

    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:  Rusty Miller

    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.

    • 31 Jul 2024
    • 04 Sep 2024
    • 6 sessions
    • GCOC Training Facility 947 S. Stadium Road
    • 5
    Register

    Registration opens for members June 1.
    Registration Opens for non-members June 3.  

    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:  Justine Borghello and Lindsay Waddell

    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.

    • 31 Jul 2024
    • 04 Sep 2024
    • 6 sessions
    • GCOC Training Facility 947 S. Stadium Road
    • 0
    Join waitlist

    Class is full.

    Waitlist is open for 2 non-members
    There are already 2 on the members waitlist, so member reg is closed.

    NOTE: There will only be 4 students in this class, so be certain you are committed to attending before you sign up. You must pay for the class to hold your spot.

    Reducing Reactivity - EVENING

    The Reducing Reactivity class is designed for dogs who struggle with mild to moderate reactivity. This class will teach you how to better communicate with your dog and learn what your dog is telling you. We will work on different strategies and techniques to work dogs through reactive episodes and to prevent reactivity from happening in the future. This class will not solve your reactivity issues, but will give you the tools and tips you need to get started. This class is NOT for dogs who have bitten or shown aggression to other dogs or people. 

    Prerequisites:  Complete questionnaire on your dog's behavior and review introductory email, including homework assignments. Dogs must have basic obedience and be food motivated. Dogs must wear properly fitted martingale collar or harness.

    Length: 6 weeks

    Instructors:  Justine Borghello and Lindsay Waddell

    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 seven days prior to the first day of class AND the spot can be filled.  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.

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