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

    • 10 Jan 2019
    • 14 Mar 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:

    January 10, 17, 24, 31

    February 14, 21, 28

    March 14 

    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

     


     

     

     

       

     

    • 21 Jan 2019
    • 25 Feb 2019
    • 6 sessions
    • GCOC Training Facility 947 S. Stadium Rd.
    • 0

    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.

    • 21 Jan 2019
    • 25 Feb 2019
    • 6 sessions
    • GCOC Training Facility; 947 S. Stadium Road
    • 0

    Intro to KC Novice Interiors 


    This class begins to build  the skills needed to compete at the Novice level of interior searches . We will be working  skills such as heights and corners .Prerequisites for this class are The Intro to Nose Work and Building Alerts classes. All dogs are required to stay in their crate until time for their run.



    Pre-requisite for this class:  Intro to Nosework & Building Alerts.


    HANDLERS MUST BRING CRATES TO THIS CLASS.  DOGS NOT WORKING MUST BE IN CRATE.


    Instructors: Mary Reeves and Christi Cooper



     

    • 22 Jan 2019
    • 26 Feb 2019
    • 6 sessions
    • GCOC Training Facility 947 S. Stadium Road
    • 0
    Registration is closed

    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:  Robbie Black/Pam Nachel

    General Registration $125.00

    Length: 6 weeks

    GCOC reserves the right to cancel classes.

    • 22 Jan 2019
    • 26 Feb 2019
    • 6 sessions
    • GCOC Training Facility 947 S. Stadium Road
    • 0

    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: TBD

    General Registration $125.

     

     

    GCOC reserves the right to cancel or reschedule classes.

    • 23 Jan 2019
    • 27 Feb 2019
    • 6 sessions
    • GCOC Training Facility 947 S. Stadium Road
    • 0
    Join 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.


    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:  Peggy Langdon/Renee Graham

    General Registration $125.

     

     

    GCOC reserves the right to cancel or reschedule classes.

    • 09 Mar 2019
    • 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
    • GCOC Training Facility 947 S. Stadium Rd.
    • 6
    Register

    Tricks Title Testing

     

    From the 1920’s and 1940’s when trick dogs such as Rin Tin Tin and Lassie won peoples’ hearts, trick dog training has become one of the most exciting new areas in dog training today.


    AKC Trick Dog titles are official AKC titles listed on the dog’s title record.  (There is a $20. processing fee that you will need to send to AKC to receive the title.)

    Multiple titles for the same dog can be sent in together, each one will be processed in succession after each previous title has been added and printed.

    Dogs must have an AKC, PAL, or AKC Canine Partners number to earn a title.

    All dogs can get a number including purebreds and mixed breeds.


    There are 4 Titles a dog can receive.  

    • Novice Trick Dog (TKN)

    The dog performs 10 skills from the Novice list. (see link to “Application” below for lists of skills). If a dog has a Canine Good Citizen (CGC) certificate or title on record at AKC, it can do 5 Novice tricks (CGC + 5) to earn the Novice title.

    • Intermediate Trick Dog (TKI)

    The dog must have the Novice title, plus perform 10 Intermediate tricks.

    • Advanced Trick Dog (TKA)

    The dog must have the Intermediate title, plus perform 5 tricks from the Advanced list.

    • Trick Dog Performer (TKP)

    I​n this title, handlers perform a short routine with at least 10 tricks previously learned.


    YOU MAY DO TWO LEVELS BY REGISTERING TWICE. 


    Some of the rules changed June 1. Check the AKC website.

    For more information about Tricks Title go to:

    http://www.akc.org/about-trick-dog/



    Evaluator:  Marti Harley & Diane Sanderson

     

    GCOC reserves the right to cancel or reschedule classes.

    • 09 Mar 2019
    • 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
    • GCOC Training Facility 947 S. Stadium Rd.
    • 11
    Register

    Canine Good Citizen (CGC) Test

     

    The Canine Good Citizen (CGC) program is an American Kennel Club program to promote responsible dog ownership and to encourage the training of well-mannered dogs. A dog and handler team must take a short evaluation of less than half an hour; dogs who pass the evaluation earn the Canine Good Citizen designation.

    The evaluation consists of ten objectives. All items must be completed satisfactorily to earn the CGC certification. Test items include:

    Accepting a friendly stranger.

    Sitting politely for petting.

    Allowing basic grooming procedures.

    Walking on a loose lead.

    Walking through a crowd.

    Sitting and lying down on command and staying in place.

    Coming when called.

    Reacting appropriately to another dog.

    Reacting appropriately to distractions.

    Calmly enduring supervised separation from the owner.

    Dogs do not have to be registered with the AKC to earn a CGC, nor do they have to be purebred or, in fact, registered with any canine organization. The goal is to promote good citizenship for all dogs.

    For more information follow this link:

    http://www.akc.org/cgc-pledge/


    Evaluators:  Gayle Mitchiner & Renee Graham

     

     

     

     

    GCOC reserves the right to cancel or reschedule classes.

    • 09 Mar 2019
    • 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
    • GCOC Training Facility 947 S. Stadium Rd.
    • 7
    Register

    CGCA

    (Canine Good Citizens Community Canines)


    This test will be held outside in the parking lot if weather permits.  Please just sign up for the test, but don't pay.  You may pay the day of the test.  The cost will be $10.00.

     

    AKC Community Canine is the advanced level of AKC's Canine Good Citizen (CGC) program. As with CGC, AKC Community Canine has a 10-step test of skills that dogs must pass to earn the official AKC Community Canine title.


    Requirements: Dog must have passed the CGC Test


    See link below for more information.

    http://www.akc.org/dog-owners/training/akc-community-canine/test-items/


     

    Evaluators: Gayle Mitchiner & Renee Graham

     

     

    GCOC reserves the right to cancel or reschedule classes.



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