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

    • 07 Sep 2021
    • 12 Oct 2021
    • 6 sessions
    • GCOC Training Facility; 947 S. Stadium Road
    • 0
    Join waitlist

     INTRODUCTION TO NOSEWORK


    Nosework is a scent sport that is really growing.  Any dog can do it because it uses the dog’s natural desire to hunt. Scent sport is a good way to build dog’s confidence and is great for active dogs because it engages their minds.


    This introduction class starts dogs on odor right away instead of beginning with food.  Dogs will learn to recognize the first odor, Birch. Handlers will learn to read their dog’s signals, begin to learn a search/hunt alert, and to stay at the odor source.


    Prerequisite: The dog must have Basic Skills or permission from instructor. 

    Although this is an introduction class, it is not for dogs who have not had experience in classes.  Dogs need to understand clickers and/or marker words, and have a good start on impulse control.


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


    Nosework kits will NOT be provided.  Here is a link to one place to order supplies (though there are other places just as good).  The link is to a pre-made kit, but you can make up your own kit as well.  

    https://k9nwsource.com/shop/nacsw-starter-kit-deluxe-w-snap-tight-container/


    This class is for GCOC members.  


    Instructors: Cindy Hartman, Nicole Tate


    NOTE:  After studying the data related to the Delta COVID Variant the CDC has updated the Mask Recommendations.   The most current statement is "Everyone in areas of substantial transmission to wear a mask in public indoor places, even if they are fully vaccinated."   


    Please bring your own mask and plan to wear it in class.

    • 07 Sep 2021
    • 12 Oct 2021
    • 6 sessions
    • GCOC Training Facility 947 S. Stadium Road
    • 0
    Join waitlist

    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.

     

    Prerequisite: none

    Length: 4 weeks

    Instructor: Robbie Black and Renee Graham

     

     

    GCOC reserves the right to cancel or reschedule classes.


    NOTE:  After studying the data related to the Delta COVID Variant the CDC has updated the Mask Recommendations.   The most current statement is "Everyone in areas of substantial transmission to wear a mask in public indoor places, even if they are fully vaccinated."   


    Please bring your own mask and plan to wear it in class.



    • 08 Sep 2021
    • 13 Oct 2021
    • 6 sessions
    • GCOC Training Facility; 947 S. Stadium Road
    • 0
    Registration is closed

    Rally Novice

    NOTE:  After studying the data related to the Delta COVID Variant the CDC has updated the Mask Recommendations.

    The most current statement is: Everyone in areas of Substantial transmission to wear a mask in public indoor places, even if they are fully vaccinated.

    Please bring your own mask and plan to wear it in class.


    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. Each week will focus on different Rally Novice signs, building on the skills from the previous week's signs.  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.


     

    General registration: $125.00

     

    Instructor: Jaye Pearce 

     

    If you have any questions, contact Nicole Tate 803-206-0877

     

     

    • 08 Sep 2021
    • 13 Oct 2021
    • 6 sessions
    • GCOC Training Facility; 947 S. Stadium Road
    • 0
    Registration is closed

    Rally Intermediate/Advanced Class

    NOTE:  After studying the data related to the Delta COVID Variant the CDC has updated the Mask Recommendations.

    The most current statement is: Everyone in areas of Substantial transmission to wear a mask in public indoor places, even if they are fully vaccinated.

    Please bring your own mask and plan to wear it in class.


    Prerequisite for this class is Rally Novice or instructor permission.

    Registration requires a code from the Instructor.  Contact Jaye for permission and the code.Email Jaye Pearce


    This six week class will be limited to 8 students and will be based on the skill and experience level of those students.  It may 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. 



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



    Instructor: Jaye Pearce

     

    If you have any questions, contact Nicole Tate , 803-206-0877

     


    • 13 Sep 2021
    • 18 Oct 2021
    • 6 sessions
    • GCOC Training Facility 947 S. Stadium Rd.
    • 0
    Join waitlist

    NOTE:  After studying the data related to the Delta COVID Variant the CDC has updated the Mask Recommendations.   The most current statement is "Everyone in areas of substantial transmission to wear a mask in public indoor places, even if they are fully vaccinated."   

    Please bring your own mask and plan to wear it in class.


    Puppy Kindergarten - Evening


     This class WILL qualify for AKC Star Puppy certification but you must attend ALL sessions. 




    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 to the first session.
    • Payment is due upon registration.  

    Prerequisite: None

    Length: 6 weeks

     

    Instructors: Gayle Mitchiner/Mitch Mitchiner

     

    General Registration: $150.00

    Member Registration: $90

    GCOC reserves the right to cancel or reschedule classes.

     
    • 13 Sep 2021
    • 18 Oct 2021
    • 6 sessions
    • GCOC Training Facility; 947 S. Stadium Road
    • 0
    Registration is closed

     NOSEWORK - Fun with Searching


    Prerequisite: Must have taken Introduction to Scent Work: Part 1, 2 and 3. Or be approved by instructor.  All prospective students must contact Mary McEntire to verifiy satisfaction of the prerequisite and receive a code allowing them to register. 

     
    To contact Mary by e-mail, click on this link:  Mary McEntire


    Dogs will practice searching skills in various locations - exteriors and interiors.

    Temperatures and daylight will allow doing exterior searches as well as interior when necessary.


    HANDLERS MUST CRATE DOGS IN THEIR VEHICLES AND DOGS ARE TO REMAIN IN CRATES WHILE NOT WORKING.  NO CRATING IN THE BUILDING.  


    Instructors: Mary Reeves, Mary McEntire, 


    This class is for GCOC members only. 


    NOTE:  After studying the data related to the Delta COVID Variant the CDC has updated the Mask Recommendations.   The most current statement is "Everyone in areas of substantial transmission to wear a mask in public indoor places, even if they are fully vaccinated."   


    Please bring your own mask and plan to wear it in class.

    • 09 Nov 2021
    • 14 Dec 2021
    • 6 sessions
    • GCOC Training Facility 947 S. Stadium Road
    • 1
    Register

    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.

     

    Prerequisite: none

    Length :6 weeks

    Instructor: Peggy Langdon and Renee Graham

     

     

    GCOC reserves the right to cancel or reschedule classes.


    NOTE:  After studying the data related to the Delta COVID Variant the CDC has updated the Mask Recommendations.   The most current statement is "Everyone in areas of substantial transmission to wear a mask in public indoor places, even if they are fully vaccinated."   


    Please bring your own mask and plan to wear it in class.





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