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 Nov 2021
    • 06 Dec 2021
    • 6 sessions
    • GCOC Training Facility; 947 S. Stadium Road
    • 2
    Register

     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.

    • 02 Nov 2021
    • 14 Dec 2021
    • 6 sessions
    • GCOC Training Facility; 947 S. Stadium Road
    • 0
    Join waitlist

    Canine Fitness Foundations


    This class will introduce the basic foundation skills for canine fitness.  Dogs and handlers should understand clicker training/shaping and be able to apply it when learning new things. This class is appropriate for dogs of any age but dogs that are physically compromised in any way should not attend this class.  We will cover fitness program design and misconceptions surrounding canine fitness.


    Instructor: Amber King


    Please note that the class will skip the November 23 class but continue through December 14.


    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
    • 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.

     

    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.



    • 01 Dec 2021
    • 15 Dec 2021
    • 3 sessions
    • GCOC Training Facility; 947 S. Stadium Road
    • 0
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    Welcome to Canine Circus Trick Class


    Would you like to get out of the house and do something fun with your dog?

    Do not look any further! GCOC is offering a new class that is fun and empowering for both you and your dog.


    Trick training isn’t just about learning cool tricks to show off.  There are

    many benefits of teaching your dog tricks.  Some of these include:

    1)  It can improve your relationship with your dog, as well as help with your dog’s focus and engagement.

    2)  Trick training is also great way to tire a dog out mentally. For example, did you know

    using their brain for twenty minutes equals to one hour of dog walking?

    3)  Another benefit is physical exercise. Many tricks help build muscle  tone,

    stamina, flexibility, balance and concentration. 

    4)  If you have a dog that is nervous or anxious, it can build their confidence and givethem a sense of achievement.

    5)  Increasing a dog's learning ability.  The more tricks that you teach a dog, the quicker the dog can learn new things.


    Now that you know the benefits of trick training, bring some tasty and delicious treats and lets have fun with our dogs doing some circus tricks.


    Instructor: Wanda Austin


    This class is for GCOC Members only.


    If you have questions, please send them to Nicole Tate at njtaterr@gmail.com 


    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.



    • 10 Jan 2022
    • 14 Feb 2022
    • 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.

     
    • 10 Jan 2022
    • 14 Feb 2022
    • 6 sessions
    • GCOC Training Facility 947 S. Stadium Road
    • 0
    Join waitlist

    Basic Skills - Evening


    This class is available to students on the waitlist first.  A code is required for registration.  If any spots are still available after Dec 19, the class will be opened to all.   

     

    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 first class will be WITHOUT dogs.  


    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: Kathy Evans and Nicole Tate

     

     

    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.



    • 11 Jan 2022
    • 15 Feb 2022
    • 6 sessions
    • GCOC Training Facility; 947 S. Stadium Road
    • 0
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    Introduction to Agility


    This class will help dogs and handlers develop the foundation skills to be successful in training agility behaviors.  This class is appropriate for dogs 6 months of age and up; a foundation in basic obedience behaviors is helpful.  Dogs and handlers should understand and be able to use clicker shaping/reward based training.  Dogs should be able to safely work around and be near other dogs and handlers.  The class will be held at the GCOC building.  


    Prerequisite: none

    Length: 6 weeks

    Instructor: Amber King 

     

    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.








    • 11 Jan 2022
    • 15 Feb 2022
    • 6 sessions
    • GCOC Training Facility 947 S. Stadium Road
    • 4
    Register

    Basic Skills - Evening

     

    This class is available to students on the waitlist first.  A code is required for registration.  If any spots are still available after Dec 19, the class will be opened to all.   


    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 first class will be WITHOUT dogs.  


    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: 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.



    • 12 Jan 2022
    • 16 Feb 2022
    • 6 sessions
    • GCOC Training Facility; 947 S. Stadium Road
    • 0
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    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 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.


      

    Instructor: Jaye Pearce and Nell Jenkins

     

    If you have any questions, contact Nicole Tate at njtaterr@gmail.com  

     

    • 12 Jan 2022
    • 16 Feb 2022
    • 6 sessions
    • GCOC Training Facility; 947 S. Stadium Road
    • 6
    Register

    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.


    This six week class will be limited to 6 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: Diane Farrar-Sanderson

     

    If you have any questions, contact Nicole Tate at njtaterr@gmail.com   



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