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

    • 20 Sep 2018
    • 08 Nov 2018
    • 6 sessions
    • GCOC Training Facility 947 S. Stadium Road

    Columbia  Kennel Club Conformation Class

    Big & Small Ring


    Note:  Change in class meeting dates.  Because of expected heavy rains from Hurricane Florence Conformation Classes will begin one week later.

     

    Columbia Kennel Club Conformation classes will begin Thursday, September 20th at 7:30.


    Dates are:

    September  20, 27

    October 11, 18, 25

    November 8

    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

     


     

     

     

       

     

    • 24 Sep 2018
    • 29 Oct 2018
    • 6 sessions
    • Booker's Field
    • 7
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    Advance Agility  @ Booker Field on Monday nights.


    This class is for teams that have successfully completed Foundations of Agility, and Beginning agility ,  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. 

    Instructors: Diana Krause  


    Prerequisite:  Foundations of Agility , beginning agility
    or Instructor recommendation
    Length:  6 weeks
    Cost:  $125 general registration  
    • 01 Oct 2018
    • 05 Nov 2018
    • 6 sessions
    • Booker's Field
    • 3
    Register

    Beginner Agility  @ Booker Field on Monday nights.


    This class is for teams that have successfully completed Foundations of Agility ,  or instructor permission.


    Description: This class will continue on with concepts that were taught in foundations, like call to heel , contact  skills and jump work. We will also be working increasing dogs drive to run agility in this class.  We will start to learn more equipment; teeters, dogwalks, A-frames and weave poles.  We will add in the beginning of sequencing of obstacles. 

    Instructors: Diana Krause  


    Prerequisite:  Foundations of Agility 
    or Instructor recommendation
    Length:  6 weeks
    Cost:  $125 general registration  
    • 02 Oct 2018
    • 20 Nov 2018
    • 8 sessions
    • Booker's Field
    • 4
    Register

    This class meets weekly on Tuesdays at 6:15pm. 


    This class  is for teams that are ready to compete. It is designed to work on handling skills  needed to perform for full courses.We will work weekly on a standard course and sometimes jumpers courses. I will have both Novice and Master level courses nested together. You will work the course that most fits your needs. You dog must be almost ready to trial or already trialing. Your dog must be reliable off lead and have a good recall.
    This class meets at the Booker's field.
    Registration and Payment on-line are required.  

    Instructors: Diana Krause

    Prerequisite:  Foundations of Agility , beginning agility and advanced agility or Instructor recommendation
    Length:  8 weeks ( 6 classes, with 2 extra classes built in for rain) 
    Cost:  $125 non-members/


    • 15 Oct 2018
    • 05 Nov 2018
    • 4 sessions
    • GCOC Training Facility; 947 S. Stadium Road
    • 0
    Registration is closed

    Nosework - Building Alerts


    The Building Alerts class is a great class to follow the Introduction to Nosework class that is being taught at this time.  This four week class is also good for more experienced dogs to improve their skills.  Any level can benefit from this class. 


    Pre-requisite for this class:  Dog must have Basic Skills and must know the order Birch. 


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


    Instructors: Mary Reeves and Christi Cooper



     

    • 16 Oct 2018
    • 06 Nov 2018
    • 4 sessions
    • GCOC Training Facility; 947 S. Stadium Road
    • 2
    Register

    Build your Bubble: Teaching your dog to ignore distractions

     Taught by Mariah Hinds


    Mariah Hinds is back for another series of classes.  Mariah, owner of Mariah Hinds Dog Training in Charlotte, NC and a Fenzi Dog Sports Academy Instructor.  Mariah visits us regularly, both as an instructor and a competitor in our matches and trials and provides a wealth of information and assistance to our members.


    Distractions are everywhere… in agility trials, obedience trials, and yes, even at the training club or in your neighborhood. Our dogs can become distracted by a person moving or a dog or a smell or a water bottle or a training bag on the ground or simply by the environment in general. We want our dogs to be able to ignore distractions, listen to our cues, and respond to our cues eagerly and with accuracy. This workshop will go over how to teach your dog to ignore distractions including scent, sight, people and dog distractions.

    This series of classes are ideal for people who compete in a variety of dog sports including rally, obedience, agility, barn hunt and nosework. Each team will choose what type of distraction that they want to work on with their dog. Dog teams will cycle through short one-on-one sessions with Mariah to work on specifics for that team.


    $125.00 for members

    $150.00 for non-members

     

    Instructor: Mariah Hinds

     

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

     

     

     

     

    • 16 Oct 2018
    • 06 Nov 2018
    • 4 sessions
    • GCOC Training Facility; 947 S. Stadium Road
    • 7
    Register

    Audit Spot

    Build your Bubble: Teaching your dog to ignore distractions

     Taught by Mariah Hinds


    Mariah Hinds is back for another series of workshops.  Mariah, owner of Mariah Hinds Dog Training in Charlotte, NC and a Fenzi Dog Sports Academy Instructor.  Mariah visits us regularly, both as an instructor and a competitor in our matches and trials and provides a wealth of information and assistance to our members.


    Distractions are everywhere… in agility trials, obedience trials, and yes, even at the training club or in your neighborhood. Our dogs can become distracted by a person moving or a dog or a smell or a water bottle or a training bag on the ground or simply by the environment in general. We want our dogs to be able to ignore distractions, listen to our cues, and respond to our cues eagerly and with accuracy. This workshop will go over how to teach your dog to ignore distractions including scent, sight, people and dog distractions.

    This series of classes are ideal for people who compete in a variety of dog sports including rally, obedience, agility, barn hunt and nosework. Each team will choose what type of distraction that they want to work on with their dog. Dog teams will cycle through short one-on-one sessions with Mariah to work on specifics for that team.


    GCOC Regular Membership $50.00

    General Registration $60.00

     

    Instructor: Mariah Hinds

     

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

     

     

     

     

    • 17 Oct 2018
    • 21 Nov 2018
    • 6 sessions
    • GCOC Training Building 947 S. Stadium Drive, Columbia, SC
    • 4
    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: Kathy Evans

     

    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.

    • 17 Oct 2018
    • 07 Nov 2018
    • 4 sessions
    • GCOC Training Facility 947 S. Stadium Road
    • 0
    Registration is closed

    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.
    • 17 Oct 2018
    • 7:30 PM
    • 07 Nov 2018
    • 8:30 PM
    • GCOC Training Facility 947 S. Stadium Road
    • 0
    Registration is closed

    AUDIT

    Countdown to Novice & Beyond

     


    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!


    People auditing this class will be in line to come into the class if one of the  participant must drop out.  Auditors must meet the pre-requisite requirements.  

     

    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.
    • 27 Oct 2018
    • 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    • GCOC Agility Field
    • 37
    Register

    GCOC 50th Birthday Party and Cookout

    For All Members and Their Dogs

     

    Come join in the fun and games for GCOC 50th Birthday Party and Cookout being held Saturday, October 27,  2017  between 2 and 5 pm at Booker Field (GCOC Agility Field).  (Rain date Sunday, October 28)

     

    Activities will include: Costume Contest, Temptation Tower , Musical Hula Hoops, Obstacle Course and more. We are planning some fun team games, relay races, etc.  Get your training buddies to join you for a friendly competition among friends!  We have had a lot of members get tricks titles this year so let's show off in the tricks contest


    Bring your own chair and a crate for your dog.


    Special 50th Anniversary Commemorative items for Dogs and handlers.


    We want this to be a fun event for all humans and dogs.  Please be very mindful of your dog.  He might be very friendly but that does not mean that all other dogs or humans want to greet him.

        

    Cost: This event is free to all GCOC members, but registration is required so that we can have enough food and surprises for all!

     




     


    • 12 Nov 2018
    • 17 Dec 2018
    • 6 sessions
    • GCOC Training Facility 947 S. Stadium Rd.
    • 3
    Register

    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.

    • 12 Nov 2018
    • 17 Dec 2018
    • 6 sessions
    • GCOC Training Facility; 947 S. Stadium Road
    • 8
    Register

    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.   

     

     

     

     

    • 12 Nov 2018
    • 17 Dec 2018
    • 6 sessions
    • GCOC Training Facility; 947 S. Stadium Road
    • 7
    Register

    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: Robbie Black/Jaye Pearce

     

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

     

     

     

     

    • 13 Nov 2018
    • 18 Dec 2018
    • 6 sessions
    • GCOC Training Facility 947 S. Stadium Road
    • 7
    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.


    Instructor:  Robbie Black/Pam Nachel

    General Registration $125.00

    Length: 6 weeks

    GCOC reserves the right to cancel classes.

    • 13 Nov 2018
    • 18 Dec 2018
    • 6 sessions
    • GCOC Training Facility 947 S. Stadium Road
    • 2
    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: TBD

    General Registration $125.

     

     

    GCOC reserves the right to cancel or reschedule classes.

    • 14 Nov 2018
    • 19 Dec 2018
    • 6 sessions
    • GCOC Training Facility 947 S. Stadium Road
    • 3
    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.

     

    Prerequisite: none

    Length: 6 weeks

    Instructor:  Peggy Langdon/

    General Registration $125.

     

     

    GCOC reserves the right to cancel or reschedule classes.

    • 14 Nov 2018
    • 19 Dec 2018
    • 6 sessions
    • GCOC Training Facility 947 S. Stadium Road
    • 7
    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: Renee Graham

     

    General Registration $125.00
    Payment is required to secure your registration. 
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    GCOC reserves the right to cancel classes.



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