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

    • 31 Jul 2018
    • 21 Aug 2018
    • 4 sessions
    • GCOC Training Facility; 947 S. Stadium Road
    • 3
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    Tricks for Happy Dogs


    BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND!!!

    "From the 1920's and 1940's when dogs such as Rin Tin Tin and Lassie won people's hearts, to 2017 when a trick dog made it to the finals on America's Got Talent, trick dog training has always been- and still is- one of the most exciting areas in dog training."  (From AKC website)

    So your dog has been watching Lassie & Rin Tin Tin or has told you he/she wants to run away with the circus - come join us to get in on the fun. Learn to teach some simple tricks and prepare to earn an AKC Tricks Title. If your dig already knows a few basic tricks we will help you work through a more advanced trick of your choice. And we will have FUN!


    Instructor: Nell Jenkins, TBA

    If you have questions, please send them to reneewgraham@gmail.com

    • 01 Aug 2018
    • 22 Aug 2018
    • 4 sessions
    • GCOC Training Facility 947 S. Stadium Road
    • 0

    Shaping Class


    Have you ever felt bored or stuck when introducing new behaviors?  Incorporating “shaping” is a valuable tool to increase your dog’s engagement and motivation.  To quote Denise Fenzi, “ With shaping, you can literally teach your dog to perform any behavior he is physically capable of doing. Shaping will bring you closer to seeing into your dog's thoughts than you ever thought possible.


    In this 4 week class we will discuss it’s usefulness, establish criteria and troubleshoot how to accomplish these goals with group input.  


    Requirements: minimum of basic obedience required. 



     

    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:  Hannah Bauchat

     

    Payment is required to secure your registration. 
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    GCOC reserves the right to cancel classes.
    • 14 Aug 2018
    • 21 Aug 2018
    • 2 sessions
    • GCOC Training Facility 947 S. Stadium Road
    • 1
    Register

    How-to Class: Video, Edit, & Upload Training Sessions


    Videoing training sessions can be very helpful to better understand what is happening in training sessions and a must for on line classes.  It's also a mystery to many people.  Peggy Langdon & Robbie Black have agreed to help remove the mystery with a 2 class session to help those interested in learning more about this subject.


    Join us for a couple of nights behind the "camera" and learn the mystery.


    No equipment is required, but bring what you have.

     

    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 & Peggy Langdon 

     

    General Registration $40.00
    Payment is required to secure your registration. 
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    GCOC reserves the right to cancel classes.
    • 17 Aug 2018
    • 7:30 PM
    • 05 Oct 2018
    • 8:30 PM
    • GCOC Training Facility 947 S. Stadium Road

    Columbia  Kennel Club Conformation Class

    Big & Small Ring

     

    Columbia Kennel Club Conformation classes will begin Thursday, September 13th at 7:30.

    Dates are:

    September 13, 20, 27

    October 11, 18, 25

    November 8, 15

    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

     


     

     

     

       

     

    • 27 Aug 2018
    • 08 Oct 2018
    • 6 sessions
    • GCOC Training Facility 947 S. Stadium Rd.
    • 0
    Registration is closed

    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.

    • 27 Aug 2018
    • 08 Oct 2018
    • 6 sessions
    • GCOC Training Facility; 947 S. Stadium Road
    • 0
    Registration is closed

     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.


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


    Nosework kits will be provided.

    Camera – Students must also bring some kind of recording devise - video camera, tablet, phone, etc. to tape themselves in class.  Tapes will be view in class.



    Prerequisite: The dog must have Basic Skills.


    Instructors: Christi Cooper, Debbie Shealy


    This class is for GCOC members only. 

    • 28 Aug 2018
    • 02 Oct 2018
    • 6 sessions
    • GCOC Training Facility 947 S. Stadium Road
    • 1
    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: 

    General Registration $125.00

    Length: 6 weeks

    GCOC reserves the right to cancel classes.

    • 29 Aug 2018
    • 03 Oct 2018
    • 6 sessions
    • GCOC Training Facility 947 S. Stadium Road
    • 0
    Registration is closed

    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:  Nell Jenkins/Jaye Pearce

    General Registration $125.

     

     

    GCOC reserves the right to cancel or reschedule classes.

    • 29 Aug 2018
    • 03 Oct 2018
    • 6 sessions
    • GCOC Training Facility 947 S. Stadium Road
    • 4
    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:  TBD

     

    General Registration $125.00
    Payment is required to secure your registration. 
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    GCOC reserves the right to cancel classes.
    • 09 Sep 2018
    • 9:30 AM - 4:00 PM
    • GCOC Training Facility 947 S. Stadium Rd.
    • 23
    Register



    Companion Dog Sports Program

    Seminar and Run Thrus

    Sponsored by Shadow Dog Sports

    Sunday, September 9, 2018

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    Seminar will be from 9:30 to 12:30

    Seminar will include a presentation about the concepts of CDSP Obedience, rules, scoring, titles, description of exercises at each level, scoring and demonstrations. Each participant will receive a copy of CDSP rules and regulations.

    Presented by: Sue Krom, CDSP Judge and Caroline Hunt, CDSP Representative

    Run Thrus will be from 1:30 to 4:00

    Limited to 25 total runs-- Starter, Novice and Open levels

    Cost: -$30 per person pre-registered by 9/5, $40 for day-of registration

    Cost includes Seminar, one run thru and lunch

    You may sign up for additional run thrus on day of if time permits ($5.00 per additional run)



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