Upcoming Events

Upcoming events

    • 09 Feb 2023
    • 30 Mar 2023
    • 7 sessions
    • GCOC Training Facility 947 S. Stadium Road

    Columbia  Kennel Club Conformation Class

    Big & Small Ring


     Columbia Kennel Club Conformation classes will begin Thursday, February 9, 2023.


    Dates are:

    February 9th

    February 16th

    February 23rd

    March 9th

    March 16th

    March 23rd

    March 30th


    All classes begin at 7:00 p.m.


    Contact Janice Nepita for more information. 

    janicenepita@aol.com

    803-361-6901


     

     

     

       

     

    • 18 Feb 2023
    • 8:00 AM
    • 19 Feb 2023
    • 5:00 PM
    • 947 S Stadium Drive, Columbia SC

    GREATER COLUMBIA OBEDIENCE CLUB, INC.

    AKC Novice Obedience

    Includes

    Beginning Novice, Novice, Preferred Novice, and Graduate Novice


     
    Please read before completing registration form

    Closes 11:30 PM, Wed.  February 1, 2023

     


    There is no charge for online payment. If you choose to pay by check please complete online application then send check made out to GCOC to the Trial Secretary

    Tim Setterlund
    332 Whiskery Ln
    Irmo, SC 29063-9590

    Click below for Premium. Read the AKC Agreement and Certification of the right to show dog at an AKC trial. You will be required to type your name on at the end of the first dog you register which will act as your signature  stating you have read and agree to the information on page 4 of the premium.

    Premium For February Obedience and Rally Trials.pdf



    To reduce the confusion of why we offer the option to enter more than one class each day please see below.  

    Your dog CANNOT be entered in the same class more than once in a trial. They also cannot be entered in the A and B Beginner Novice or the A and B Novice on the same day.  Each day we are having one obedience trial. The option to enter a 2nd or 3rd class is if you plan to enter different classes such as Beginning Novice, and Novice and Preferred Novice.


    Do I enter A or B class? Please click on link below


    Tip sheet on entering Obedience A or B classes and ONLY combinations of Novice classes that can be entered together in one trial.pdf



    Click Below for copy of Obedience Rules and Regulations

    Obedience Rules and Regulations with updates through April 1 2022.pdf









    • 18 Feb 2023
    • 8:00 AM
    • 19 Feb 2023
    • 5:00 PM
    • 947 S Stadium Drive, Columbia SC

    GREATER COLUMBIA OBEDIENCE CLUB, INC.

    AKC Rally

    Includes

    Novice, Intermediate, Advanced, Excellent,Master


     
    Please read before completing registration form

    Closes 11:30 PM, Wednesday February 1, 2023

     


    There is no charge for online payment. If you choose to pay by check please complete online application then send check made out to GCOC to the Trial Secretary

    Tim Setterlund

    332 Whiskery Ln

    Irmo, SC 29063-9590


    Click below for Premium. Read the AKC Agreement and Certification of the right to show dog at an AKC trial. You will be required to type your name on at the end of the first dog you register which will act as your signature  stating you have read and agree to the information on page 4 of the premium.

    Premium For February Obedience and Rally Trials.pdf


    To reduce the confusion of why we offer the option to enter more than one class each day please see below.  


    Your dog CANNOT be entered in the same class more than once in a trial. They also cannot be entered in the A and B Rally Novice, Rally Advanced or Rally Excellent on the same day.  Each day we are having one Rally trial. The option to enter a 2nd or 3rd class is if you plan to enter different classes such as Rally Advanced B and Rally Excellent (working on your RAE) or Rally Advanced B, Rally Excellent B and Masters (working on your RACH)


     Do I enter A or B class? Please click on link below

    Tip sheet on entering Rally A or B classes.pdf



    • 03 Mar 2023
    • 7:00 AM
    • 05 Mar 2023
    • 5:00 PM
    • GCOC Facility 947 S. Stadium Rd., Suite 10 Columbia, SC 29201
    Register

    Shadow Dog Sports

    Barn Hunt  Licensed Trials

    March 3-5, 2022


     Entries Close February 19, 2023 at 6 pm or when full.


     We have made it easy and free to register online and encourage online entries.


     Make check to Shadow Dog Sports mail to

     Jaye Pearce 3416 Delree St. West Columbia, SC 29170

     If not received by closing date you will need to go online and register as a late

    entry. Late entries are charged an additional $5 per entry fee, if trial is not full. A copy of your original voided check will be sent to you via email or text.


    You may enter one dog on this form but wait until you have entered all dogs and received

    an invoice  for each dog before paying once. Your spot WILL NOT be guaranteed until

    payment is received. Online Payment is Free

    Click below for Premium. Premium has additional information about the trial and judges.

    Typing Your typed full name after your contact information acts as your required signature

    on page 6 of Premium WAIVER, RELEASE, AND HOLD HARMLESS 


    March 3-5 2023 Premium.pdf




      PLEASE NOTE: For Licensed Trial dogs must have a Barn Hunt Reg.#

    to enter. Only enter classes you are eligible to enter. Please read the Competitors rule book revisions as of June 1st 2022 to assure you

    understand the rules that will be in effect for this trial.

                            

                                  Look for 2022 Competitor Rulebook






     


    • 06 Mar 2023
    • 27 Mar 2023
    • 4 sessions
    • Training Facility
    • 0
    Join waitlist

    This class is geared toward people and dogs who have never been exposed to Barn Hunt or are at the Novice level. We will introduce your dogs to the sport, showing them the rats, getting them used to the odor they are searching for on the course, going through a straight tunnel made of straw bales and climbing on bales of straw.

    Once the dog understands they need to find the rat we will hide tubes in bales of wheat straw, have them tunnel, climb and find the correct tube and work with you to read when your dog has found it. We will discuss the rules, you as the handler need to know on how to call it when a tube is found, how to remove the tube so the rat, your dog, and the inside rat wrangler are safe. 

     

    Because we are using Straw Bales which must be thrown away if soiled by urine or poop odor, if you dog eliminates on a bale, we will ask you to reimburse the club $8.00.

     

    If you have a dog that tends to mark or eliminate on new things, feel free to use a belly band. This is not a permanent solution, but it is a good way to get them into the game instead of spending time finding the right spot to eliminate.

     

    Classes will be held in the back room so dress warm.

     

    The mission of GCOC/SDS 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. We reserve the right to excuse any dog who is disruptive or whose learning threshold has been exceeded.

     

    Prerequisite: none

    Length: 4 weeks

    Instructors: TBD

     

    GCOC/SDS reserves the right to cancel or reschedule classes.

     

    NOTE:  GCOC/SDS follows CDC guidelines. At this time masks are not mandatory but recommended if you are at risk. If the COVID numbers change, and mask become mandatory we will let you know. Thank you for your cooperation. 

     

     

    • 06 Mar 2023
    • 27 Mar 2023
    • 4 sessions
    • Training Facility
    • 0
    Join waitlist

    Barn Hunt Class - Evening


    For dogs who have achieved at least 2 legs toward their Novice title or have a Novice title and are working on their Open or Senior title.


    Because we are using Straw Bales which must be thrown away, if you dog eliminates on a bale, we will ask you to reimburse the club $6.00.



    Classes will be held in the back room so dress warm.



    The mission of GCOC/SDS 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. We reserve the right to excuse any dog who is disruptive or whose learning threshold has been exceeded.

     

    Prerequisite: Competed in a Barn Hunt Trial and has at least 2 legs towards your Novice Title

    Length: 4 weeks

    Instructors:  Jaye Pearce


    GCOC/SDS reserves the right to cancel or reschedule classes.


    NOTE:  GCOC/SDS follows CDC guidelines. At this time masks are optional but recommended if you are at risk. If the COVID numbers change, and mask become mandatory we will let you know. Thank you for your cooperation.

    • 10 Mar 2023
    • 14 Apr 2023
    • 6 sessions
    • GCOC Training Facility 947 S. Stadium Road
    • 5
    Register

    Registration will begin February 13rd

    Basic Skills - Friday 10:00 AM


    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 Members $90.00

    General Registration $150.00

     

    Prerequisite: none

    Length: 6 weeks

    Instructors:  Alyssa O'Dell


    GCOC reserves the right to cancel or reschedule classes.


    NOTE:  GCOC follows CDC guidelines. At this time masks are optional. We will adjust our policy according to the level of the virus in the area. Thank you for your cooperation. 



    • 13 Mar 2023
    • 6:00 PM
    • 17 Apr 2023
    • 7:00 PM
    • Booker Field
    • 6
    Register

    Agility - Beginning Sequencing


    This class is only available to handlers that have completed the 2023 Introduction to Agility class. 


    Rain make up day will be Wednesday of the same week. 


    Beginning Sequencing will expand on the skills learned in intro to agility. Handlers will begin to put together jump sequences that are commonly seen in agility courses and learn to make handling decisions by walking courses before working their dogs. There will be a strong focus on learning the three side changes necessary to complete any agility course. 


    Pre-requisite - Introduction to Agility  -  Code Required

    Class length - 6 classes


    GCOC reserves the right to cancel or reschedule classes.


    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 - Amber King


    • 13 Mar 2023
    • 17 Apr 2023
    • 6 sessions
    • GCOC Training Facility 947 S. Stadium Rd.
    • 6
    Registration is closed

    Registration will begin February 13th.

    Puppy Kindergarten - Morning 


    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.

    • You will need to bring your puppy's vaccine records to the first session.
    • Payment is due upon registration.                                                                    
    NOTE: Your registration is not secured until it is paid for.  Please pay on line.


    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

    Instructors: Tim Sutterlund


    GCOC Members $90.00

    General Registration $150.00


    GCOC reserves the right to cancel or reschedule classes


    NOTE:  GCOC follows CDC guidelines. At this time masks are not required. We will adjust our policy according to the level of the virus in the area. Thank you for your cooperation. 


     
    • 13 Mar 2023
    • 17 Apr 2023
    • 6 sessions
    • GCOC Training Facility; 947 S. Stadium Road
    • 6
    Registration is closed

    Registration will begin February 13th.

    Rally Skills


    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. The focus will be on learning skills, not particular signs.  


    Please bring plenty of treats, a toy, and a crate. There will be times when the humans are working solo, so dogs will need to be crated.  


    Pre-requisite: Completion of GCOC obedience classes, at least through Intermediate and preferably through Advanced, or by instructor permission


      

    Instructor: Nicole Tate

     

    If you have any questions about meeting the pre-requisites for this class, contact Nicole Tate at njtaterr@gmail.com  

     

    • 13 Mar 2023
    • 7:30 PM
    • 17 Apr 2023
    • 8:30 PM
    • Booker's Field
    • 6
    Register

    Agility - Beginning Sequencing


    This class is only available to handlers that have completed the 2023 Introduction to Agility class. 


    Rain make up days will be Wednesday of the same week. 


    Beginning Sequencing will expand on the skills learned in intro to agility. Handlers will begin to put together jump sequences that are commonly seen in agility courses and learn to make handling decisions by walking courses before working their dogs. There will be a strong focus on learning the three side changes necessary to complete any agility course. 


    Pre-requisite - Introduction to Agility  -  Code Required

    Class length - 6 classes


    GCOC reserves the right to cancel or reschedule classes.


    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 - Amber King


    • 14 Mar 2023
    • 18 Apr 2023
    • 6 sessions
    • GCOC Training Facility 947 S. Stadium Rd.
    • 6
    Registration is closed

    Registration will begin February 13th.

    Puppy Kindergarten - Morning 


    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.


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

    • You will need to bring your puppy's vaccine records to the first session.
    • Payment is due upon registration.                                                                    
    NOTE: Your registration is not secured until it is paid for.  Please pay on line.


    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

    Instructors: Gayle Mitchiner


    GCOC Members $90.00

    General Registration $150.00


    GCOC reserves the right to cancel or reschedule classes


    NOTE:  GCOC follows CDC guidelines. At this time masks are not required. We will adjust our policy according to the level of the virus in the area. Thank you for your cooperation. 


     
    • 14 Mar 2023
    • 18 Apr 2023
    • 6 sessions
    • GCOC Training Facility 947 S. Stadium Road
    • 4
    Registration is closed

    Registration will begin February 13th

    Basic Skills - Tuesday, 6:15 PM


    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 Members $90.00

    General Registration $150.00

     

    Prerequisite: none

    Length: 6 weeks

    Instructors:  Robbie Black


    GCOC reserves the right to cancel or reschedule classes.


    NOTE:  GCOC follows CDC guidelines. At this time masks are optional. We will adjust our policy according to the level of the virus in the area. Thank you for your cooperation. 



    • 14 Mar 2023
    • 18 Apr 2023
    • 6 sessions
    • GCOC Training Facility; 947 S. Stadium Road
    • 6
    Registration is closed

    Registration for this class will open February 13th.

    Tricks Title Preparation


    This class will be an all level tricks preparation class.  We will focus on helping each person develop the tricks they want to attempt in the Tricks Dog Tests to be held soon.


    Most members who have taken a class or two with the club probably have enough of a foundation to learn a few tricks and be able to attempt their Novice title.  If you also sign up and pass the CGC you only need 5 tricks for your Novice Title.  Things like "Get in a box", "high five", "jump", "kennel up", "spin", "touch", "balance beam", all pretty simple and easy to learn for any beginner. See checklist below:

    Novice Checklist


    If you have taken a tricks class before, you may have enough tricks now to go for your Intermediate or even your Advanced Tricks Title.  If you are missing a few tricks this class will help you fill in your list.  Review checklists below:


    Intermediate Checklist


    Advanced Checklist


    The first four sessions of the class will focus on teaching, troubleshooting, and perfecting the tricks you want to attempt for your title.  The last two classes will focus on giving each team practice in the ring actually performing the tricks you will use to attempt your title.


    Instructor: Wanda Austin and Brandy Dunaway 


    This class is for GCOC Members only.


    NOTE:  GCOC follows CDC guidelines. At this time masks are required. We will adjust our policy according to the level of the virus in the area. Thank you for your cooperation. 

     





    • 15 Mar 2023
    • 19 Apr 2023
    • 6 sessions
    • GCOC Training Facility; 947 S. Stadium Road
    • 6
    Registration is closed

    Registration opens February 13th. 

    Rally Advanced/Excellent


    This class is designed to teach the skills required to appropriately perform signs for Intermediate through Excellent classes in AKC Rally. The focus will be on learning skills, not particular signs.  There will be a fair amount of heeling work so that handlers will be able to avoid deductions for “lack of natural manner” and luring when they enter a trial.

     

    Please bring plenty of soft, easy to swallow treats, a toy, and a crate. There will be times when the handlers are working solo, so dogs will need to be crated.  

     

    Pre-requisites:

    1. Completed a Novice title in Rally or Obedience

    2. Off-lead heeling skills or close to it

    3. Or by instructor permission.


    Instructors: Kathy Evans & Marti Harley


    NOTE:  GCOC follows CDC guidelines. At this time masks are not required, but masks will return as needed.  Masks may be required by instructors and you will be notified if that is the case.



     


     

    • 15 Mar 2023
    • 19 Apr 2023
    • 6 sessions
    • GCOC Training Facility; 947 S. Stadium Road
    • 6
    Registration is closed

    Registration will open February 13th.

    Introduction to Nosework Wednesdays - 7:30


    This class will introduce your dogs to odor and help to develop a trained alert with duration. The goal of this class is a reliable, easy-to-read alert and obedience to odor. This class will not create a dog that is prepared to trial immediately. 

    Contact Christi Cooper (ccooper@lottandsearcy.com) or Diane Farrar-Sanderson (muddypaws100@gmail.com) for more information.  

     

     

    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.  WHEN DOGS ARE NOT WORKING THEY MUST BE IN A CRATE.  

     

    This class is for GCOC members. 

    A Scentwork Kit will be provided to each registrant.


    NOTE:  GCOC follows CDC guidelines. At this time masks are not required, but masks will return as needed.  Masks may be required by instructors and you will be notified if that is the case.





    • 25 Mar 2023
    • 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    • GCOC Training Facility; 947 S. Stadium Road
    • 17
    Register

    Agility Learning Day


    Preparing for an Agility Trial involves a lot of things.  Your dog is ready, but then what?

    This "DOGLESS" learning experience will teach you all the ins and outs of going to agility trials from filling out your entry and reading premiums to picking up your score sheets and ribbons.


    Instructor: Amber King






    • 08 May 2023
    • 6:00 PM
    • 19 Jun 2023
    • 7:00 PM
    • Bookers Field
    • 7
    Register

    A continuation of the agility progression open to those that have completed the Beginning Sequencing class. 


    Rain make up days will be  Wednesday of the same week. 


    • 08 May 2023
    • 7:30 PM
    • 19 Jun 2023
    • 8:30 PM
    • Bookers Field
    • 7
    Register

    A continuation of the agility progression open to those that have completed the Beginning Sequencing class. Class skips Memorial day. 


    Rain make up days will be Wednesday of the same week. 



    • 26 May 2023
    • 7:00 AM
    • 28 May 2023
    • SC State Fair Grounds Horse Arena 1200 Rosewood Dr Columbia SC 29201
    Register

    2023 Regional Grand National May 27-28

    2023 Regional Team May 26

    2023 Regional Hurdles May 26

    May 26th, 27th, and 28th, 2023

    South Carolina State Fairgrounds

    1200 Rosewood Dr.

    Columbia, SC. 29201

    (Do not send entries to this address. See entry form for the correct address.)

    Entries Open February 5th

    Entries Close on May 10th

                                                                        Entry Fees

    Each dog registered for all 6 trials will be charged a bundle fee of $250.

    Registration for Individual Trials is $46 per trial.

    Region 3 Regional Premium May 26-28, 2023.pdf


    • Q All Regional Grand National course runs count toward regular Barn Hunt Senior or Master titles.
    • - Only dogs who enter and compete in all four Grand National Trials are eligible for Grand National Byes.



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