Upcoming Events

Upcoming events

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

    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
    Registration is closed

    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
    Registration is closed

    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
    • 0
    Registration is closed

    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 8, 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
    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 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

    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   
    • 13 Jan 2022
    • 14 Apr 2022
    • 8 sessions
    • GCOC Training Facility 947 S. Stadium Road
    • 0


    Train the Trainer


    This course is designed to give those attending the depth of knowledge of methods to teach canine behaviors, their application to the GCOC public classes, and classroom management strategies so that after completion, "graduates" will be capable of teaching our Puppy, Basic, Intermediate, or Advanced classes.  


    There will be 8 Content sessions and will cover the following topics.

    Session 1-- January 13 -- Engagement -- Taught by Courtney Hofacre and Bailey Howe

    Session 2-- January 20 --  Training Methods and Application to GCOC classes -- Capturing, Luring, Impulse Control -- taught by Peggy Langdon

    Session 3-- February 10 -- Training Methods Classroom Application to GCOC classes -- Targeting, Shaping, and Pattern Games -- Taught by Nicole Tate

    Session 4--February 17 --  Reinforcement Strategies And Application to GCOC 

    Session 4-- March 10 -- Setting up for Success and Application to GCOC Classes -- Criteria, Planning your session, Errorless learning. Taught by Mary McEntire and Peggy Langdon

    Session 5 -February 17 --  Reinforcement Strategies And Application to GCOC Classes-- Mechanics, Rate of Reinforcement, Timing, Training loops, Reward Placement Strategies -- Taught by Robbie Black

    Session 6 -- March 17 -- Understanding Dog Behavior -- Taught by Jenna Pellerito

    Session 7 -- March 24 -- Classroom Management Strategies -- Taught by Gayle Mitchiner and Renee Graham

    Session 8 -- April 14 -- GCOC Curriculums, Practice Teaching logistics, and Instructor Incentives


    A Practice Teaching experience is also being developed.  Some exercises and assignments will run concurrently with the 8 content sessions, and some will be completed over the summer and into the fall.  Prospective teachers will move ahead at pace designed to build confidence and readiness and will include a development of short skill lessons, observation of several current classes, assisting with a class and teaching 2 evenings of the session with guidance, some private sessions offered to members, one 6 week class as the primary instructor with an experienced mentor as your assistant, and finally, teaching a class as the primary instructor.  At no time will anyone be "thrown into the deep end" and expected to teach.  At the same time, those people completing this class will be expected to make a commitment to teach at least 2 of our future public classes.


    There will be a revised instructor incentive policy that will be presented to the club, discussed, modified, and hopefully, accepted.  It is being designed as an ongoing continuing education program subsidized by the club.  I anticipate an updated approved policy by the time our "graduates" start teaching.


    Although we anticipate no more than 15 in person attendees,( And even that number depends on Covid protocols) all sessions will be recorded and available online.  We hope to reach more current and prospective teachers with these classes.  Our Rally instructors, Tricks instructors, Agility Instructors, and others who teach mostly member classes, will have access to the recorded sessions.

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

    This class consists of 3 private sessions.  Each session is scheduled for 45 minutes to allow for acclimation, 30 minutes of training, and clearing the building after the lesson. Sessions will be held on 3 consecutive Thursday mornings.   


    Our private lessons are adjusted to fit the needs of the team.  Your instructor can work with you and your dog to perform skills such as sit, down, pivots, stays, and much more.  They can help you and your dog consistently perform those skills in ever more distracting environments.  Whether your team needs skills, or engagement and focus, our instructors can assess your current level of performance and design sessions that help your team advance together.


    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.

    • Payment is due upon registration.  
    • Cancellation policy:  Cancellation of class registration within 24 hours of first session -- No refund. If you need to cancel a session, your session can be rescheduled on one make up day only.  Contact your Instructor

    ****PLEASE NOTE -- if 2 handler teams, scheduled one after the other, have similar levels and abilities, your instructor MAY combine them into one, 60 minute semi-private session.

    GCOC Reserves the right to cancel classes.

      

    Prerequisite: none

    Length: 3 weeks

    Instructor:  Peggy Langdon

    General Registration $150.

    GCOC Members $90

     

     

    GCOC reserves the right to cancel or reschedule classes.


    NOTE:  GCOC follows CDC guidelines, so all participants will need to wear a mask.  

    • 06 Feb 2022
    • 10:00 AM
    • 947 S Stadium Drive, Columbia SC
    • 12
    Register

    Scent Work Run Thrus


    GCOC will hold Scent Work run throughs on February 6, 2022 starting at 10:00.  The following Element and Levels will be offered:


    Interior: Novice, Advanced, and Excellent

    Exterior: Novice, Advanced

    Containers: Pre-Novice  (This level is being offered for dogs that are not ready to do Novice searches.)


    Entries will close on February 1st.

    Entries are limited to 20 teams.

    This activity is for GCOC Members only.


    Crating is in handler's car.  Masks and social distancing required.  Handlers will remain outside until time for their run.


    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 the building.


    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.

     

    • 12 Feb 2022
    • 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    • 11
    Register

    An introduction to Barn Hunt for handlers or dogs who have had no experience with the sport.

     

    February 12, 2022 9:00am - 1:00pm

     

    At GCOC Training Building

     

    Limited to 20

     

    This introduction is designed for exhibitor's dogs who have never attended a class or participated in Barn Hunt

    It will focus on the following:

    1.Review of basic rules

    2.Getting dogs comfortable going through a novice tunnel

    3.Willingly climb onto a straw bale

    4.Introducing dogs to rats

     

    Cost: $20 for GCOC members

    $25 for non-members

     

    Please do not register any dog that has had previous barn hunt lessons, clinics, or has participated in barn hunt trials.


    Those who have already signed up for the March 12th Fun Trial or are on the wait list and planning to sign up for the March 13th Fun Trail as soon as it is approved will have the first opportunity to sign up for this Introduction. They will receive a code to register. Introduction will be opened to others who want to attend with dogs who have never attended a class or participated in Barn Hunt on 1/11/2022.

     
    • 19 Feb 2022
    • 8:00 AM
    • 20 Feb 2022
    • 5:00 PM
    • 947 S Stadium Drive, Columbia SC
    Register
    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 2, 2022

     


    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


    Jaye Pearce

    3614 Delree Street

    West Columbia, SC 29170



    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.

    February 19-20, 2022 Premium.pdf




    You can not enter two of the same class on the same day nor can you enter both A and B for the same class in the same day.

    Click Below for copy of Rules and regulations


    Rally Rules and Regulations with updates through Feb 9 2021.pdf





    PLEASE CHECK THE BELOW SITE TO DETERMINE WHICH CLASS or COMBINATION OF CLASSES YOU MAY ENTER.


    Rally Class & Combination of Classes Eligibility Tool


     Obedience & Rally Class "A" Eligibility Tool



    Thanks to Chris Brooks www.showentries.info for allowing us to direct you to his site for the above links





    • 19 Feb 2022
    • 8:00 AM
    • 20 Feb 2022
    • 5:00 PM
    • 947 S Stadium Drive, Columbia SC
    Register

    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 2, 2022

     


    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


    Jaye Pearce

    3614 Delree Street

    West Columbia, SC 29170


    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.

    You cannot enter two of the same class on the same day nor can you enter both A and B for the same class in the same day.



    Click Below for copy of Obedience Rules and Regulations


    Obedience Rules and Regulations with updates through Nov 1 2020.pdf



    PLEASE CHECK THE BELOW SITE TO DETERMINE WHICH CLASS or COMBINATION OF CLASSES YOU MAY ENTER.


    Obedience Class and Combination of Classes Eligibility Tool


    AKC Obedience & Rally Class "A" Eligibility Tool




    Thanks to Chris Brooks www.showentries.info for allowing us to direct you to his site for the above links





    • 12 Mar 2022
    • 7:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    • GCOC Facility 947 S. Stadium Rd., Suite 10 Columbia, SC 29201
    • 0

    Shadow Dog Sports

    Barn Hunt Fun Test

    March 12, 2022


     Entries Close March 2, 2022 at 11:59pm or until full.

    The Fun Test is full but you are welcome to sign up on the wait list

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

    You may complete the online registration and mail in your check but

    checks must be received prior to closing


     Make check to Shadow Dog Sports mail to

     Jaye Pearce 3416 Delree St. West Columbia, SC 29170

     Day of show entries will be accepted if test is not filled.




    You may enter up to three dogs on this form.


    Click below for Premium. Your typed full name after your contact information

                     acts as your required signature on page 6 of Premium

                     WAIVER, RELEASE, AND HOLD HARMLESS 


    Barn Hunt Fun Test March 12 2022 Premium.pdf


      PLEASE NOTE: For Fun Test the Barn Hunt Association allows

       exhibitors to enter dogs in any level or levels and you may enter

       multiple runs in the same or different levels. This entry form is

       designed so you can register up to 3 dogs in multiple runs. If you

       are entering more than 3 dogs please complete a separate

       registration. You will be sent an invoice for each entry form but

       can pay for both at the same time.

     

       If you have a BHA Registration number please enter it. If not leave

       blank.








    • 13 Mar 2022
    • 7:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    • GCOC Facility 947 S. Stadium Rd., Suite 10 Columbia, SC 29201
    Register

    Shadow Dog Sports

    Barn Hunt Fun Test

    March 13, 2022


     Entries Close March 2, 2022 at 11:59pm or until full.


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

    You may complete the online registration and mail in your check but

    checks must be received prior to closing


     Make check to Shadow Dog Sports mail to

     Jaye Pearce 3416 Delree St. West Columbia, SC 29170

    No day of show entries


    You may enter up to three dogs on this form.


    Click below for Premium. Your typed full name after your contact information

                     acts as your required signature on page 6 of Premium

                     WAIVER, RELEASE, AND HOLD HARMLESS 


    Barn Hunt Fun Test March 13, 2022 Premium.pdf


      PLEASE NOTE: For Fun Test the Barn Hunt Association allows

       exhibitors to enter dogs in any level or levels and you may enter

       multiple runs in the same or different levels. This entry form is

       designed so you can register up to 3 dogs in multiple runs. If you

       are entering more than 3 dogs please complete a separate

       registration. You will be sent an invoice for each entry form but

       can pay for both at the same time.

     

       If you have a BHA Registration number please enter it. If not leave

       blank.










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