Upcoming Events

Upcoming events

    • 05 May 2018
    • 09 Jun 2018
    • 6 sessions
    • Booker's Field
    • 6
    Register

    Beginner Agility @ Booker Field on Saturday morning.


    This class is for teams that have successfully completed Foundations of Agility , a beginning agility class 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, Kari Crosby, Tom Owens


    Prerequisite:  Foundations of Agility 
    or Instructor recommendation
    Length:  6 weeks
    Cost:  $125 non-members

    • 10 May 2018
    • 28 Jun 2018
    • 6 sessions
    • GCOC Training Facility 947 S. Stadium Road

    Columbia  Kennel Club Conformation Class

    Big & Small Ring

     

    Columbia Kennel Club Conformation classes will begin Thursday, January 11th at 7:30.

    Dates are:

    May 10, 17, 24

    June 14, 21,28

    Contact Janice Nepita via email for more information and to register for this class.  JaniceNepita@aol.com

     


     

     

     

       

     

    • 14 May 2018
    • 04 Jun 2018
    • 4 sessions
    • GCOC Training Facility; 947 S. Stadium Road
    • 0
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     NOSE WORK : Novice Buried , Speed and Distance


    Learn about some of the new and fun nose work classes offered in AKC and PSD ( Performance Scent Dog ). This class will teach about AKC Novice Buried also PSD  Novice Speed and Novice Distance classes  . Skills learned in the this class will help with all other nose work classes .


    Prerequisite : Intro Nosework class & your dog must be on Birch.


    Equipment : regular collar . harness that attaches on back , 6 ft leash 


    Instructors: Mary Reeves, Joanne McDonnald


    This class is for GCOC members only. 

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

    Reward Placement Matters: Smarter Training By Design

     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.


    This class will emphasize 3 areas: 1) Understanding reward strategies  2) applying reward strategies by design to strengthen behaviors and 3) applying reward strategies to fix what we have inadvertently weakened.


    The structure of the class will be 4, two hour sessions on Tuesdays.  We'll start off with theory but move rapidly to all teams working and practicing the ideal reward locations for various skills and exercises.  As the classes progress, we'll run it a bit like mini-seminars with handler and dog teams cycling through short one-on-one sessions with Mariah to work on specifics for that team.


    The rationale for for training with awareness of reward placement and reward strategies:  Behaviors drift towards where reinforcement is received. If we always reward stays out of position then eventually we could lose our stay behavior. If we always reward the dog for heeling ahead of heel position then we could eventually build forging into our heeling. Rewarding in different locations for different behaviors can strengthen our behaviors and promote accuracy or it can weaken our behaviors. 


    Join us to discover where and why we should deliver the reinforcement. We will discuss the ideal reward location for heeling, retrieves, figure 8s, fronts, finishes, stays, out of motion behaviors and distance behaviors such as go outs, cone wraps, position changes and jumping. We will also discuss the pros and cons of using different location specific reward markers to tell the dog that they have earned the reward and can access the reinforcement at a particular location. 



    This workshop is great for competition teams and for dogs who have a number of foundation behaviors on cue.  

     

    $125.00 for members

    $150.00 for non-members

     

    Instructor: Mariah Hinds

     

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

     

     

     

     

    • 15 May 2018
    • 6:15 PM
    • 05 Jun 2018
    • 8:15 PM
    • GCOC Training Facility; 947 S. Stadium Road
    • 5
    Register

    Audit - Reward Placement Matters: Smarter Training By Design

     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.


    This class will emphasize 3 areas: 1) Understanding reward strategies  2) applying reward strategies by design to strengthen behaviors and 3) applying reward strategies to fix what we have inadvertently weakened.


    The structure of the class will be 4, two hour sessions on Tuesdays.  We'll start off with theory but move rapidly to all teams working and practicing the ideal reward locations for various skills and exercises.  As the classes progress, we'll run it a bit like mini-seminars with handler and dog teams cycling through short one-on-one sessions with Mariah to work on specifics for that team.


    The rationale for for training with awareness of reward placement and reward strategies:  Behaviors drift towards where reinforcement is received. If we always reward stays out of position then eventually we could lose our stay behavior. If we always reward the dog for heeling ahead of heel position then we could eventually build forging into our heeling. Rewarding in different locations for different behaviors can strengthen our behaviors and promote accuracy or it can weaken our behaviors. 


    Join us to discover where and why we should deliver the reinforcement. We will discuss the ideal reward location for heeling, retrieves, figure 8s, fronts, finishes, stays, out of motion behaviors and distance behaviors such as go outs, cone wraps, position changes and jumping. We will also discuss the pros and cons of using different location specific reward markers to tell the dog that they have earned the reward and can access the reinforcement at a particular location. 


    This workshop is great for competition teams and for dogs who have a number of foundation behaviors on cue.  


    Auditors would not bring dogs.


    GCOC Members  $50.00

    Non-Members  $60.00

     

    Instructor: Mariah Hinds

     

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

     

     

     

     

    • 16 May 2018
    • 06 Jun 2018
    • 4 sessions
    • GCOC Training Facility; 947 S. Stadium Road
    • 0
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    Tricks for Happy Dogs


    "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!


    This class is for GCOC members only. 

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

    • 16 May 2018
    • 04 Jul 2018
    • 8 sessions
    • GCOC Training Facility; 947 S. Stadium Road
    • 4
    Register

    Weave Pole Class


    Class description will be posted later.  If you have any questions, please contact Kathy Evans at arthuriandog@gmail.com


    Note, this class is a double session - 8 weeks.


    A decision will be made by class members about the July 4th class meeting.  This class may be rescheduled.



    • 21 May 2018
    • 25 Jun 2018
    • 6 sessions
    • Booker's Field
    • 4
    Register

    Beginner Agility I @ 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 non-members,  
    • 11 Jun 2018
    • 16 Jul 2018
    • 6 sessions
    • GCOC Training Facility 947 S. Stadium Rd.
    • 5
    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 Jun 2018
    • 17 Jul 2018
    • 6 sessions
    • GCOC Training Facility 947 S. Stadium Road
    • 4
    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.

    • 12 Jun 2018
    • 17 Jul 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/Renee Graham

    General Registration $125.00

    Length: 6 weeks

    GCOC reserves the right to cancel classes.



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