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

    • 17 Jul 2017
    • 21 Aug 2017
    • 6 sessions
    • GCOC Training Facility 947 S. Stadium Rd.
    • 0

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    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: $110.00

    GCOC reserves the right to cancel or reschedule classes.

    • 18 Jul 2017
    • 22 Aug 2017
    • 6 sessions
    • GCOC Training Facility; 947 S. Stadium Road
    • 3

    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: $110.00

     

    Instructor: Jaye Pearce

     

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

     

     

     

     

    • 19 Jul 2017
    • 23 Aug 2017
    • 6 sessions
    • GCOC Training Facility 947 S. Stadium Road
    • 3

    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.  

     

    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 Nachal

    General Registration $110.00

    Length: 6 weeks

    GCOC reserves the right to cancel classes.

    • 19 Jul 2017
    • 23 Aug 2017
    • 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:  Diane Sanderson/Renee Graham

    General Registration $110.

     

     

    GCOC reserves the right to cancel or reschedule classes.

    • 24 Jul 2017
    • 28 Aug 2017
    • 6 sessions
    • GCOC Training Building 947 S. Stadium Drive, Columbia, SC
    • 2

    Agility Foundations - 1 At Training Building


    This class meets at the GCOC Training Building at 947 S. Stadium Dr., Columbia, SC on Monday  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 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 and intermediate class    Or  be evaluated by the instructor or agility training director using the exercises from the Canine Good Citizen's Test. 

     

    Instructors: Diana Kraus

     

    Non-Members: $110.00


    Prerequisite: Passing Canine Good Citizen's Test  not required but recommended. Basic Skills class and Intermediate class. 

    Please pay on-line. 

    Length: 6 weeks.

    • 01 Aug 2017
    • 29 Aug 2017
    • 4 sessions
    • GCOC Building 947 S. Stadium Road
    • 4

    Building Blocks - Morning

    4 week session

     

    Our  building blocks course has evolved into facilitated practice sessions  along with a healthy dose of problem-solving for you and your canine partner.  The focus is still on critical, multi purpose foundation skills that we use to build components of obedience competition exercises.  We want to make the exercises fun but effective.  We'll work on putting behaviors on cue, stringing them together and proofing them for the ring.

    It doesn't matter where you are now, this class will help you develop a plan to take you wherever you want to go.

     

    Instructor: Peggy Langdon

     

    GCOC reserves the right to cancel classes.

    • 31 Aug 2017
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • GCOC Training Facility 947 S. Stadium Road
    • 1

    You & Your Dog

    Customize your training for your dog's temperament

    Working Spot


    Are you training the dog in front of you or the dog that you wish you had? Training needs to be adapted for the dog in front of us to bring out the strengths in that dog and downplay the dog's weaknesses. What works best to bring out one dog's strengths can be the exact thing that you shouldn't do with a dog with completely different strengths. In this workshop, we are going to discuss different types of dogs, how to discover who your dog really is, and how to bring out the strengths in your dog. We will go over games that you can play before, during and after your ring performance to keep your dog's head in the performance game. We will go over how to reset your dog based on their strengths and weaknesses after a missed behavior to ensure that the dog understands it was a mistake and to ensure that the dog will want to continue to play the training game with you for years to come. We will work on games and skills that are beneficial for each personality category. We will discuss cautious dogs, secure dogs, environmentally focused dogs, obsessive dogs, high and low drive dogs, handler sensitive dogs, handler hard dogs, dogs who love to learn and dogs who love to perform and much more.  


    Stop training the dog you had last year and come learn how to train the dog in front of you today!"




    Instructor: Mariah Hinds CPDT-KA

    Mariah, is certified by the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers and is an instructor at Fenzi Dog Sports Academy. With experience stretching over more than fourteen years, she’s handled every problem a canine can dish out, from dogs that fight, to rehabilitating severely abused dogs, to training winning performance dogs. Mariah is an avid dog sport competitor and recently achieved first place out of 100 dogs in a statewide competition and third place overall out of 300 competitors. So, whether you are looking for great pet dog training or high levels of competition obedience and trick training she can help you.




    GCOC reserves the right to cancel or reschedule classes.

    • 31 Aug 2017
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • GCOC Training Facility 947 S. Stadium Road
    • 9

    You & Your Dog

    Customize your training for your dog's temperament

    Audit


    Are you training the dog in front of you or the dog that you wish you had? Training needs to be adapted for the dog in front of us to bring out the strengths in that dog and downplay the dog's weaknesses. What works best to bring out one dog's strengths can be the exact thing that you shouldn't do with a dog with completely different strengths. In this workshop, we are going to discuss different types of dogs, how to discover who your dog really is, and how to bring out the strengths in your dog. We will go over games that you can play before, during and after your ring performance to keep your dog's head in the performance game. We will go over how to reset your dog based on their strengths and weaknesses after a missed behavior to ensure that the dog understands it was a mistake and to ensure that the dog will want to continue to play the training game with you for years to come. We will work on games and skills that are beneficial for each personality category. We will discuss cautious dogs, secure dogs, environmentally focused dogs, obsessive dogs, high and low drive dogs, handler sensitive dogs, handler hard dogs, dogs who love to learn and dogs who love to perform and much more.  


    Stop training the dog you had last year and come learn how to train the dog in front of you today!"




    Instructor: Mariah Hinds CPDT-KA

    Mariah, is certified by the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers and is an instructor at Fenzi Dog Sports Academy. With experience stretching over more than fourteen years, she’s handled every problem a canine can dish out, from dogs that fight, to rehabilitating severely abused dogs, to training winning performance dogs. Mariah is an avid dog sport competitor and recently achieved first place out of 100 dogs in a statewide competition and third place overall out of 300 competitors. So, whether you are looking for great pet dog training or high levels of competition obedience and trick training she can help you.





    GCOC reserves the right to cancel or reschedule classes.

    • 11 Sep 2017
    • 16 Oct 2017
    • 6 sessions
    • GCOC Training Facility 947 S. Stadium Road
    • 2

    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 first class is an orientation 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: Renee Graham/Joanne McDonald

    General Registration $110.

     

    GCOC reserves the right to cancel or reschedule classes.

    • 11 Sep 2017
    • 16 Oct 2017
    • 6 sessions
    • GCOC Training Facility; 947 S. Stadium Road
    • 5

    Rally Advanced/Excellent Class

     

    This six week class will include the rally advanced/excellent 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: $110.00

     

    Instructor: Susanne Butterfield

     

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

     

     

     

     

    • 11 Sep 2017
    • 16 Oct 2017
    • 6 sessions
    • GCOC Training Facility; 947 S. Stadium Road
    • 6

     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.


    Class Materials Required:  Teams must have these items when class begins.


    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.

    Nosework Kit sources – Two on line store for Nosework supplies are K9NWSoure, K9nwsource.com,  and Leerburg, Leerburg.com . You cangoogle Nosework supplies for other companies.



    Prerequisite: The dog must have a nose.


    Instructors: Nicole Tate, Debbie Shealy


    This class is for GCOC members only. 

    • 12 Sep 2017
    • 17 Oct 2017
    • 6 sessions
    • GCOC Training Facility 947 S. Stadium Rd.
    • 3

    Puppy Kindergarten - Tuesday 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: $110.00

    GCOC reserves the right to cancel or reschedule classes.

    • 12 Sep 2017
    • 17 Oct 2017
    • 6 sessions
    • GCOC Training Facility; 947 S. Stadium Road
    • 4

    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: $110.00

     

    Instructor: Jaye Pearce

     

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

     

     

     

     

    • 13 Sep 2017
    • 04 Oct 2017
    • 4 sessions
    • GCOC Training Facility 947 S. Stadium Road
    • 2

    Shy Dog Class

     

    This four-week class will help you understand how to recognize signs of shy or fearful behavior, and learn management techniques to help your shy or fearful dog.  Whether it is a fear of people or environments, the goal of this class is to teach you how to make a difference in your shy/fearful dog’s life and help him feel more confident and relaxed. This is not a traditional obedience class, but we will review some cues.  There is a large component of lecture in each session.

    This class is not an appropriate venue for dogs who behave aggressively towards people or other dogs, or who bark continually.

    The class will be taught by Phyllis Beasley, CPDT-KA, who is the proud owner of a sweet, but timid Shetland Sheepdog, Sky!

    General Registration :  $75.00

    No prerequisites required

    GCOC reserves the right to cancel classes.

    • 13 Sep 2017
    • 18 Oct 2017
    • 6 sessions
    • GCOC Training Facility 947 S. Stadium Road
    • 0

    Sorry, but this event is now sold out. You can join the waitlist and we will send you an email when additional spaces become available.

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    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.


    The first class is an orientation WITHOUT dogs.


    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 Nachal

    General Registration $110.00

    Length: 6 weeks

    GCOC reserves the right to cancel classes.

    • 13 Sep 2017
    • 18 Oct 2017
    • 6 sessions
    • GCOC Training Facility 947 S. Stadium Road
    • 0

    Sorry, but this event is now sold out. You can join the waitlist and we will send you an email when additional spaces become available.

    Join waitlist

    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 first class will be an orientation WITH OUT 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:  TBD

    General Registration $110.

     

     

    GCOC reserves the right to cancel or reschedule classes.

    • 14 Sep 2017
    • 16 Nov 2017
    • 8 sessions
    • GCOC Training Facility 947 S. Stadium Road

    Columbia  Kennel Club Conformation Class

    Big & Small Ring

     

    Columbia Kennel Club Classes will begin again Thursday, September 14th at 7:30 with classes following on September 21st 

    September 28th 

    October 12th 

    October 19

    October 26

    November 9th

    November 16th


    Contact Janice Nepita via email for more information about this class.  JaniceNepita@aol.com

     

    GCOC Does not handle the organization, instruction or registration for this class.  Contact Janice Nepita for questions and registration.

     

     

     

       

     

    • 17 Sep 2017
    • 947 S Stadium Drive, Columbia SC
    • 5

    GREATER COLUMBIA OBEDIENCE CLUB, INC.

    AKC New Rally Signs


    Presented by Dr. Kathy Evans, AKC judge,


    Entry fee includes information about the new signs, two run throughs for each dog registered and lunch. You may register a second dog for a nominal fee of $5.00 to cover two run throughs for the second dog. Limit of two dogs per entry.


    Limited to First 20 Paid Entries, We cannot hold your spot until your payment is received. Maximum of two dogs per entry.


     Register Online

    Pay Online Before September 14, 2017 or have check in mail before September 11, 2017


    If you are entering a second dog complete the section for Dog Number Two. You can register up to two dogs. Run Thru for the Second Dog will automatically add $5.00 to your total.

         

    If not paying on line, complete the Registration on this site and mail check made out to GCOC to

    Jaye Pearce  

    34616 Delree St.

    West Columbia, SC 29170


    Remember the Seminar is Limited to the First 20 Paid Entries. If you choose to pay by check that is fine but if we receive it after the seminar is full we will email you proof that your check has been marked Void then Shred it.

      



     



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