GCOC Member Obedience Classes


GCOC offers two levels of obedience classes for members: Foundations and Competition Obedience. To register and pay for any of these classes, go to our Class Calendar.



Foundations Classes

Foundations I


Foundations I is open to GCOC members only and is designed to give young or new performance dogs a solid beginning in any competition sport. Topics covered will include attention, impulse control, social interaction, basic commands, and other skills as appropriate. The class will be fast paced and flexible to meet members’ needs and expectations. The primary emphasis of this class will be on developing the skills necessary to eventually compete in the handler’s sport of choice.
Prerequisite: GCOC member
Length: 8 weeks



Foundations II


Foundations II is open to GCOC members only and is designed to further develop the skills learned in Foundations I. Topics covered will include attention, impulse control, social interaction, basic commands, and more. The class will be fast paced and flexible to meet members’ needs and expectations. The primary emphasis of this class will be on preparing the dog and handler for advanced competition-level classes.

Prerequisite: Foundations I or equivalent skills

Length: 8 weeks



To register and pay for your enrollment in these classes, go to the Class Calendar.


Competition Obedience Classes

Novice Obedience: Fun and Games

You and your dog will learn the skills needed to compete in Novice obedience, but not by doing rote training or doing drill after endless drill. In this course, your dog will learn to think by playing game after game. Training will be fun for you and your dog. This class will help handlers and their dogs understand and perform the Novice exercises. The class is reward-based and relies on food and toy rewards, but your dog does not need to be food crazed or toy obsessed to benefit from the class.

Prerequisite: Foundations II or equivalent skills
Length: 6 weeks


Novice Obedience: Ring Ready Class

The Novice Ring Ready class is designed to help handlers who have already learned the Novice exercises prepare for a trial. Proofing exercises will be used and a different venue will be used for at least one session.

Prerequisite: Novice Obedience or equivalent skills
Length: 4 weeks

To register and pay for your enrollment in these classes, go to the Class Calendar.

For more information about Greater Columbia Obedience Club's Obedience program, please send us an email.








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