Workshops and Seminars

GCOC periodically offers workshops and seminars on relevant topics for both members and the general public. 

Come join us - there are always new things to learn! 

To register for a workshop or seminar, click on the event below.


Upcoming events

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

    This is an audit spot for Session 1.

     

    The Foundations for Ring Readiness  series will introduce you to the concepts of building verbal cue reliability, adding proofing, building behavior chains and back-chaining behaviors to rewards outside the ring. We will focus on these 7 skills during this series: sit, down, nose touch, call to heel, zen bowl (leave the treat in the bowl alone until cued to get it), station work (go to a certain spot- mat, crate or chair- and wait for your reward) and a few steps of heeling. This series is perfect for dogs who know 4 or more of these skills. 


    Session 1: Reliability and Foundations

    We will start working on our foundation skills for back-chaining: short behavior sequences, ring entrances, leash on, leash off and mat work. Using our 7 skills, we will work on building and defining our criteria, building reliability with the verbal cue and ensuring that we are giving the cue clearly without extra body language. We will work on stimulus control instead of anticipating the cue and we will play some fun fluency games to build reliability. 



    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.


    Working Spot $15.00 Members

    Non-members registration opens 3/16/2017


    GCOC reserves the right to cancel or reschedule classes.

    • 09 Jun 2017
    • 23 Jun 2017
    • 3 sessions
    • GCOC Training Facility 947 S. Stadium Road
    • 2

    Foundations for Ring Readiness Series (Working Spot)


    This series will introduce you to the concepts of building verbal cue reliability, adding proofing, building behavior chains and back-chaining behaviors to rewards outside the ring. We will focus on these 7 skills during this series: sit, down, nose touch, call to heel, zen bowl (leave the treat in the bowl alone until cued to get it), station work (go to a certain spot- mat, crate or chair- and wait for your reward) and a few steps of heeling. This series is perfect for dogs who know 4 or more of these skills. 

    Session 1:  Reliability and Foundations

    We will start working on our foundation skills for back-chaining: short behavior sequences, ring entrances, leash on, leash off and mat work. Using our 7 skills, we will work on building and defining our criteria, building reliability with the verbal cue and ensuring that we are giving the cue clearly without extra body language. We will work on stimulus control instead of anticipating the cue and we will play some fun fluency games to build reliability. 


    Session 2:  Proofing and Behavior Chains

    We will add play into our behavior sequences, add longer behavior sequences for one reward and we will work on proofing our ring entrances. We will work on adding layers of understanding to our 7 skills. We will work on adding distance, distractions, and duration. We will work on adding food in the zen bowl on the floor to our other 5 behaviors. We will also play some fun fluency games such as can you do the cue when your handler does weird body language or when there is a prop nearby or if the handler hides their face or behind a barrier or if the handler turns around?  


    Session 3:  Back-chaining

    Now that our behaviors are more reliable and our dog can do some short behavior sequences, we will work on building more behavior chains and back-chaining rewards to outside the ring. We will work on sequencing behaviors to our station behavior and sequencing moving between exercises to a set-up and reward. The dog and handler teams will practice back-chaining a known Novice or Open exercise.  



    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.


    Working Spot $100.00 Members  

    Non-members registration opens May 26, 2017


    GCOC reserves the right to cancel or reschedule classes.

    • 16 Jun 2017
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • GCOC Training Facility 947 S. Stadium Road
    • 10

    This is an audit spot for Session 2.


    The Foundations for Ring Readiness series will introduce you to the concepts of building verbal cue reliability, adding proofing, building behavior chains and back-chaining behaviors to rewards outside the ring. We will focus on these 7 skills during this series: sit, down, nose touch, call to heel, zen bowl (leave the treat in the bowl alone until cued to get it), station work (go to a certain spot- mat, crate or chair- and wait for your reward) and a few steps of heeling. This series is perfect for dogs who know 4 or more of these skills. 


    Session 2: Proofing and Behavior Chains

    We will add play into our behavior sequences, add longer behavior sequences for one reward and we will work on proofing our ring entrances. We will work on adding layers of understanding to our 7 skills. We will work on adding distance, distractions, and duration. We will work on adding food in the zen bowl on the floor to our other 5 behaviors. We will also play some fun fluency games such as can you do the cue when your handler does weird body language or when there is a prop nearby or if the handler hides their face or behind a barrier or if the handler turns around?  



    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.


    Working Spot $15.00 Members

    Non-members registration opens 3/16/2017


    GCOC reserves the right to cancel or reschedule classes.

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

    This is an audit spot for Session 3.


    The Foundations for Ring Readiness series will introduce you to the concepts of building verbal cue reliability, adding proofing, building behavior chains and back-chaining behaviors to rewards outside the ring. We will focus on these 7 skills during this series: sit, down, nose touch, call to heel, zen bowl (leave the treat in the bowl alone until cued to get it), station work (go to a certain spot- mat, crate or chair- and wait for your reward) and a few steps of heeling. This series is perfect for dogs who know 4 or more of these skills. 


    Session 3: Back-chaining

    Now that our behaviors are more reliable and our dog can do some short behavior sequences, we will work on building more behavior chains and back-chaining rewards to outside the ring. We will work on sequencing behaviors to our station behavior and sequencing moving between exercises to a set-up and reward. The dog and handler teams will practice back-chaining a known Novice or Open exercise.  



    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.


    Working Spot $15.00 Members

    Non-members registration opens 3/16/2017


    GCOC reserves the right to cancel or reschedule classes.

Past events

26 Feb 2017 Denise Fenzi Seminar: Handler's Choice SUNDAY, WORKING SPOT
25 Feb 2017 Denise Fenzi Seminar: Audit: Saturday, Sunday, or Both
25 Feb 2017 Denise Fenzi Seminar: Engagement, Toy and Personal Play SATURDAY, WORKING SPOT
13 Mar 2016 Denise Fenzi Seminar: Handler's Choice SUNDAY, WORKING SPOT
12 Mar 2016 Denise Fenzi Seminar: Handler's Choice, AUDIT SPOT, Saturday, Sunday or Both
12 Mar 2016 Denise Fenzi Seminar: Handler's Choice SATURDAY, WORKING SPOT
21 Feb 2016 Dudley Fontaine Agility Seminar -- Excellent/Masters Auditor Sunday February 21, 2016
21 Feb 2016 Dudley Fontaine Agility Seminar -- Excellent/Masters Working Spot Sunday February 21, 2016
20 Feb 2016 Dudley Fontaine Agility Seminar -- Excellent/Masters Auditor Saturday February 20, 2016
20 Feb 2016 Dudley Fontaine Agility Seminar -- Excellent/Masters Working Spot Saturday February 20, 2016
20 Feb 2016 Dudley Fontaine Agility Seminar -- Novice Auditor Saturday February 20, 2016
20 Feb 2016 Dudley Fontaine Agility Seminar -- Novice Working Spot Saturday February 20, 2016
12 Dec 2015 Both Days - Hannah Branigan - Beyond FUNdamentals - AUDIT SPOT
12 Dec 2015 Hannah Branigan - Beyond FUNdamentals - WORKING SPOT
18 Apr 2015 2015 Tricks Workshop AUDIT SPOT
18 Apr 2015 2015 Tricks Workshop
16 Mar 2015 Denise Fenzi Seminar: Handler Choice for Obedience, WORKING SPOT
16 Mar 2015 Denise Fenzi Seminar: Ring Prep for Obedience, AUDIT SPOT
16 Mar 2015 Denise Fenzi Seminar: Ring Prep for Obedience, WORKING SPOT
15 Mar 2015 Denise Fenzi Seminar: Handler Choice for Obedience, AUDIT SPOT
15 Mar 2015 Denise Fenzi Seminar: Handler Choice for Obedience, WORKING SPOT
14 Mar 2015 Dinner During Fenzi Seminars
14 Mar 2015 Denise Fenzi Seminar: Drives and Motivation, AUDIT SPOT
14 Mar 2015 Denise Fenzi Seminar: Drives and Motivation, WORKING SPOT
30 Aug 2014 K9 Nose Work Workshop Level 1 - Working Spot, Afternoon Session
30 Aug 2014 K9 Nose Work Workshop Level 1 - AUDIT Spot, Afternoon Session
30 Aug 2014 K9 Nose Work Workshop Level 2 - Working Spot, Morning Session
30 Aug 2014 K9 Nose Work Workshop Level 2 - AUDIT Spot, Morning Session
23 Aug 2014 Control Unleashed - Audit Spot
23 Aug 2014 Control Unleashed - Working Spot
31 May 2014 K9 Nose Work Workshop - AUDIT Spot, Afternoon Session
31 May 2014 K9 Nose Work Workshop - Working Spot, Afternoon Session
31 May 2014 K9 Nose Work Workshop - AUDIT Spot, Morning Session
31 May 2014 K9 Nose Work Workshop - Working Spot, Morning Session
26 Apr 2014 2014 Tricks Workshop
12 Oct 2013 Special Skills Workshop
20 Aug 2013 Canine Good Citizen Workshop
17 Aug 2013 Introduction to Clicker Training
17 Aug 2013 Special Skills Workshop
14 Jul 2013 Special Skills Workshop
02 Jun 2013 Introduction to K9™ Nosework, with Mira Jones
01 Jun 2013 Special Skills Workshop
04 May 2013 Advanced Skills Workshop
24 Mar 2013 Advanced Skills Workshop
23 Mar 2013 Therapy Dog Seminar
23 Feb 2013 Advanced Skills Workshop
03 Nov 2012 Hannah Branigan - Polish Your Performance Workshop
19 Oct 2012 4th Annual WCFO, INC Canine Freestyle Titling Competition and Fun Match
30 Aug 2012 Strength & Conditioning Workshop
14 Apr 2012 Private Lesson w/ Chris Jafarkhani
14 Apr 2012 Private Lesson w/ Chris Jafarkhani
14 Apr 2012 Private Lesson w/ Chris Jafarkhani
14 Apr 2012 Improving Teamwork through Attention and Body Language
03 Mar 2012 AUDIT SPOTS - 4th Annual Quick Tricks Workshop
03 Mar 2012 4th Annual Quick Tricks Workshop
23 Feb 2012 Advanced Massage Workshop
09 Feb 2012 Massage Workshop
19 Jan 2012 Workshop for Rally Instructors - new rally rules
02 Jan 2012 Proofing Workshop
04 Dec 2011 Attention & Play Workshop
10 Nov 2011 Massage Workshop Waiting List
10 Nov 2011 Massage Workshop
18 Sep 2011 Foster Home Workshop
04 Aug 2011 Movie Night
01 Jun 2011 Instructor Workshop
05 Mar 2011 "Quick Tricks" Workshop


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