Agility Traiing





Agility Training





Boo-Boo  - Obedience





Max - Standard Poodle - Agility





Obedience Training





Rosy - Agility





Obedience Competition





TDI - Katie





TDI - Cowboy






TDI Katie






TDI Katie



 Demonstrating that the dog, as a companion to man, can be a respected member of the community.

The Catawba Valley Obedience Club offers a variety of training techniques structured to fit the needs and goals of the individual.  In addition to classes, the club sponsors and supports various social and educational activities throughout the area. Training classes offered include, but are not limited to Basic Obedience and Puppy Kindergarten. Classes in intermediate and advanced obedience, clicker training, agility and rally are offered periodically.

Testing for AKC CGC (Canine Good Citizen) and Therapy Dog International (TDI) are held at least once a year.  All classes are on Thursday evenings at the Neill Clark Park Recreational Center.

The American Kennel Club, "AKC" offers a variety of events, including Agility, Canine Good Citizenship, Conformation, Earthdog, Lure Coursing, Obedience, Rally, Tracking and a Junior Handling Program. You can visit online for more event information.  AKC

The United Kennel Club, "UKC" offers a similar variety of events, including Agility, Conformation, Dock Jumping, Hunting Programs, Obedience, Terrier Racing, Weight Pull and Juniors events.  Visit online for more information. UKC

Whatever doggie interest, there's a good chance one or both clubs have a competition to your taste and style. Spayed bitches and neutered males are eligible to participate in designated events. Mixed breeds with an AKC Canine Partners Listing Number can participate as indicated.  See the Beginner's Guide on the AKC web site for more details.

 Tracking Training                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   

TRACKING:  Training your dog to track is simply - honing his natural ability to distinguish the scent you want to follow. Tracking can be fun, and at the same time, very useful to the community.  Your dog an participate in tracking competition and/or go further and train for Search & Rescue.

CGC: The AKC Canine Good Citizen Program is a fun way to demonstrate your dogs good manners and you as a responsible owner. All dogs are welcome to participate.  There are ten (10) areas that are tested and your dog must pass all ten to be certified. CVOC offers a four (4) week course with the 4th week being test night.  The three classes familiarize you and your dog with the areas of the test.  CGC is required by some insurance companies for coverage under Homeowner's Liability. The ten-step requirements for the CGC demonstrate basic principles of obedience and are also required for all therapy dogs.

CGC Test                         CGC Training

Therapy Dogs: Therapy dogs are volunteer dogs of any breed who go with their owners  to schools, hospitals, nursing homes, libraries, medical offices, dental offices, or anywhere a calming, non judgmental influence is appreciated. They sometimes just live with their owners, and provide comfort for people with anxiety or other psychological disorders (for example, PTSD). Increasingly, they are being used for innovative purposes (such as putting a paw on a child’s chest so she will let the dentist work on her teeth) and it can be easy to confuse therapy dogs and service dogs. 

For additional information about Therapy Dogs, please contact:  joan Schwanz, MD; TDI Evaluator, jschwanz@bellsouth.net.  Teammate Lake Norman Sooper Trooper (chocolate Lab), CGC, TDI, THDN, RN, RA, Dock Junior

About our certified TDI Evaluator:

Welcome to Catawba Valley Obedience Club and the world of TDI! TDI is an International group of trainers and dogs who believe in the power of dog/ human interaction to help people in various situations- children who feel self conscious reading to an adult; hospice and nursing home patients; acute care adult and children hospitals ; memory care patients; and libraries.

I obtained Trooper ( my chocolate lab puppy) , to train him for TDI as a retirement project. Catawba Valley Obedience Club helped us train and learn for several years - I highly recommend CVOC to anyone in the area looking for a dog training club " home". I was encouraged every step of the way, and their excellent teachers taught me an enormous amount . The members are skilled trainers and are giving of their volunteer time. Trooper and I now visit 2 acute care hospitals and a nursing about 3 times a week.

I helped start a TDI program at Lincolnton Hospital, where I have worked for 20 years. We are always searching for new participants - if you live in the area we would love to include you and your dog in our program. Lincolnton is very close to Hickory, and CVOC and I can evaluate you and your dog for TDI here in Hickory.

CVOC has developed an excellent "prep" class for TDI of 3-4 weeks, then at the end of that prep course, 20 CVOC volunteers and myself do the actual evaluation in the same building where you take the prep course. Additionally, you can read the TDI website for a description of the test, and you can look on you tube to see the actual exercises demonstrated.
I encourage everyone, after they pass the TDI test to consider joining CVOC as an ongoing source of information, support, weekly training and fun.

Service dogs are dogs are trained to perform specific tasks to help disabled people. An example of a service dog is a dog who guides an owner who is blind, or deaf, but Service Dogs are not limited to the deaf or blind. Medical Alert dogs are Service dogs and can go into public places such as planes, restaurants, or stores. But, therapy dogs do not have the same public access. In fact, it is unethical and illegal to attempt to pass off a therapy dog as a service dog for these purposes.

There are several organizations that certify dogs as therapy dogs such as TDI, TDI, Inc., Pet Partners (previously Delta Society), Love on a Leash and Bright and Beautiful Therapy Dogs, etc. At CVOC we focus on TDI, because most of the facilities where our teams go recognize TDI. Be aware that new certifying organizations are being formed, and existing certifying organizations are changing constantly.  It is important you keep up to date . You can do this with both their printed material when you re-register each year and/or the appropriate website.

Library Reading programs are currently operating in Hickory, Taylorsville and Bethlehem.  Requests for a Therapy Dog Visits can be made through the facility or contact CVOC for additional information concerning the various local programs or testing information.