Catawba Valley Obedience Club, Hickory NC

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Training Offered at CVOC - 2024

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.

Catawba Valley Obedience Club - Celebrating 40 Years!

Family Dog Basics Class
This Class is offered twice in 2024.

This introductory class is designed to get new dog owners and puppy/young dogs off to a good start. It covers tips on how to communicate with your dog by learning commands and general care of your dog.

- Proof of dog's vaccination records are required.
- Registration and payment required in advance.
- Classes held indoors in an AC/Heated facility
- Class size is limited
- Children handling a dog for any class must have prior approval before registration with the paren
t or guardian attending all classes.

- We cannot allow dogs with aggressive behaviors in our group classes.

 

Class Dates
- January 11 - February 1, 2024

(Registration opens Dec. 14, 2023)

- July 11 - August 1, 2024
(Registration opens June 13, 2024)


Class Duration
- 4 Weeks on Thursdays at 7:15pm-8:15pm
Cost- $60.00 (Club Members discounted rate - $25)

INTERESTED IN THIS CLASS? REGISTER ONLINE!

Covers the Following:
• Sit
• Down
• Stay
• Coming when called
• Walking politely on a leash



• Grooming
• Housetraining & Crate Training
• Physical and Mental Exercise
• Basics of Behavior
• Training Equipment

Instructor -
Tracy Cooper


Tracy Cooper, Instructor for Catawba Valley Obedience Club, Hickory NC
See Tracy's Bio below

 

Beginning Obedience Class
This Class is offered twice in 2023.

This is a continuation of our Family Dog Basics Class.
Handlers and dogs will learn steps to become a more reliable dog and better companion.


Children reading to dogs



- Proof of dog's vaccination records are required.
- Registration and payment required in advance.
- Classes held indoors in an AC/Heated facility
- Class size is limited
- Children handling a dog for any class must have prior approval before registration with the paren
t or guardian attending all classes.

- We cannot allow dogs with aggressive behaviors in our group classes.

 

Class Dates
- February 15 - March 21, 2024
(Registration opens January 18, 2024)

- August 15 - September 19, 2024
(Registration opens July 18, 2024)


Class Duration
- 6 Weeks on Thursdays at 7:15pm-8:15pm
Cost- $90.00 (Club Members discounted rate - $25)

INTERESTED IN THIS CLASS? REGISTER ONLINE!

Covers the Following:
• Leave it
• Sit/Stay
• Loose leash walking
• Heeling

• Off


• Recalls/Come when called
• Ignoring other dogs
• Greeting people
• Being petted/groomed by stranger


Instructor -
Shirley McGillen


Shirley McGillen - Instructor with Catawba Valley Obedience Club, Hickory NC
See Shirley's Bio below

 

AKC Canine Good Citizen™ (CGC) Prep Class
This Class is only offered ONCE in 2024.

This course is designed to walk dog/handler teams through all of the tests required for CGC dog certification in a group environment. This class is designed to master 10 key skills.


- Proof of dog's vaccination records are required.
- Registration and payment required in advance.
- Classes held indoors in an AC/Heated facility
- Class size is limited
- Children handling a dog for any class must have prior approval before registration with the paren
t or guardian attending all classes.
- We cannot allow dogs with aggressive behaviors in our group classes.

 

Class Dates
- April 4 - April 18, 2024
(Registration opens March 7, 2024)

Class Duration
- 3 Weeks on Thursdays at 7:15pm-8:15pm
Cost- $45.00 (Club Members discounted rate - $25)

INTERESTED IN THIS CLASS? REGISTER ONLINE!

Key Skills Covered:
• Accepting a friendly stranger

• Sitting politely for petting
• Appearance and grooming
• Out for a walk
• Walking through a crowd


• Sit and down on cue/Staying in place
• Coming when called
• Reacting to another dog
• Reacting to distractions
• Supervised separation


Instructor -
Sue Ingle


Sue Ingle, Instructor for Catawba Valley Obedience Club, Hickory NC
See Sue's Bio below

 

AKC Canine Good Citizen™ (CGC) Test Night
The CGC Test is offered twice in 2024.

Dog/handler teams showcase what they have learned in the AKC CGC class. Each dog is tested on their knowledge and mastery of the 10 key skills required to receive AKC CGC certification.

- Proof of dog's vaccination records are required.
- Registration and payment required in advance.
- Classes held indoors in an AC/Heated facility
- Class size is limited
- Children handling a dog for any class must have prior approval before registration with the paren
t or guardian attending all classes.
- We cannot allow dogs with aggressive behaviors in our group classes.


 

Test Dates
- April 25, 2024
(Registration opens March 7, 2024)

- September 26, 2024
(Registration opens August 30, 2024)


Class Duration
- 1 Night
Cost- $10.00 (Club Members rate - $10)

REGISTER

Key Skills Covered:
• Accepting a friendly strange
• Sitting politely for petting
• Appearance and grooming
• Out for a walk
• Walking through a crowd


• Sit and down on cue/Staying in place
• Coming when called
• Reacting to another dog
• Reacing to distractions
• Supervised separation

Evaluators-

Tracy Cooper

Tracy Cooper, Instructor for Catawba Valley Obedience Club, Hickory NC
See Tracy's Bio below

Suzanne Hefner


Suzanne_Hefner, Evaluator with Catawba Valley Obedience Club, Hickory NC
See Suzanne's Bio below

 

Therapy Dog Prep Class
This Class is offered twice in 2024.

The Therapy Dog Prep class is for those teams (handler and dog) who are interested in taking the Therapy Dog International (TDI) examination to become a certified therapy dog.

For more information about Therapy Dog international, go to www.tdi-dog.org

- Proof of dog's vaccination records are required.
- Registration and payment required in advance.
- Classes held indoors in an AC/Heated facility
- Class size is limited
- Children handling a dog for any class must have prior approval before registration with the paren
t or guardian attending all classes.
- We cannot allow dogs with aggressive behaviors in our group classes.

 

Class Dates
- May 9 - May 23 with mock test May 30, 2024
(Registration opens April 11, 2024)

- October 10 - October 24 with mock test November 7, 2024
November 9th Class is a Mock Test
(Registration opens September 12, 2024)


Class Duration
- 4 Weeks
Cost- $60.00 (Club Members rate - $25)


INTERESTED IN THIS CLASS? REGISTER ONLINE!

Class Overview
• This is NOT an obedience class; all dogs must know basic obedience, and show no aggressive behaviors.

• 4 week class with Mock Test on week 4
• Class size is limited (max 7 dogs)


• This class is specifically targets the 13 Tests needed to pass the examination.

• Dogs will be exposed to noise,  crutches, wheelchairs, etc and other medical equipment to mimic medical situations.
• Prior to taking the class all interested handlers should review the Test Requirements at www.tdi-dog.org or download the informational brochure detailing the skills that will be tested


Instructor -
Barbara Busch


Barbara Busch, Instructor for Catawba Valley Obedience Club, Hickory NC
See Barbara's Bio below

 

Therapy Dog Test Night
The Therapy Dog Test is offered twice in 2024.

Dog/handler teams showcase mastery of the 13 different required to pass the TDI (Therapy Dog International) examination. (Download the informational brochure outlining skills that will be tested.)

Interested handlers should review the Test Requirements at www.tdi-dog.org

For more information about Therapy Dog international, go to www.tdi-dog.org

- Proof of dog's vaccination records are required.
- Registration and payment required in advance.
- Classes held indoors in an AC/Heated facility
- Class size is limited
- Children handling a dog for any class must have prior approval before registration with the paren
t or guardian attending all classes.
- We cannot allow dogs with aggressive behaviors in our group classes.

 

Class Dates
- June 6, 2024
(Registration opens May 9, 2024)

- November 14, 2024
(Registration opens October 27, 2024)


Class Duration
- 1 Night
Cost- $10.00 (Club Members rate - $10)


REGISTER

Key Skills Tested:
All interested handlers should review the Test Requirements at www.tdi-dog.org or download the informational brochure detailing the skills that will be tested.


Certified Evaluator
- Kathy Lyday,
Certified Therapy Dog International Evaluator


Kathy Lyday, Certified Therapy Dog International Evaluator, Hickory NC
See Kathy's Bio below

 

 

NEW CLASS!

AKC Community Canine℠ Class

AKC Community Canine℠ is an advanced level of the Canine Good Citizen Program. In AKC Community Canine, dogs can earn the CGCA (Advanced CGC) title.

The goal of AKC Community Canine is to test the dog;s skills in a natural setting. For example, rather than the dog being tested in a ring, in AKC Community Canine, the "walks through a crowd" text item will involve the dog walking through a real crowd at a dog show, on a busy sidewalks, at a training club or in a local park.

AKC Community Canine℠ Test Night

Dogs who pass the AKC Community Canine℠ test are eligible to earl the AKC's "CGCA" Title. To earh the CGCA title, the dog must 1) be registered or listed with AKC (AKC number, PAL, or AKC Canine Partners number and , 2) already have a Canine Good Citizen® award/title on record.

- Proof of dog's vaccination records are required.
- Registration and payment required in advance.
- Classes held at local parks and outdoor settings
- Class size is limited
- Children handling a dog for any class must have prior approval before registration with the paren
t or guardian attending all classes.
- We cannot allow dogs with aggressive behaviors in our group classes.


 

Class Dates
- November 21, 2024 and December 5, 2024
(Registration opens October 24, 2024)

Class Duration - 2 Nights
Cost- $30.00 (Club Members rate - $25)

 

AKC Community Canine℠ Test Night Date
- December 12, 2024
(Registration opens November 24, 2024)


Class Duration - 1 Night
Cost- $15.00 (Club Members rate - $15)



REGISTER

Key Skills Covered:
• Dog stands, sits or lies down and waits under control
• Walks on a loose leash in a natural situation (not in a ring) and does not pull
• Walks on a loose leash through a crowd
• Dog walks past distraction dogs present; does not pull


• Dog allows person who is carring something to approach and pet it
• "Leave It"
• Down or sit-stay at a distance
• Recall with disctractions present (coming when called)
• Dog enters/exits a doorway or narrow passgeway (in leash, with owner) in a controlled manner

Instructors & Evaluators-
Suzanne Hefner


Suzanne_Hefner, Evaluator with Catawba Valley Obedience Club, Hickory NC
See Suzanne's Bio below

Tracy Cooper

Tracy Cooper, Instructor for Catawba Valley Obedience Club, Hickory NC
See Tracy's Bio below

 
       



PRE-REGISTRATION & VACCINATION RECORDS ARE REQUIRED FOR ALL CLASSES


    When you submit your completed application for the class, vaccination records and check MUST accompany it, or your registration is NOT complete. Classes are filled on a first come, first serve basis.  Size is limited for most classes and events

About Our Instructors / Evaluators

Sue Ingle - Sue trained and showed her first Shetland Sheepdog at age 14. She got his AKC championship and his CD obedience title. She was 16 when she showed her mentor's Shelty puppy at Westminster in a class of 13, placing 2nd. She also showed in Junior Showmanship at Westminster. Sue has served as President of Catawba Valley Obedience Club, and is currently serving as the club's Vice Presiden. She is a past-President and member of the Greater Hickory Kenney Club. She has bred and shown numerousl Bichons to their AKC championship. Sue also bred Lowchens that are participating in obedience activities. She currently has two Lowenchs - one is a retired champion who holds numerous honors and certifications (an award of Merit at Westminste, CGC certification, Therapy Dog certification by Therapy Dog International (TDI), and RN degrees) and one who is a Grand Champion that is a certified therapy dog with TDI.

Shirley McGillen - Shirley is a retired teacher and has been a member of CVOC for almost 16 years. She and her male German Shepherd dog worked together to earn a Novice Level Companion Dog title. Her husband, Wayne, worked with their female German Shephard dog for the Novice Level Companion Dog title as well.  

Suzanne Hefner - Suzanne's experience with training dogs is extensive. Her interests lie in obedience training. She is an AKC Canine Good Citizen™ Evaluator. She has shown dogs in breed, obedience competition and lure coursing, and continues to attend seminars and workshops for continuing education. Her experience includes past obedience chairperson for the Greater Hickory Kennel Club (GHKC) AKC obedience trials. Suzanne believes in the positive, motivational training methods taught by Dr. Ian Dunbar, Pat Miller and Karen Pryor. She has been a CVOC instructor for their Beginner Obedience classes and is currently the club's test evaluator for the AKC Canine Good Citizen (CGC) test as well as the evaluator for the AKC Tricks test and ATT. She is a member in good standing of CVOC, GHKC, and the Basenji Club of America (BCOA).

Tracy Cooper - Tracy, a member of CVOC since 2017, started training classes with her family dog to gain confidence and understanding of her dog’s behavior.  She is an AKC Canine Good Citizen test Evaluator. She has worked closely with her dog through numerous levels of training, and has learned that when you learn what motivates your dog, reward reinforces the desired behavior. This is how dogs learn best. Tracy is looking forward to passing on what she has learned to class students.  

Barbara Busch - Barbara has owned a series of Rhodesian Ridgebacks as well as a Pembroke Welch Corgi, Border Terrier and Labrador Retriever. She has trained and competed with these dogs in Obedience, Rally, Tracking, Trick Dog and Agility. All have had Canine Good Citizen certificates and several were/are working Therapy Dogs. She especially likes Rally training because you can encourage the dog while training and even in competition.

Kathy Lyday - Kathy is a retired Media Coordinator.  She adopted a Labrador retriever, and they worked to achieve his therapy dog certification by taking private lessons and the courses Control Unleashed and Rally at Dog Logic in Statesville. Kathy has been a member of the Catawba Valley Obedience Club for six years and has assisted with Family Dog, Basic Obedience and taught Therapy Dog Prep classes. She has recently become an evaluator to certify therapy dogs.