Catawba Valley Obedience Club, Hickory NC

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Training Offered at CVOC

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.

2019 Class Schedule

All classes are from 7:15 - 8:15 pm on Thursdays of each month. Classes are held at the Neill W. Clark, Jr. Recreation Park in Hickory, NC unless otherwise stated. Sign up online for the classes that interest you.

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Class Date Public Fee Hickory Fee* Members

Family Dog Basics Class
This is an introductory class for dogs and owners to learn basic obedience to make your dog a better behaved dog thus making owner and dog happier. We teach using a positive method with lots of treats. Subjects covered in this four week class include: potty training, general care for a dog, healing (walking your dog beside you on a leash), sit, down, sit/stay, heeling past other dog and people, being around children, dog sitting for exam, grooming your dog, recall ( sit or down your dog, walking a short distance from dog, calling dog to come to owner), and socialization.
Instructors: Revonda & Peggy Seitz
Learn about Revonda & Peggy
Download Family Dog Basics Class Flyer
Questions About the Class? - Contact Sue

January 10 - January 31

$45.00

$5.00

$20.00

Beginning Obedience Class
Beginning Obedience is a carry through of our Family Dog Basics class.  In six weeks - we will continue to learn "sit, down, stand, wait/stay, recalls, leave it petting or grooming by friendly stranger, ignoring other dogs, working under distraction, polite entry behavior.  By the end of the class, many of the canine & handler teams will be ready for entry level obedience, rally obedience, FDC or CGC.
Instructor: Sharii Hunt
Learn about Sharii
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Questions About the Class? - Contact Sue

February 14 -
March 21

$85.00

$5.00

$20.00

AKC Canine Good Citizen (CGC) Class
The AKC's Canine Good Citizen program is the gold standard of behavior for dogs in our communities. Almost one million dogs, both purebred and mixed breed, have participated in the program since it began in 1989. Canine Good Citizen provides a great foundation for getting started in dog sports. The CGC award is a prerequisite for many therapy dog groups. Some homeowner's insurance companies encourage CGC testing, and an increasing number of apartments and condos require that resident dogs pass the CGC test. .
Instructor: Suzanne Hefner
Learn about Suzanne

Download AKC Canine Good Citizen Class Flyer
Questions About the Class? - Contact Suzanne

April 4 - April 18

$35.00

$5.00

$20.00

AKC Canine Good Citizen (CGC) Test
Evaluator: Suzanne Hefner (contact Suzanne)
Download More Info about the AKC Canine Good Citizen Test
April 25 $10.00 $5.00 $10.00
Spring Picnic - April 27, 2019 - Bring Picnic Food 11:30 - 2:00

Family Dog Basics Class
This is an introductory class for dogs and owners to learn basic obedience to make your dog a better behaved dog thus making owner and dog happier. We teach using a positive method with lots of treats. Subjects covered in this four week class include: potty training, general care for a dog, healing (walking your dog beside you on a leash), sit, down, sit/stay, heeling past other dog and people, being around children, dog sitting for exam, grooming your dog, recall ( sit or down your dog, walking a short distance from dog, calling dog to come to owner), and socialization.
Instructors: Revonda & Peggy Seitz
Learn about Revonda & Peggy
Download Family Dog Basics Class Flyer
Questions About the Class? - Contact Sue

June 6 - June 27


$45.00

$5.00

$20.00

Rally Obedience Class
Rally is fun! Rally is a class that emphasizes teamwork between the dog and handler. Multiple cues, both verbal and non-verbal, can be used. The first two levels are performed with the dog on lead. There are three higher levels performed with the dog off lead. Basic obedience exercises such as sit, down, stay, heel and come are used in various combinations to allow the dog/handler teams to show how they work together.
Instructor: Barbara Busch
Learn about Barbara
Download Rally Obedience Class Flyer
Questions About the Class? - Contact Sue

July 11 - August 1 $45.00 $5.00 $20.00

Beginning Obedience Class
This is an introduction in to formal obedience drawing from the basic skills, such as:
- Attention
- Sit/Down
- Stay
- Come
- Controlled walking on leash
- Good manners/behavior issues

Instructor: Lori Hawkins (contact Lori)
Learn about Lori
Download Beginning Obedience Class Flyer
Questions About the Class? - Contact Sue

August 8 - September 12 $85.00 $5.00 $20.00

AKC Canine Good Citizen (CGC)
The AKC's Canine Good Citizen program is the gold standard of behavior for dogs in our communities. Almost one million dogs, both purebred and mixed breed, have participated in the program since it began in 1989. Canine Good Citizen provides a great foundation for getting started in dog sports. The CGC award is a prerequisite for many therapy dog groups. Some homeowner's insurance companies encourage CGC testing, and an increasing number of apartments and condos require that resident dogs pass the CGC test. .
Instructor: Suzanne Hefner
Learn about Suzanne
Download AKC Canine Good Citizen Class Flyer
Questions About the Class? - Contact Suzanne

September 19 - October 3

$35.00

$5.00

$20.00

AKC Canine Good Citizen (CGC) Test
Evaluator: Suzanne Hefner (contact Suzanne)
Download More Info about the AKC Canine Good Citizen Test

October 10 $10.00 $5.00 $10.00

Therapy Dog International (TDI) Prep Class
This course walks teams through all of the tests required for certification through TDI International. It is highly recommended that the Beginning Obedience Class be taken before enrolling in TDI prep. Dogs should be able to heal on the left side, sit, stay at a 20 ft. distance and be open to being petted by humans, not easily started and comfortable in the general vicinity of other dogs, etc. before taking TDI prep.  This class is intended to train people how to show that they are in control of their dogs.  The dogs should be already trained.
Instructors: Kathy Lyday, Barbara Busch, Diane McGinnis
Learn about Kathy and Barbara
Download Therapy Dog International (TDI) Prep Class Flyer
Questions About the Class? - Contact Sue

October 17 - November 14

$45.00

$5.00

$20.00

Therapy Dog International (TDI) Test
Certified Evaluator: Karen Mielke
Download Therapy Dog International (TDI) Prep Class Flyer
Questions About the Test? - Contact Sue

November 21
Participation will be limited
$15.00 $5.00 $20.00
Beginner Clicker Training
Instructors: Group
December 5 - December 19 To Come $5.00 To Come
Christmas Party - December 8, 2019 - Covered Dish

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.

      *HICKORY FEE APPLIES TO ALL RESIDING OUTSIDE THE HICKORY CITY LIMITS! 

 

About Our Instructors

Peggy Seitz - Peggy is the current President of CVOC. She is a retired office worker. She is now training her third Yorkshire Terrier. One of her previous dogs was a therapy dog for nine years. Back to Class Schedule

Revonda Seitz - Revonda, a retired teacher, has been a member of CVOC for almost 12 years. Her first dog was a pomeranian which won several titles, was a therapy dog for 9 years, and was blind for the last 5 years of her life. She now has a new pom puppy that she plans to train to be a therapy dog. Back to Class Schedule

Sharii Hunt - Sharii has trained all breeds, from an hours old coyote puppy to purebred Belgian Laekenois, Shepherds, and a deaf cockapoo, to your everyday house dog throughout her life. Through the years, she has seen that works with one dog, may not with another.  She adjusts each lesson to every individual dog.  Back to Class Schedule

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 promulgated 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 instructor and test evaluator for the AKC Canine Good Citizen (CGC) class, as well as the AKC CGC test as well as the evaluator for the AKC Tricks test. She is a member in good standing of CVOC, GHKC, Mid-Atlantic Hound Association (MAHA) and the Basenji Club of America (BCOA). Back to Class Schedule

Lori Hawkins - Lori, a member of CVOC since 2006, started training classes with her family's dog in 4H in the early 70's.  She soon started entering AKC obedience competitions.  She has continued dog training throughout her life, and has attended classes with Catherine Mills, Ian Dunbar and Jane Killion. Her personal dogs have been trained for tracking, obedience, rally, tricks and dock diving. Her German Shorthaired Pointer has achieved a Master Dock Diving title and Coursing ability title, and competes in hunting tests and conformation.  Back to Class Schedule

Kathy Lyday - Kathy is a retired librarian who has a therapy dog, Russell. They have taken private lessons at Dog Logic in Statesville as well as the courses Control Unleashed and Shaping for Clicker Training.   Back to Class Schedule