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.

Class Date Public Fee Hickory Fee* Members

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
come 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

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2020 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.

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, heeling (walking your dog beside you on a leash), sit, down, sit/stay, heeling past other dogs 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.
Instructor: Tracy Cooper
Learn about Tracy
Download Family Dog Basics Class Flyer
Questions About the Class? - Contact Sue

January 9 - January 30

$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 and 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 or CGC.
Instructors: Revonda & Peggy Seitz
Learn about Revonda & Peggy
Download Beginning Obedience Class Flyer

Questions About the Class? - Contact Sue

February 13 - March 19

$85.00

$5.00

$20.00

Therapy Dog International (TDI) Prep Class
This course walks teams through all of the test items 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 heel on the left side, sit, stay at a 20 ft. distance and be open to being petted by humans, not easily startled 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 in basic obedience.
Instructors: Kathy Lyday, Barbara Busch, Diane McGinnis
Learn about Kathy, Barbara, and Diane
Download Therapy Dog International (TDI) Prep Class Flyer
Questions About the Class? - Contact Sue

April 2 - April 23

$45.00

$5.00

$20.00

Spring Picnic - April 25, 2020 - Southside Park


Therapy Dog International (TDI) Test
Certified Evaluator: TBD
Download Therapy Dog International (TDI) Prep Class Flyer
Questions About the Test? - Contact Sue
April 30 $10.00 $5.00 $10.00

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 and 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 or CGC.
Instructor: Sharrii Hunt, Lori Hawkins
Learn about Sharrii and Lori
Download Beginning Obedience Class Flyer

Questions About the Class? - Contact Sue

May 7 - June 11

$85.00

$5.00

$20.00

AKC Canine Good Citizen (CGC) Prep Class
The AKC's Canine Good Citizen program is the gold standard of behavior for dogs in our communities. Over 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

June 18 - July 2

$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
July 9 $10.00 $5.00 $10.00

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, heeling (walking your dog beside you on a leash), sit, down, sit/stay, heeling past other dogs 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: Tracy Cooper
Learn about Tracy
Download Family Dog Basics Class Flyer
Questions About the Class? - Contact Sue

July 23 - August 13


$45.00

$5.00

$20.00

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 heel on the left side, sit, stay at a 20 ft. distance and be open to being petted by humans, not easily startled 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, Barbara, and Diane
Download Therapy Dog International (TDI) Prep Class Flyer
Questions About the Class? - Contact Sue

August 27 - September 17

$45.00

$5.00

$20.00

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

September 24
$15.00 $5.00 $20.00
Fall Fling - October 29, 2020

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 and 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 or CGC.`
Instructor: Suzanne Hefner
Learn about Suzanne
Download Beginning Obedience Class Flyer

Questions About the Class? - Contact Suzanne

October 8 - November 19

$85.00

$5.00

$20.00

December Classes & Activities
Info coming soon
To Come To Come $5.00 To Come

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 many dogs, 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 what 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

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 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.  Back to Class Schedule

Barbara Bush - 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. 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

Diane McGinnis - Diane has served on the board of the Catawba Valley Obedience Club for the past 4 years.  She has a TDI therapy dog, Molly, and an American Bulldog, Jackson. Diane has trained with TDI evaluator, Karen Mielke  from Doglogic, and Chet Roberts from Carolina Training Center.

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