Catawba Valley Obedience Club - Hickory NC

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Training Offered at Catawba Valley Obedience Club


Children reading to dogs

Canine Good Citizen & Basic Obedience
The AKC Canine Good Citizen Program is a fun way to demonstrate your dog's 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.

Basic Obedience is a carry through of our Family Dog Basics class.  In six weeks you 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.



Therapy Dog International
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).

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

Obedience classes offered at Catawba Valley Obedience Club in Hickory NC

Service, Therapy, Emotional Support Dogs -
What is the Difference?

Today, there is a great misunderstanding between the difference between a Therapy dog, a Service dog, and an Emotional Support dog. The three types of dogs, all providing great support to others, are not used the same.

Increasingly, dogs are being used for innovative purposes (such as putting a paw on a child’s chest so they will let the dentist work on their teeth), so it can be easy to confuse the difference between therapy dogs and service dogs. 

The chart to the right shows the differences between the types of support each provide.






Neill W. Clark Recreation Center sign - Hickory, NC


Tricks Training
Show off your dog's assortment of tricks!

From the 1920’s and 1940’s when trick dogs such as Rin Tin Tin and Lassie won peoples’ hearts, to 2017 when a trick dog made it to the finals on America’s Got Talent, trick dog training has always been – and still is — one of the most exciting areas in dog training.

There are five AKC Trick Titles available:

  • AKC Novice Trick Dog (TKN)- Your dog performs 10 skills from the Novice list. (see link to “Application” below for lists of skills). If a dog has a Canine Good Citizen (CGC) certificate or title on record at AKC, it can do 5 Novice tricks (CGC + 5) to earn the Novice title. 
  • AKC Intermediate Trick Dog (TKI) – Your dog must have the Novice title, plus perform 10 Intermediate tricks.
  • AKC Advanced Trick Dog (TKA) – Your dog must have the Intermediate title, plus perform 10 tricks from the Advanced list. 
  • AKC Trick Dog Performer (TKP) – In this title, handlers perform a short routine with at least 10 tricks with at least 3 tricks using props. 
  • AKC Trick Dog Elite Performer (TKE) – In the highest level of Trick Dog, the Elite Performers perform a routine that has a story/script. At least 5 props are used. 



Rally Training
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.