2018 SESSION SCHEDULE & REGISTRATION DATES
Session 1 Jan 8 - Feb 16
(Registration Opens to Regular Members Dec. 18 & Student Members & Public Dec. 25)
SESSION 2 Session 2 March 5 - April 13
(Registration Opens to Regular Members Feb 12 & Student Members & Public Feb 19)
SESSION 3. April 30 - June 8
(Registration Opens to Regular Members April 9 & Student Members & Public April 16)
SESSION 4. June 25 - Aug. 3
(Registration Opens to Regular Members June 4 & Student Members & Public June 11)
Special Workshops & Seminars Aug. 6 - Aug. 31 - TBA
SESSION 5. Sept. 4 - Oct. 12 - (Note Monday classes start Sept. 10 due to Labor Day) (Monday classes will end on Oct. 15)
(Registration Opens to Regular Members Aug 21 & Student Members & Public Aug. 28)
SESSION 6. Oct. 29 - Dec. 7 -
(Registration Opens to Regular Members Oct. 2 & Student Members & Public Oct. 9)
OCC MONTHLY MEETING - FRIDAY, October 5, 2018 AT 6:30 PM
We normally meet on the first Friday of each month, with the exception of July and December. Board meetings are held at 5:00, followed by a potluck dinner and Membership Meeting at 6:30. Please mark your calendars for our next Membership Meeting on Friday, September 7, 2018.
OCC will provide the main course for each meeting. Please bring a side dish or dessert to share. Our Membership Meeting will follow, afterwards. Both "two-legged" and "four-legged" members are welcome.
We will meet at the OCC training building (244 Lake City Drive, Flintstone, GA).
We hope to see you all there!
HAMILTON COUNTY FAIR - SEPTEMBER 29-30
The Hamilton County Fair is just a few weeks away! September 29 and 30 to be exact. This exciting event is one of the highlights of our year and is a great way to show our community what OCC and Responsible Dog Ownership are all about!
Not sure how to help? Here are some options that are listed on our sign-up form:
Volunteer Opportunities (click HERE to sign up)
Loading (Friday evening, September 28) - We will be loading crates and equipment onto a trailer for transport to Chester Frost Park. [Volunteers: If you don't want to carry heavy items such as crates and lawn chairs across the Fairgrounds, you are welcome to leave them in the designated area in the OCC building before 7:00 Friday evening. We will pick them up and take them directly to our tent for you.
Setup (Saturday morning) - We will need several people to help set up the tent before the fair begins at 10:00 am. Some of us will be there as early as 8:00, and you are welcome to join us!
Greeter Dogs (and their humans) will be stationed in front of the tent. If you have a therapy dog (or a well-behaved dog who loves people) this is a great choice for you! Lots of visitors (both children and adults) will want to stop to pet your dog. If your dog knows a few tricks, you could even delight them with an impromptu trick show.
Information Table - We will have an information table with OCC literature and free goodies. We will need one or two people to "man" the table and answer any questions that our visitors might have about our club.
Agility, Obedience, or Rally Demonstrations - If you and your dog enjoy Agility, Rally, and/or Obedience, we will be doing several demonstrations of each (11:30-1:00 and 3:30-5:00 on both Saturday and Sunday. Please sign up for as many demos as you wish. This is a great opportunity to practice what you have learned in a different setting. Don't worry if your dog is not yet an expert - it is helpful for our audience to see handler/dog teams that are still learning as well as those who are experts at what they do.
If you sign up for Agility, Obedience, or Rally, please be sure to fill out the Introductory Paragraph section on the Volunteer sign-up for each dog that will be participating.
Setup/Take Down for Agility, Obedience, and Rally - We will need to set up and take down our equipment for each of our demonstrations. If you are able to lift heavy objects, then this is the job for you!
Clean-up (Sunday evening) - We will need helpers to pack everything onto a trailer at the end of the fair around 6:00 Sunday evening.
Other - If there are other ways that you would like to help, there is a space on the form for that. Just let us know how you would like to help!
OCC RALLY AND OBEDIENCE TRIAL - OCTOBER 20-21, 2018
The Obedience Club of Chattanooga will be holding a Rally and Obedience Trials on October 20 & 21 at Play Dog Excellent here in Chattanooga, TN. Premium and links are on the Show Entries OCC page; or you can download the premium list in pdf format here.
Tip: Check your dog's or team's eligibility to enter an obedience or rally class using the tools at ShowEntries.Info.
Club members - we are looking for volunteers to help with our trial. If you would like to help with the trial, please contact Katherine Taylor-Worth at email@example.com to help with the trial. If you would like to help provide food for this event, please contact Paula Lynch at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sue Van Buren - Carl (Golden Retriever) earned his Rally Advanced (RA) title. Carl Q’d twice at the Atlanta Golden Retriever Club Specialty. His final run earned him a 3rd place with a 98 point score.
Paula Lynch - Ziva (goldendoodle) earned her Agility Excellent Standard title with 2nd place.
Chris Bowker - Clark (Toy Fox Terrier) got his third and fourth RAE legs with placements in both shows. Tyler also got his Trick Dog Novice. Clark (Toy Fox Terrier) qualified in his very first scent work match.
Meredith Rambo - Rita and Geordie (Bedlington Terriers) also scored well in Rally this past month. Rita scored a 99 in her class, and Geordie scored a 97.
Elaine Robinson - Jenga (All American Dog) got her AKC Trick Dog Novice and Intermediate Titles
Helen Aiken - Randy (Rat Terrier) came out of retirement to get his novice and advanced Trick Dog.
Sharen Fisher - huge brag on Quinn (soft coated Wheaten Terrier). Quinn was awarded the prestigious Wheaten Ambassador Award by the Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier Club of America (SCWTCA):
"This year's winner is Sharen Fisher/Margaret Snow and GCH CH Dromara's Huggable Quinn RN, THDA, CGCA, CGCU, TKA. They are members of the Alliance of Therapy Dogs and a member of HOPE (Animal Assisted Crisis Response Team) responding to wildfires and tornado destruction in both Florida and Georgia. Quinn has also been a busy boy visiting hospitals, schools and libraries with his owner. He is also a neutral testing dog for the Alliance of Therapy Dogs. Please join me in congratulating this very deserving team."
Laurie Thompson - Shiner (Labrador Retriever) completed his UKC championship; and Maggie (Labrador Retriever) finished her Trick Dog Novice title.
Helen Aiken - Rosie (Rat Terrier) completed her Intermediate Trick Dog and CGC; Randy (Rat Terrier) received his Intermediate Trick Dog.
Pam Moore - Pecos (Australian Shepherd) recently got his Excellent FAST title; Sophie (Miniature Schnauzer) got her PAX3.
Jamie: Knox (Toy Poodle) earned his Excellent Standard and Excellent JWW. Storm (Miniature Schnauzer) earned her Trick Dog Novice at the age of 4 months; and also got her CGC last week at 5 months.
Sue Van Buren: Carl (Golden Retriever) qualified for his first leg in Rally Advanced.
Sue Van Buren: Carl (Golden Retriever) has received the following titles and honors: AKC Trick Dog Advanced, ATD Certificate for 200 Therapy Dog Visits, AKC Therapy Dog Excellent (200 Visits) w/ an AKC Silver Medallion
Sharen Fisher: Quinn (Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier) has completed his 400th therapy dog visit and was also on the "Pay It Forward" News Channel 9.
Linda Maddox: Ellis (Russell Terrier) received his Open Agility title.
Paula Lynch: Ziva (Goldendoodle) earned her Novice Agility Standard and her Rally Novice, with blue ribbons in both.
Helen Aiken: Rosie (Rat Terrier) got a 3rd and 1st place in Rally here at OCC last month; Rocky (Rat Terrier) got a 3rd and 4th place.
JoAnne Davis: Shaonia has completed the top number of visits from the time she was qualified as a therapy dog until she received the top title for therapy dog work through Alliance of Therapy Dogs...that's 400 visits!
Sharen Fisher: Quinn has completed 354 visits and is also closing in on that top therapy dog title.
Helen Aiken: Out of all the dogs for Rally Nationals, there are only 7 Rat Terriers in the entire nation, and her Rocky is one of them. They will be going to Wilmington in June.