Exciting news!

As many of you know, we have been in contract to have a new roof put on for over a year now. With the tornadoes devastating so many homes and businesses, we politely agreed that the roofers had more important locations to take care of. Last night we got word that our roofers (Miami Valley Construction Services) will be at our location starting as early as tomorrow (Wednesday)! We are very excited to be able to remove the buckets from our rafters! Replacing the roof could take up to a week.

Our board met earlier this month, and we talked about many other exciting things. As you have all been made aware, we are getting ready to dip our toes back in to classes. Please try to remain understanding as we limit class sizes, limit the number of classes available, and look for new instructors. This also means that in some cases, we will be using the great outdoors for our classes at the Land. We are currently on summer break per our schedule, and to save on cooling costs, have opted to keep that same summer schedule for the most part.

As a board, we also discussed Volunteer hours. Look for creative ways for everyone to be able to gain volunteer hours in a future email.

Many of you have been worrying about our finances. I’m pleased to announce that our treasurer is NOT as worried as many of you are! We may be asking members to pay member price rather than use vouchers for a couple sessions, but do not anticipate a large financial hardship due to having to cancel classes and trials at this time. We will let you know if we need this type of assistance in the future.

Many of you have been going to Facebook to gain information. I know that this seems like an easy way to ask questions, but please remember, the “Friends of Gem City” Facebook group is OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. It is not restricted to only club members, and does not always contain the most up to date information or the best path to reach the answers you are looking for. Our website gcdoc.com is kept up to date with the most recent trail cancellations, premiums, and information about classes restarting.

You can log in to our website at any time to gain access to being able to send an email to our Sunshine Chair. Maybe you know someone in the club who has lost a pet or close family member. Please use the form on the website to contact the sunshine chair so they can send out a card to that club member.

We are in an ever shifting world with the pandemic, and much of this is subject to change if Ohio should happen to shut down again. Please continue to play safely with your furry friends, and be polite with providing distance and safety precautions for others who may not be as fortunate as you in their health. I think we can all agree that we want Ohio to STAY OPEN!

Chris Kiefer
President & Webmaster
Gem City Dog Obedience Club

Agility Classes restarting!

The Agility classes will be doing a shortened  “soft opening” for the students who were already in an upper level class beginning June 29. If you were in a class you will be contacted by Maggie Melton with a registration form.  This session WILL NOT include the foundation or beginner series classes, since they may require closer contact with a student.
This shortened session is to see how our Covid 19 protocols will work and if we need to change anything.
Session 4 will start  August 10 for our regular 7 weeks. Our class numbers will be more limited, so that we will only need 1 instructor for the near future. As this shortened session nears the end we will evaluate whether we will have the beginner levels in session 4.
Thank you for your cooperation and understanding during our restart growing pains.

Sherri Heizer, Agility DOT

Classes WILL restart!

Classes will resume session 4 starting the week of Aug 10.  Registration
will open on line the week of July 20th.  We will have a few classes at the
land and when times are firmed up I will get a list out so you can plan.
Our intention is to offer classes that our members want to take, such as,
Rally Obedience, Freestyle and Novice Obedience.  We are also offering a
CGCA/CGCU titling class. 

 It has also been suggested that we offer members
an opportunity to earn the rally novice virtual title.  If you are
interested in using the clubs rally signs and space at the club to video for
this title please contact me at myeltneb@aol.com or text 937-838-6042.  We
will assist with set up and reserve the building for you, you will need to
provide the videographer and trained dog.  There will be a $20 fee, for 20
minutes of ring time (does not include set up time), that will be put toward
building improvements.

Pamela Murn
Director of Obedience
Gem City Dog Obedience Club

Class session 2 canceled

Due to the extreme circumstances from the COVID-19 outbreak, the current class session has been completely canceled. Refunds for PayPal payments will be issued automatically, Checks will be shredded, and vouchers will be credited.

At this time, Session 3 is unpredictable. Watch for future emails on when we will be able to open for regular business again.


Because of the unpredictability of the future, many of our trials are expected to cancel. Again, the website event calendar will be updated as I receive clear confirmation of cancellations. Please do not continue to ask questions on the facebook page, as it is a public forum where any may read it. If you truly feel the need to ask questions, contact me at webadmin@gcdoc.com

Until we are able to safely play with our dogs together again, please take care of your family, furry and otherwise.

Chris Kiefer
President, Gem City Dog Obedience Club

Classes Canceled!!

Due to the recent announcement from the Governor of Ohio declaring that all large group meetings of 100 people are more are banned, and the fact that we regularly have 100 people in and out of our building every day, we feel it best that we suspend classes for the time being.

At this time we are unclear on how long the suspension will last, and what actions we will take to “make right” any payments made for classes. Please be patient with us while we protect our families first, and make non-life threatening choices later.

Instructors – Please call your students and let them know that we are suspending classes for the time being, with more information to follow.
Thursday evening instructors– please cancel classes if you are available to do so, if not, please run your classes and inform them that future classes are suspended.

For questions/concerns on class refunds or for requesting a refund, please email: Gcdocpayments@gmail.com
Please DO NOT email if you just want a credit. Credits will automatically be given to those who do not wish a refund.

With regret,

Chris Kiefer – President, Gem City Dog Obedience Club

NEW!! Nosework Class!

A new class is being offered at Gem City this coming session! Beginner Nosework!

Beginning Nosework, Monday 1-2 pm. Limit 6 dogs. This is an introductory class for dogs without Nosework experience. Handlers will teach their dogs how to search using high value treats. Handlers will then learn how introduce, dogs to finding odors, through pairing treats with scents.

Register for this class here!

As there is a limit to just 6 dogs, and since many of our classes are selling out before anyone can mail in a registration, please be certain to speak to the registrar prior to mailing in registration for this class! registrar@gcdoc.com

Obedience Class Registration OPEN!

The class registrations for Obedience classes are now open on the website.

Please note, we have adjusted some wording on the website to better reflect our registration policies.

Entry level classes fill QUICKLY!  If you CANNOT find the class time you desire on the PayPal registration, it is because the class is CLOSED!  Classes fill on a first come, first serve basis, mailing in registration does not guarantee registration.

Due to the speed at which the electronic age has moved things along, registrars and the web admin can no longer be responsible for logging in to the website, finding the right page, and adjusting the spreadsheet with red ink when classes close.

Please register early for your favorite class by clicking here!