The Ochlockonee River Kennel Club hosts agility, conformation handling, obedience, rally and S.T.A.R. puppy classes. Our instructors are professionals in the disciplines they teach, and enjoy teaching and work very hard to ensure all class participants, human and canine, reach their personal goals.  You can read more on each discipline, and visit the Calendar to find upcoming Practice Groups and Classes. We hope to see you and your furry friend there!

NEW VISITORS: Please bring a signed copy of the Grounds Waiver on your first visit to the ORKC Clubhouse!

Effective August 1, 2021, the Run-Through/Practice fee donation for each class will be $5 per dog for members, and $8 per dog for nonmembers.




Agility is designed to demonstrate a dog's willingness to work with his handler in a variety of situations. Agility is an athletic event that requires conditioning, concentration, training, and teamwork. Dogs and handlers must negotiate an obstacle course while racing against the clock. Agility is also a great form of exercise for both dog and handler, and a fun way to bond. And you don't have to compete to enjoy agility! Taking an agility class offers many other benefits, but many people start the sport just for fun, only to get bitten by the agility bug and become lifelong competitors!  ORKC will be hosting new agility classes every 5 weeks. Please click here to request details on upcoming classes.

“Conformation” is the official name for “dog shows.” The purpose of conformation showing is to evaluate breeding stock. The dog’s conformation—his overall appearance and structure—is an indication of the dog’s ability to produce quality purebred puppies, and that is what is being judged in the ring. That’s why mixed-breeds and spayed or neutered purebreds are not eligible to compete. Many times a new exhibitor will get started in dog shows by finding a mentor, usually the breeder they acquired their puppy from. Many AKC clubs also offer handling classes to teach owners how to present their purebred dog to a judge at a dog show. 

Our conformation Beginner classes are held every 1st, 2nd and 4th Tuesday, of each month at 7 PM at the clubhouse, and Advanced classes are every Saturday at 1 PM.

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Obedience & Rally


Obedience and Rally trials showcase dogs that have been trained and conditioned to behave well at home, in public places, and in the presence of other dogs.  AKC Rally® is a companion sport to AKC Obedience requiring teamwork between dog and handler along with performance skills similar to obedience. 

Obedience and Rally Practice Groups:
  • Mondays at 6:45 p.m. until about 8:30 p.m. (RALLY)

  • Tuesdays 9:00 a.m. until 10:30/11:00 a.m. (RALLY/OBEDIENCE)

  • Wednesdays at 6:45 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. (OBEDIENCE)

  • Sundays : 1:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m. (RALLY/OBEDIENCE)

This is a Class for those handlers interested in Obedience and Rally who may or may not have experience in the sports but who have Beginning Dogs. The focus is on those beginning skills needed for both Obedience and Rally. Handlers and dogs learn basic skills for Competition in Beginner Novice Obedience and Rally Novice Competition. This also could be a great class for those handlers and dogs thinking about doing Agility. This class can be repeated as needed. When handlers and dogs are ready, they can move into the practice groups. This class also works on skills needed for the Canine Good Citizen Program tests (CGC, CGCA and CGCU).

We welcome hearing from members and non-members who would like to attend special classes in Obedience and/or Rally during the Summer months. We also are planning testing for the CGCA and CGCU.

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S.T.A.R. Puppy

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Designed to reward dogs who have good manners at home and in the community. The Canine Good Citizen Program is a two-part program that stresses responsible pet ownership for owners and basic good manners for dogs.


Classes are in the Fall and late Spring each year. The American Kennel Club designed the S.T.A.R. Puppy Program for puppies under one year of age as preparation for the CGC. S.T.A.R. puppies will 'graduate' the final night of training after passing a test conducted by an AKC certified Evaluator. For more information about test requirements for S.T.A.R., view the AKC website.

The sport of Scent Work celebrates the joy of sniffing, and asks a dog to sniff to their heart’s content; turning your dog’s favorite activity into a rewarding game. It is a terrific sport for all kinds of dogs, and is a wonderful way to build confidence in a shy dog.In this sport, there is a reversal of roles, where the owner takes cues from their dog to locate the scent.

The workshop is $50.00 and the classes are $100.00. If you are interested in Scent Work, please contact Donna directly at

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Scent Work