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  • Where can I find information about club rules?
    The general club rules are: Remember to take your dog to potty before coming into the building for class. You must clean up after your dog. If your dog urinates or defecates in the building, there are cleaning supplies to use. Place all feces in the silver trash can outside the building. Dogs should be taken to the front of the building for potty breaks. You will see a silver trash can on the far side of the parking lot to the front of the building. This is where you need to place your dog's feces. Do not place dog feces in any other trash container, either inside or outside of the building. Do not allow your dog to utilize the grass field on the north side of the building for bathroom breaks. This is our outdoor agility area and we must keep it clean and scent free. Dogs must be on leash both inside and outside of the building unless you are working in a ring. This is a safety policy.
  • What if I forget some personal possessions at the club?
    Contact your instructor and tell him/her what you forgot. Generally, someone is at the club Monday thru Thursday in the evening. You can also call the club phone 402-464-6529 and ask if someone will be there so that you can pick up your items. The club phone is not answered - only voicemail. You will likely get a response more quickly via Greater Lincoln Obedience Club facebook messenger.
  • Is the building open for practice?
    At this time the building is not open for practice, for agility or obedience. It can be arranged with individuals who have a key to open and lock up after practice.
  • Can I practice obedience during that time?
    Yes, if there is an open ring you can come in and practice. Unless the agility instructor also teaches/trains in obedience, you will be training on your own.
  • Do you have any requirements around spaying or neutering of dogs?
    No. Intact males and unaltered females are welcome, however females actively in heat are discouraged from the club even if wearing a diaper.
  • What should I bring to class?
    Wear closed-toed or athletic shoes, comfortable clothes in which you can move, in cold weather a sweatshirt to keep you warm, and for dogs with little fur, a sweater to keep your dog warm, always bring your dog's favorite treats and a water dish for your dog. Your dog will need a collar and a 4-6ft leash (no flexi-leashes, and if you use a harness also bring a collar).
  • What kind of collar and leash should I put on my dog for class?
    If you are in an obedience or specialty class your dog should wear a flat buckle collar or a chain collar. We recommend a six-foot leather or nylon leash. If you are in an agility class your dog should wear a flat buckle collar. We recommend a six-foot leather or nylon leash.
  • Are there items that I shouldn't bring to class?
    Please make sure that your cell phone is on mute or vibrate while you are in class. Please refrain from texting and talking on your phone in class.
  • Can I bring a friend to watch me in class?
    Yes, please do. We do ask that dogs not registered for classes not attend.
  • My schedule has changed and I can no longer attend class, can I get my money back?"
    SCC's class refund policy is: The student is entitled to a 100% refund for any non-credit class if the class is dropped the day before class begins; if a student drops a class the day of class or after, there will be no refund. If you run into problems please contact us and the quickest way to reach us is through email ( or We can work with you to get you into an upcoming class, etc. Whatever your situation is, do not "no-show" for the first class and expect a refund.
  • How will I know if class is canceled due to bad weather?
    In the winter months, if Southeast Community College (SCC) cancels classes, the Greater Lincoln Obedience Club will automatically cancel classes. The local television news stations will report closures. Keep your instructor's e-mail and telephone number handy so that if you need to contact your instructor with class cancellation questions, you will be able to do so. In the summer months, if the heat index is 95 or above at 4:00 pm (on Lincoln channel 10/11's website), our Training and Sports Director will decide if classes will be cancelled and it will be posted on our facebook page. Students will also hear from their instructors. Our building is not air-conditioned.
  • Why can classes be cancelled?
    Classes may be cancelled for the following reasons: Southeast Community College (SCC) classes are cancelled due to inclement weather The heat index on the day of class is 95 degrees or higher at 4:00 p.m. (as reported by Lincoln Channel10/11) our Training and Sports Director will determine if classes will need to be cancelled; because the building is not air conditioned, we do not hold classes when it can endanger our canine friends' lives. We will post on our facebook page and your instructor will contact you. There is an imminent threat of dangerous weather conditions (i.e. tornado, flood)
  • How do I know if classes are cancelled?
    We will post on Facebook if classes are cancelled and you may receive a call from your instructor. If you have questions, call your instructor or their assistant. Do not call Southeast Communtiy College (SCC) or the club building as there may be no one available to answer your questions.
  • Can I make up the cancelled class?
    If it is necessary to cancel a class, the instructor may choose to make up the class on a different day of the week or by extending the class one session.
  • How do I sign up for classes?
    For Members - go to SignUpGenius For Non-Members - go to SCC See Classes page for full details.
  • What classes can I take?
    You can sign up for any classes the club offers as long as you and your dog meet the class requirements. We do not recommend being in two levels at one time, if you have met the criteria to move up to the next class, do not sign up for the lower level again. You and your dog have met the skill sets required to move up and there may be others waiting to get into the class.
  • Why can't I get into a class?
    Some classes fill quickly and it is necessary to put people on a waiting list. Also, classes offered thru SCC have limited member spots available so they fill more quickly than members-only classes. You are always welcome to sign up through SCC to get into a class, but you will be charged full price for the class; discounts are not given through SCC.
  • Why are we tested the first night of class?
    Your instructor wants to know the skill sets you and your dog have acquired. It is possible you will need to be in a higher or lower level class in order for you and your dog to succeed in your training.
  • What do you mean "meet class criteria" in order to enroll into a class?"
    After the beginner-level classes there are skill sets you must meet to take a class. If you have not mastered the skill set you are not ready for the next level. Your instructor will review these with you.
  • Why do we have class skill set criteria?
    Minimum requirements or skill sets are needed to allow progression in training. A beginner and an advanced level obedience dog require different types of training. It is not fair to you or your classmates if the instructor has to spend all their time working with a student to get them to the rest of the student's level of training.
  • I think I am ready to move onto the next level but my instructor recommends I repeat the class. Can I sign up for the next level anyway?
    If your instructor doesn't think you have the skill set (based upon the performance of you and your dog) to move up to the next level, it is recommended you repeat the class to work on the skills you and your dog have not yet perfected. You can also work on your own to improve your skills and ask your instructor to review your progress. Similar to learning how to play a musical instrument, if you practice for a short period of time seven days per week, your skill level will increase more rapidly than if you practice only one time per week for one hour. Keep in mind that when learning new skills (both for the handler and his/her dog), some people and some dogs learn more quickly. Other variables come into consideration such as the fear level of a dog new to training, his/her temperament (how calm or reactive the dog is), the level of distractability the dog exhibits, etc. Similar to children in school, some children pick up quickly on athletic skills, math, or foreign languages, while some children have to practice these subjects several times before they "get them". The same is true of the type of learning that takes place in dog obedience and dog sports such as agility, flyball, etc.
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