Obedience Trials Part One

Both the American Kennel Club (AKC) and the United Kennel Club (UKC) hold obedience trials.  Although the rules differ slightly, the exercises are the same for both clubs.  Obedience competition, when done right, grows a deep connection between the dog and owner.  Both must trust the other.  The owner must observe the dog’s signals, and the dog must observe and obey the owner’s commands.  Obedience competition also produces a well mannered and obedient dog that is a job to live with.

The novice obedience class is the first class that the dog and owner compete in.  Novice A is for handlers that have never put a title on a dog, while Novice B is for experienced handlers.  In the novice class, the dog and handler perform the following exercises:

A dog that scores at least 170 points out of 200 and passes each exercise earns a leg toward his Companion Dog title.  Three legs are required to obtain the title.

The open obedience class is the second class that the dog and owner compete in.  Open A is for dogs without an open title.  Open B is for dogs with an open title.  In the open class, the dog and handler perform the following exercises:

A dog must score at least 170 out of 200 and pass all the exercises to earn a leg toward his Companion Dog Excellent title.  Three legs are required to obtain a title.

Please see Obedience Trials Part Two for the rest of the information on obedience trials.

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