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Obedience

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Obedience Ribbons or Rosettes | Qualifying Score | Types Of Competiton | Links


The AKC awards three basic obedience titles: Companion Dog (the beginning title), Companion Dog Excellent and Utility Dog. These titles are awarded based on the handler and dog completing various exercises and obtaining a minimun qualifying score on each exercise. By the time you have completed an "advanced" training class, you have been exposed to all the requirenents needed to obtain the basic Companion Dog title.

To earn an AKC title on your dog you must receive a qualifying score at three separate AKC sanctioned trials or shows. A different judge must award each qualifying score. A qualifying score at one trial or show is called a "leg". Therefore, when you receive three "legs", your dog has qualified for a particular title.

AKC General Regulations
Do's and Don't's for Obedience
Glossary Of Terms

Qualifying Score

A qualifying score is 170 out of a possible 200 points. Additionally, you must receive at least 50% of the possible score for each exercise.


CD (Companion Dog Title)
Exercises and Scores.

Novice
Novice A Class.
The Novice A Class shall be for dogs not less than six months of age that have not won the title CD. A handler must own the dog entered, or be a member of the owner's household or immediate family and may not have previously handled any other dog that has earned an American Kennel Club Obedience title.

Novice B Class. The Novice B Class shall be for dogs not less than six months of age that have not won the title CD. Dogs in this class may be handled by the owner or any other person.

Heel on Leash and Figure Eight - 40 points
Stand for Examination - 30 points
Heel Free - 40 points
Recall - 30 points
Long Sit - 30 points
Long Down - 30 points
Maximum Total Score 200 points

 

Novice "A" lessons
Novice

Open
Open A Class
. The Open A Class shall be for dogs that have won the CD title but have not won the title CDX. Obedience Judges or persons who have trained, or exhibited a dog that has earned an OTCH may not enter or handle dogs in this class.

Open B Class. The Open B class will be for dogs that have won the title CD or CDX. A dog may continue to compete in this class after it has won the title UD.

Open

 

CDX (Companion Dog Excellent Title)
Exercises and Scores.

Heel Free and Figure Eight - 40 points
Drop on Recall - 30 points
Retrieve on Flat - 20 points
Retrieve over High Jump - 30 points
Broad Jump - 20 points
Long Sit - 30 points
Long Down - 30 points
Maximum Total Score 200 points

 

UD (Utility Dog Title)
Exercises and Scores.

Signal Exercise - 40 points
Scent Discrimination
Article No. 1 - 30 points
Scent Discrimination
Article No. 2 - 30 points
Directed Retrieve - 30 points
Moving Stand and Examination - 30 points
Directed Jumping - 40 points

Maximum Total Score 200 points

Training the Utility Go-Out With Motivation
Utility
Utility Dog Excellent




 

Types of Competition

FUN (CORRECTION) MATCH - A qualifying score at these matches does not count towards an AKC title. Handlers use these matches to help prepare their dogs for AKC sanctioned Trials or Shows. Handlers are allowed to give corrections to their dogs at these matches.

SANCTIONED MATCH - An AKC sanctioned event conducted under the sane rules as a Show or Trial. You can not correct your dog. A qualifying score at a match does not count towards an AKC title.

OBEDIENCE TRIAL OR SHOW - An AKC sanctioned event. A qualifying score at a Trial or Show counts as one of the three legs required to be awarded a title.





Obedience Ribbons or Rosettes
All Regular Classes, Highest Scoring Dog in the Regular Classes and Highest Combined Score in Open and Utility


 First Prize  Blue
 Second Prize  Red
 Third Prize  Yellow
 Fourth Prize  White


 Qualifying Prize  Dark Green
Highest Scoring Dog
in the Regular Classes
 Blue and Gold
 Dog with the Highest Combined
Score in Open and Utility
 Blue and Green


Non-Regular Classes
 First Prize  Rose
 Second Prize  Brown
 Third Prize  Light Green
 Fourth Prize  Gray

Nonregular Classes

 

 

Links

 


Attention Exercises
Basic Lead Handling
Advanced Obedience -- Directed Jumping
Advanced Obedience -- Signals
Basic Obedience -- The Down
Basic Obedience -- The Recall
Basic Obedience -- The Sit
Cheryl May'sQuick Fixes for Obedience Scores
Conquer Ring Nerves!
Hints for Obedience Stewards
Hints for the Chief Steward in Obedience
Regulations for Performance and Judging
Obedience Links
Obedience Trial Championship
National Obedience Championship
Stress in training
Suggested Construction Of Jumps
Teach the Retrieve with Clicker


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