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Levels of AKC obedience: Titles available and the qualifications for the title.


Rules of Obedience: Tips to help you get the most out of training.


Puppy Temperament Test: A simple set of tests to find the perfect puppy.


Importance of Goals in Training: Article.


Novice Obedience: A breakdown of the exercises for the CD (Companion Dog title).


Open Obedience: A breakdown of the exercises for the CDX (Companion Dog Excellent title).


Utility Obedience: A breakdown of the exercises for the UD (Utility Dog title).


Obedience Regulations. A link to AKC site for downloadable copy of obedience regulations.


Teaching The Sit Command: Written and visual instruction.


Teaching The Down Command: Written and visual instruction.


Teaching The Stand Command: Written and visual instruction.


Handlers Arm and Hand Positions for Obedience Trial Exercises.


Footwork in Obedience
Foot cues used in heel work.


Teaching the Heel Command: Phase 1.


Teaching the Heel Command: Phase 2.


Teaching the Stay Command. Written and visual instruction.


Teaching the Wait Command.


Teaching the Recall.



   
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Competition Obedience is for the show ring bound team. Competition training covers all exercises for "Novice", "Open" and "Utility" classes at AKC events.


   Code 3 K-9 offers competition group classes in Seaside Oregon teaching all levels from Novice through Utility. Exact obedience is expected from the dogs in each of the exercises such as straight sits at heel, centered fronts (sit after recall), Rock solid stays, fast retrieves and correct jumping skills. Students are taught the correct handling methods for the show ring as well as the rules and regulations pertaining to showing dogs at AKC events. These classes do not follow an exact schedule of teaching as everyone is working on different levels of obedience so your homework is tailored to you and your dog.


Left to right: Judge, Lorna & 9 yr old "Jessy", Aaron (Junior Handler) & "Taizer", Lory & Arco, Diane & Ciara, Judge. 1st place "Team Obedience" at the German Shepherd Nationals.




   
These are the levels of competition obedience through the AKC. The levels are:

Novice (A & B) You must obtain 3 qualifying scores of 170 or more to get the title "Companion Dog" or CD.

Open (A & B) You must obtain 3 qualifying scores of 170 or more to get the title "Companion Dog Excellent" or CDX.

Utility (A & B) You must obtain 3 qualifying scores of 170 or more to get the title "Utility Dog" or UD.

UDX (Utility Dog Excellent). Dogs with UD titles must earn qualifying scores in both Open B and Utility B at 10 trials (must show in both classes on the same day at each show) to obtain the title of Utility Dog Excellent or UDX.

OTCh (Obedience Trial Champion). Dogs with UD titles must win 100 points and a first-place in Utility B and Open B, plus a third first-place win in either class, under three different judges. Points are gathered by placing 1st-4th in the 2 classes with competition present. The more dogs defeated the more points earned.




   
These are simple tips to help you get the most out of your training sessions with your dog.



   

When training an exercise for competition obedience you must keep the end goal in mind. If you train haphazardly or in a manner that does not work toward the end goal you may find yourself retraining the whole exercise or repairing the broken parts.

Think through the exercise and break it down into pieces so that it is more easily trained. You can work on several elements of the exercise at the same time bringing them all together once the dog understands each part. Do not teach the dog an element that does not fit the end goal which could cause confusion in the dog or possibly make the dog unreliable on the finished product.




   
   This is a short test that I give to puppies to evaluate temperament and trainability. You may copy this test for personal use.





   
Novice class is the place everyone starts their obedience career.
The exercises are:





   

Utility is the collage level of AKC obedience.

The exercises are:




   

The Open class is for dogs that have the CD title.

The exercises are:

Heel off lead with figure 8. The handler/dog team go through a heeling pattern called out by the judge. There will be at least one 90* right turn, one 90* left turn, one 180* right about turn, a fast pace, slow pace and halts. The team then does the figure 8 exercise as in Novice except that it is performed off lead.


Drop on Recall: The handler leaves the dog in a sit position and walks about 40 feet away. On the judge’s order the handler will call the dog to come. The judge will then signal the handler to down the dog. The dog must down quickly when told. Once the dog is down the handler will recall the dog again. The dog must come and sit in front of the handler facing the handlers legs. On order from the judge to “finish” the handler commands the dog to heel. The dog moves from the sit front position and returns to the handlers left side finishing in the sit at heel position.


Retrieve on the flat: The handler has the dog wait in heel position while he throws a dumbbell at least 20 feet out. The handler then sends the dog to retrieve the dumbbell with one command. The dog must go get the dumbbell and return to the handler sitting in front as in the recall exercise while holding the dumbbell until the handler takes it from the dog. The handler will then command the dog to “finish” (go to heel position and sit).


Retrieve over the High jump: The handler has the dog wait in heel position while he throws the dumbbell over a solid jump (high jump). On order from the judge the handler sends his dog with one command to retrieve the dumbbell. The dog must go out over the jump, get the dumbbell, return over the jump and sit in front of the handler while holding the dumbbell. The handler takes the dumbbell and commands the dog to finish (go to heel position and sit) on the judges order.


Broad Jump: The dog is left in a sit position approximately 8 feet back from a long jump. The handler walks to and faces the side of the jump. On order from the judge the handler commands his dog to leap the jump. The dog must clear the whole jump and come to a sit front position (the handler will pivot 90* while the dog is in the air). The handler will then command the dog to “finish” (go to the sit at heel position).


Long Sit, handlers out of sight (group exercise): The long sit is for 3 minutes. The dogs are lined up along one side of the ring and commanded to stay. The handlers will cross the ring and then exit to a place out of sight of the dogs.


Long Down, handlers out of sight: The long down is for 5 minutes. The dogs are lined up along one side of the ring and commanded to stay. The handlers will cross the ring and then exit to a place out of sight of the dogs.


The full discription of this class can be found on the AKC site in Obedience Regulations


   


Follow the link below to download the obedience regulations from the AKC site. If you want a hard copy of these regulations you can order them from AKC for a small fee.
Signing your entry form states that you have read these rules. If something comes up at a dog show your rule book is the decision maker so be aware of what is contained in it.
The rule book covers all levels of obedience, each exercise and how it is to be performed. Don't be caught unaware! Read the rules.

Obedience Regulations online booklet.


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