Trialling Obedience covers a range of exercises that demonstrate the dog's ability, understanding of the work required, and intelligence, and also the cohesion of the handler and dog as a team. Trialling Obedience was one of the first dog sports to be recognised by the Australian National Kennel Club (ANKC), and continues to be a popular dog sport.
Once ready for competition, dogs and their handlers enter into obedience trials where they perform a series of individual and group exercises which are judged by an ANKC certified obedience judge. The first level of competition - Community Companion Dog (CCD)- includes an on-leash heelwork pattern in three paces, a stand for examination, an off-leash formal recall, and two group stays. Once a team has gained three passes at the CCD, they can then apply to Dogs ACT for their CCD title, and can then go up to the next level - Companion Dog (CD / Novice)
Some of the other exercises that obedience dogs will need to master as they progress through the levels of competition include walking at heel while off-leash, groups stays where the handlers are out of sight, retrieving a dumbell, directed jumping, obeying commands at a distance, and scent discrimination. Each level of competition adds new elements to each exercise, so training for obedience is ongoing and ever evolving.
Dogs of any breed and of any age can do obedience! Ideal Trialling Obedience handlers will love working and having fun with their dogs, and will enjoy the challenges the sport can offer.
Trialling Obedience builds on many exercises that are covered on BDOC's Canine Companion classes, with an emphasis on adding precision and increasing duration. Classes are taught by experienced triallers who convey their tips and tricks for success in the trial ring. Teams new to obedience can expect to learn about heelwork, rear end awareness, various reinforcers to help your team's precision and your dog's drive and enthusiasm for the sport, as well as the CCD and Novice level obedience exercises of stand for examination, recall, change of position, dumbbell retrieves, and group stays.
Check out the video made by our trialling obedience teams back in October 2015.
Trialling Obedience class is open to dogs which have gained their Silver Canine Companion Certificate, or can demonstrate skills to the Silver level or above. If you are interested in trying out Trialling Obedience, please register your interest at the BDOC Office or fill out our online waiting list form. Currently, new teams are only being accepted into Trialling Obedience when there is sufficient interest and instructor availability to run an intake.
Obedience trials are held frequently in the ACT and NSW. BDOC hosts two obediences trial per year, and our members are also involved in organising trials on behalf of Dogs ACT. Obedience is an ANKC-sanctioned dog sport, and competitors and their dogs must be registered with the ANKC before they can compete in a trial.
There are five levels of competition for Obedience - Community Companion Dog (CCD), Companion Dog (CD / Novice), Companion Dog Excellent (CDX / Open), Utility Dog (UD), and Utility Dog Excellent (UDX). Each level requires the team to achieve a number of qualifying scores, and once these scores have been obtained, the handler can submit their paperwork to Dogs ACT to add the relevant title to their dog's registered name.
For more information, please read through the ANKC rules for Obedience at http://ankc.org.au/AboutUs/?id=1253. If you have any questions about Obedience at BDOC, please email the obedience coordinater at firstname.lastname@example.org.