Competitive Obedience is exactly what you would imagine - well trained dogs having their abilities tested on set exercises.
Dog training clubs are usually very sociable, where groups of like-minded people meet on a regular basis and get great enjoyment in training their pets. Most clubs will have a cross-section of breeds (including crossbreeds) and will welcome all standards of handlers and dogs to be trained.
Training and competitions can take place in indoor and outdoor environments.
There are six 'classes' - levels of competitive obedience - available for entry at Obedience shows. New handlers will start in the basic Pre-Beginners and Beginners Classes; as you become more experienced you can qualify for the higher classes right up to Class C, the highest (and most difficult). Each class contains a set of exercises which the judge will ask you and your dog to perform.
The exercises range from heelwork (on and off the lead), to a recall, control exercises such as a one minute sit and a two minute down stay. As you progress through the classes the exercises become more difficult. When you reach Class C your dog will have to perform additional exercises such as a scent discrimination exercise, a send away and a distant control exercise.
The purpose of Obreedience is to encourage more breeds to 'have a go' at some of the tests associated with competitive obedience but in a less formal competitive environment……Yes you can do obedience without a collie!
For more information about Obedience and Obreedience including where to find your local club please follow the link below.
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