Photo courtesy Mark Sturtz
Obedience events test the training of dogs as they perform a series of exercises at the command of their handler. There are several levels of competition, ranging from basic commands such as "sit," "come" and "heel" to scent discrimination and directed retrieves over jumps. The classes are further divided by the experience of the handler as well. All dogs start their competition with a perfect score of 200, and points are deducted according to the performance of dog and handler. Obedience events offer an opportunity for the handler and dog to form a special bond of trust unequaled in other events.
Have a mix bred dog, purebred dog of unknown pedigree or purebred dog with disqualifying faults? As long as these dog are spayed or neutered you can still compete in Obedience! Click here for more information.