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 Basic - Wed & Thur Nights 7:00pm - 8:00pm

 Intermediate - Wednesday Nights 8:00pm - 9:00pm

Advanced - Thursday Nights 8:00pm - 9:00pm

6 weeks (Ongoing)

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Dogs, by nature, are pack animals with a well-defined social order. As you and your family become your dog's pack, your new dog will look to you - the leader of the pack - for guidance. Leadership can be established in a firm but friendly manner. Keep in mind that it is unrealistic to expect the dog to abide by the rules of the household without the leader teaching appropriate behavior!

Much like people, every dog is different. Some are hyperactive. Some are laid-back. Some are serious. Others are silly. Some are shy, and yet others have too much confidence. Regardless of these differences, training is necessary for all dogs and beneficial to your entire family.

Training will:

  • Help correct nuisance behaviors such as jumping on people, digging, barking, and chewing, while providing mental and physical activities for your dog.
  • Deepen the bond between you and your dog, and to increase the enjoyment, companionship and satisfaction of your relationship with your dog.
  • Ensure your dog's safety and happiness.
  • Nurture good canine companionship for the benefit of your family, neighborhood and community.
  • Allow you to enjoy the fun and excitement of competing in AKC obedience, tracking and agility trials, among other activities. You and your dog can earn certificates and titles while you continue to strengthen your communication and teamwork.

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 AKC and UKC offer different levels of competition  divided by the experience of the dog and handler. Obedience events offer an opportunity for the handler and dog to form a special bond of trust unequaled in other events.









For the dog just getting started in obedience. Exercises include:

  • Heel on Leash and Figure Eight - show whether the dog has learned to watch its handler and adjust its pace to stay with the handler.
  • Heel Free - done off leash.
  • Stand for Examination - is of great benefit when the dog needs hands-on care by a veterinarian.
  • Recall - provides the handler with the ability to call the dog and get an immediate response at all times.
  • Long Sit (1 minute) - allows the handler to have control of the dog when visitors come to the home.
  • Long Down (3 minutes) - dog must remain in a down position.

The second level includes more complicated exercises, which teach the dog to do a variety of tasks and to follow commands either by voice or signal. Exercises include:

  • Heel Free and Figure Eight - Same as Novice, but off leash.
  • Drop on Recall - can be a lifesaving command for a dog, since it gives the handler control in poten-tially dangerous situations.
  • Retrieve on Flat
  • Retrieve Over High Jump
  • Broad Jump
  • Long Sit (3 minutes) - similar to the long sit in Novice, but the position must be held for a longer period of time with the handler out of the dog's sight.
  • Long Down (5 minutes) - dog must remain in a down position.

    The third and highest level of obedience competition. Exercises include:

    • Signal Exercise - shows the dog's ability to under-stand and correctly respond to the handler's signal to stand, stay, down, sit and come. No voice com-mands are given; only hand signals are allowed.
    • Scent Discrimination - shows the dog's ability to find the handler's scent among a pile of articles.
    • Directed Retrieve - proves the dog's ability to follow a directional signal to retrieve a glove and promptly return it to the handler.
    • Moving Stand and Examination - the dog must heel, stand and stay as the handler moves away. The dog must stay and accept an examination by the judge and return to the handler on command.
    • Directed Jumping - the dog must go away from the handler, turn and sit. Then, the dog must clear whichever jump its handler indicates and promptly return to the handler.



To be eligible to compete in obedience trials, a dog must be:

  • Registered with the AKC / UKC (depending on what club you plan on entering in)
  • Listed with the AKC Purebred Alternative Listing/Indefinite Listing Privilege (PAL/ILP) program
  • Listed with the AKC Canine Partners program
  • Be a Foundation Stock Service (FSS) recorded breed.
  • 6 months of age or older.


NOTE: Though the AKC allows mixed breed dogs registered through the PAL/ILP listing to compete, each individual club that holds an event still can choose to disallow these dogs from competing, please check with the club holding the event.



AKC Obedience Information

UKC Obedience Information




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