Obedience is a sport of finesse, accuracy, and precision. Many GCOC members compete in AKC, UKC, and other obedience trials with their dogs. Training for and handling your dog in an obedience trial is very rewarding and enjoyable experience for both you and your dog. You will make many friends who will be there to encourage you along the way.
Obedience trials test the level of training achieved by the dog and handler team. Each team preforms a series of exercises that are scored by a judge. The team receives a qualifying/non-qualifying (pass/fail) score and the four teams with the highest qualifying scores in each class receive placement ribbons. For most obedience trials, a dog-handler team must earn three qualifying scores to receive a title.
Obedience trials are divided into multiple levels according to the experience of the dog or handler or both, from Beginner Novice to Utility.
The difficulty of the exercise increases with each level and ranges from basic commands such as sit, stand, come, heel, to retrieving over jumps, scent discriminations, directed retrieving and responding to hand signals only. Dogs earn tiles in each level before moving on to the next level of difficulty.
There is also the Obedience Trial Champion (OTCH) title which is referred to as the PhD for dogs.
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