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 a 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.

Walter Chastain's Onyx retrieving over a jump


Obedience trials te
st the level of training achieved by the dog and handler team. Each team performs 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 titles, 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 hand
ler or both, from Beginner Novice to Utility.

The difficulty of the exercises increases with each level and ranges from basic commands such as sit, stand, come, heel, to retrieving over jumps, scent discrimination, directed retrieving and responding to hand sig
nals only.  Dogs earn titles in each level before moving on to the next level of difficulty. 

There is also the Obedience Trial Champion (OTCH) title which is often referred to as the PhD for dogs.

To get started, click on our classes link above. You can also investigate the AKC obedience trial regulations (link will open in a new window) to learn more about this sport. New amendments as of May 2018.

For more information about the Greater Columbia Obedience Club's Obedience program, contact us

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