OBeDiENCE

obedience
One of the oldest of dog sports next to conformation showing, obedience is a terrific foundation for any of the performance sports.

A title in any of the levels requires three “legs” or qualifying (passing) scores. For each passing score you must earn at least half of the required points for each of the exercises and have a minimum of 170 points out of the possible 200.

The three main levels of Obedience are: Novice or Companion Dog (CD), Open or Companion Dog Excellent (CDX) and Utility Dog (UD). A dog must earn their CD title before they are eligible to compete at the Open (CDX) level and then must have the CDX title before moving on to the highest  level of training, the UD.

Each level of training is progressively more difficult and requires the dog to work more independently and demonstrate their trust and teamwork with the handler.

AKC offers a variety of ways to earn titles in ReGuLaR, OPTiONaL & ALTeRNaTiVE classes.

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BeGiNNeR NoViCE (BN)

This class is a great starting point for people who are just getting started with performance competitions…for young pups (6 months or older)…or veteran dogs who still want to “play” these fun games with their people (as long as they haven’t earned a higher level obedience title)! The exercises are performed on leash–with the exception of the Recall & Stay. Rally signs are used for the Heeling pattern and Handlers are allowed to walk the course without their dog prior to the start of the class so they can become familiar with the signs.

Handlers are allowed ONE “encouraging comment” to your dog during both the Heel On Leash and Figure 8 exercises (ie “Good Boy/Girl”, Yes!, Nice!, Super!, etc.) As with other Obedience, there is a possible 200 points, with 170 required for a passing score. A dog must pass three times to earn their “BN” title. Below are the exercises required for the BN title.

NoTE: This class is an OPTiONaL class and is not required prior to the other levels.

HEeL oN LEaSH (40 pts)

FiGuRE 8 (40 pts.)

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SiT FoR EXaM (40 pts.)

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SiT/STaY (40 pts.)

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ReCaLL (40 pts.)

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Eleven-month old Sittingbullies Just Ducky! is shown earning her second Beginner Novice leg with a score of 196 out of the possible 200.

CoMPaNiON DoG (CD)

The “Novice” level of Obedience incorporates many qualities that help to make your dog a well-rounded, enjoyable companion to be around. They learn to focus on you wherever you take them and to trust that you will keep them safe no matter what commotion or distractions that may be present.

Obedience is a bit more strict than other sports and the dog is expected to respond to a single command or signal. Judges look for a happy, willing dog that is focused on their handler and quick to do whatever is asked.

The dog and handler team starts off with 200 points when they enter the ring and deductions are made for lagging behind, forging ahead, wide turns, crooked sits not parallel to the handler, etc.

A devoted dog that is focused on their owner and striving to please them is a joy to watch and an even greater joy to have by your side and Obedience is a wonderful way to demonstrate the incredible teamwork you can have with your dog!

HEeL oN LEaSH & FiGuRE 8 (40 pts.)
STaND FoR EXaM (30 pts.)

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HEeL FReE (40 pts.)

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ReCaLL (30 pts.)

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SiT/STaY-GeT YOuR LEaSH (30 pts.)

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GRoUP EXeRCiSE-SiT & DoWN STaY (30 pts.)

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Solo had his maiden voyage in the Novice Obedience ring at our 2019 Bulldog Club of America’s National show when he was 16 months old. This goofy boy actually behaved himself quite nicely and pulled off a decent score of 191 which was good enough for High In Trial honors. The very beginning part of the Heel On Leash exercise was cut off but most is here for you to see. The Heel Free Exercise is always the same heeling pattern as the Heel On Leash. In recent years a few changes have been made to increase saftety: since Covid the Figure 8 is done using two cones rather than people, and the Group Exercises (a one minute sit/stay & one minute down/stay) are now done on leash.

CoMPaNiON DoG EXCeLLeNT (CDX)

The “Open” level of Obedience is all done off-leash (though dogs always enter and exit the ring ON leash!) This level incorporates several fun new skills to do with your dog. There is retrieving–both on a straight, flat area as well as over a jump. There is also a broad jump which is performed with the handler beside the jump. The former Out Of Sight Group Stays have been eliminated but are now replaced with a Signal Discrimination Exercise–a preliminary nod to the Utility Signal Exercise.

For the final test, the dog is put in a Stand/Stay while the handler walks outside the ring to get the leash. This level adds several new layers of difficulty but mixes things up a lot more to make it much more fun!

HEeL oN LEaSH & FiGuRE 8 (40 pts.)

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Command Discrimination--Stand, Down, Sit (30 pts.)

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Drop on Recall (30 pts.)

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Retrieve on Flat (20 pts.)

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Retrieve Over High Jump (30 pts.)

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Broad Jump (20 pts.)

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Stand/Stay--Get Your Leash (30 pts.)

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One of my favorite memories of my wonderful partner Gracie in the Open B class at our 2000 BCA National Trial. The “B” class is for any dog who has already earned the CDX title. Gracie was competing in both the Open & Utility classes and is currently the only Bulldog to ever pass both classes and earn the “High Combined Award” at our National show. (Gabe came VERY close and missed it by one final jump!) This was the older version of Open exercises–the Group Stays have since been eliminated.

Besa demonstrates the current exercises for the Companion Dog Excellent title. The former Out of Sight Group Sit & Down Stays have been replaced with the Signal Discrimination and Stand/Stay–Get Your Leash exercises.

UTiLiTY DoG (UD)

The Utility Dog is the highest level of training in AKC obedience.  The dog must be confident enough to work away from the owner doing scentwork or retrieving a specific glove, and also be completely focused on every subtle signal the handler may give. The heeling pattern is done completely with signals, including a stand/stay done during the heeling, several changes of position and coming to the handler–all with signals only.  Success at this level requires hours of practice and proofing and one minor loss of attention can cost you a qualifying round–often in totally different exercises from one trial to the next.

I liken it to putting a lid on a piece of tupperware…you get one side down and another pops up! But once you get it together it is exhilarating to see your dog performing these incredible tasks so in tune with your directions! BCA recognizes Bulldogs who earn their UD by induction into the Performance Hall of Fame, and several Sittingbullies pups have earned a place there in this manner.

Signal Exercise (40 pts.)

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Scent Discrimination Article #1 (30 pts.)

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Scent Discrimination Article #2 (30 pts.)

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Directed Retrieve (30 pts.)

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Moving Stand & Exam (30 pts.)

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Directed Jumping (40 pts.)

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Another wonderful performance by HOF Gracie, this time in the Utility B class. The “B” classes are for dogs who have already earned their UD titles. Gracie was on her way to earning the UDX title which requires TEN SETS of qualifying runs in both the Open and Utility classes. By the following Sept. Gracie made history as the first (of only two Bulldogs) to earn the UDX title.