Dog Obedience Benefits
Whether your dog is big or small, hairy or smooth coated, old or young, all dogs and their owners will benefit from the pursuit of obedience training.
Dogs West can advise dog owners of the location of their nearest Obedience Dog Club. Many people who join Obedience Dog Clubs to learn basic obedience skills with their dog progress through the classes and compete in club competitions where they are able to demonstrate the level of skill achieved with their canine companion.
A further step from here is to join Dogs West and compete in Obedience Trials, which are held on most weekends of the year all over the State. This is an opportunity to meet other owners and their dogs as you compete to achieve passes at various levels which will enable you to achieve obedience titles.
“The idea of Obedience Trials is to demonstrate the usefulness of the dog as the companion of man not the ability of the dog to acquire facility in the performance of mere tricks. A dog that has been granted the title of Australian Obedience Champion has demonstrated its fitness for a place in our modern scheme of living” (ANKC Rulebook).
Starting off as a beginner you can compete in the Community Companion Dog class then Novice Classes progressing through to the highest level of Utility Dog Excellent class. Along the way you can be awarded the titles of Community Companion Dog (CCD),Companion Dog (CD), Companion Dog Excellent (CDX) Utility Dog (UD) and Utility Dog Excellent (UDX). The highest title of Obedience Grand Champion is only awarded to a few dogs each year and it is a very admirable achievement. These canine companions and their owners have developed a strong bond as the path of obedience has been pursued.