About Obedience

There are a number of different levels when it comes to obedience training from CCD all the way through to Grand Champion. I will give you a brief overview of the 5 most common levels and what elements are required for each of those levels. If you want to improve your overall performance in obedience then Vanguard K9 services can guide and assist you with all of your training needs at any level so why not contact us now.

Community Companion Dog (C.C.D.)

This is the basic level of competition and is not a compulsory section. The elements required at this level are:

  • Heel on Lead
  • Stand for examination on lead
  • Recall
  • 1 min Sit Stay
  • 2 min Down Stay

Three passes of a minimum 85 points out of a possible 100 points under at least two different judges will qualify the dog for the award Community Companion Dog, which follows after the dog’s name and is normally abbreviated to C.C.D.

Novice (C.D.)

Obedience trialling at the Novice level consists of the performance of a number of exercises in a formal ring situation. These exercises are:

  • Heel Free
  • Stand Free for Examination
  • Recall Retrieve on the Flat or Change of Position
  • 1 minute Sit Stay
  • 3 minute Down Stay

Three passes of a minimum of 170 points out of a possible 200 under at least two different judges will qualify the dog for the award Companion Dog, which follows after the dog’s name and is normally abbreviated to C.D.

Open (CDX) Companion Dog Excellent

Open level is a higher standard than Novice, and introduces jumping, and stays in which the handler is out of sight. The elements for this level are:

  • Heel Free
  • Stand Free for Examination
  • Drop on Recall
  • Retrieve Dumbbell on Flat
  • Retrieve Dumbbell Over High Jump
  • Broad Jump or Distance Control
  • 3 minute Sit Stay – Handler Out of Sight
  • 5 minute Down Stay – Handler Out of Sight

Required scores are the same as for CD to qualify the dog for the award Companion Dog Excellent, which follows after the dog’s name and is normally abbreviated to C.D.X.

Utility Dog (U.D.)

Utility level is of the highest standard in Obedience trialling. It introduces scent work, and demands a high level of training and understanding between dog and handler. The elements required at this level are:

  • Seek Back Lost Article
  • Directed Jumping
  • Scent Discrimination
  • Signal Exercise
  • Choice of one of
  • Speak on Command
  • Food Refusal
  • Directed Retrieve
  • Group Examination
  • 10 minute Down Stay – Handler Out of Sight
  • 7 minute Down Stay – Handler Out of Sight

Three passes of a minimum of 170 points out of a possible 200 under at least two different judges will qualify the dog for the award Utility Dog, which follows after the dog’s name and is normally abbreviated to U.D.

Utility Dog Excellent (U.D.X.)

The elements at this level are an extension of those performed in the Utility section. The exercises are:

  • Seek Back with Decoy
  • Positions in Motion
  • Scent Discrimination – Judges Scent
  • Directed Sendaway and Recall
  • Distance Control
  • Multiple Retrieve
  • Temperament Test

Three passes of a minimum of 170 points out of a possible 200 under at least two different judges will qualify the dog for the award Utility Dog Excellent, which follows after the dog’s name and is normally abbreviated to U.D.X.