Obedience training teaches your dog (and you) the manners he will need to be a good companion for life. If you choose to pursue obedience training more competitively, the AKC offers four title levels: CD (Companion Dog), CDX (Companion Dog Excellent), UD (Utility Dog), and OTCH (Obedience Trial Champion.) Each has a set of exercises which dog and handler must perform as a team. Many clubs offer Matches for practice as well as a wealth of experience in advice from members who have trained their own dogs to these levels. Whatever your goal is, a perfect 200 or just a qualifying score, obedience training develops and strengthens the bond between you and your dog.
Team Work: A Dog Training Manual for People with Disabilities by Stewart Nordensson & Lydia Kelley (corresponding DVD available)
Team Work II: A Dog Training Manual for People with Disabilities by Stewart Nordensson & Lydia Kelley (corresponding DVD available)
Steppin' Up To Success by Terri Arnold (four books available, from Basic/Novice to Utility)
Competition Obedience: A Balancing Act by Judy Byron & Adele Yunck
The Art of Proofing: Preparing Your Dog For Obedience Trials by Adele Yunck
The Clicked Retriever by Lana Mitchell
Ring Ready: An Obedience Workbook by Marie Sawford
Successful Obedience Handling: Put Your Best Foot Forward In The Obedience Ring by Barbara S. Handler
The titles offered at each level are Rally Novice (RN), Rally Advanced (RA), and Rally Excellent (RE). Each one is earned by earning three qualifying scores (legs) at three obedience trials. The advanced title Rally Advanced Excellent (RAE) is earned by qualifying ten times in both Advanced B and Excellent B at the same trial, and is numbered to reflect how many times it has been earned (after the 20th leg, title will be RAE2, after the 30th, it will be RAE3, etc.).
The dog and handler team move continuously through a rally course of 10-20 signs with the dog at the handler's left side. At each numbered sign they perform the indicated exercise then move to the next sign. Unlimited communication is encouraged - the handler can talk to the dog and give multiple commands and signals. Scoring is less rigorous than traditional obedience.
AKC Rally Obedience
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