The intent of obedience, as defined by the Canadian Kennel Club (CKC), is “to produce dogs that have been trained to behave in the home, in public places, and in the presence of other dogs”. In Canada, obedience dogs compete in progressively more challenging tests and titles are awarded after the completion of three passing scores, awarded by at least two different judges.

Titles awarded in obedience are PCD (Pre Companion Dog), CD (Companion Dog), CDX (Companion Dog Excellent) and the most difficult of all titles UD (Utility Dog). Once a dog has attained it’s CD, CDX and UD, it is designated an Obedience Trial Champion (OTCh.), a title to be very proud of. For the true competitor, there are higher levels of the OTCh available.

Those interested in obedience would be well advised to obtain a copy of the CKC rule book, which describes the eligibility for each title and the specific exercises for each title. Although it is possible to train one’s dog by yourself, inexperienced trainers would benefit from attending obedience classes, run by knowledgeable instructors.

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