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The American Kennel Club says that the purpose of Obedience Trials is:

“…demonstrate the usefulness of the purebred dog as a human companion and showcase dogs that have been trained and conditioned to properly behave in the home, in public places, and in the presence of other dogs.”

Your Griffon will tell you that the purpose of Obedience Trials is:

“…to show Mom & Dad what a GOOD, SMART dog I am!”

Griffons are extremely intelligent and love to please.  Competitive obedience trials are the perfect venue to exercise and test their capability to learn desired behavior and demonstrate self control and the ability to take direction.  The AKC offers competitive obedience trial classes for all levels of accomplishment, including:

Regular/Preferred Classes

 

Novice Class

Dogs receiving three qualifying scores in the Novice class at licensed trials are awarded the suffix title of Companion Dog, or “CD.”

Open A & B Class

Dogs receiving three qualifying scores in the Open level at licensed trials are awarded the suffix title of Companion Dog Excellent, or “CDX.”

Utility A & B Class

Dogs receiving three qualifying scores in the Utility level at licensed trials are awarded the suffix title of Utility Dog, or “UD.”

Optional Classes

Beginner Novice

Graduate Novice

Open

Versatility

AKC Obedience Rules effective May 1, 2018

Seriously talented dogs can go on to compete for the titles of Obedience Trial Champion (OTCH) and Utility Dog Excellent (UDX)!  To learn more about competing in AKC Obedience Trials, visit AKC’s Getting Started in Obedience page.    There are also many national championship and corporate sponsored special obedience events each year!  To find an obedience class near you, contact your local obedience club.  If you’d like to just go watch the fun and check out how it’s done, check the events calendar to find an upcoming local event. Begin by exploring obedience publications, including the popular “Front & Finish,” to start you on your way!

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