Competition Obedience Curriculum
AOC’s competition obedience classes run on a continuous basis.
All the commands in Beginner and Novice Obedience Training will be taught with the dog off the leash and in high distractions.
The competition classes include the following classes, in order of progression:
Novice dog obedience classes will prepare you to compete in trials for your dog to earn the Companion Dog (CD) title. The classes strengthen the bond between you and your dog for a lifetime of companionship. The group obedience classes will add to the existing obedience commands that your dog has learned in the beginner group obedience classes. In the novice obedience classes, we will start adding in higher and higher distraction, adding in more distance away from your dog in obedience commands and add in more duration in the commands. Classes are small and individualized.
The following levels of Novice classes are taught. Your dog will advance from Novice 1 to Novice 2 to fine tune exercise performance.
Novice 1 Obedience Class
In Novice 1, students polish skills learned in earlier classes. The handler and dog acquire skills necessary to become a “team” and develop the foundation for the exercises in the Novice level of obedience competition.
Novice 2 Class
Novice 2 instruction offers students an opportunity to work with instructors who will help prepare them for showing at the Novice level of obedience competition.
Novice 3 Class (Trial Ready)
This class is for individuals that are getting ready to show their dog in an AKC obedience trial at the Novice level. The class will concentrate on precision heeling and the fine points that will help you achieve higher scores in an obedience trial. The class offers methods that will help the dog focus on the handler and deal with distractions in the ring.
This class runs for 6 weeks and helps you work out all the kinks before a trial. This class is taught by experienced instructors who trial on a regular basis and are knowledgeable on all AKC obedience trial rules.
The Novice 3 is only for dogs that have completed Novice 2, no exceptions. It is designed to get you ready to compete in obedience trials, and to polish up what you learned in Level II.
Open instruction offers students who have completed or who are completing a Companion Dog title the opportunity to learn the exercises required in the Open level of obedience competition.
Utility instruction offers students who have completed or who are completing a Companion Dog Excellent title the opportunity to learn the exercises required in the Utility level of obedience competition.
Be sure to dress appropriately!
NO AGGRESSIVE DOGS are allowed in group classes.