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Utility is an advanced class of competition that is offered once a dog and handler team have earned an Open Obedience title. Utility exercises are quite different from the exercises in Open and are typically broken down by exercise into smaller “seminars” for training. The Utility exercises include: the Signal Exercise, Scent Discrimination, Directed Retrieve (gloves), Moving Stand and Exam and Directed Jumping. These seminars are taught periodically depending upon demand.

Young puppies are very open to learning new things and we offer a fun class that helps foster their eagerness to learn and work at an early age. Puppies must be at least three months of age and we recommend they have a minimum of their second set of puppy shots. This six week class is offered upon demand, no more than two times per year.

Rally is a form of obedience where the handler and dog team proceed through a course of signs with obedience commands written on them. Competition includes three levels: Novice, Advanced and Excellent with the signs/commands becoming more advanced. Rally classes are offered upon demand, typically once per year.

Every Tuesday night at 8:00 P.M. we hold an obedience drill session for 45 minutes. This session is for obedience enthusiasts to practice their skills in a structured environment with other dogs and distractions around. There is a drill leader, but minimal instruction is provided. Everyone is welcome to come to drill class. However, basic obedience skills are required such as successful completion of a Household or Beginner class. Drill class is $5 per night for non-Club members, and $2 for members.

We also offer Open and Utility Run-Thrus beginning at 7:00 P.M. Cost is $5.00 per night for non-club members and provisional members. To add Drill to your run-thru, just add $2.00 per night.

Obedience trials test a dog's ability to perform a prescribed set of exercises on which it is scored. To earn a qualifying score, you must score more than 50% of the possible points for each exercise and have a total score of at least 170 out of a possible 200 points. Each time your dog earns a qualifying score, he has earned a "leg" towards his title. Three legs and your dog has become an Obedience titled dog! In recent years, the AKC has including several new titling classes. However, there are three main levels (Novice, Open and Utility) with each level having more advanced exercises. At a trial, you will notice that levels are divided into “A” and “B” classes. In Novice and Beginner Novice, the “A” classes are reserved for new exhibitors that have never earned an AKC obedience title on any dog. “B” classes tend to be for more experienced handlers. Visit our obedience classes & titles section for more information on the various obedience titles.

Rally trials test a dog and handler team’s ability to perform a series of different obedience exercises following course signs. There are three different levels, Novice, Advanced and Excellent, with each level being more difficult. The emphasis is on the handler reading the signs correctly and having the dog perform exactly what the sign says then moving to the next sign in the proper sequence. The team must earn at least 70 out of a possible 100 points. Each time the team earns a qualifying score, they earn a "leg" towards a Rally title. When the team earns three qualifying scores, they earn a title. The levels are divided into "A" and "B" classes at a trial in Rally as they are in Obedience.