Obedience Competitions

MDTC encourages any member wishing to compete in the obedience ring which is open to any breed or cross breed.

There are 5 classes in Obedience competitions:

Special Beginners Includes Heelwork on and off lead, recall, sit and down stays;
Novice Includes Heelwork on and off lead, recall, retrieve, sit and down stays
Test A Includes Heelwork on and off lead, test A recall (recall to side whilst walking), retrieve, scent discrimination, sit and down stays
Test B Includes Heelwork off lead, sendaway, scent discrimination, stand, sit and down stays
Test C Includes Heelwork off lead including advanced heelwork, sendaway, retrieve of any article, distance control, judges scent discrimination, sit and down stays

 

Note: From Test A onwards you cannot talk to your dog other than for initial commands.

At Ribbon Trials there is also an Elementary Class for true beginners which includes heelwork on lead, a short recall, sit and down stays.

Ribbon Trials

These are informal competitions held by the local dog clubs, often outside (regardless of weather) and entries are taken on the day. The Tests start at Elementary level and go right through to Test C. Most dogs and handlers training in the special beginners class would be capable of entering an Elementary test and some in the Special Beginners test. Ribbons are awarded to 5th place for Elementary and Special Beginners and to 3rd place in other classes / tests.

Championship Obedience Test

To enter a Championship Obedience Test (Champ show) you must be a member of the NZ Kennel Club and your dog must be registered with the NZ Kennel Club. All breeds and cross breeds can be registered with the NZ Kennel Club as an “obedience competitor”.

These are formal competitions held by the local dog clubs, (often inside, here at the NZ Kennel Club grounds at Ardmore). Entries are taken about 2 weeks in advance and are advertised in the NZ Kennel Club Gazette. The cost is usually between $10-$12 per entry. The tests start at Special Beginners and go right through to Test C: ribbons and prizes are awarded to 5th place. Elementary classes are now being introduced at Champ Shows, payable on the day.