Belgian Shepherd JJ Continental Toy Spaniel (Papillon)
The images used to illustrate this article are from obedience competitors who gathered last Sunday, February 3rd, to participate in the Obedience Fun Match hosted by Blue Ribbon's Canine Centre.
The competition brought together a large and varied group of adorable pooches as well as handlers, trainers, judges, and hardworking volunteers in the center's facilities at Dorval.
The event, which took place throughout the day and gathered numerous teams, is one of the many ..... organized and hosted by Lise Hargrave, the owner and head trainer of Blue Ribbon Centre.
Oopik & Theo
Golden & Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever
Each of the three levels of obedience competition, Novice, Open, and Utility, requires the mastering of a particular skill set and the ability to successfully perform a series of standardized exercises. Each of the latter is prerequisite to advance to the next level, characterized by anincrease in its difficulty.
Novice tests includes exercises to prove good canine companion skills: Heel on leash and free, stand for examination, stay sit and down whether alone or in a group of dogs, and recall. They provide a great preparation for obedience trial competitions, Canine Good Neighbor tests, therapy dogs training, or simply training advancement.
TristanCavalier KIng Charles
Novice. Prospect at Spring Open
BouncerNovice, Black Miniature Schnauzer competing with his handler
Sky Novice Miniature Schnauzer
Off Leash Exercise
Open competition asks the team to perform exercises that show their intermediate level of obedience skills. It consist of more challenging exercises, such as off leash heel and figure of eight, retrieving, jumping, drop on recall, and stay and down without seeing the handler. The successful performance of these exercises can lead to obtaining the American Kennel Club Companion Dog Excellent Title (CDX) or its equivalent.
Vishnu. Open, Bouvier des Flandres
Elevage de la Wallanie
Calli German Shepherd
ZoeyEnglish Springer Spaniel
3 years old
Jimmy German Shepherd 5 years old
Utility is the advanced level which tests dogs' highest degree of skills with exercises of great complexity. It combines the commands achieved at Novice and Open levels with the dogs' innate scent detection abilities through assignments like silent signal exercises, scents discrimination, retrieve and jumping.
Brioche Golden Retriever
The scores accumulated from utility competitions can lead to obtaining the Utility Dog Title (UD) and Utility Dog Excellent (UDX) and Obedience Trial Championship Title (OTCH), with the latter being the topmost development award in terms of dog obedience.
With seventeen years of experience teaching obedience classes and multiple certifications under her belt, Lise has eleven matches scheduled at Blue Ribbon Centre for 2013, with the first of them taking place on January 13th.
The next session of classes starts on February 11th and the upcoming Obedience Fun Match will be on March 3rd, which everyone is welcome to attend.
During these matches, dogs and handlers have the opportunity to test their skills through a competition where the fun never misses the appointment. If you have more pictures or information about this or another dog event that you want to be issued in our gallery, feel free to leave us a comment or send it to us at our e-mail email@example.com