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Open - Utility

Obedience

Competitive Obedience is a AKC* competitive sport that involves a number of set obedience skills. There are three skill levels: Novice, Open, & Utility
Novice

For the dog just getting started in obedience.
Exercises include:
Heel on Leash and Figure Eight -- show whether the dog has learned to watch its handler and adjust its pace to stay with the handler.
Heel Free -- done off leash.
Stand for Examination -- is of great benefit when the dog needs hands-on care by a veterinarian.
Recall -- provides the handler with the ability to call the dog and get an immediate response at all times.
Long Sit (1 minute) -- allows the handler to have control of the dog when visitors come to the home.
Long Down (3 minutes) -- dog must remain in a down position.

Open

The second level includes more complicated exercises, which teach the dog to do a variety of tasks and to follow commands either by voice or signal.
Exercises include:
Heel Free and Figure Eight -- Same as Novice, but off leash.
Drop on Recall -- can be a lifesaving command for a dog, since it gives the handler control in potentially dangerous situations.
Retrieve on Flat
Retrieve Over High Jump
Broad Jump
Long Sit (3 minutes) -- similar to the long sit in Novice, but the position must be held for a longer period of time with the handler out of the dog's sight.
Long Down (5 minutes) -- dog must remain in a down position.

Utility

The third and highest level of regular obedience competition.
Exercises include:
Signal Exercise -- shows the dog's ability to understand and correctly respond to the handler's signal to stand, stay, down, sit and come. No voice commands are given; only hand signals are allowed.
Scent Discrimination -- shows the dog's ability to find the handler's scent among a pile of articles.
Directed Retrieve -- proves the dog's ability to follow a directional signal to retrieve a glove and promptly return it to the handler.
Moving Stand and Examination -- the dog must heel, stand and stay as the handler moves away. The dog must stay and accept an examination by the judge and return to the handler on command.
Directed Jumping -- the dog must go away from the handler, turn and sit. Then, the dog must clear whichever jump its handler indicates and promptly return to the handler

Titles
Titles

All titles* must have earned three qualifying scores under two different judges. *higher titles must have more.

ALTERNATE titling classes:

ALTERNATE titling classes: NOVICE: Requirements are the same as the regular novice class: EXCEPT the stay (a sit OR a down) which is performed as in Beginner Novice.

Preferred Novice, Preferred Open, Preferred Utility.

Preferred Novice, Preferred Open, Preferred Utility. Exercises are performed as in the Regular Obedience classes with exceptions. In Novice the stay is performed as in the beginner novice, in Open and Utility the jumps are lowered and the exercises are mixed, there are no stays. Titles are after the dogs name: PCD (novice) PCDX (open) and PUTD (utility) Dogs May also earn a PUDX (preferred utility dog excellent) and a POC (preferred obedience champion)

OPTIONAL TITLING classes

Beginner Novice, Graduate Novice and Graduate Open. These classes are “in between” steps to the next higher class. These titles are listed after the dogs name: BN, GN and GO

REGULAR OBEDIENCE CLASSES

– standards for qualifying are in the regulations book.

NOVICE: Title CD or companion dog.

NOVICE: Title CD or companion dog. The dog must have performed: heel on leash, stand for exam, heel free, recall and a long sit (1 min) and a long down (3 min) with the handler across the ring.

OPEN: Title CDX or companion dog excellent.

OPEN: Title CDX or companion dog excellent. The dog must have performed a heel free exercise, a recall with a down midway, a retrieve on flat, a retrieve over the high jump, a broad jump and the long sit and down are for 3 & 5 minutes each with the handler out of sight.

UTILITY: UD or utility dog.

UTILITY: UD or utility dog. The dog must have performed a signal exercise (heel free - at the end of which the dog is stood at one end of the ring and the handler drops the dog, sits the dog and does a recall – all with signals only.) The dog must do two scent discrimination exercises – where the dog retrieves an article that the handler has scented. A directed retrieve with 3 gloves across the ring and a moving stand with exam by the judge. Also the dog must perform a directed jumping exercise by being sent away from the handler to the other end of the ring and sat. The handler then directs the dog to take the jump designated by the judge. Both jumps must be taken.