Competition Obedience

The competition obedience classes require prior instructor approval. Priority enrollment is given to members of the GLKC. Classes are $80 member/$120 non-member for eight weeks, unless otherwise noted.

The three basic class descriptions are:

Foundations Introduces and builds the foundation skills needed by the dog and handler to compete in obedience trials. 

Novice Prepares the dog and handler for the skills tested in the Companion Dog or Novice level of competition obedience trials.

Advanced Works on the requisite skills for the Companion Dog Excellent (Open) and/or Utility levels.



Foundations

Target Dog and age range:
Handlers with dogs one year old or older who wish to compete in the beginner novice level of obedience

Goal:
To lay the foundation for competition obedience skills

 Prerequisite skills:

  • Work on leash around other dogs
  • Sit
  • Down
  • Beginning recall

Skills covered in class:

  • Attention
  • Focus
  • Heelwork
  • Motivation-love of learning
  • Stays

Promotion requirements:
Skills expected for novice obedience

Class size and duration:

  • Maximum 8 dog/handler teams
  • 8 weeks
  • 1 hour per week

Equipment provided by the handler:

  • Collar (buckle, quick release, or slip)
  • Leash (4-6ft fabric or leather)
  • Variety of soft, bite-sized treats
  • Clicker (optional)

Equipment provided by GLKC:

  • Obedience jumps
  • Mats
  • Ring Gates

Contact:
Education Committee Chair for more information



 Novice 

Target Dog and age range:
Handlers with dogs one year of age or older who are preparing to compete at the novice level of obedience.

Goals:
To introduce skills needed for obedience competition

Prerequisite skills:
The dog and handler successfully completed the Foundations Competition Obedience Class. Prior approval from the instructor is required.

Skills covered in class:
Skills tested in the companion dog or novice level of competition

Promotion requirements:
Completion of a novice level competition title

Class size and duration:

  • Maximum 6 dog/handler teams
  • 8 weeks
  • 1 hour per week

Equipment provided by the handler:

  • Collar (buckle, quick release, or slip)
  • Leash (4-6ft fabric or leather)
  • Variety of soft, bite-sized treats
  • Clicker (optional)

Equipment provided by GLKC:

  • Obedience Jumps
  • Ring gates
  • Mats

Publications for instructor guidance:

  • AKC/UKC obedience rules, regulations, and guidelines
  • “Steppin’ Up to Success with Terri Arnold
  • Book1: Theory, Footwork, Attention & Handling”
  • “Clicker Training for Obedience” by Morgan Spector

Contact:
Education Committee Chair for more information



Advanced

Target Dog and age range:
Handlers with dogs one year or older who are preparing for advanced competition including the open and utility levels.

Goals:
To prepare the dog for the advanced levels of competition obedience

Prerequisite skills:
The dog and handler successfully completed the Foundations and Novice Competition Obedience Classes.

Skills covered in class:
Skills tested in the open and utility levels of competition

Promotion requirements:
Completion of a novice level competition title

Class size and duration:

  • Maximum 6 dog/handler teams
  • 8 weeks
  • 1 hour per week

Equipment provided by the handler:

  • Collar (buckle, quick release, or slip)
  • Leash (4-6ft fabric or leather)
  • Scent articles
  • Gloves
  • Regulation dumbbell set

Equipment provided by GLKC:

  • Obedience Jumps
  • Ring gates
  • Mats

Publications for instructor guidance:

  • Competition Obedience a Balancing Act by Yunck
  • The Art of Proofing by Yunck
  • Fear No More Competing with Confidence by Barbara Cecil and Gerianne Darnell
  • Positively Fetching by Judy Byron
  • Jumping from A to Z by Chris Zink
  • That Winning Feeling by Jane Savoy
  • Shaping Success by Susan Garrett
  • Building Blocks for Performance by Bobbi Ande

Contact:
Education Committee Chair for more information