Spotlight on Members
Before You Buy
Choosing A Pup
AKC allows purebred as well as non-purebred dogs to compete in Obedience and Rally.
Dogs must be 6 months of age or older, registered with the American Kennel Club, or have AKC Limited Registration, Purebred Alternative
Listing/Indefinite Listing Privileges (PAL/ILP) or an AKC Canine Partners listing number, or be an approved Foundation
Stock Service (FSS) breed.
CH Mistyridge Knock On Wood CDX RAE TD AXP AJP
Going over Hi Jump with Dumbbell
Owner/Handler: Francis Keays
Photo Credit: show photographer
VanTan's Found My Lucky Nickel BN CGC RE GO THDN UD
Owner/Handler: Nelda Reed
Judge: Nancy Simmons
Photo Credit: Steven Ross
An Overview of Obedience
The purpose of Obedience Trials is to demonstrate the usefulness of the dog as a companion of man,
not merely to demonstrate the dog's ability to follow specified routines in the obedience ring. The primary
objective of Obedience Trials is to produce dogs that have been trained and conditioned to behave in the home,
in public places, and in the presence of other dogs, and to behave in a manner that will reflect credit on the
sport of Obedience. It is also essential that the dog demonstrate a willingness and an enjoyment of it's work.
For more information on obedience titles, descriptions of individual exercises, and complete rules
and regulations regarding the Sport of Obedience, contact the American Kennel Club.
As wonderful and exciting as the Sport of Obedience is, it is the bond and relationship between dog
and handler that makes it so special. Obedience training is a journey and each step of that journey will
build a foundation of trust and companionship. Once you start to obedience train your dog you will never
look at him in the same way and he will see you in a totally different light. No longer will you be dog
and master, but partners.
Firebird Juls Jump in the Fire CGC JC RN CD, major pointed in breed
Owner: Natalya Miller
Photo Credit: Elaine
Juniors title dogs in Obedience too!
UDX Party for a Siberian Husky!
Nikolai The Red UDX RAE
Owner/photo credit: Brady Turner
'On Course' in a Rally event
Noteworthy Rousing Finale CDX RN
Breeder/Owner/Handler: Carol Green
Photo Credit: Owen Clouss
CH Quartet's Heartfelt After Midnight RN
Owner/Handler: Carla Giroux
Photo Credit: Roberts
Rally is a stepping stone from the AKC Canine Good Citizen program to the world of obedience or agility.
Rally offers both the dogs and handlers an experience that is fun and energizing. The canine team moves at their
own pace. Rally was designed with the traditional pet owner in mind, but it can still be very challenging for those
who enjoy higher levels of competition.
A Rally course includes 10 to 20 stations, depending on the level. Scoring is not as rigorous as traditional
obedience. Communication between handler and dog is encouraged and perfect heel position is not required, but there
should be a sense of teamwork between the dog and the handler. The main objective of rally is to produce dogs that have
been trained to behave in the home, in public places, and in the presence of other dogs, in a manner that will reflect
positively on the sport of rally at all times and under all conditions.
For more information on rally titles, descriptions of the stations, and complete rules
and regulations regarding the Sport of Rally, contact the American Kennel Club.