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What is Obedience?
Consider taking obedience training with your dog to a whole new level. Help your dog realize its full potential by entering obedience trials and earning competitive obedience titles. AKC obedience trials demonstrate the usefulness of the dog as a companion to man. Developed in the 1930’s it is one of the AKC’s oldest events. Obedience trials showcase dogs that have been trained and conditioned to behave well in the home, in public places, and in the presence of other dogs. AKC trials allow exhibitors and their dogs to enjoy companionship and competition as they proudly earn AKC titles. You can find a list of clubs that offer training classes on the AKC website under Clubs, then Club Search. These clubs also hold the AKC events that you can enter once you and your dog are ready.

Levels of Obedience Competition
NOVICE – For the dog just getting started in obedience. 
OPEN – The second level includes more complicated exercises; the dog must be able to perform a variety         of tasks and follow commands either by voice or signal.
UTILITY – The third and highest level of obedience competition.

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