Northern Suburbs Training & Obedience Dog Club
Perth, Western Australia
Northern Suburbs Training & Obedience Dog Club

Titles And Certificates Available

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Obedience - Criteria For Promotion

Junior Classes 1A - 1E

There are two ways to get promoted from one junior class to the next.

The first way is to fulfill all the criteria for that specific class. These are listed on pages 28 - 32 of your "Training Information for Members" handbook. Show your instructor that you can do each exercise. It may take two or more weeks for the exercises to be covered in the training class. If you feel that the two of you are ready to be promoted but have been overlooked by the instructor, approach the instructor at the end of the class and ask to be assessed. Alternatively you can, at the beginning of the following week's class, ask the instructor to keep an eye on you as you feel you are ready to be promoted.

The second way is to enter a "Members' Competition" in your current class and receive a "pass" mark. This will automatically award you with promotion. You can, at this stage, say that you prefer to stay in your current class - that is your choice.

Remember - it is not a race! Go at the pace that you and your dog feel comfortable with.

Advanced Classes 2 - 9

To progress through 2A and 2B is the same as in the junior classes. Instructors will, however, test you on each of the exercises individually. In class 2B, you will be given a card with the list of exercises that you need to master before you can be promoted. As each exercise is completed to the instructor's satisfaction, your card will be stamped. When all the exercises have been stamped, you will have earned promotion to Class 3. Alternatively, if you enter a Members' Competition and receive a pass mark - all the exercises are covered in the competition - you will have earned promotion.

Class 3 is for handlers and dogs that are now preparing to compete, either at club level or at 'Open Trial' [need to be a member of the Canine Association] level. These are also called CPD [club level] and CCD [Open Trial level]. The only avenue for promotion from this class is to get three passes in competition at this level. These passes can be at club level in a club Achievement Competition [awarded one leg of CPD] or in an Open Trial [awarded one leg of CCD] or a mixture of both to the total of three.

Class 4 is for handlers and dogs that have acquired their CPD or CCD title and are now preparing to compete, either at club level OBD or at 'Open Trial' CD [need to be a member of the Canine Association] level. The only avenue for promotion from this class is to get three passes in competition at this level. These passes can be at club level in a club Achievement Competition [awarded one leg of OBD] or in an Open Trial [awarded one leg of CD] or a mixture of both to the total of three.

Class 6 is for handlers and dogs that have acquired their OBD or CD title and are now preparing to compete at club level OID or at Open Trial level CDX. The only avenue for promotion from this class is to get three passes in competition at this level. These passes can be at club level in a club Achievement Competition [awarded one leg of OID] or in an Open Trial [awarded one leg of CDX] or a mixture of both to the total of three.

Class 8 is for handlers and dogs that have acquired their OID or CDX title and are now preparing to compete at club level OAD or at Open Trial level UD. The only avenue for promotion from this class is to get three passes in competition at this level. These passes can be at club level in a club Achievement Competition [awarded one leg of OAD] or in an Open Trial [awarded one leg of UD] or a mixture of both to the total of three.

Class 9 is for handlers and dogs that have acquired their OAD or UD title and are now preparing to compete at club level OADX or at Open level UDX. This is the top level of trialling.

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Patches

The club has sew-on patches for most achievements. Please talk to any of the club instructors about receiving a patch after achieving a title. You will need to present the required number of pass certificates for each.

ANKC Obedience Titles

If you wish to extend your training, you can join ANKC and trial with members of other clubs who are also affiliated with the Australian National Kennel Council.

This will enable you to not only gain titles that are recognised Australia wide, but also trial at any affiliated club within Australia.

Introduction

Obedience is designed to showcase the ability and usefulness of the dog to be both a companion and guardian of man.

An enjoyable pastime which helps promote bonding, understanding and improve the dog's integration not only with other canines but also into society. More than mere tricks, the communication between dog and handler is achieved using both hand signals and the spoken word to guide and instruct the dog as to what they are required to do to achieve each level of obedience.

As the dog and handler learn to understand each other and progress, titles are attained, each more challenging than the previous.

CCDCommunity Companion Dog(Pre Trial)3 Passes required
CDCompanion Dog(Novice Class)3 Passes required
CDXCompanion Dog Excellence(Open Class)3 Passes required
UDUtility Dog(Utility Class)3 Passes required
UDXUtility Dog Excellence(Utility Excellence)3 Passes required
OCObedience ChampionHaving gained the title of UD, a further 5 scores of 185 points or better is required

Agility Titles

Introduction

Agility and Jumping is a dog competition open to all breeds of dog over the age of 18 months and caters for handlers of all ages.

This is an educational and sporting activity which requires a good rapport between dog and handler which not only helps to keep your dog fit, but you too.

The aim is for the handler to guide the dog around different obstacles laid out in a course. The ability of the handler and dog to learn how the other moves and reacts, builds confidence and promotes teamwork which when achieved is extremely rewarding and fun.

The steadiness of work is essential for faultless performance of the course and while speed is desirable, it's not always a case of "The fastest dog wins".

Starting at a basic level, a sense of achievement and pride is found when your four legged companion starts to understand what your signals mean.

ADAgility Dog(Novice)3 Passes required
ADXAgility Dog Excellence(Excellence)5 Passes required
ADMAgility Dog Masters(Masters)7 Passes required
ADOAgility Dog Open(Open)5 Passes required
AGCHAgility Dog ChampionMasters title in Agility + Jumping and 100 point in each

Jumping Titles

JDJumping Dog(Novice)3 Passes required
JDXJumping Dog Excellence(Excellence)5 Passes required
JDMJumping Dog Masters(Masters)7 Passes required
JDOJumping Dog Open(Open)5 Passes required

Herding Titles

Introduction

Throughout the ages, man's ability to control and move stock has been greatly assisted by various breeds of herding dogs. To retain that 'herding instinct' dogs have been bred to enhance their natural ability to work with man as a team, which can be measured in trial situations and allow dogs to demonstrate their abilities for which they were originally developed.

Using various hand and verbal signals the dog or dogs learn to work in a symbiotic relationship with their handler to achieve their objectives.

Available to dogs of 6 months and over.

Instinct TestCertificate1 Pass required
HTHerding Test1 Pass required
PTPre-Trial2 Passes required
HSHerding Started3 Passes required
AGCHAgility Dog ChampionMasters title in Agility + Jumping and 100 point in each
HIHerding Intermediate3 Passes required
HXHerding Advanced
HCHHerding ChampionOnce achieving the title HX - a further 5 qualifying passes of 75 points or more

Tracking Titles

Introduction

Open to all breeds, the Tracking trial is designed to encourage dogs to make use of their strongest natural ability and "sniff out" a lost or missing person. This natural skill is honed and directed in the art of finding a person who has left a scent trail consisting of nothing but dead skin cells. So come along and see if your dog is a "natural tracker" or one who just needs a little coaching and direction. Usually run in open bushland, this is a skill which will amaze you when your dog starts to understand what is required.

TDTracking DogTest1 (Locate known person)
Test2 (Locate known person)
Test3 (Locate unknown person)
TDXTracking Dog ExcellenceTest4 (Locate unknown person)
Test5 (Locate unknown person)
Test6 (Locate unknown person)
TCHTracking Dog ChampionTest7 (Locate unknown person)

TSD and TSDX tests provides the opportunity for a dog to compete after obtaining a Tracking Championship by completing a series of graded tests that replicate real life scenarios where the dog and handler do not have an exact starting point.

TSDTSD1800 metresUnknown tracklayer / Unknown crosstrack
TSD2800 metresUnknown tracklayer / Diversion and crosstrack
TSD31000 metresUnknown tracklayer / Contaminated start and crosstrack (Title)
TSDXTSD41200 metresUnknown tracklayer / Meandering track and crosstrack
TSD5800 metresUnknown tracklayer / Urban daylight
TSD6800 metresUnknown tracklayer / Urban night time (Title)

Endurance Title

Introduction

Designed to test the ability of a dog to work after being subject to a measured degree of physical stress without displaying the signs of undue stress or a lack of constitution.

To achieve an adequate level of stress the handler usually rides a bike at a steady pace while the dog canters alongside.

ETEndurance Test

Games Titles

Introduction

An extension of Agility and Jumping, games are designed to test your ability to design your own course layout utilising any of the equipment which has been set in a ring. The object is to either gain the most points possible, or the most points in the quickest time.

SDSnooker Dog3 Passes required
SDXSnooker Dog Excellence5 Passes required
SDMSnooker Dog Masters7 Passes required
GDGambler Dog3 Passes required
GDXGambler Dog Excellence5 Passes required
GDMGambler Dog Masters7 Passes required
SPDStrategic Pairs3 Passes required

Dances With Dogs

Introduction

Dances with Dogs (DWD) provides handlers and their dogs with an opportunity to demonstrate a skilful, choreographed routine, performed to music. While having its foundation in obedience heelwork, DWD enables the handler to include innovative and creative moves and movement in time to music, giving the illusion of dance. In Heelwork to Music (HTM), another division of DWD, which is more closely aligned to obedience heelwork, the dog performs in one or more of the prescribed heelwork positions for at least 60% of the routine.

DWD is suitable for handlers of all ages and dogs of all breeds, sizes and ages. There are no compulsory moves in DWD Freestyle and the handler develops the routine to showcase the individual dog's strengths and can omit moves which the dog finds difficult or which are not yet perfected.

DWDF.SFreestyle Starters3 Passes required
DWDF.NFreestyle Novice3 Passes required
DWDF.IFreestyle Intermediate3 Passes required
DWDF.AFreestyle Advanced3 Passes required
HTM.SHeel to music Starters3 Passes required
HTM.NHeel to music Novice3 Passes required
HTM.IHeel to music Intermediate3 Passes required
HTM.AHeel to music Advanced3 Passes required