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  • Obedience trials demonstrate the dog’s ability to follow specified routines in the obedience ring and emphasize the usefulness of the dog as a companion to humankind. The objective of obedience trials is to recognize 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 credit on the sport of obedience at all times and under all conditions.

  • In 2018, there were 118,316 entries in AKC obedience trials.

  • Dog and handler teams are judged on how closely they match the judge’s mental picture of a theoretically perfect performance as they execute a series of specified exercises.

  • Accuracy and precision is vital, but the natural movement of the handler and the willingness and enjoyment of the dog are essential for a winning performance.

  • Helen Whitehouse Walker devised the first obedience “test” in Mt. Kisco, New York in 1933 to show the intelligence of her poodles.

  • The first AKC licensed obedience trial was held in 1936. In this first year there were 18 trials with approximately 200 entries.

  • Each level of obedience competition – Novice, Open, and Utility – requires mastering a specific skill set, which increase in difficulty, before advancing to the next level.

  • The Novice class demonstrates good canine companion skills such as heeling, both with and without a leash, coming when called, standing for a simple physical examination, and staying in both a sit and a down position with a group of dogs.

  • In the Novice class, dogs earn a Companion Dog (CD) title after receiving three qualifying scores under two different judges.

  • In 2018, 2714 dogs of various breeds earned the CD title.

  • The Open class is more challenging as more exercises are done off leash and retrieving and jumping challenges are added.

  • In the Open class, dogs earn a Companion Dog Excellent (CDX) title after receiving three qualifying scores under two different judges.

  • In 2018, 854 dogs of various breeds earned the CDX title.

  • The Utility class, which includes scent discrimination, directed retrieves, jumping and silent signal exercises, is the most challenging class.

  • In the Utility class, dogs earn a Utility Dog (UD) title after receiving three qualifying scores under two different judges.

  • In 2018, 438 dogs of various breeds earned the UD title.

  • Upon completion of the UD title, dogs may earn the Utility Dog Excellent (UDX) by qualifying in both the Open B and Utility B classes on the same day at 10 different trials.

  • In 2018, 192 dogs earned UDX titles. An additional designation was added to this prestigious title to acknowledge the number of times a dog had completed the requirements for the UDX title.  In October of 2004, numeric designations were added to the UDX.  The highest UDX title to date is a UDX71!

  • The Obedience Trial Champion (OTCH) title is often referred to as the “PhD” for dogs, and is the highest obedience honor a dog can receive.

  • To obtain an OTCH title, a dog and handler team must receive 100 points by placing first, second, third or fourth in the Open B or Utility B classes and a first place in Utility B, and first place in Open B and an additional first place from either class.

  • In 2018, 69 OTCH titles were earned.

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Upcoming Trials:


Join us for our Spring Obedience and Rally Trials!

March 23-24, 2024

We will have 2 Obedience Trials, 1 Novice Only Trial Saturday Afternoon, and 2 Rally Trials (1 on Saturday and 1 on Sunday). Simpsonville Senior Center, 100 E. Curtis St., Simpsonville, SC. Entries  are open now!  Enter at 


Join us for our AKC Regional Qualifier!

October 11-13, 2024; Also, don't miss the 3 Rally Trials in 1 Weekend! Simpsonville Senior Center, 100 E. Curtis St., Simpsonville, SC. Check back for Entry Dates.  Enter online at 


Scentwork Trial - November, 2024.

Renfrew Baptist Church, Travelers Rest, SC.  More information to come!

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