Obedience Classes
From the American Kennel Club—Obedience website.
Obedience Trials test a dog’s ability to perform a prescribed set of exercises on which it is scored.  In each
exercise, you must score more than 50 percent of the possible points and get a total score of at lest 170 out of
a possible 200.  Each time your dog gets at least a 170 qualifying score, he’s earned a “leg” toward his title.  
Earn three legs and your dog has just earned an obedience title! There are 3 levels at which your dog can earn
a title and each is more difficult than he one before it.  The classes are divided into “A” and “B” at an
obedience trial; “A” classes are for beginners whose dogs have never received a title and “B” classes are for
more experienced handlers.
The best part of watching a trial is to see the close bond that has developed between the dog and handler  
Their total concentration on the task at hand gives way to the sheer delight of accomplishment that can be
seen on the faces of both and in the wag of a tail.
Experience the ultimate in companionship and teamwork.  Taste the thrill of competition.  Join a training class
and participate in obedience trials  It’s lots of fun, and your dog will love you more for it!
Obedience trials are a sport, and all participants should be guided by the principles of good sportsmanship
both in and out of the ring.  Obedience trials demonstrate the dog’s ability to follow specific routines in the
obedience ring and emphasize the usefulness of the purebred dog as a companion to man.  All contestants in
a class are required to perform the same exercises in substantially the same way so that the relative quality of
the various performances may be compared and scored.  The basic objective of obedience trials, however, 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  The
performance of dog and handler in the ring must be accurate and correct according to the Obedience
Regulations.  It is also essential that the dog demonstrate willingness and enjoyment while it is working and
that a smooth and natural handler be given precedence over a handler moving with military precision and
using harsh commands.

 The Progression of Obedience Classes Toward Competition

Beginner Obedience / CGC
Introduction to Obedience, aka Beginner Obedience & CGC, is an 8 week entry
course for adult and adolescent dogs and for handlers that have not had previous dog
handling training.  This class is to condition an enthusiastic and reliable responses
from your dog.  To learn how to motivate your dog to be a better behaved and well-
mannered companion, and help obedience become a part of your dog’s everyday life.
If you have questions or would like more information about GMKC’s obedience
classes, please e-mail Stephanie Stone
The only requirement to enter this class is that the dog have a manageable
disposition.  On completing this class the dog/handler team should be prepared to
fulfill the entry requirements for the Obedience 1 training class  The dog should be
able to:
Watch the human handler on cue
Sit and Stay on cue
Down and Stay on cue
Stand on cue
Come when called on cue
These are basic exercises that all dogs should know and will help make them more
enjoyable companions for you and your family.
The Greater Monroe Kennel Club Beginner Obedience class is coupled with the
Canine Good Citizen (CGC) training as well.  Young dogs are welcome to participate
but are not eligible to receive their CGC Certificate until 6 months of age.

Obedience 1
Obedience 1 is a class for adult and adolescent dogs and their handlers that have had
the Intro to Obedience class, a similar basic class or the Canine good Citizenship
(CGC) class.  The dogs must be 7 months or older  The handlers may be any age
permitted by GMKC Policy and Procedure.  The purpose of the class is that the
human/dog team should be able to reliably accomplish the skills from the Intro to
Obedience Class (above).
At the completion of Obedience 1 the handler should be able to:
Heel with the dog on a loose leash
Maintain Sit/Stay and Down/Stay on command for 30 seconds
Maintain Stand/Stay for 10 seconds
Come When Called on cue off-leash with some degree of distraction from a distance
of 20 feet
No Class Assignments Planned

Obedience II
Obedience II is an intermediate obedience class for dogs and their handlers who have
completed obedience I and for those handlers who wish to improve their companion
dog handling and the dog-handler association using positive reinforcement.  It is also
for those handlers and their dogs that have an interest in entering the Obedience sport
and want preparation before taking the Obedience III class, the human/dog team
should be able to accomplish all of the final tasks of the Obedience I Class (listed
At the completion of Obedience II class the human/dog team should be able to:
Heel with the dog on loose leash to off-leash (or simulation of off-leash with umbilical
cord,  Leash-over-shoulder or lure techniques), do about turns, left and right turns,
move at a normal, slow and fast pace
Heel with the dog on loose leash or off-leash, Heel in a Figure 8 pattern, and to
perform some “Rally doodles” such as spiral lift, spiral right, circle right, circle left.
Maintain a Sit/Stay, Down/Stay and Stand/Stay off leash for a specified time.
Come when called off-leash with some degree of distraction from a distance greater
than 20 ft.  No classes planned.

Obedience III
Obedience 3 is a course designed for dogs and their handlers who have completed
Obedience 2 or equivalent training.  It is intended for those handlers who wish to
continue in improving fluency in handler-dog teamwork.  Obedience 3 provides
opportunity for experienced handlers to work in a more formal Obedience ring
environment  Entry to this class requires the ability to perform the class
accomplishments of the Obedience II Class (above).
At the completion of Obedience III class the human/dog team should be able to:
Complete a qualifying AKC Novice routine
Complete a 10 exercise Rally-) Novice course.
Teams completing Obedience III class may elect to take the “Ring Ready” Novice
class, which is specific preparation for participation in AKC Obedience Trials.  No
classes planned

Ring Ready Novice
Ring Ready—Novice is an 8-week class for dogs and their handlers who have
completed Obedience 3 (Advanced Novice) or equivalent training with approval of the
instructor.  This training class is preparation for AKC Obedience trials  It is for
handlers with their dogs who intend to compete in the Novice Obedience class and
earn a CD title.  It also provides opportunity for experience handlers to work in the
Trial Obedience ring environment.  Class participants will work individually with an
instructor on  on-leash and off-leash exercises and in small groups with an instructor
for Figure 8, Recall and stationary (stand, sit, down) exercises.  Novice Ready for
Ring is offered the first session every year and/or on demand thereafter if a group of
8 or 10 teams can be formed.
To enter the Ready for Ring class the handler should have an established attention
technique and be able to:
Heel with the dog on loose leash to off-leash, do about turns, left and right turns,
move at a normal, slow and fast pace.  While heeling and given the command to Halt,
the dog will do an automatic sit in the heel position.
Heel with the dog on loose leash through the Figure 8 exercise.
Have the dog maintain a Stand/Stay off-leash, with handler a specified distance from
the dog and have an instructor assistant instructor or a class participant examine the
Have the dog come when called off-leash with some degree of distraction from a
distance greater than 30 ft.
Have the dog maintain a Sit/Stay and Down/Stay off leash with a group of dogs in line
for a specified time.
At the completion of the Ring Ready Novice course the handler goes on to complete a
qualifying AKC Novice routine.

Open & Utility Obedience
Open / Utility class is structured for dog and handler teams preparing for the upper
levels of AKC obedience competition.  Teams will work at different levels on many
exercises.  Class content will vary according to the individual needs of each dog and
handler.         No Class Assignments Planned

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Requirements of the Canine Good Citizenship Test

  • The test evaluates the dogs acceptance of a friendly stranger.  
  • They are asked to sit politely for petting, showing no shyness or resentment.  
  • Each dog is inspected for appearance.  They are brushed lightly with a comb
    or brush and their ears and front feet are examined.  
  • Each dog is tested while the handler takes their dog for a walk, which
    includes right turns, left turns, about turns and stop.
  • Each dog and handler walks close to several people.  The dog may show
    casual interest but not jump up.  
  • The dog is asked to sit and down.  The handler leaves the dog and walks to
    the end of a 20 foot lead and returns immediately.  
  • The handler walks out 10 feet away and calls the dog to demonstrate that the
    dog will come when called.  
  • The dog’s reaction to another dog and reaction to distractions is also tested.  
  • The dog’s reaction to being separated from the handler is tested by the
    handler leaving the dog with the examiners for 3 minutes.  
Come & Join in on the FUN with our Training Classes

Greater Monroe Kennel Club’s well-trained volunteer instructors have
been helping dog owners in the Greater Monroe area train their dogs for

Classes generally run for eight weeks, unless otherwise noted.  Class
sizes are small so dogs and their owners receive one-on-one attention.

Learn how to train your dog and have fun too!
Watch for our next classes in Spring of 2016