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Novice, Open, and Utility

What are Novice, Open, and Utility?

Novice, Open, and Utility are the three levels of competitive obedience offered by the AKC and UKC. The exercises in all levels showcase the relationship of the owner and the dog. Novice exercises include off-leash and on-leash heeling, stand for exam, recall, 1 minute sit, and 3 minute down. Open exercises include off-leash heeling, drop on recall, retrieving on flat and over a jump, broad jump, out-of-sight 3 minute sit, and out-of-sight 5 minute down. Utility exercises include many of the exercises in Open as well as hand-signal-only exercises, scent discrimination, directed retrieve, and directed jumping.

How Will My Dog Benefit From Learning Novice, Open, or Utility Work?

Your dog will benefit from the mental and physical challenge of the work that he/she will learn while developing towards competition in Novice, Open, and Utility classes. Dogs love to have jobs and choosing to train your dog towards one of these titles will give you and him/her a structure to work in and many jobs to learn and practice; in fact we usually see the owner/dog relationship continue to grow as they work towards titles. While earning titles owner and dogs can enjoy the excitement of competing in trials and strengthen their communication and teamwork.

How Do I Get Started?

Tecla’s K-9 Academy offers a very special competitive obedience program where owner/dog teams receive private lessons and can take advantage of our group training sessions. To enroll in our Competitive Obedience program please call our office at (410) 461-DOGS or email us to set up your private lesson today.