A dog receives a qualifying score in obedience when it earns more than 50 percent of the points for each exercise, with a total of at least 170 points. A perfect score in any class is 200, and a dog must earn 3 qualifying scores, or “legs”, to earn a title for that particular level. While qualifying scores are all that is required to earn an obedience leg, dogs are also judged against the competition for placements. Ribbons are awarded for 1st-4th place, as well as special awards for the Highest Scoring Dog in Trial (HIT) and High Combined Score in the Open & Utility Classes (HC) Many bulldogs are able to offer stiff competition in all breed obedience trials!
NOVICE – This is the first level of training in obedience and a
- Heel on Leash and Figure Eight – shows whether the dog has learned to watch its handler and adjust its pace to stay with the handler.
- Heel Free – the heeling pattern is repeated, this time with the dog off leash.
- Stand for Examination – is of great benefit when the dog needs hands-on care by a veterinarian.
- Recall – provides the handler with the ability to call the dog and get an immediate response at all times.
- Group Exercises: (these are done in a group of up to 12 dogs, placed about 3′ apart–for Novice the handlers remain across the ring from their dogs)
- Long Sit (1 minute) – allows the handler to have control of the dog when visitors come to the home.
- Long Down (3 minutes) – dog must remain in a down position.
Dogs completing 3 qualifying scores, or “legs”, earn the title of “Companion Dog” and have the “CD” suffix added to their name.