Crimora Community Center, 1648 New Hope Road, Crimora, VA 24431
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Commonwealth Dog Obedience Training Club
Understanding Obedience Titles
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!