Dover Dog Club    

         Trialing is the competition level of Dog Obedience, an option available after graduation
        from Grade 5. The entry-level class (CCD) is conducted and judged mainly on-lead,
        while exercises in the higher level classes involve more complex skills and challenges
        for both dog & handler, and can progress to the titles of CD, CDX, UD & UDX which
        are added to the dog's name, rather like a degree awarded at the successful completion
        of a University course. Many of the club's long-term members' & instructors' dogs have 
        achieved some of these (and other) titles
(see 'dogtitles' page for a full list) and can be
    seen 'going through their paces' in the practice rings near the clubrooms on Sunday
        A 'Rule book' which details the exercises, equipment, requirements and rules for the 
        various competition classes and titles, can be down-loaded from the web-site of the
        A.N.K.C., the governing body of dog competition of all kinds in Australia, represented
        in South Australia by DogsSA.
     'Dover' has had a long and consistent history of competition success in Obedience,
        and in Flyball. We've proudly fielded the  winning team in the annual 'Balmead Shield'
        inter-club Novice (CD class) event on several occasionsin recent years, with high hopes
        to do so agin in the future...  could that team perhaps include you ?

       Obedience trials are held about every second weekend throughout the year, hosted by
       the various DogsSA-affiliated clubs offering Obedience in Adelaide and some regional
       centres. Information about other clubs, their venues and training times can be found
       on the
'Clubs' page of the state's Obedience Advisory Committee web-site, and a list
       of Obedience and other dog-related events that you might be interested to observe or
       enter, appears on the '
Calendar' page of that same site.
       We host trials at Dover in May & October each year, with a Mock Trial also  scheduled
       for April, which is a good way to start your trialing career, or to learn more about what's

       You can also learn a great deal about trialing, and Obedience generally by helping out,
       or offering to steward at one of our own club trials : your interest and assistance on such
       occasions will always be appreciated.
       You might also like to consider  Rally Obedience
       Competitions are also conducted in Agility & Jumping, Tracking, Herding,  Retrieving,
       Earthdog, Dancing With Dogs, with some sports restricted to certain breeds or types
       of dog.   More information about these options is available from  the
DogsSA office
        or web-site.

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          All club members are invited and encouraged to aim for 'competition standard' in
        their training, even if you have no intention of competing
, as it offers a benchmark
        to the exercises you're learning in class, and the foundation for whatever you might
        want to achieve together with your dog in the future. Many of our successful triallers
        initially joined the club bringing a family pet for its general education or behaviour  

        management, with no aspirations for competition (most people don't know such
        things exist) but found the experience so rewarding that they've stayed on and
        become 'hooked' on 'Dogsports', some bringing a succession of dogs through the
        classes over time; and sometimes several generations of a family become involved.
        You don't have to be the star of your class to take this up, but you do have to be
        prepared to put in the time and effort to establish a good relationship with your dog,
        and be prepared for some disappointment along the way. We all understand the highs
        and lows of Dogsports, but competition success is just one of many rewards of
        participating in the Obedience community.

You are all encouraged to talk to your instructor, or the Head Instructor, if you'd like
        to aim for competition work. To enter a trial, you must first become a member of

        DogsSA (The South Australian Canine Association) and your dog must be registered
        with them too, either as a pedigreed or 'Associate' dog; but all that can wait until

        you're nearly ready to enter your first event; though it's worthwhile to check out the
        costs involved before deciding on a 'career' in Dogsports.
        Members receive a monthly 'Journal' in which the schedules for forthcoming events
        are published, detailing dates, venues, judges, cost, and where, whern and how to
        The Journal is also available on line ( )
        and many clubs also offer online entry and payment options.

        Entry forms can be purchased from the club office, or from DogsSA, or a computer-
        generated exact copy of the official form is also acceptable;but you should be aware
        that Trial Secretaries can refuse to accept any form of entry which is incomplete or
        inappropriately presented (e.g: not signed).




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Obedience Clubs

Rules for
Obedience Trialing

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