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
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
by helping out,
or offering to steward at one of our
own club trials : your interest and assistance
occasions will always be appreciated.
You might also like to consider
Competitions are also conducted in Agility & Jumping, Tracking, Herding, Retrieving,
Earthdog, Dancing With Dogs, with some sports restricted to certain breeds
of dog. More information about these options is available
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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).