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Competition Obedience

Delve into the world of competition obedience with our various class levels designed to suit the needs of you and your dog. There are three main classes (levels) in competition obedience - Novice, Open and Utility. Everyone needs to have a foundation which to progress from. The foundation skills are taught in the Novice Beginner class. Then we build and polish skills towards Novice and start teaching Open skills. From there we add in Utility skills. Please note that class composition often changes with dogs and handlers of varying skills, as such we may ask that you join a different class depending on the level of you and your dog. If you are unsure of what level to join or if competition obedience classes are right for your dog please send us an email at [email protected] to discuss the classes further.

 Novice Beginner

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Start Date:  Thursday, April 13 at 9:45am 

                    Thursday, April 13 at 8:30pm 

$225 for six weeks

Let’s start off on the right paw! We’ll lay foundations for great engagement and attention from your dog, introduce pivot platforms and pots, get our position change mechanics right for seamless sits, downs, stands, and settles, learn how to develop a heeling focal point, and share tricks to enhance fun and success for you and your dog. You will learn how these skills are incorporated into competition obedience behaviours. This class is designed to be repeated until you and your dog have a solid foundation and are able to complete basic heeling.

Pre-requisite: none

Novice & Open

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Start Date:  Thursday, April 13 at 11:00am 

                    Thursday, April 13 at 7:15pm 

$225 for six weeks

In this level we’ll start putting our foundations together into on-leash heeling, figure eights, stands for exam, off-leash heeling, recalls, and stays. Exciting! We’ll also begin teaching the skills you’ll need for Open level, including retrieve, drop on recall, broad jumps, and position changes from a distance. This class is designed to be repeated until you and your dog have a full retrieve.


  • Understand a pot pivot and stand on platform
  • Understands a proper position mechanics (eg. tuck sit, fold back down), stand without forward movement)
  • Can perform sustained attention heeling

Open & Utility

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Start Date:   Thursday, April 13 at 6:00pm 


$225 for six weeks

Time to graduate to open and utility level exercises. We’ll improve upon those in the last class, plus add retrieves on the flat and high jumps, out-of-sight stays, seek back, article work, signals, a moving stand, and directed jumping. Now you’re really looking good!


• Ability to stay connected with the handler when off leash

• Able to complete a heeling pattern

• Has a full retrieve

Must have instructors approval to join this class