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Trialling Events Port Macquarie Dog Club Obedience, Agility and Competitive Dog Training Port Macquarie Dog Club Obedience, Agility and Competitive Dog Training

Trialling Events


Obedience, Rally-O and Agility Trials are held throughout the year from April to October during the day and some evening trials are held from November to March.

To participate in trials you and your dog must be registered with Dogs NSW. Port Macquarie hosts Agility Trials in May and August each year and an Obedience, Rally-O and Conformation (Breed) show in October each year. 

AGILITY TRIALLING 

Agility is a fast, exciting and fun activity for you and your dog. It involves owners/handlers directing dogs around obstacle courses, attempting to negotiate the obstacles correctly and to make or beat the course time set by the judge. The obstacles comprise various types of jumps, tunnels, hoop, a-frame ramp, elevated walk, see-saw, and poles that the dogs weave through. 

Your dog must have a minimum sound recall and basic obedience training to undertake agility. Speak to our Agility Instructors for more information. 

OBEDIENCE TRIALLING 

Dogs can be entered in Obedience trials when they have reached a certain standard of obedience training. Levels are CCD (Community Companion Dog), CD/Novice (Companion Dog), DCX/Open (Companion Dog Excellent), UD (Utility Dog) and UDX (Utility Dog Excellent). Each owner/handler and dog team has to complete a set of exercises in a ring under the direction of a qualified judge. 

RALLY-O TRIALLING 

Rally-O is the fun form of obedience trials. Dog and owner/handler navigate a course of stations, each one has an attached sign for a separate exercise. These are read and interpreted by the owner/handler. 

For more information about each of these sports, visit our training page.

Titles and Awards 

Handlers and their dogs can compete in trials with the aim of achieving titles. A 'clear round' must be obtained to receive a “Qualification” which is no time faults or course faults recorded on the course. 

As qualifications are gained “Titles” are awarded and the dog will progress to the next higher class, Novice to Excellent and then Master. 

Once obtained from Dogs NSW, these titles can be added to your dog’s pedigree. 

Dogs can be entered in Obedience trials when they have reached a certain standard of obedience training. Levels are 

  • CCD (Community Companion Dog)
  • CD / Novice (Companion Dog)
  • CDX / Open Companion Dog Excellent)
  • UD (Utility Dog)
  • UDX (Utility Dog Excellent).

Conformation

Dog shows are held all around Australia where dogs are judged by specialist judges how well they conform to their breed type. 

Breed group categories are: Toy, Utility, Working Dog, Gundog, Hounds, terriers and Non-Sporting

There are two main types of dog shows
A Championship Show is an exhibition of registered dogs at which challenge certificates are awarded.

An Open Show or Parade is an exhibition of registered dogs at which no Challenge Certificates are awarded, but dogs which have been awarded the title of Australian Champion may compete. At these shows Trainee Judges officiate and it is considered the training ground for all young dogs and owners/handlers. 

Dog Shows are held which showcase:
  • All Breeds of Dogs - Open to all registered pedigreed dogs from the seven groups of dogs.
  • Group Shows - Open to all registered pedigreed dogs from a specific group.
  • Speciality Breed Shows - Open to all registered pedigreed dogs of a specific breed.
  • Mixed Specialty Shows - Open to all registered pedigreed dogs belonging to a special group, for example, all Spitz breeds

Some of our members regularly participate in “dog shows”. One of our clubs life members is a very successful and experienced competitor in “dog shows”. If you would like more information about “showing” your dog please ask and we will direct you to someone who can help. Our club hosts an annual conformation show in October each year.

Conformation