Up Front Dog Center offers programs for Pet Obedience, Competition Obedience, Rally, Agility, K9 Nose Work, and Tracking. Which one you follow is based on your interests.
Competition obedience is a canine sport that tests your dog’s ability to perform a series of exercises working with you as a team. The exercises consist of heeling, group stays, stand for examination, retrieving, command discrimination, directed jumping, recalls, scent work, etc. There are three levels of obedience; Novice (earn a CD title), Open (earn a CDX title), and Utility (earn a UD title). Each level is more difficult than the previous, similar to achieving a higher education.
The Competition Obedience Program consists of a series of classes focused on each of the three competition levels.
There are Novice level classes which teach all the skills necessary to achieve the Companion Dog (CD) title. The exercises taught are; Heel on Leash and Figure Eight, Stand for Examination, Heel Free, Recall, Sit Stay – Get Your Leash, and group stays.
The Open level classes teach the skills necessary to achieve the Companion Dog Excellent (CDX) title . The exercises taught are; Broad Jump, Figure Eight and Heel Free, Drop on Recall, Retrieve over High Jump, Retrieve on Flat, Command Discrimination, and Stay – Get Your Leash.
The are Utility level classes which teach the skills necessary to achieve the Utility Dog (UD) title, which is the most advanced level of Obedience competition. The UD level exercises taught are; Signal Exercise, Scent Discrimination Article No. 1 and 2,, Directed Retrieve, Moving Stand and Examination, and Directed Jumping.