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Dog Sports Info

OBEDIENCE

Obedience trials showcase dogs that have been trained and conditioned to behave well at home, in public places, and in the presence of other dogs. AKC Obedience trials allow exhibitors and their dogs to enjoy companionship and competition as they proudly earn AKC titles.

Find out more on AKC's website

Orlando Dog Training Club offers AKC Obedience & Rally trials each year. Check out our Events

ODTC also offers training classes in Obedience.

AKC Rally

AKC Rally® is a companion sport to AKC Obedience. It too requires teamwork between dog and handler along with performance skills similar to obedience. Rally provides an excellent introduction to AKC events for new dogs and handlers, and can provide a challenging opportunity for competitors in other events to strengthen their skills. All dogs are eligible to compete in rally.

Find out more on AKC's website

Orlando Dog Training Club offers AKC Obedience & Rally trials each year. Check out our Events

ODTC also offers a training class in Rally.

CANINE GOOD CITIZEN

Responsible Owners, Well-Mannered Dogs. The AKC's Canine Good Citizen program is recognized as the gold standard for dog behavior. In CGC, dogs who pass the 10 step CGC test can earn a certificate and/or the official AKC CGC title. Dogs with the CGC title have the suffix, "CGC" after their names.



Find out more on AKC's website

ODTC also offers training classes and testing for CGC.

Advanced CGC; The CGCA Title

AKC Community Canine is the advanced level of AKC's Canine Good Citizen (CGC) program.

As with CGC, AKC Community Canine has a 10-step test of skills that dogs must pass to earn the official AKC Community Canine title. This is a title that appears on the dog's title record at AKC.

Urban CGC; The CGCU Title

AKC Urban CGC requires that the dog demonstrate CGC skills and beyond in an urban setting.

As with Canine Good Citizen, AKC Urban CGC has a 10-step test of skills that dogs must pass to earn the official AKC Urban CGC title. This is a title that appears on the dog’s title record at AKC.

ODTC also offers training classes and testing for CGCA/CGCU at certain times throughout the year. Your dog must already have the CGC title on file with the AKC to take this class. We will post on the homepage when the class is offered again.

In the meantime check out the video below!



check out this video about our CGCA/CGCU class

CONFORMATION

“Conformation” is the official name for “dog shows.” While they may seem glamorous, the true purpose of conformation showing is to evaluate breeding stock. The dog’s conformation—his overall appearance and structure—is an indication of the dog’s ability to produce quality purebred puppies, and that is what is being judged in the ring. That’s why mixed-breeds and spayed or neutered purebreds are not eligible to compete. Many times a new exhibitor will get started in dog shows by finding a mentor, usually the breeder they acquired their puppy from. Many AKC clubs also offer handling classes to teach owners how to present their purebred dog to a judge at a dog show.

Find out more on AKC's website

Orlando Dog Training Club does not hold Conformation shows.

ODTC also offers a training class in Conformation.

TRACKING

Dogs have a very keen sense of smell—100,000 times stronger than humans! That’s why dogs are often used to find lost people and animals, drugs, avalanche and disaster victims, and even to detect cancer and oncoming seizures. AKC Tracking is a canine sport that demonstrates a dog’s natural ability to recognize and follow a scent, and is the foundation of canine search and rescue work. In tracking the dog is completely in charge, because only he knows how to use his nose to find and follow the track. For many, the greatest pleasure of tracking are the hours spent outside, training and interacting with their dogs.

Find out more on AKC's website

Orlando Dog Training Club offers AKC Tracking trials. Check out our Events

ODTC does not offer Tracking classes at this time.

TRICK DOG

From the 1920’s and 1940’s when trick dogs such as Rin Tin Tin and Lassie won peoples’ hearts, trick dog training has become one of the most exciting new areas in dog training today.

Find out more on AKC's website

ODTC also offers training classes and testing in Pet Tricks.

ODTC now offers AKC Trick Dog evaluations via video!
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ODTC Pet Tricks instructor Cynthia doing a Pet Tricks demo at the AKC National Championship 2017

BARN HUNT

Barn Hunt is the new and quickly growing dog sport catching fire across the country! Barn Hunt is based on the traditional roles of many breeds in ridding farms, barns, crop storage areas, and homes of destructive vermin. Some breeds were specifically created to fill this role, and for many of those breeds, Barn Hunt provides their first true opportunity for responsible breeders to test proper working traits in their dogs. Barn Hunt is also open to any dog of any breed or mix who wishes to play the game and can fit through an 18" wide by bale-height tall tunnel. Barn Hunt has titles, levels of increasing difficulty, and championships. Barn Hunt is an independent sport, but titles are recognized by both the American Kennel Club (AKC) and United Kennel Club (UKC).

Find out more on the Barn Hunt website

Orlando Dog Training Club does not hold Barn Hunt trials.

ODTC does not offer training classes in Barn Hunt.

Pet Therapy

Therapy dogs are dogs who go with their owners to volunteer in settings such as schools, hospitals, and nursing homes.

From working with a child who is learning to read to visiting a senior in assisted living, therapy dogs and their owners work together as a team to improve the lives of other people.



Find out more on AKC's website

ODTC does not offer Therapy classes at this time.

click here for an article about the Orlando dog therapy program featuring ODTC member Jan Vena

Scent Work

Fascinating fact: Dogs have a sense of smell that’s between 10,000 and 100,000 times more acute than ours! The sport of Scent Work celebrates the joy of sniffing, and asks a dog to sniff to their heart’s content; turning your dog’s favorite activity into a rewarding game. It is a terrific sport for all kinds of dogs, and is a wonderful way to build confidence in a shy dog.
In so many dog sports the handler is in control but this isn’t true in Scent Work. Neither the dog nor handler knows where the target odor is hidden. The handler has to rely on the dog, and follow the dog’s nose to success. In Scent Work, it is the canine who is the star of the show.
The sport of Scent Work is based on the work of professional detection dogs (such as drug dogs), employed by humans to detect a wide variety of scents and substances. In AKC Scent Work, dogs search for cotton swabs saturated with the essential oils of Birch, Anise, Clove, and Cypress. The cotton swabs are hidden out of sight in a pre-determined search area, and the dog has to find them. Teamwork is necessary: when the dog finds the scent, he has to communicate the find to the handler, who calls it out to the judge.

Find out more on the AKC website

Orlando Dog Training Club does not hold Scent Work trials.

ODTC does not offer a training class for Scent Work.
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