Obedience Training is an organised activity conducted through a large number of local clubs all over Queensland. A full list of these clubs can be found by visiting the Dogs Queensland website
There are different levels of Obedience Training and a dog and his/her handler can graduate from one to the other. At an Obedience Trial you can compete in classes for each level. The five levels, in ascending order of difficulty are:
Community Companion dog (Trial award C.C.D) - involving basic heel on lead, stand, recall and sit/stay, down/stay exercises.
Novice (Trial Award C.D) - free heeling, more complex recalland retrieve and longer stays.
Open (Trial Award C.D.X) - more complex recall, retrieve, stay, jump and handler out of sight exercises.
Utility (Trial Award) U.D) - this involves finding lost articles, scent discrimination, signal exercises and a range of other complex exercises.
Utility Dog Excellent (Trial Award U.D.X) - this involves more complex extensions of the U.D. exercises.