NYOC Trial FAQs

 

  1. When are the NYOC trials held?
  2. Where are the NYOC trials held?
  3. What is the Canine Good Neighbour test?
  4. Can I enter my mixed breed dog in an Obedience trial?
  5. How do I enter a trial?
  6. What is a Premium List?
  7. What is a correction match?
  8. What is an obedience trial?
  9. What is a rally obedience trial?
  10. What is NAMBR?
  11. How can I find where and when other trials are held?
  12. Where can I get a rule book for obedience and rally obedience trials?
  13. Can I bring my dog just to watch?


1. When are the NYOC Trials held?

The NYOC trials for this coming year will be on June 16-18, 2017 and will feature:

Obedience Correction Match: Friday, June 17, 2017

For information on the Correction Match contact Dee Harrison.

Obedience and Rally Obedience Trials
Saturday and Sunday, June 17-18, 2017

CGN (Canine Good Neighbour Test: Sunday, June 18

Additional Information

For the names of the judges and the Premium List see our page on the Trials.

Show Secretary: Danuta Booth
1776 Woodview Ave.,
Pickering, ON L1V 1L4
Phone: 905-509-1951


2. Where are the NYOC Trials held?

The Trials are held in Etobicoke close to the 401 and Weston Rd.

Pine Point Arena
15 Grierson Road, Etobicoke, Ontario

Directions to Show Site


3. What is the Canine Good Neighbour Test?

The CGN Test was developed by the CKC and is open to all dogs, regardless of breeding. The test requires you and your dog to complete 12 exercises which demonstrate your ability to control your dog and your dog’s ability to demonstrate good manners in everyday situations. Tests include exercises such as accepting a friendly stranger, politely accepting petting, walking through a door/gate, walking through a crowd, coming when called.

Passing the CGN shows that your dog can be counted on to present good manners at home, in public places and in the presence of other dogs.  Beginner training classes at NYOC would be good preparation for the CGN.  In addition, NYOC periodically runs three session CGN classes which focus on the specific exercises included in the CGN test.  For more information on the actual CGN test, please visit the CKC website.

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4. Can I enter my mixed breed dog in an Obedience trial?

Yes.  As of July 1, 2014, mixed-breed dogs may compete in CKC Agility, Obedience and Rally Obedience Trials alongside purebred dog. Mixed breed dogs receive the same titles as purebred dogs. (See * below). In order for a mixed breed dog to enter a trial, the owner must meet the criteria set out by CKC in the Canine Companion Club Policy. If your dog meets the criteria, you can apply for a Canine Companion Number (CCN). (Read both pages of the application for detailed information on the process). Once you have received your dog’s Canine Companion Number, you may apply to enter trials. Please note that not all trials allow mixed breed dogs to compete so be sure to check the premium list.

* In order to actually receive a title certificate from CKC, the owner must either choose to become a CKC member or pay the annual non-member participation fee. Since the membership fee and the non-member participation fee are the same, you might as well become a CKC member.

For more information, please contact CKC’s Member Services team Department at 416-674-3699 or 1-855-DOGS CKC (1-855-364-7252) or email information@ckc.ca.

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5. How do I enter a trial?

To enter an event, you fill out the appropriate entry form with all the required information.  You will find the entry forms in the Premium List. It is important to study the information on each of the trials carefully to ensure that you and your dog are entering the correct class(es). (Some of the rules are hard for beginners to understand.  Talk to the instructor at your training class to clarify the process.)  Send the entry form and a cheque to the show secretary named in the Premium List. The website, Canuck Dogs , also gives information about upcoming trials in Ontario and across Canada.

You can also enter online or by telephone using Entry Line , a show entry service.  In order to use Entry Line, you must be a member ($15 annual fee).  There is also a fee of 15% of the entry fees for telephone entries or 13% of the entry fees for online entries, in each case plus HST.  Payment is through a secure credit card system.  Entry Line is ideal for those who enter trials frequently, as the entry information is stored for each dog.  It is also very useful if there is a postal disruption or if the closing date is close, as you are entered immediately with no concern for postal delays.

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6. What is a Premium List?

Premium List is a booklet (or online document) for a particular club’s event.  It contains details about the event itself, the judges, classes offered, awards being offered, location, entry forms, an overview of rules and regulations, the closing date for entries and the show secretary (who handles the entries).

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7. What is a correction match?

A correction match is a practice trial in which dogs and handlers perform the obedience exercises in a regular trial ring but without the pressure of formal competition.  At the moment, NYOC holds an obedience correction match on the Friday night before the trial. In the future, we might also hold a rally correction match.

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8. What is an obedience trial?

Obedience trials are opportunities for you and your dog to see how far you have progressed in your training.  Like most dog sports, there are different levels of difficulty so you and your dog can enjoy this sport for many years.  In obedience trials, the first level is referred to as Pre-Novice or PCD (Pre-Companion Dog). In an obedience trial, the exercises at each level are prescribed and you are strictly limited in what you can say to direct your dog.  To get an overview of the titles and terms used in obedience trials, see our Obedience Terms Chart.

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9. What is a rally obedience trial?

Rally obedience trials are less structured than obedience trials. In rally, you and your dog negotiate a course consisting of signs that instruct you to do anything from a sit and stay to weaving through pylons, or even performing a figure-eight exercise while your dog has to ignore strategically placed food bowls!  You can talk to and encourage your dog throughout the course.  Although the course is different each time, it must conform to standards set out by the Canadian Kennel Club.

NYOC periodically offers rally training classes.

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10. What is NAMBR?

Up until 2014, mixed breed dogs could not compete in Canadian Kennel Club trials for Obedience, Rally and Earth Dog titles. Instead,  NAMBR  (North American Mixed Breed Registry) provided the mixed breed dog owner with opportunities to earn titles through NAMBR sanctioned Obedience Trials, Tracking Tests and Earth Dog Tests. Purebred dogs can also compete in NAMBR trials.  In order to enter a NAMBR trial, your must register your dog with NAMBR.

The Canadian Kennel Club now allows mixed breed dogs to enter Obedience and Rally trials so both options are available to all dogs.  Other dog sports such as Flyball and Agility have always welcomed purebred and mixed breeds.  If you want to enter your mixed breed dogs in a CKC trial, see FAQ #4

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111. How can I find where and when other trials are held?

One way to find where and when other trials are held is to go to Canuck Dogs which has information on dog events across Canada.  You can also look on Entry Line .  You do not have to pay to search for trials, only to enter them.

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12. Where can I get a rule book for obedience and rally obedience trials?

Rule books for all CKC trials can be purchased on-line from the order desk at CKC or by calling the order desk at 1 (800) 250-8040.  Rule books cost $6.00 each. If you are a member of CKC, you can download a copy of the rule book from the CKC website.

Rule books are very complicated to follow for beginnners.  The best way to learn the rules is by attending classes that focus on rally or obedience.  The instructor will explain the rules you need to know and you can ask questions.

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13. Can I bring my dog just to watch?

Unfortunately, according to CKC rules, dogs that are not entered in the trial are not allowed on the property.  But you are most welcome to come and see how a trial works.

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