What do all those titles mean? We’ve put together the following chart to explain them all.
|Meaning||Canine Good Neighbour;open to all dogs, mixed and purebred||Pre-Companion Dog; often referred to as Pre-novice||Companion Dog||Companion Dog Excellent||Utility Dog|
|Additional information||A stand alone title; not a prerequisite for other titles.||not a prerequisite for other titles; everything is on leash except the recall||when your dog has his CD, CDX and UD, your dog is an Obedience Trial Champion (OTCH)|
|Name of classes for training and at trials||Beginners 1, Beginners 2 (no specific classes for this title)||pre-novice or Beginners 2||Trial Prep class
novice at trials
|How the title is won||score is pass/fail in one session||score is pass/fail; dog must earn a pass in three different trials||dog must earn a score of 170 in 3 different trials with a minimum of 50% in each exercise||dog must earn a score of 170 in 3 different trials with a minimum of 50% in each exercise||dog must earn a score of 170 in 3 different trials with a minimum of 50% in each exercise|
When you and your dog earn the Obedience Trial Champion title, then you can work on your Master Obedience Trial Champion and then your Grand Master Obedience Trial Championship!
The licensed obedience trials run under the auspices of the Canadian Kennel Club and the American Kennel Club are now open to purebred dogs and mixed breed dogs. For more information, see our FAQs on trialing.