As dogs and handlers gain experience and expertise in
competitive Obedience, they may qualify out of a class to a more
difficult level of competition.
A dog must always be entered in the lowest class for which it is
eligible, but may also be entered in one other higher class if
available - this need not be the next highest, so a dog can be
entered, for instance, in Pre-Beginner and Class B (although this
is rarely advisable).
To ensure a fair playing field for less experienced dogs, once a
dog has 'won out' of a class it can no longer enter the same class
at any future shows. This ensures that dogs with the aptitude and
dedication can progress - right up to Championship Class C.
This class is to introduce and support newcomers to Obedience
Competition. In this class only incentives in the form of a toy or
rewards are allowed to be carried by the handler in the competition
ring and may be given to the dog at the end of an exercise or in
between exercises. Rewards include food which must be carried in a
small closed container during the exercises. The judge will
designate an area in the competitive ring where food may be given
to the dog by the handler. To compete in the Introductory Class a
handler or dog must not have won one Introductory Class or have
achieved a 4th place or above in Pre-beginners or in any other
To compete in Pre-Beginners a handler or dog must not have won a
first place in either Pre-Beginners or Beginners nor gained a third
place or above in any other Obedience class (Introductory Class
To compete in Beginners a handler or dog must not have won a
total of two or more First places in Beginners Class or one First
place in any other Obedience class (Introductory Class and
This is the class where more experienced handlers will start
with a young dog. The dog must not have won two First places
in Obedience classes (Introductory Class, Pre-Beginners and
Class A is for dogs which have not won three First prizes in
Classes A, B and Open Class C in total.
Class B is for dogs that have not won three First prizes in
Class B and Open Class C in total.
- Championship Class C at Championship Shows -
dogs must have won out of Novice, Class A and Class B and have won
Open Class C on one occasion and have been placed not lower than
third on three further occasions; all Open Class C places and wins
must have been won under different Judges at Kennel Club licensed
- Class C for Open Shows, Premier Shows
and Open C Classes held at Championship Shows -
open to all dogs.
- Limited Shows - open to all dogs except
Obedience Certificate winners and dogs which have obtained any
award that counts towards the title of Obedience Champion or the
equivalent thereof under the rules of any governing body recognised
by the Kennel Club.
Open to all dogs and handlers. Awards to be given to dogs
competing in three award categories:
- Pre-Beginners and Beginners
- Novice and Class A
- Class B and Class C.