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Three Breeds To Demonstrate ‘Obreedience’ At CLA Game Fair

03 July 2014    12:00
 

Three breed teams, made up of Staffordshire Bull Terriers, Tibetan Terriers and Pembroke Welsh Corgis respectively, will provide a display of 'obreedience' at the CLA Game Fair at Blenheim Palace, Oxfordshire, on 19 July.

Obreedience, the Kennel Club's new and exciting team obedience competition, was introduced at Crufts in March as a special display event, and fans of each of the nine breeds involved - Hovawarts, Spanish Water Dogs, Tibetan Terriers, Rottweilers, Papillons, Afghan Hounds, Pembroke Welsh Corgis, Boxers and Staffordshire Bull Terriers - watched in their droves as the Pembroke Welsh Corgis won the competition and proved themselves as the most obedient breed.

Now three of those teams are putting on a special display at the CLA Game Fair to show the crowds how fun obreedience is and to raise its profile amongst the thousands of dog lovers who attend the event.

Obreedience has been developed to showcase obedience as a competitive activity in which all breeds can take part, and the three breed teams at the CLA Game Fair will carry out some of the exercises generally associated with obedience in a less formal, but nonetheless competitive, environment.

Caroline Kisko, Kennel Club Secretary, said: "We are very proud to be showcasing obreedience to a new audience at the CLA Game Fair this year.

"The Kennel Club Dog Zone at the Game Fair is the first port of call for anyone at the event interested in dogs and will see thousands of people visiting throughout the weekend, so it is the perfect place to hold the Obreedience display.

"We are very excited to see the Staffordshire Bull Terriers, Tibetan Terriers and of course the winners of the obreedience display competition at Crufts, the Pembroke Welsh Corgis, showing off their skills.  Anyone who loves these breeds can come along and cheer on their favourite team as well as experiencing the many other wonderful activities and things to see at the CLA Game Fair."

Obreedience was launched to show off the fact that any breed, given the right training and socialisation can do well in competitive obedience.  Each obreedience team comprises four handlers and four dogs, who take part in two rounds.  The first is a heelwork round completed as a group, with the dogs being assessed on their ability to complete different moves whilst remaining synchronised with their team mates, which is marked out of ten points.  The second round features four set exercises and each team member needs to successfully complete one of the four different exercises. Points are deducted for any faults and the team with the most points wins. The exercises include a Retrieve (handler's own article), a Send to Bed, Stop the Dog, and Scent Over Articles, and this round is marked out of 40, ten for each exercise.

For further details about obreedience, please visit the Kennel Club website www.thekennelclub.org.uk/obreedience.


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