Obedience Training, Clubs & Competitions

Competitive Obedience is exactly what you would imagine - obedient and well trained dogs having their abilities tested. The first step to having an obedient dog is to take it to training, and there is no better place to start than at a Kennel Club registered dog training club or listed status club.

You can obtain the address of your nearest registered dog training club by searching our Find a Dog Club service. Listed Status clubs follow the Good Citizen Dog Scheme syllabus and a list of organisations can be obtained from the Good Citizen Dog Scheme Department on 020 7518 1011.

After working a basic dog obedience course, such as the Good Citizen Dog Scheme, you may want to try your hand at more advanced obedience training, and in due course test your progress by entering your dog in an Obedience competition at one of the hundreds of Obedience Shows held across the UK throughout the year.

Dog training clubs are usually very sociable, where groups of like-minded people meet on a regular basis, and get great enjoyment in training their pets. Most clubs will have a cross-section of breeds (including crossbreeds) and will welcome all standards of handlers and dogs to be trained.

Notice to Clubs/Societies 

Operational plan for the resumption of licensed events

Advice for Activities Shows, Competitions and Trials during Coronavirus (Covid-19) can be found here. 

New to Obedience?

This section contains information for those new to Obedience, including how to get started and how to compete in Obedience competitions
Obedience Competitors
Find out more about competing and progressing in Obedience, Kennel Club events, changes to Obedience Rules and Regulations and the latest news for this discipline.
Obedience Judges
Judges can access information including requirements for Obedience Judges, training and seminar information for Judges and lots of downloadable material to assist with judging appointments.
Obedience Show Administration
If you are an Obedience Show Secretary or help organise Obedience shows, there is a huge amount of work and administration to be undertaken. This section provides all the information you need to assist with the task in hand.
Club Administration
There is so much to remember when running a dog club. This section provides all the information you need to help run your Registered Club efficiently.
Obedience Liaison Council
The Obedience Liaison Council is made up of representatives, elected for a three year term to act as a channel of communication between Obedience clubs, competitors and the Kennel Club. This section features information about the Council and its Representatives, as well as agendas, annexes and minutes from recent meetings


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