Obedience Title Listings

Obedience competition is a dog sport in which a dog must execute predefined exercises when directed to do so by a handler. A dog’s willingness, enjoyment, accuracy, and correctness are key judging considerations.

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American Kennel Club (AKC)

Regular obedience classes include Novice A and B, Open A and B, and Utility A and B. All obedience titles listed, except OTCH, can be added after a dog’s name once they have been awarded. OTCH is a championship title. Championship titles are listed before a dog’s name. For more information, contact the AKC at http://www.akc.org; obedience@akc.org; AKC Companion Events, 8051 Arco Corporate Drive, Suite 100, Raleigh, NC 27617-3390 ; or (919) 816-3521.

 

Title Title Name Titling Requirements
CD Companion Dog A dog must earn three qualifying scores (also known as legs) in Novice A or B under at least two judges. The number of judges required changed from three to two on January 1, 2011.
CDX Companion Dog Excellent Requires a CD and three qualifying scores in Open A or B under at least two judges. The number of judges required changed from three to two on January 1, 2011.
UD Utility Dog Requires a CDX and three qualifying scores in Utility A or B under at least two judges. The number of judges required changed from three to two on January 1, 2011. This title can be combined with the TD (Tracking Dog), TDX (Tracking Dog Excellent), or VST (Variable Surface Tracking) title and shown as UDT, UDTX, or UDVST respectively.
UDX Utility Dog Excellent After attaining a UD, a dog must earn qualifying scores in both Open B and Utility B at 10 separate AKC obedience trials. For each subsequent 10 UDX legs earned, an additional UDX will be awarded as UDX2, UDX3, etc. This title can be combined with the TD (Tracking Dog, TDX (Tracking Dog Excellent), or VST (Variable Surface Tracking) and shown as UDXTD, UDXTDX, or UDXVST respectively.
OM Obedience Master After attaining a UD, dogs can earn points toward the OM title by scoring 190 or above in Utility B and Open B. Using an OM point schedule based on score, an OM title is awarded when a dog has achieved 200 points. Each subsequent time (up to 9) a dog meets the OM requirements, an additional OM will be awarded as OM2, OM3, etc.
Title Title Name Titling Requirements
OGM Obedience Grand Master Once a dog earns the 10th level of the Obedience Master title, the OGM title will be awarded.
OTCH Obedience Trial Champion After attaining a UD, dogs are eligible to win points toward an OTCH. Based on a point schedule and placement in the top 4 in Utility B and/or Open B, dogs must win 100 points. Dogs must also earn one 1st place in Utility B, one 1st place in Open B, and a third 1st place in either class. All three 1st places must be won under different judges. Only one of the necessary 1st places may have been won at a breed specialty show. For a 1st place to count toward an OTCH, Open B must have at least 6 dogs in competition and Utility B must have at least 3 dogs in competition.

 

 

Optional Titling Classes*

All optional obedience titles listed can be added after a dog’s name once they have been awarded.


Title Title Name Titling Requirements
BN Beginner Novice This class was developed to bring dogs into AKC obedience competition before they are ready to compete at the Novice level. Most of the exercises are conducted on leash. A dog must earn three qualifying scores under at least two judges.
GN Graduate Novice This class has no prerequisites and is designed as a bridge between Novice and Open. A dog must earn three qualifying scores under at least two judges. The number of judges required changed from three to two on January 1, 2011.
GO Graduate Open This class has no prerequisites and is designed as a bridge between Open and Utility. A dog must earn three qualifying scores under at least two judges. The number of judges required changed from three to two on January 1, 2011.
VER Versatility This class has no prerequisites. Six exercises will be performed: two Novice, two Open, and two Utility. A dog must earn three qualifying scores under at least two judges. The number of judges required changed from three to two on January 1, 2011.

*Clubs may offer optional titling classes, but are not required to do so. Therefore, these classes may not be available at every obedience trial. Novice, Open, and Utility are regular classes. Dogs competing in regular classes are eligible for High in Trial, High Combined, and special awards.


Australian Shepherd Club of America (ASCA)

Regular obedience classes include Novice A and B, Open A and B, Open Veteran (Open V), Utility A and B, and Utility Veteran (Utility V). ASCA obedience trials are open to all breeds. All obedience titles listed, except OTCH, can be added after a dog’s name once they have been awarded. OTCH is a championship title. Championship titles are listed before a dog’s name. For more information, contact ASCA at http://www.asca.org/; 6091 E. State Hwy 21, Bryan, TX 77808-9652 ; or (979) 778-1082.


Title Title Name Titling Requirements
CD Companion Dog A dog must earn three qualifying scores in Novice A or B under at least two judges.
CDX Companion Dog Excellent Requires a CD and three qualifying scores in Open A or B under at least two judges.
CDX-V Companion Dog Excellent - Veteran Requires a CD and three qualifying scores in Open V under at least two judges. Legs earned toward a CDX may be transferred to Open V from Open A or B, but legs earned in Open V may not be transferred to the Open A or B classes.
UD Utility Dog Requires a CDX and three qualifying scores in Utility A or B under at least two judges.
UD-V Utility Dog - Veteran Requires a CDX and three qualifying scores in Utility V under at least two judges. Legs earned toward a UD may be transferred to Utility V from Utility A or B, but legs earned in Utility V may not be transferred to the Utility A or B classes.
UDX Utility Dog Excellent After attaining a UD, a dog must earn qualifying scores in both Open B and Utility B at 10 separate ASCA obedience trials.
UDX-V Utility Dog Excellent Veteran After attaining a UD, a dog must earn qualifying scores in both Open V and Utility V at 10 separate ASCA obedience trials.
OTCH Obedience Trial Champion After attaining a UD, a dog is eligible to win points toward an OTCH from Open B and/or Open V and Utility B and/or Utility V. A total of 100 points must be earned. The number of points earned varies by score; the higher the score over 185, the greater the number of points earned. A dog must achieve one score of 193 or higher from Open B and/or Open V, one score of 193 or higher from Utility B and/or Utility V, and one score of 195 or higher from either Open B and/or Open V or Utility B and/or Utility V.

 

 

UNITED KENNEL CLUB (UKC)

Regular obedience classes include Novice A and B, Open A and B, and Utility A and B. UCD, UCDX, and UUD can be added after a dog’s name once they have been awarded. UOCH and GOCH are championship titles. Championship titles are listed before a dog’s name. For more information, contact the UKC at http://www.ukcdogs.com; dogevents@ukcdogs.com; 100 E. Kilgore Road, Kalamazoo MI 49002-5584; or (269) 343-9020.


Title Title Name Titling Requirements
UCD United Companion Dog A dog must earn three qualifying scores in Novice A or B (or any combination of the two). There is no restriction as to how many qualifying scores can be earned under the same judge.
UCDX United Companion Dog Excellent Requires a UCD and three qualifying scores in Open A or B (or any combination of the two). There is no restriction as to how many qualifying scores can be earned under the same judge.
UUD United Utility Dog Requires a UCDX and three qualifying scores in Utility A or B (or any combination of the two). There is no restriction as to how many qualifying scores can be earned under the same judge.
UOCH United Obedience Champion After attaining a UD, a dog is eligible to win points toward an OTCH by competing in Open B and/or Utility B. A total of 100 points must be earned, at least 30 of which must be earned in Open B and at least 20 of which must be earned in Utility B class. The number of points earned varies by score; the higher the score, the greater the number of points earned. In addition, at five UKC obedience trials, qualifying scores must be earned in both Open B and Utility B, with a combined score of at least 370.
GOCH United Grand Obedience Champion Requires a UOCH and, at 15 UKC obedience trials, qualifying scores must be earned in both Open B and Utility B, with a combined score of 370 or above.

 

 

CANADIAN Kennel Club (CKC)

Regular obedience classes include Novice A and B, Open A and B, and Utility A and B. CD, CDX, and UD can be added after a dog’s name once they have been awarded. OTCH, OTCHX, MOTCH, and GMOTCH are championship titles. Championship titles are listed before a dog’s name. For more information, contact the CKC at http://www.ckc.ca; information@ckc.ca; 200 Ronson Drive, Suite 400, Etobicoke, Ontario M9W 5Z9; or (416) 675-5511.


Title Title Name Titling Requirements
CD   Companion Dog A dog must earn three qualifying scores in Novice A or B under at least two judges.
CDX Companion Dog Excellent Requires a CD and three qualifying scores in Open A or B under at least two judges.
UD Utility Dog Requires a CDX and three qualifying scores in Utility A or B under at least two judges.
OTCH Obedience Trial Champion Any dog who attains a CD, CDX, and UD shall be recognized as an Obedience Trial Champion.
OTCHX Obedience Trial Champion Excellent Requires an OTCH and qualifying scores in both Open and Utility at five separate CKC obedience trials.
MOTCH Master Obedience Trial Champion Requires an OTCHX and a total of 40 points, with at least 15 points from Open and at least 15 points from Utility. The remaining 10 points may be obtained in either class. Points may be accumulated after completion of the OTCH; however, the MOTCH will not be awarded until after completion of the OTCHX. To earn points, minimum scores of 190 in Open or 185 in Utility are required. The number of points varies by score; the higher the score, the greater the number of points earned. In addition, a dog must win either an Open or a Utility class, but no minimum score is required.
GMOTCH Grand Master Obedience Trial Champion Requires a MOTCH and a minimum score of 195 in both Open and Utility at 10 separate trials under a minimum of 10 judges. Scores in both classes under the same judge at the same trial can be counted. In addition, a dog must earn at least one High in Trial out of Open and at least one High in Trial out of Utility.

 

 

CANINE- WORK AND GAMES (C-WAGS)

Using a variety of obedience exercises, C-Wags has developed its own obedience classes and titles. Teams may begin competing in Level 1, Level 2, Level 3, or any combination of these three levels. Unlike some venues, C-Wags encourages praising and motivating a dog throughout a performance. At the completion of an exercise, a handler may release and reward a dog with a food treat. C-WAGS obedience titles, including, all Ace titles, can be listed after a dog’s name once they have been awarded. The two exceptions are Obedience Champion (OC) and Obedience Champion Ace (OCA). Championship titles are listed before a dog’s name. For more information, contact C-WAGS at http://www.c-wags.org; c-wags@sbcglobal.net; 3693 Fairview Ave, Jackson, MI 49203 ; or (517) 764-3198.


Title Title Name Titling Requirements
CW-Ob1 C-Wags Obedience Level 1 A dog must earn four qualifying scores in Level 1 A, B, or Junior division under at least two judges.
CW-OAL1 C-Wags Obedience Ace Level 1 Requires a CW-Ob1 and 10 additional qualifying scores in the Level 1 B division. With each set of 10 qualifying scores, the Level 1 Ace title will be designated as CW-OAL1 x 2, CW-OAL1 x 3, etc.
CW-Ob2 C-Wags Obedience Level 2 A dog must earn four qualifying scores in Level 2 A, B, or Junior division under at least two judges.
CW-OAL2 C-Wags Obedience Ace Level 2 Requires a CW-Ob2 and 10 additional qualifying scores in the Level 2 B division. With each set of 10 qualifying scores, the Level 2 Ace title will be designated as CW-OAL2 x 2, CW-OAL2 x 3, etc.
CW-Ob3 C-Wags Obedience Level 3 A dog must earn four qualifying scores in Level 3 A, B, or Junior division under at least two judges.
CW-OAL3 C-Wags Obedience Ace Level 3 Requires a CW-Ob3 and 10 additional qualifying scores in the Level 3 B division. With each set of 10 qualifying scores , the Level 3 Ace title will be designated as CW-OAL3 x 2, CW-OAL3 x 3, etc.
CW-Ob4 C-Wags Obedience Level 4 A dog must earn four qualifying scores in Level 4 A, B, or Junior division under at least two judges.
CW-OAL4 C-Wags Obedience Ace Level 4 Requires a CW-Ob4 and 10 additional qualifying scores in the Level 4 B division. With each set of 10 qualifying scores, the Level 4 Ace title will be designated as CW-OAL4 x 2, CW-OAL4 x 3, etc.
CW-OC C-Wags Obedience Champion Level 5 A dog must earn four qualifying scores in Level 5 A, B, or Junior division under at least two judges. Level 5 is a combination of Levels 3 and 4.
CW-OCA C-Wags Obedience Champion Ace Requires a CW-OC and 10 additional qualifying scores in Level 5 B. With each set of 10 qualifying scores, the Level 5 Ace title will be designated as CW-OCA x 2, CW-OCA x 3, etc.

 

 

COMPANION DOG SPORTS PROGRAM (CDSP) (Formerly St. Hubert’s)

Exercises in each of the classes are based on traditional AKC competition obedience exercises and point values. However, some exercises have been modified to reflect real life usefulness and, in some instances, new exercises have been created. Classes include Novice A, B, and C; Open A, B, and C; and Utility A and B. Like C-Wags, CDSP encourages praising and motivating a dog throughout a performance. After the completion of an exercise, a handler may reward a dog with a food treat. All CDSP titles, except OTCH-C, can be added after a dog’s name once they have been awarded. OTCH-C is a championship title. Championship titles are listed before a dog’s name. For more information, contact CDSP at www.companiondogsportsprogram.com; traink9@embarqmail.com; Sandi Ver Sprill, Golden Rule School for Dogs, 23 Morris Sussex Pike, Andover, NJ 0721 ; or (973) 786-5229.


Title Title Name Titling Requirements
CD-C Companion Dog A dog must earn three qualifying scores in Novice A or B under at least two judges.
CD-CCH Companion Dog Champion After earning a CD-C, a dog may compete in Novice C for a CD-CCH title. A CD-CCH requires 10 additional qualifying scores of at least 185. With each set of 10 qualifying scores, the CD-CCH will be designated as CH-CCH2, CH-CCH3, etc.
CDX-C Companion Dog Excellent A dog must earn three qualifying scores in Open A or B under at least two judges.
CDX-CCH Companion Dog Excellent Champion After earning a CDX-C, a dog may compete in Open C for a CDX-CCH title. A CDX-CCH requires 10 additional qualifying scores of at least 185. With each set of 10 qualifying scores, the CDX-CCH will be designated as CDX–CCH2, CDX-CCH3, etc.
UD-C Utility Dog A dog must earn three qualifying scores in Utility A or B under at least two judges.
UDX-C Utility Dog Excellent Requires a UD-C and six additional qualifying scores in Utility B.
OTCH-C Obedience Trial Champion Requires a UD-C and 100 points in Utility B. The number of points earned varies by score; the higher the score, the greater the number of points earned. Points can be earned for scores of 185 or better.

 

 

AMERICAN MIXED BREED OBEDIENCE REGISTRATION (AMBOR)

AMBOR does not hold its own events, but AMBOR titles can be earned by competing in United Kennel Club (UKC) or Australian Shepherd Club of America (ASCA) obedience trials (refer to UKC and ASCA obedience sections for specifics). The American Kennel Club now allows mixed breeds to show through its Canine Partners Program. Canine–Work and Games (C-Wags) and Companion Dog Sports Program (CDSP) are also mixed-breed friendly. Although earning titles at licensed trials is preferred, an AMBOR member may choose to earn an AMBOR obedience title by submitting scores earned at training club fun matches, provided certain criteria are met. All AMBOR titles, except OTCH, can be added after a dog’s name once they have been earned. OTCH is a championship title. All championship titles are listed after a dog’s name. For more information, contact AMBOR at http://www.ambor.us; ambor@ambor.us; http://pets.groups.yahoo.com/group/AMBOR/join; or P.O. Box 223, Anoka, MN 55303.


Title Title Name Titling Requirements
CD Companion Dog A dog must earn three qualifying scores in Novice A or B. In UKC, there is no restriction as to how many qualifying scores can be earned under the same judge. In ASCA, scores must be earned under at least two judges.
CDX Companion Dog Excellent Requires a CD and three qualifying scores in Open A or B. In UKC, there is no restriction as to how many qualifying scores can be earned under the same judge. In ASCA, scores must be earned under at least two judges.
UD Utility Dog Requires a CDX and three qualifying scores in Utility A or B. In UKC, there is no restriction as to how many qualifying scores can be earned under the same judge. In ASCA, scores must be earned under at least two judges.
UDX Utility Dog Excellent Requires a UD and qualifying scores in both Open B and Utility B at 10 separate obedience trials. ASCA offers the UDX, but UKC does not.
OTCH Obedience Trial Champion This OTCH is a hybrid of the AKC competitive title and the UKC noncompetitive title. It requires a UKC UUD and three class wins, including, one Open B win with a score of at least 190 and at least six qualifying dogs; one Utility B win with a score of at least 190 and at least three qualifying dogs; and one additional win with a score of at least 190 in either class. In addition, a dog must earn 100 championship points. First and second place wins with scores of at least 190 in Utility B and Open B earn points based on the number of qualifying dogs. The higher the number of qualifying dogs (and therefore the higher the number of dogs beaten), the greater the number of points earned.

 

 

MIXED BREED DOG CLUB OF AMERICA (MBDCA)

The MBDCA’s obedience program is based on American Kennel Club regulations, obedience exercises, and standards of performance. Like AMBOR, the MBDCA does not sponsor its own events, except for its annual national specialty. MBDCA titles can be earned at member club fun matches, or at any match under an MBDCA-approved judge. All MBDCA titles, except MB-OTCH, can be added after a dog’s name once they have been awarded. MB-OTCH is a championship title. Championship titles are listed before a dog’s name. For more information, contact MBDCA at http://mbdca.tripod.com; Libi-Lew@juno.com; c/o Linda Lewis-Membership Secretary, 13884 State Route 104, Lucasville, OH 45648-8586; or (740) 259-3941.


Title Title Name Titling Requirements
MB-CD Companion Dog A dog must earn three qualifying scores in Novice A or B under at least two judges.
MB-CDX Companion Dog Excellent Requires an MB-CD and three qualifying scores in Open A or B under at least two judges. Dogs six years of age or older may jump three-quarters of their height at the shoulder.
MB-SCDX Special Companion Dog Excellent A dog who earns any of the three required legs in the Special Open class will earn the title MB-SCDX. Up to two legs may be earned in the regular Open classes. In the Special Open class, jump heights are half of a dog’s height at the shoulder.
MB-UD Utility Dog Requires an MB-CDX and three qualifying scores in Utility A or B under two judges. Dogs six years of age or older may jump three-quarters of their height at the shoulder.
MB-SUD Special Utility Dog A dog who earns any of the three required legs in the Special Utility class will earn the title MB-SUD. Up to two legs may be earned in the regular Utility classes. In the Special Utility class, jump heights are half of a dog’s height at the shoulder.
MB-UDX Utility Dog Excellent Requires an MB-UD and 10 qualifying scores in both Utility and Open at 10 separate matches.
MB-SUDX Special Utility Dog Excellent A dog fulfills the requirements for the MB-UDX while showing in the Special Utility and/or Special Open classes.
MB-OTCH Obedience Trial Champion Requires an MB-UD and five MB-UDX legs. A dog must also earn 100 points in Open B and Utility B, using a point schedule based on score. The higher the score, the greater the number of points earned. Of the 100 points, 30 points must be earned in Open B and 20 points must be earned in Utility B.
MB-SOTCH Special Obedience Trial Champion A dog who earns any of the requirements for the MB-OTCH while showing in the Special Utility and/or Special Open classes will be awarded the MB-SOTCH title.

 

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