Obedience Training is an organised activity conducted through local clubs all over New South Wales. A full list of these clubs can be found by visiting the Dogs NSW website www.dogsnsw.org.au then going to the Activities & Events tab, click on the drop down box “Obedience,” then the drop down box “About Obedience.” You will find a link to all the local clubs at the bottom of the page.

There are different levels of Obedience Training and a dog and his/her handler can graduate from one to the other. At an Obedience Trial you can compete in classes for each level. The five levels, in ascending order of difficulty, are:

Community Companion Dog (Trial award C.C.D) – involving basic heel on lead, stand, recall and sit/stay down/stay exercises.

Novice (Trial Award C.D) – free heeling, more complex recall and retrieve and longer stays.

Open (Trial Award C.D.X) – more complex recall, retrieve, stay, jump and handler out of sight exercises.

Utility (Trial Award U.D.) – This involves finding lost articles, scent discrimination, signal exercises and a range of other complex exercises.

Utility Dog Excellent (Trial Award U.D.X.) – This involves more complex extensions of the U.D. exercises.

You can find out more about these exercises at the Dogs NSW website link mentioned above.


A new sport has recently developed called Rally-O. This is a fast moving activity where enthusiasm, competence and encouragement are emphasised rather than precision.You can read more about Rally-O at www.ankc.org.au/Rules.aspx scroll down to the Obedience heading and click on the link Rules for the conduct of Rally Obedience Trials.



Contact Details



SECRETARY & SHOW SECRETARY (all correspondence): Susie Kearnes

Email:  [email protected]

Postal: 21 Fitzroy St., WILTON NSW 2571

Mob: 0412 496 460

TRIAL SECRETARY: Bernice Monteith

Email: [email protected]

Mob: 0417 286 799 

PRESIDENT: Gail McIlrath