Competition Obedience

At TNT we teach CKC/AKC competition obedience from pre-novice through to the highest level – Utility. Our students earn multiple titles and awards at obedience trials through-out the year. Our class enviroment is fun! Come and learn how to be unpredictable in your training, we do not pattern train at TNT! Proofing and distraction training is covered so that dogs are familiar with it and thus can concentrate better at the trials.

Training curriculum are based on TNT’s own, Janice Gunn’s proven training methods. Below you will find a listing of our competition classes and below that you will find descriptions of what each level teaches.  You need to start at the beginning level and work your way up through the ranks to utility.

Competition training is a HOBBY and a great on going activity to do with your dog.   To be successful at competition you must build a working relationship with your dog which in my opinion is extremely worthwhile and rewarding.    TNT Training has monthly student update newsletters and also an annual awards party.  We like to ensure that all our competition students get to know each other and we have a “club” type atmosphere where we all support each other.

Janice Gunn heeling with OTCH labrador Remi

Kelly was so great. Her positive reinforcement methods work. My dog would wait in the garage on Saturdays when we had class. Kelly’s experience really helps because she can answer ALL the questions!

Taylor & Buttercup, Swiss Mountain Dog

The attention to each dog and their ability. Kelly has a way of helping each person individually while, meeting all the other dogs needs at the same time.

Shelly & Brillo

Competition Class Details

Length:  5 week program, each class 1 hour in length (once a week for 5 weeks)
Prerequisite:  Foundation skills ie – sit, down, stay
Price:  $199 + GST

Visit our Training F.A.Q.  for:  our refund policy, dog vaccination info,  what to do if you have to miss a class  etc.


Group classes are not appropriate for dogs that are fearful, anxious, have uncontrollable barking or lunge with aggression towards other dogs or people.   We suggest you seek out private training to get this under control prior to a group class.  We do not offer private lessons at TNT.

Competition Class Schedule

InstructorClassDayTimeDates (Start date in bold)
Kelly ThorburnNoviceWednesdays11:15 amOct 25, Nov 1, 8, 15 & 22, 2023
Kelly ThorburnNoviceWednesdays12:30 pmOct 25, Nov 1, 8, 15 & 22, 2023
Kelly ThorburnNoviceSaturdays1:00 pmOct 28, Nov 4, 18, 25 & Dec 2, 2023  Note: No Class Nov 11, 2023
Kelly ThorburnNovice/OpenSaturdays2:15 pmOct 28, Nov 4, 18, 25 & Dec 2, 2023  Note: No Class Nov 11, 2023
Kelly ThorburnOpen/UtilitySaturdays3:30 pmOct 28, Nov 4, 18, 25 & Dec 2, 2023  Note: No Class Nov 11, 2023

In Progress Classes

These classes are no longer open for registration.
We leave them posted so students can check dates and times.

InstructorClassDayTimeDates (Start date in bold)
Kelly ThorburnNoviceSaturdays1:00 pmSep 9, 16, 23, 30 & Oct 14, 2023  Note: No Class Oct 7, 2023
Kelly ThorburnNovice/OpenSaturdays2:15 pmSep 9, 16, 23, 30 & Oct 14, 2023  Note: No Class Oct 7, 2023
Kelly ThorburnOpen/UtilitySaturdays3:30 pmSep 9, 16, 23, 30 & Oct 14, 2023  Note: No Class Oct 7, 2023
Kelly ThorburnNoviceWednesdays11:15 amSep 13, 20, 27, Oct 4 & 11 2023
Kelly ThorburnNoviceWednesdays12:30 pmSep 13, 20, 27, Oct 4 & 11 2023

What is involved in  Competition Obedience?

3 legs are required to earn a CD – CDX & Utility titles. This means the dog and handler must compete in the ring 3 times under at least two different judges

A perfect score is 200, A minimum score of 170 must be achieved to qualify & earn a leg. Dogs must qualify in each exercise, and will not earn a leg if they fail any of the required exercises.

In standard classes there are three levels of competition: Novice in which the dog and handler compete towards their Companion Dog Title (CD), Open in which the dog and handler work towards their Companion Dog Excellent Title (CDX) and finally Utility which when complete gives them the Utility title (UD). The title for each level must be earned before the dog and handler pair can compete in the next level.

Levels in Competition Obedience


This is the entry level to competition obedience. Unlike the more advanced levels of competition this level is scored with a simple pass/fail.

The Pre-Novice exercises are:

  • Heel on Leash
  • Figure 8
  • Sit for Examination
  • Recall
  • Long Sit

Novice – Companion Dog Title (CD)

On average, it takes approx. 1-2 years to train a dog to a competitive CD level

The CD exercises are:

  • Heel on Leash
  • Heel off Leash
  • Recall
  • Stand for Examination

  • Long Sit
  • Long Down 

Companion Dog Excellent (CDX)

The CDX exercises are:

  • Heel Free
  • Drop on Recall
  • Retrieve on Flat
  • Retrieve Over High Jump
  • Broad Jump 
  • Long Sit & Down with handler out of sight (3 minutes)