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

Lori is consistently friendly and helpful. She always seems to have several good suggestions on how to approach my training challenges. I have obedience-trained large and medium breeds in the past. I’m currently training my first toy dog, Annie, and Lori is giving me useful tips on how to modify my training methods to meet Annie’s needs.

Martha, & Annie (Toy Poodle)

Lori is Super nice, funny, very approachable and knowledgeable. She gave me some great ideas for problem-solving.  My favourite things were learning new techniques and putting them into practice and seeing the pieces come together.

Angel, & Radar (German Shepherd)

Lori is extremely friendly and helpful! Her breadth of knowledge and ability to convey useful critiques so that there is a clear sense of progress is extremely encouraging! She was a wealth of knowledge about ring etiquette and what things to be mindful of in terms of points and scoring. Lori also provided plenty of tips for learning and improving skills. I have enjoyed seeing  Aba steadily improving both in skill level and attitude.

Janet, & Aba (German Shepherd)

Lori is very friendly. I have been training with her for 12 years and on my very first day (which I can remember vividly) she was friendly and made me feel comfortable. I knew nothing about competitive obedience and was the true novice in the room. However, she never made me feel like I was the odd one out.  My favourite part of class is the camaraderie fostered by Lori.

Wendi, & Kato (Belgian Shepherd)

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:  $197 + 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 overly fearful, anxious, or bark/lunge at other dogs or people.   We suggest you seek out private training to get this under control prior to a group class. We are not able to offer private training at TNT 

Competition Class Schedule

InstructorClassDayTimeDates (Start date in bold)
Kelly ThorburnNoviceWednesdays11:15 amApr 12, 19, 26, May 3 & 10, 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 ThorburnNoviceWednesdays11:15 amMar 1, 8, 15, 22 & 29, 2023
Lori LittleNoviceSundays1:00 pmMar 5, 12, Apr 2, 16 & 23, 2023
Lori LittleNovice/OpenSundays2:15 pmMar 5, 12, Apr 2, 16 & 23, 2023
Lori LittleOpen/UtilitySundays3:30 pmMar 5, 12, Apr 2, 16 & 23, 2023
Lori LittleNoviceSundays4:45 pmMar 5, 12, Apr 2, 16 & 23, 2023
Lori Little Pre-NoviceSundays6:00 pmMar 5, 12, Apr 2, 16 & 23, 2023 *If you are new to competition obedience, register for this class*

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)