Obedience Trials


Fred Page and Julie (Setterpointe's Love Me or Leave Me, CD)
at the Hurricane Ridge Kennel Club’s June trial

High in Trial from Novice B class

Obedience trials showcase the well trained dog. In an obedience trial, dogs perform a pre-defined set of tasks when directed to do so by the judge.  Basic exercises demonstrate the dog’s good manners – walking on a leash at the owner’s side, coming when called, and staying in place with distractions.  More advanced exercises include retrieving, jumping, and obeying commands whether given by voice or by signal. 

Irish Setters can excel in obedience, although their rollicking personality can sometimes lead to creative performances!

Click here to learn more about Obedience trials: 
AKC Obedience Trials
For obedience trial regulations:
AKC Obedience Trials Regulations

Rally Trials

Junior in Rally trial Paul and Bradley (O'Connor's Leagal Trademark BN, RA, Can CD, CGC) competing in Rally

Rally is a dog sport which is based on obedience.  It requires performance skills similar to obedience.  However, instead of performing the exercises on a judge’s command, competitors proceed around a course of designated stations where signs instruct the team what to do.

Click here to learn more about Rally:  AKC Rally Trials
For Rally rules:  AKC Rally Rules

Agility Trials

Agility jump

agility Chute

Riley competing in Agility

Agility is a dog sport in which the handler directs his dog through an obstacle course in a race for both time and accuracy.  Courses consist of jumps, tunnels, weave poles and contact obstacles.  Agility is an athletic event that requires conditioning, concentration, training and teamwork.

Click here to learn more about Agility:  AKC Agility Trials
For Agility rules:  AKC Agility Rules