AKC Title Descriptions

 AKC Title Descriptions

AKC titles can only be earned at an AKC-licensed or member club trial.

 The Novice (CD) title must be completed before an exhibitor can enter the Open class. The Open title (CDX) must be earned before an exhibitor can enter the Utility 

 

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Defining Obedience Titles 

•Companion Dog (CD) – The letters CD may be added after a dog's registered name when it has been certified by 2 different judges as receiving qualifying scores in Novice classes at three licensed or member obedience trials. 

•Companion Dog Excellent (CDX) – The letters CDX may be added after a dog's registered name after it has been certified by 2 different judges as receiving qualifying scores in Open classes at three licensed or member obedience trials.

•Utility Dog (UD) – The letters UD may be added after a dog's registered name after it has been certified by 2 different judges as receiving qualifying scores in Utility classes at three licensed or member obedience trials. 

•Utility Dog Excellent (UDX) – Dogs with UD titles must earn qualifying scores in both Open B and Utility B at 10 trials in order to add the UDX title after their registered names.
•Obedience Master (OM) – The letters OM may be added after a dog's name when it has earned a total of 200 OM points awarded to dogs earning a 190 or better from the Open B and Utility B classes based on the schedule of points established by the AKC Board of Directors.

The OM will be followed by a numeric designation indicating the number of times a dog has met the requirements of the OM title up to 10. 

•Grand Master (OGM) – The letters OGM may be added after a dog's name when it has earned the 10th level of the Obedience Master title. Only one OGM title will be awarded.
•Obedience Trial Champion (OTCH) – Dogs with UD titles must win 100 points and a first-place in Utility B and Open B, plus a third first-place win in either class, under three different judges.
•National Obedience Champion (NOC) – The AKC awards this prestigious title annually to the dog that wins the AKC National Obedience Invitational. The letters NOC are placed before the dog's AKC-registered name and become part of the dog's permanent title.
•Beginner Novice (BN) – The letters BN may be added after a dog's name when it has been certified by 2 different judges to have received qualifying scores in Beginner Novice classes at 3 licensed or member obedience trials.
•Graduate Novice (GN) – The letters GN may be added after a dog's name when it has been certified by 2 different judges to have received qualifying scores in Graduate Novice classes at 3 licensed or member obedience trials.
•Graduate Open (GO) – The letters GO may be added after a dog's name when it has been certified by 2 different judges to have received qualifying scores in Graduate Open classes at 3 licensed or member obedience trials.
•Versatility (VER) – The letters VER may be added after a dog's name when it has been certified by 2 different judges to have received qualifying scores in Versatility classes at 3 licensed or member obedience trials
Pre–Novice (PCD) – The letters PCD may be added after a dog's name when it has been certified by 2 different judges to have received qualifying scores in Pre-Novice at 3 licensed or member obedience trials.
•Pre–Open (PCDX) – The letters PCDX may be added after a dog's name when it has been certified by 2 different judges to have received qualifying scores in Pre-Open at 3 licensed or member obedience trials.
•Pre–Utility (PUTD) – The letters PCD may be added after a dog's name when it has been certified by 2 different judges to have received qualifying scores in Pre-Utility at 3 licensed or member obedience trials.

 

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Rally Description

Rally Signs and Description of Exercises (AKC) Exercises with an asterisk* (5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 17, 18, 19, 34) may be used multiple times on a Rally course.

Exercises that may be used in Novice, Advanced, and Excellent Classes 

1. START - Indicates the beginning of the course. 

2. FINISH - Indicates the end of the course - timing stops. 

3. HALT - Sit. While heeling, the handler halts and the dog comes to a sit in heel position. The team then moves forward toward the next exercise sign (station), with the dog in heel position. (Stationary exercise) 

4. HALT - Sit - Down. While heeling, the handler halts and the dog comes to a sit. The handler then commands the dog to down, followed by the command to heel forward from the down position. (Stationary exercise) 

5. * Right Turn. Performed as a 90º turn to the right, as in traditional obedience. 

6. * Left Turn. Performed as a 90º turn to the left, as in traditional obedience. 

7. *About Turn - Right. While heeling, the team makes a 180º about turn to the handler's right. 

8. * About "U" Turn. While heeling, the team makes a 180º about turn to the handler's left. 

9. * 270° Right Turn. While heeling, the team makes a 270º turn to the handler's right. 270° turns are performed as a tight circle, but not around the exercise sign. 

10. * 270° Left Turn. While heeling, the team makes a 270º turn to the handler's left. 270º turns are performed as a tight circle, but not around the exercise sign. 

11. 360° Right Turn. While heeling, the team makes a 360º turn to the handler's right. 360º turns are performed as a tight circle, but not around the exercise sign. 

12. 360° Left Turn. While heeling, the team makes a 360º turn to the handler's left. 360º turns are performed as a tight circle, but not around the exercise sign. 
Rally Signs and Description of Exercises (AKC) Exercises with an asterisk* (5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 17, 18, 19, 34) may be used multiple times on a Rally course. 
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13. Call Front - Finish Right - Forward. While heeling, the handler stops forward motion and calls the dog to the front position (dog sits in front and faces the handler). The handler may take several steps backward as the dog turns and moves to sit in the front position. The second part of the exercise directs the handler to move forward while commanding the dog to change from the front position to the handler's right, around behind the handler and to heel position, as the handler continues forward. The dog does not sit before moving forward in heel position with the handler. (Stationary exercise) 
14. Call Front - Finish Left - Forward. While heeling, the handler stops forward motion and calls the dog to the front position (dog sits in front and faces the handler). The handler may take several steps backward as the dog turns and moves to sit in the front position. The second part of the exercise directs the handler to move forward while commanding the dog to change from the front position to the handler's left and moving to heel position, as the handler continues forward. The dog does not sit before moving forward in heel position with the handler. (Stationary exercise) 
15. Call Front - Finish Right - HALT. While heeling, the handler stops forward motion and calls the dog to the front position (dog sits in front and faces the handler). The handler may take several steps backward as the dog turns and moves to sit in the front position. The second part is the finish to the right, where the dog must return to heel position by moving around the right side of the handler. Dog must sit in heel position before moving forward with the handler. (Stationary exercise) 
16. Call Front - Finish Left - HALT. While heeling, the handler stops forward motion and calls the dog to the front position (dog sits in front and faces the handler). The handler may take several steps backward as the dog turns and moves to a sit in the front position. The second part is the finish to the left, where the dog must move to the handler's left and sit in heel position. Dog must sit in heel position before moving forward in heel position with the handler. (Stationary exercise) 
17. * Slow Pace. Dog and handler must slow down noticeably. This must be followed by a normal pace, unless it is the last station in the class. 

18. * Fast Pace. Dog and handler must speed up noticeably. This must be followed by a normal pace, unless it is the last station in the class. 

19. * Normal Pace. Dog and handler must move forward, walking briskly and naturally. 

20. Moving Side Step Right. While heeling, the handler takes one step diagonally to the right and continues moving forward along the newly established line. The dog maintains heel position. The exercise may be performed just past the exercise sign. 
Rally Signs and Description of Exercises (AKC) Exercises with an asterisk* (5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 17, 18, 19, 34) may be used multiple times on a Rally course. 
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21. Spiral Right - Dog Outside. This exercise requires three pylons or posts placed in a straight line with spaces between them of approximately 6 - 8 feet. Spiral Right indicates the handler must turn to the right when moving around each pylon or post. This places the dog on the outside of the turns (See 1A and 1B). The exercise sign is placed near or on the first pylon or post where the spiral is started. 

22. Spiral Left - Dog Inside. This exercise requires three pylons or posts placed in a straight line with spaces between them of approximately 6 - 8 feet. Spiral Left indicates that the handler must turn to the left when moving around each pylon or post. This places the dog on the inside of the turns (See 2). The exercise sign is placed near or on the first pylon or post where the spiral is started. 

23. Straight Figure 8 Weave Twice. This exercise requires four obstacles (pylons, posts or people) placed in a straight line with spaces between them of approximately 6 - 8 feet. The exercise sign is placed near or on the first obstacle where the exercise is started. Entry into the weaving pattern is with the first obstacle at the dog/handler's left side. 
24. Serpentine Weave Once. This exercise requires four obstacles (pylons, posts or people) placed in a straight line with spaces between them of approximately 6 - 8 feet. The exercise sign is placed near or on the first obstacle where the exercise is started. Entry into the weaving pattern is with the first obstacle at the dog/handler's left side. It should be noted that in this exercise, the team does not weave back through the obstacles as they do in the Straight Figure 8. 
25. HALT - 1, 2, 3 Steps Forward. The team halts with the dog sitting in heel position to begin the exercise. The handler takes one step forward, with the dog maintaining heel position, and halts. The dog sits when the handler halts. This is followed by two steps forward - halt, and three steps forward - halt, with the dog heeling each time the handler moves forward, and sitting each time the handler halts. (Stationary exercise) 
26. Call Front - 1, 2, 3 Steps Backward. While heeling, the handler stops forward motion and calls the dog to the front position (dog sits in front and faces the handler). The handler may take several steps backward as the dog turns and moves to a sit in the front position. With the dog in the front position, the handler takes one step backward and halts. The dog moves with the handler and sits in the front position as the handler halts. This is followed by the handler taking two steps backward and a halt, and three steps backward and a halt. Each time, the dog moves with the handler to the front position and sits as the handler halts. The handler then commands the dog to resume heel position as the team moves forward toward the next station. (Stationary exercise) 
Rally Signs and Description of Exercises (AKC) Exercises with an asterisk* (5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 17, 18, 19, 34) may be used multiple times on a Rally course. 
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27. Moving Down. While moving with the dog in heel position, the handler commands the dog to drop to a down position, as the handler pauses next to the dog. Once the dog is completely in the down position, the handler moves forward commanding the dog to heel from the down position. (Stationary exercise) 
28. HALT - Fast Forward From Sit. With the dog sitting in heel position, the handler commands the dog to heel and immediately moves forward at a fast pace. This must be followed by a normal pace, unless it is the last station in the class. (Stationary exercise) 
29. Left About Turn. While moving with the dog in heel position, the handler makes an about turn to the left, while at the same time, the dog must move around the handler to the right and to heel position. The dog does not sit before moving forward in heel position with the handler. 
30. HALT - Walk Around Dog. With the dog sitting in heel position, the handler commands the dog to stay, then proceeds to walk around the dog to the left, returning to heel position. The handler must pause in heel position before moving forward to the next station. (Stationary exercise) 
31. HALT - Down - Walk Around Dog. With dog sitting in heel position, the handler commands the dog to down and to stay, then proceeds to walk around the dog to the left, returning to heel position. The handler must pause in heel position before moving forward to the next station. The dog heels forward from the down position. (Stationary exercise) 
Exercises that may be used in Advanced and Excellent Classes only 


32. HALT - About Turn Right - Forward. With the dog sitting in heel position, the team turns 180º to the right and immediately moves forward. (Stationary exercise) 

33. HALT - About "U" Turn - Forward. With the dog sitting in heel position, the team turns 180º to the left and immediately moves forward. (Stationary exercise) 

34. * Send Over Jump - Handler Runs By. While moving with the dog in heel position, the handler directs the dog to take the jump, as the handler runs by the jump. When the dog has completed the jump, it is called to heel position and the team continues to the next exercise. 
35. HALT - Turn Right One Step - Call to Heel - HALT. With the dog sitting in heel position, the handler commands the dog to wait or stay. The handler then turns to the right, while taking one step in that direction, and halts. The dog is called to sit in heel position in the new location before moving forward to the next station.(Stationary exercise) 
36. HALT - Stand - Walk Around Dog. With the dog sitting in heel position, the handler will stand the dog, command the dog to stay and walk around the dog to the left, returning to heel position. The handler must pause in heel position before moving forward to the next station. In the Advanced class, the handler may touch the dog, move forward to stand the dog, and may pose the dog as in the show ring. (Stationary exercise) 
Rally Signs and Description of Exercises (AKC) Exercises with an asterisk* (5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 17, 18, 19, 34) may be used multiple times on a Rally course. 


37. HALT - 90° Pivot Right - HALT. With the dog sitting in heel position, the team pivots 90º to the right, halts, the dog sits and then moves forward. (Stationary exercise) 

38. HALT - 90º Pivot Left - HALT. With the dog sitting in heel position, the team pivots 90º to the left, halts, the dog sits and then moves forward. (Stationary exercise) 

39. Offset Figure 8. This exercise requires two pylons, posts or people placed about 8 - 10 feet apart, around which the team will perform a complete Figure 8. Two distractions will be arranged to the sides of the Figure 8 about 5 - 6 feet apart. Entry may be between the pylons, posts or people and the distraction on either side (See 3A and 3B). The distractions will consist of two loosely covered, but secure, containers with tempting dog treats; however, dog toys may replace one or both containers, or may be placed next to the containers. Exercise sign may be placed on or near the cone where entry is made into the Offset Figure 8. 

40. HALT - Side Step Right - HALT. With the dog sitting in heel position, the team moves one step directly to the right and halts. The dog moves with the handler and sits in heel position when the handler halts. The exercise may be performed just past the exercise sign. (Stationary exercise) 
41. HALT - Call Dog Front - Finish Right. With the dog sitting in heel position, the handler calls the dog to front, and the dog sits in the front position facing the handler. On command, the dog then moves from the front position around the right of the handler and sits in heel position. Handler may not step forward or backward to aid dog during exercise. (Stationary exercise) 
42. HALT - Call Dog Front - Finish Left. With the dog sitting in heel position, the handler calls the dog to front, and the dog sits in the front position facing the handler. On command, the dog then moves from the front position to the handler's left and sits in heel position. Handler may not step forward or backward to aid dog during exercise. (Stationary exercise) 
43. HALT - 180° Pivot Right - HALT. With the dog sitting in heel position, the handler pivots 180º to the right. The dog moves with the handler and sits in heel position. (Stationary exercise) 

44. HALT - 180° Pivot Left - HALT. With the dog sitting in heel position, the handler pivots 180º to the left. The dog moves with the handler and sits in heel position. (Stationary exercise) 

45. HALT - Down - Sit. With dog sitting in heel position, the handler commands the dog to down, then to sit. (Stationary exercise) 

Rally Signs and Description of Exercises (AKC) Exercises with an asterisk*

(5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 17, 18, 19, 34) may be used multiple times on a Rally course. 
6 Exercises that may be used in the Excellent Class only 

46. HALT - Stand - Down. With dog sitting in heel position, the handler will stand the dog (without physical handling), then commands the dog to down. The handler then commands the dog to heel forward from the down position. (Stationary exercise) 
47. HALT - Stand - Sit. With dog sitting in heel position, the handler will stand the dog (without physical handling), then commands the dog to sit. (Stationary exercise) 

48. Moving Stand - Walk Around Dog. While heeling and with no hesitation, the handler will stand the dog, leave and walk around the dog to the left, returning to heel position. The handler must pause in heel position before moving forward to the next station. (Stationary exercise) 
49. Back Up 3 steps - Dog Stays in Position. While heeling, the handler reverses direction walking backward 3 steps, without first halting, then continues heeling forward. The dog moves backward with the handler and maintains position throughout the exercise without sitting. 

50. Honor. This exercise will be performed on leash. Dog and handler will enter through the exit gate, or may proceed directly to the Honor Station after completing the Excellent Course. The judge will designate whether the dog is to perform a sit-stay or a down-stay, which shall be for the duration of time it takes for the next dog to run the entire course. The judge will, also, designate whether the handler will stand next to the dog or stand facing the dog during the Honor exercise. All dogs in the class will perform the exercise in the same manner. The Honor dog will be monitored and scored by a steward, as directed by the Judge.

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