My hobby is training and exhibiting my dogs in AKC/UKC obedience trials. Obedience is a fun way to compete with your dog. The training builds a bond between you and your dog. I enjoy training with a private trainer and I also belong to Pasanita Obedience Club in Pasadena, California.
There are three levels of obedience classes: novice, open and utility. In each class you must qualify three times under three different judges to earn that level's title. After earning three "legs" in novice, your dog receives the title CD, which stands for Companion Dog. The open title is the CDX, or Companion Dog Excellent. The utility title is the UD, or Utility Dog.
There are two advanced AKC titles you can earn. To earn the UDX (Utility Dog Excellent) you and your dog must compete in and qualify in Open B and Utility B at the same show on the same day to earn a leg. Then do it ten times! It takes ten legs to complete the UDX. To earn the OTCH (Obedience Trial Champion title), you and your dog must earn 100 OTCH points. You must place 1st or 2nd in Open B or Utility B. The number of points is based on the number of dogs defeated. You must have three first places, and you must place first in both Open B and Utility B.
ASCA also offers a UDX and OTCH. The ASCA OTCH is based on scores, not placements. UKC offers the U-OCH title.
AKC - American Kennel Club
UKC - United Kennel Club
ASCA - Australian Shepherd Club of America