What is Obedience?

Obedience and Rally Obedience are two dog sports that aim to strengthen and promote the bond between humans and dogs as they complete tasks together.

Obedience is referred to as the “high school” of dog sport and originally comes from England. The human-dog team completes various tasks that are announced by a ring steward. Tasks include executing commands such as sit, down, stand, stay, heel and fetch, both up close and at a distance. Obedience competitions evaluate the quick and precise execution of the exercises as well as the harmonious cooperation of the team. If the dog speaks loudly or rudely, points will be deducted.

Rally Obedience also comes from the USA and focuses on communication and cooperation between the human-dog team. This involves going through a course with several stations, with signs showing the team what to do. In contrast to Obedience, Rally Obedience does not involve any forward movement or search and retrieve work.

Both sports promote the physical and mental exercise of the dog as well as the bond between people and dogs. The choice between Obedience and Rally Obedience depends on the team's preferences and goals. Any human-canine team can practice obedience, regardless of dog breed, and it is advisable to begin training with a professional.

Here you can read and download the examination regulations for Obedience.