A conformation show, also referred to as a breed show, is a kind of dog show in which a judge, familiar with a specific dog breed, evaluates individual purebred dogs for how well the dogs conform to the established breed type for their breed, as described in a breed's individual breed standard.
Obedience trials are designed to test the dog’s suitability as a good companion. Basic tests include heeling (on and off lead), Sit, Stand, Stay and coming when called. At more advanced levels, dogs are asked to jump, retrieve, respond to signals, and identify and retrieve articles carrying their handlers’ scent.
The purpose of obedience trials is to demonstrate the usefulness of the dog as a companion not merely the dog's ability to follow specific routines. The basic objective is to produce dogs that have been trained to behave at home, in public places and in the presence of other dogs.
CKC Obedience Clubs
CKC Obedience Rules
Rally Obedience requires teamwork between dog and handler, along with similar performance skills. Rally provides an excellent introduction to all CKC companion performance events. The chief objective of rally is to provide a fast-moving and motivational activity that demonstrates the competency of handler and dog in performing basic obedience exercises without requiring exact precision for success.
Dogs in rally obedience events should demonstrate willingness and enjoyment. Handlers may use praise, encouragement, and petting throughout a rally course.
CKC Rally Obedience Rules
In Scent Detection, also known as "nosework", dogs must locate any and all hidden target scents within a designated area and alert the handler to the location. It is a true partnership sport in which both ends of the leash must rely on one another.
Agility is fast moving, challenging and energetic activity enjoyed immensely by dogs and handlers alike. It’s also a great spectator sport. Dogs work off lead and are guided by the signals and voice commands of their handlers. They speed around an intricate course over or through a variety of obstacles, including jumps, tunnels, weave poles, even a teeter totter and must complete the course cleanly, within the time allowed.