Valle del Sol Golden Retriever Club
~ Dedicated to the Golden Retrievers of Arizona ~
~ Since 1972 ~
Whether you are interested in having a well-mannered companion dog or a top notch obedience competitor….. we have members who can teach you how to turn your Golden into solid gold ! Demonstrating the usefulness of a dog as a companion to humankind, AKC Obedience is a sport with rules, regulations, judges, conditioning, training, placements and prizes. Dog and handler teams are judged on how closely they match the judge’s mental picture of a theoretically perfect performance as they execute a series of specified exercises. Accuracy and precision are essential, but the natural movement of the handler and the willingness and enjoyment of the dog are very important. Each level of obedience competition – novice, open, and utility – requires mastering a specific skill set, which increase in difficulty, before advancing to the next level. Novice Class demonstrates good canine companion skills such as heeling, both with and without a leash, coming when called, standing for a simple physical examination, and staying in both a sit and a down position with a group of dogs. In the Novice Class, dogs earn an AKC Companion Dog (CD) title after receiving three qualifying scores under two different judges.
The Open Class is more challenging as more exercises are done off leash and retrieving and jumping challenges are added. In the Open Class, dogs earn an AKC Companion Dog Excellent (CDX) title after receiving three qualifying scores under two different judges.
The Utility Class, which includes scent discrimination, directed retrieves, jumping and silent signal exercises, is the most challenging class. In the Utility Class, dogs earn an AKC Utility Dog (UD) title after receiving three qualifying scores from two different judges.
VDSGRC Fun Match - Dec.1, 2012
Judge Nancy Grimm, Vivien Gilli, Dr Jose Martinez,and Ms. "Sundee "
Winning High Combined at Valle Del Sol Golden Retriever Club Specialty 2013
VDSGRC is Dedicated to the Golden Retrievers of Arizona