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The Birth of Obedience

The following is extracting from Dogs in Canada, "The Canadian Kennel Club 75th Anniversary Souvenir Issue", February 1963, p29.

The year 1932 was vital for dog lovers interested in Obedience - then and now. The first Obedience Trial under CKC rules was held at the CNE show.  The rules are vastly different from today, as witness part of an article from the October, 1932 Kennel and Bench: "The obedience class made its debut to the fanciers and general public at the 44th International Exhibition at Toronto.  This is the first time that a class of this nature has been held at an All-Breed Dog Show in Canada.  The obedience class proved its merits as a drawing card by the large crowd in attendance.  The ringside could not begin to accomdate the hundreds of people crowded around its four sides to watch the dogs in action.  The upper gallery was crowded and it was observed that people were standing on chairs, benches and up the two stairways in order to get a glimpse of the proceedings.  This was very satisfying to the sponsors of the class, The German Shepherd Dog Club of Canada, who are desirous of having the Obedience Class adopted as a regular feature of all CKC shows." Evidently the CNE thought well of the venue for they scheduled one for 1933.


According to the Canadian Kennel Club Rules and Regulations:

The purpose of obedience trials is to demonstrate the usefulness of the purebred dog as a companion of man, not merely the dog’s ability to follow specified routines in the obedience ring. The basic objective of obedience trials is to produce dogs that have been trained to behave in the home, in public places, and in the presence of other dogs, in a manner that reflects credit on the sport of obedience.

Obedience trials are a sport and all participants should be guided by the principles of good sportsmanship both inside and outside the ring. All contestants in a class are required to perform the same exercises in substantially the same way so that the relative quality of the various performances may be compared and scored.


For rules and regulations on the CKC Obedience & Rally Trials, please click here.

To download a copy of the 2011 Obedience & Rally Rulebook, please click here.