Competitive Obedience Class

What is Competitive Obedience?griffhwork3

Obedience as taught at Teamwork Training is not the 'drilled' activity that it can be. It is not about 'making' dogs do things and is more akin to dressage with horses. Viewed as a sequence of sophisticated moves, or even tricks, it demands more from the trainer in attention to detail and in extending those sequences, than most other dog training activities do. It is a great way to understand better how your dog learns and just what they are capable of. But most of all it is fun - for your dog as well as you. The 21st century obedience dog won't succeed if he doesn't enjoy what he is doing.

Domestically the exercises may not always seem to be directly relevance to being a well behaved companion dog, but what has always been part and parcel of 'obedience' training the underlying skills (self control, learning how to play, reliable responses to cues etc) are essential to a great relationship between dog and handler. 


The Teamwork Training Competitive obedience classes (held at South Hykeham, Lincoln, 10 minutes from Newark Showground) have become very popular, with handlers competing from Pre-Beginner to A, with a number who train just for the fun of it. You don't have to be 'competitive' to join, or even compete. 

Classes concentrate on the exercises and skills needed for competing up to, and including, Novice and test A at open/championship shows, although other exercises up to C are included.

  • Teaching heelwork, recall, retrieve and stays
  • Introducing sendaway, DC, scent discrimination

Training is clicker/reward based, using food and play. The focus is on motivation and fun! It is suitable for any age, including young pups. All breeds/types very welcome. Your dog doesn't have to be a collie and you don't have to wait to be invited to join the classes or pass any assessments. Dogs are mostly worked individually so we can usually accomodate the needs of reactive/aggressive dogs. No prior training is needed. 



Day and frequency




Friday Evening

Training Group
1st and 3rd in each month

7.00 – 9.30pm




April 21st
May 5th and 12th (note these are 2 consecutive weeks. There is no class on the 19th)
June 2nd and 16th
July 7th

Waiting list in operation

Tuesday daytime

1st and 3rd in each month

11.30am – 1.30pm



Feb 7th and 21st

Mar 7th and 21st

Apr 4th and 18th
May 2nd
May 16th

Waiting list in operation