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. It 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 when they are motivated enough.


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

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 from time to time.  They are taught by Paddy Driscoll who has competed up to C only.

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

Training is clicker/reward based, using food and play based on the techniques developed by Jo Hill. 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 and it realy doesn't matter how much or little training you and your dog have done before. Beginners are always welcome.  



Training Group
1st and 3rd in each month 

Day and frequency



 Friday evening

1st and 3rd in each month





21st and 28th Sept


12th and 19th Oct

2nd and 9th Nov


Note! additional week!
7th Dec



Tuesday daytime

1st and 3rd in each month

11.30 - 1.30


2nd and 16th October

6th and 20th Nov

4th and 18th Dec