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 when they are motivated enough.

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. 

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. 



Day and frequency




Friday Evening

Training Group
1st and 3rd in each month

7.00 – 9.30pm



July 21st

August 4th and 18th
Sept 1st and 15th
Oct 6th

Waiting list in operation

Tuesday daytime

1st and 3rd in each month

11.15am – 1.45pm

 June 20th cancelled due to weather.



May 19th

June 6th and 20th
July 4th and 18th

Aug 1st

Add on Aug15th

Next course starts Sept 5th