The ASCA obedience program offers competition for teams at all levels of obedience through Regular, Optional Titling and Non-Regular classes. ASCA welcomes all breeds to compete in its Obedience Trials (other than the National Specialty). Earning an obedience title is a testament to the bond forged between dog and owner. Many obedience handlers (and their dogs) deeply enjoy the rich relationship that develops from training for this sport.
Obedience teams should combine the utmost in willingness, enjoyment and precision on the part of the dog, with naturalness, gentleness, and smoothness from the handler. The purpose of Obedience Trials is to demonstrate the usefulness of the dog as a companion, 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 behave at home, in public places, and in the presence of other dogs.
Regular classes include Novice, Open CDX, Open ODX and Utility. The CD (Companion Dog) title is earned from the Novice class, the CDX (Companion Dog Excellent) from the Open CDX class, the ODX (Open Dog Excellent) from the Open ODX class, and the UD (Utility Dog) from the Utility class. ASCA offers the Beginner Novice Optional Titling class, from which a dog can earn the BN (Beginner Novice) title. Non-Regular classes include Seniors, Team, the Wildcard classes plus others.
ASCA issues a UDX (Utility Dog Excellent) certificate when a dog receives qualifying scores 10 times in both Open CDX B and Utility B at the same trial (after receiving a UD). Dogs that have received an ODX and a UD will earn a UDX-O certificate for qualifying 10 times in both Open ODX B and Utility B at the same trial. The supreme title available to Obedience dogs in the ASCA program is the Obedience Trial Champion (OTCH). Scores higher than 185 from Open CDX B and Utility B give dogs (who have earned a CDX and a UD) points toward the OTCH title. Scores from Open ODX B and Utility B give dogs (who have earned an ODX and a UD) points toward the OTCH-O title.