Trials, Tournaments and Title Opportunities

AKC Trials, Title Opportunities and Tournaments
TCOTC hosts a number of AKC-sanctioned trials, titling opportunities and other events throughout the year. Our events are listed below with links to additional information. Check our club calender for additional events sponsored by other organizations held at TCOTC’s training facility.

Canine Good Citizen Test

Thursday, Sept. 21 at 7:00 p.m.
The Canine Good Citizen title was designed by the AKC to reward dogs who have good manners at home and in the community. It focuses on responsible pet ownership for owners and basic good manners for dogs. All dogs who pass the 10-step CGC test may receive a certificate from the American Kennel Club.  More information and registration here.

Dale Weyhrich Flyball Tournament September 29-30
Every fall, the TCOTC High Spirits Flyball Team hosts a tournament as a fundraiser for the club. Flyball teams wishing to enter the tournament can  visit the NAFA Web site to find more information. The public is also welcome to come and watch, free of charge, between 8am and 5pm both days, but we ask that you leave your own dog at home. You can also volunteer! More information here. 

TCOTC Annual AKC Obedience and Rally Trial October 20-22
This competition starts with the basics: walking in heel position, coming when called and staying while being right next to other dogs. At higher levels, your dog is judged on exercises such as retrieving over a jump, staying while you leave the room, being directed from a distance over jumps and finding scented objects among a pile of decoys. Participants compete against each other for awards and earn credits (known as legs) towards their own titles.
The trial premium and entry form are available here. The public is welcome to come and watch, free of charge, between 8:00 am and 2:00 pm both days, but we ask that you leave your own dog at home. Volunteers are also needed to help run this exciting event. You can find all the details here. 


Tracking Excellent Trial October 29
Tracking is a sport that demonstrates a dog’s natural ability to recognize and follow the scent trail of a person. Trained dogs are kept on leash in a field and expected to follow an aged scent trail as their person follows along behind them. The judges also follow and determine how successful the dog is at navigating the trail. Dogs that pass the test earn the AKC title “TDX” (Tracking Dog Excellent). Visit the Tracking event page to learn more and to register.

AKC Agility Trial November 24-26, 2017
At an agility trial, dogs are expected to navigate an obstacle course while racing against the clock. The handler runs along with the dog to guide them over jumps, through tunnels, up the dog walk, through the weaves and through other obstacles in the correct, predetermined order. This is a fun and fast dog sport that requires conditioning, concentration, training, and teamwork. Dogs compete against the scores and times of other dogs for placements and points towards their own titles. More information and premium available here.