The Dog Training Club of Bermuda holds Bermuda Kennel Club (BKC) licensed Agility and Obedience Trials in the spring and fall each year. These trials are judged by overseas American Kennel Club or Canadian Kennel Club judges. The trials are judged under the BKC rules.
In order to participate in our trials dogs must be registered or listed with the BKC. The BKC now has a Mixed Breed Registration so all dogs are welcome to compete! To download BKC Registration forms, please go to bermudakennelclub.com.
Dogs with foreign registrations can enter our trials by paying a listing fee. For information on importing a dog into Bermuda go to the Ministry of the Environment & Planning – Department of Environmental Protection website at www.gov.bm.
Dog Training Club: Obedience Trials
Obedience demonstrates the usefulness of a dog as a companion to humankind. Dog and handler teams are judged on how closely they match the judge’s mental picture of a theoretically perfect performance as they execute a series of specified exercises.
Accuracy and precision are essential, but the natural movement of the handler and the willingness and enjoyment of the dog are very important.
Each level of obedience competition – novice, open and utility – requires mastering a specific skill set, which increase in difficulty, before advancing to the next level.
The Novice Class demonstrates good canine companion skills such as heeling, both with and without a leash, coming when called, standing for a simple physical examination, and staying in both a sit and a down position with a group of dogs.
In the Novice Class dogs earn a BKC Companion Dog (CD) title after receiving three qualifying scores under at least two different judges.
The Open Class is more challenging as more exercises are done off leash. Retrieving and jumping challenges are added.
In the Open Class dogs earn a BKC Companion Dog Excellent (CDX) title after receiving three qualifying scores under at least two different judges.
The Utility Class includes scent discrimination, directed retrieves, jumping and silent signal exercises, and is the most challenging class. In the Utility Class, dogs earn an BKC Utility Dog (UD) title after receiving three qualifying scores from at least two different judges.
See the DTC Calendar for information on upcoming trials.