While initially our aim is to help owners train their dogs in good behaviour, we are primarily a competitive obedience club. Competitive Obedience is an absorbing and rewarding hobby, combining a magnificent relationship between dog and handler with enthusiasm, accuracy and style. More detailed information about the sport is available on this website.
We encourage members to get involved in Competitive Obedience and support the wider sport by:
Many of our members have had success on the green carpet at Crufts:
The Crufts Obedience Championships are the highlight of the UK obedience year, with the best dogs and handlers in the country compete for the title of Crufts Obedience Champion.
In 2014, 2015 and 2016, Jane Bint with Working Sheepdog Danni held their own in this most prestigious event.
In 2011, Sue Luce with German Shepherd Archie shone on the green carpet.
The Inter-Regional Event at Crufts sees teams representing various areas of the UK compete against one another. Cheltenham falls within the South West team, and we have had many members represent the South West in this competition.
In 2013, Emma Hagan and Kenzie were chosen for the team.
Maria Carter and her Corgis have been chosen many times for the Western Team.
The Kennel Club Good Citizens Dog Scheme Special PreBeginners Stakes is a competition designed to encourage those dogs who have achieved their Bronze Award into competitive obedience.
In 2016, Kathy Williams and Beauceron Ruby competed in the final at Crufts, completing a lovely round.
In 2013, Sara Vincent with Labrador Harvey competed in the grand final. Babs Sharp with crossbreed Dash also competed in the semi-final.
Obreedience was introduced at Crufts in 2014 to showcase unconventional breeds competing in obedience.
The inaugural event was won by the Corgis, Captained by our Club President Maria Carter with Club trainer Jan West also in the team.
In 2015, Maria was invited by the Kennel Club to judge the Obreedience Final.
The Young Kennel Club is a national club for anyone between the ages of 6 and 24. YKC competitions are restricted to YKC members, with the finals held at Crufts.
In 2013, Babs Sharp competed in the finals with her crossbreeds Sammy and Dash, with Dash finishing 4th in his event.