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Ever thought about higher education.....for your dog?

Ever seen a dog with all kinds of letters before and/or after his name? Wonder what they mean? There are many activities that can gain your dog awards and recognition in the form of titles.  They can be a lot of fun for both dog and owner.

In Memory of
Ch Flinters Ryder of the Storm
"Rylie"

 

 

Associations

Agility Titles




Agility Association of Canada
 
Canadian Kennel Club
 

North American Dog Agility Council

   All breeds welcome

Dogwood Pacesetters Canine Sports Club

K9 Cliffhangers Dog Agility Club

Calgary Agility Association

Calgary Longshots

The Hot Diggity Dogs Agility Club

Pawsitive Agility & K-9 Sports (PAKS)

KAOS Dog Sports Inc.




Agility: Dog and master work together to run through an obstacle course in the fastest possible time.

Gamblers: Dog and master work together to run through an obstacle course within a set time in an opening sequence. The obstacles such as jumps, tire, tunnels, contact, and weave each receive a different point value. The opening sequence expires with blow of a whistle, at which point the handler has a shorter set time to complete a closing sequence. This final sequence or "gamble" must be done with the handler remaining outside a prescribed area usually outlined with rope or tape and within the time allowed. 

Jumpers: This course is composed of jumps, tires, tunnels, and chutes. It involves excellent handling skills and real team-work. The pace is fast and furious with twisted flows and potential chances for off course penalties at every turn.

Snooker: There are two separate sequences. The opening sequence requires the handler to perform one of 3 or 4 designated (red) jumps followed by an obstacle of choice, and repeat this pattern at least twice more, a third time is an option left to the judges discretion and outlined in the briefing. The closing sequence requires the dog to follow the obstacles numbered 2 to 7. The game is based on points accumulated.

Team Relay(2 dogs): The course layout is similar to standard agility. It is divided in sections and each dog on the team is selected by the team members to run a specified section. All team members must run clean and under the time allowed. Upon completing their respective section, the handler passes a baton in a specified area to allow the next handler to continue on the next section. 



Saskatchewan Agility Association

All Dog Sports Club

Club S.O.D.A. — Southern Ontario Dog Agility

Hilltop K 9 Agility

Over the Edge Agility

West Carleton Dog Agility Group (WAG)

Hamilton Dog Obedience Club

Let the Fur Fly!

Club d'Agilité de la Montérégie

A.R.F.F. - Agility Runs Fur Fun

Flyball Agility Maritime Express (F.A.M.E)

Fundy Agility & Sports Team (FAST)

Pye K9 Kapers Agility Club

Canine Agility Assocation of Nova Scotia



Abbreviation

Title

Description

AAC Titles

ADC Agility Dog of Canada  
SGDC Starters Games Dog of Canada  
AADC Advanced Agility Dog of Canada  
AGDC Advanced Games Dog of Canada  
MADC Master Agility Dog of Canada  
MGDC Masters Gamblers Dog of Canada  
MJDC Masters Jumpers Dog of Canada  
MSDC Masters Snooker Dog of Canada  
MTRDC Masters Team Relay Dog of Canada  
MSCDC Masters Steeplechase Dog of Canada  
ATChC Agility Trial Champion of Canada  
S Special prefix Attached to any of the above titles
V Veterans prefix Attached to any of the above titles
 

Bronze Award of Merit

 
  Silver Award of Merit  
  Gold Award of Merit  
  Lifetime Achievement Award of Excellence  

CKC Titles

AgN Agility Novice Beginners Agility
AgI Agility Intermediate Intermediate Agility - more obstacles, less time to complete the course
AgX Agility Excellent Advanced Agility
AgMX Agility Master  Highest level of Agility

NADAC Titles

NAC Novice Agility Certificate  
OAC Open Agility Certificate  
EAC Elite Agility Certificate  
NGC Novice Gamblers Certificate  
OGC Open Gamblers Certificate  
EGC Elite Gamblers Certificate  
NJC Novice Jumpers Certificate  
OJC Open Jumpers Certificate  
EJC Elite Jumpers Certificate  
-V Veterans suffix Attached to any of the above titles
-JH Junior Handler suffix Attached to any of the above titles
O Outstanding Performance Prefix to any of the above titles
S Superior Performance Prefix to any of the above titles
NATCH NADAC Agility Trial Champion  
V- Veterans  Prefix to NATCH
JH- Junior Handler Prefix to NATCH
TN-N Novice Tunnelers Certificate  
TN-O Open Tunnelers Certificate  
TN-E Elite Tunnelers Certificate  
WV-N Novice Weavers Certificate  
WV-O Open Weavers Certificate  
WV-E Elite Weavers Certificate  
TG-N Novice Touch N Go Certificate  
TG-O Open Touch N Go Certificate  
TG-E Elite Touch N Go Certificate  

 

 

   

Associations

Conformation Titles





Canadian Kennel Club


 


Conformation Shows: All breeds recognized by the CKC are eligible to compete. Each dog is judged against a "Breed Standard" that outlines the appearance and temperament of the ideal specimen of each breed. 

 

   All breeds welcome

 

Abbreviation

Title

Description

Ch Conformation Champion Granted after earning a specific number of points 
Ch (Alt) Conformation Champion For spayed/neutered dogs - Granted after earning a specific number of points
BIS Best in Show Best overall dog in the dog show
BISS Best in Specialty Show Best overall dog competing against other Champions
BPIS Best Puppy in Show Best overall puppy in the dog show
GCh Grand Champion  Earned after completion of conformation championship.

100 points which must include one Best in Show or a Best of Breed at a Breed National Specialty (where a minimum of ten dogs have competed) or a Best in Multiple Breed Specialty with at least five breeds represented; plus 3 group firsts or 3 Breed Specialty wins must be earned at Conformation shows.

 

 

   

Associations

Den Trials




American Working Terrier Association




Den Trials: the dog tracks the game by scent to a constructed den (lair, burrow, tunnel), enters the animal's tunnel and then works (barking, engaging etc) the animal until the vermin either bolts (flees) from the earth or until the owner digs down to the den in a real hunting situation. The trench or path is scented with i.e. rat scent. A caged rat serves as the simulated quarry at the end of the trench where the dog can see and smell but not physically touch or harm the rat.


  Terriers and Dachshunds

Abbreviation

Title

Description

CG Certificate of Gameness Dog travels a 30' trench to quarry within 30 seconds, works quarry for 60 seconds
EWC Earth Working Certificate Dog works in a natural earth (not in a drain or other man-made earth) to woodchuck, fox, raccoon or badger
JE Junior Earthdog  
ME Master Earthdog  
SE Senior Earthdog  


     

Associations

Draft/Sledding Titles




International Federation of Sleddog Sports


  All breeds welcome




Sledding: Sled dog sports, often referred to as "mushing," have great versatility in the number and range of events. The particular formats practiced in a given area are largely dependent upon tradition and climate. The Nome style of the sport is performed with a dog sled, in which the driver (known as the musher) pushes the sled, runs along side of the sled, or rides on the sled's runners. Nome style is the most traditional form of dog powered sports, especially in North America, where it takes its name from the city in the state of Alaska by the same name.

 

Gold Rush Trail Sled Dog Association

Northern Alberta Mushers Association

Manitoba Dog Sledding Association

Le Village De Musher

Mush Maritimes


Abbreviation

Title

Description

DD Draft Dog Cart work by a single dog - obedience, maneuvering, freight hauling
DDX Draft Dog Excellent Advanced Cart work - carting by voice control only, freight hauling, backpacking
SD Sled Dog Sledding at least 50 miles in three successful races
SDX Sled Dog Excellent Sledding an additional 100 miles in three successful races
SDU Sled Dog Unlimited Sledding an additional 300 miles in three successful races
     

Associations

Field/Hunt Titles



Canadian Kennel Club

National Retriever Club of Canada

Canadian National Spaniel Field Trial Association


Pointing, retrieving, and flushing tests are all part of the hunting and field tests available to a number of dog breeds. Lure coursing titles, in which a sighthound is tested on its ability to follow a lure, are also available. The titles in this category are available to members of the Sporting and Hound groups of dogs as noted below.


  

Club de Chiens de Chasse de Québec (CCCQ) — Hunting Dog Club of Québec

Abbreviation

Title

Description

AFTCh Amateur Field Trial Champion prefix Open to all Sporting dogs (Group 1) - novice handler
CFC Canadian Field Champion prefix  
FCh Field Champion (lure coursing) Tests sighthounds' ability and style in following a lure - Open to all sighthounds
FChX Field Champion Excellent (lure coursing) Tests sighthounds' ability and style in following a lure - Open to all sighthounds
FD Field Dog (pointing) Tests ability and style in finding and retrieving game - Open to all pointing breeds
FDJ Field Dog Junior (pointing) Tests ability and style in finding and retrieving game - Open to all pointing breeds
FDX Field Dog Excellent (pointing) Tests ability and style in finding and retrieving game - Open to all pointing breeds
FTCh Field Trial Champion (retrieving) prefix Open to all Sporting dogs (Group 1)
FTCh Field Trial Champion (scenting) Open to Beagles, Basset Hounds, Petit Bassets Griffon Vendeen
NAFTCh National Amateur Field Trial Champion Open to all retrieving breeds
NFTCh National Field Trial Champion Open to all retrieving breeds
JH Junior Hunter (Field Test) Field test open to all retrieving breeds, Irish Water Spaniels, & Standard Poodles
SH Senior Hunter (Field Test) Field test open to all retrieving breeds, Irish Water Spaniels, & Standard Poodles
MH Master Hunter (Field Test) Field test open to all retrieving breeds, Irish Water Spaniels, & Standard Poodles
GMH Grand Master Hunter Field test open to all retrieving breeds, Irish Water Spaniels, & Standard Poodles
WC Working Certificate  Retrieving test open to all retrieving breeds, Irish Water Spaniels, & all Poodles
WCI Working Certificate Intermediate Retrieving test open to all retrieving breeds, Irish Water Spaniels, & all Poodles
WCX Working Certificate Excellent Retrieving test open to all retrieving breeds, Irish Water Spaniels, & all Poodles
WS Working Spaniel  Flushing and Retrieving test open to all sporting spaniels except Brittany and Irish Water Spaniels

 

     

Associations

Flyball Titles




North American Flyball Association

   All breeds welcome

 


Flyball: A relay race in which two teams of four dogs each race side-by-side over a 51 foot long course. Each dog must run down their lane, clear 4 jumps, trigger the release of a tennis ball by pushing a pedal, retrieve the ball, and run back down the lane. The next dog is released to run the course when the previous dog has crossed the start/finish line. The first team to have all 4 dogs finish the course without error wins the heat. Points are awarded based on the speed of the team.

 

Barn Stormers Flyball Club

Dream Team Flyball Club

Kaotick K9's

Matsqui Flyball & Agility Club

Total Anarchy Flyball

Calgary Longshots

Tailwind Flyball Club

Diamonds in the Ruff

KAOS Dog Sports Inc.

Prairie PDQ Dogsports

Extreme Envy Flyball Club

Hair Trigger Flyball Team

Let the Fur Fly!

Some Ruff Competition Dogsports

Flyball Agility Maritime Express (F.A.M.E)

Prepare for Takeoff Flyball Club

Fast'N FURious Flyball


Abbreviation

Title

Description

FbD Flyball Dog 20 points
FdX Flyball Dog Excellent 100 points
FbDCh Flyball Dog Champion 500 points
FM Flyball Master 5,000 points
FMX Flyball Master Excellent 10,000 points
FMCh Flyball Master Champion 15,000 points
ONYX ONYX Award 20,000 points
FdGCh Flyball Grand Champion 30,000 points
HOBBES HOBBES Award 100,000 points

 

     

Associations

Herding Titles




Canadian Kennel Club


Herding titles are given to dogs after they pass various tests of their ability to perform this function. These trials are open to various breeds as noted below.

Some Ruff Competition Dogsports

Abbreviation

Title

Description

HC Herding Certificate Open to all Herding breeds and some Working Group breeds
HIC Herding Instinct Certificate Open to all Herding breeds and some Working Group breeds
HT Herding Tested Open to all breeds
HS Herding Started Open to all breeds
HI Herding Intermediate Open to all breeds
HA Herding Advanced Open to all breeds
SSC Started Stockdog Certificate, Herding Open to all Herding breeds and some Working Group breeds
OSC Open Stockdog Certificate, Herding Open to all Herding breeds and some Working Group breeds


 

   

Associations

Obedience Titles




Canadian Kennel Club


   All breeds welcome



All breeds are welcome to earn obedience titles, and in fact all dogs should participate in at least the basics of obedience to learn the standard commands needed for everyday life and polish their manners! 


Capilano Dog Obedience Club

Dumbbell Obedience Club

Greater Victoria Dog Obedience Training Club

NOSA — North Saanich Dog Obedience Training Club

Vancouver Dog Obedience Training Club

Calgary Longshots

KAOS Dog Sports Inc.

Wascana Dog Obedience Club, Inc.

Bytown Dog Obedience Club

Hamilton Dog Obedience Club

Some Ruff Competition Dogsports

River Valley Obedience & Field Trial Club

 

Abbreviation

Title

Description

CD Companion Dog Novice Obedience - basic dog obedience (heel, come, stay commands) 
CDX Companion Dog Excellent Intermediate Obedience - jumps, retrieve, (stay when master is out of sight) 
UD Utility Dog Advanced Obedience - scent discrimination, directed jumping, signals
OTCh Obedience Trial Champion Requires CD, CDX, and UD 
OTChX Obedience Trial Champion Excellent  
MOTCh Master Obedience Trial Champion  
GMOTCh Grand Master Obedience Trial Champion  
HIT High in Trial Awarded to dog with the highest score in the trial


     

Associations

Rally O Titles




Canadian Kennel Club

Canadian Association of Rally Obedience




Rally Obedience is a fun dog obedience sport, open to ALL dogs, purebred or mixed breed as well as physically challenged dogs and/or handlers.

Rally Obedience goes beyond basic heeling by including over forty obedience movements with the sits, turns and paces of traditional heeling. It also requires a brisk pace, positive attitude and happy demeanor.



  
All breeds

Abbreviation

Title

Description

RN Rally Novice  
RA Rally Advanced  
RX Rally Excellent  
RV Rally Versatility  
CL Cum Laude May be added to any of the above titles - dependent on high score
MCL Magna Cum Laude May be added to any of the above titles - dependent on high score

 

     

Associations

Rescue Titles





Canadian Kennel Club



Rescue titles are available to Newfoundland Dogs only and involve tests of the Newf's breed purpose, water rescue. Rescue titles are available to other breeds through the tracking titles in Obedience.

 


  
Newfoundland Dogs

Abbreviation

Title

Description

WRD Water Rescue Dog Basic water rescue work (fetching, towing a boat, delivering a line, swimming)
WRDX Water Rescue Dog Excellent Advanced water rescue work (rescue, jumping from boats, directed retrieving)

 

     

Associations

Scent Hurdling Titles


 

   All breeds

 


Scent Hurdling: Scent Hurdling is a relay race with 4 dogs on a team. The course consists of a starting line, 4 hurdles spaced 10 feet apart and a box. The first hurdle is 4 feet from the start line and the box is 12 feet from the last hurdle. The first team dog jumps the hurdles and attempts to find their own scented dumbell from among the four that have been placed on the box. When the dog finds the right dumbbell he runs back over the 4 hurdles and crosses the finish line so that the next team dog can be released.

 

Calgary Longshots

 

Abbreviation

Title

Description

SHD Scent Hurdle Dog 50 points
SHDX Scent Hurdle Dog Excellent 100 points
SHCh Scent Hurdle Dog Champion 250 points


     

Associations

Schutzhund Titles




German Shepherd Schutzhund Club of Canada


   All working breeds

 

Pacific Ring Dawgs - French Ring and PSA Club

Capital City Schutzhund Club

Durham Schutzhund Club

Toronto Schutzhund Club




Schutzhund: The dogs and handlers work as a team in the three categories of the Schutzhund (protection) program: Tracking, Obedience, and Protection. The exercises consist of the following:

  • Tracking: The dog must retrace the path of a person (400-1500+ yards with 2-4 turns) after 20-60 minutes have elapsed and be able to find 2-3 lost articles, regardless of weather conditions.
  • Obedience: The dog must follow the handler's orders to heel, jump, retrieve, retrieve over a 6 foot wall and send away, both on and off the leash. The dog must not be intimidated by any distractions, including the sound of a gun or a group of strangers milling about.
  • Protection: The dog must, without handler assistance, respond properly in critical situations, like finding and warning his handler of a hidden person, preventing an assault on his handler, and stopping the villain from escaping. The dog must distinguish between a harmless bystander and a potentially dangerous person. He must display courage but restraint on his own when the agitator gives up.
 


Ontario Region Schutzhund Club

Saugeen Schutzhund Club of Ontario

Club Schutzhund Pro-Sport

Club Schutzhund Rive Sud

Fundy Schutzhund Club

Newfoundland Schutzhund Club

 

Abbreviation

Title

Description

AD Ausdauerprufung Endurance Certificate - 12 miles in two hours
B or BH Begleithunde Preliminary Temperament test - prerequisite for any Schtzhund titles
BST Breed Suitability Test  
ABST Advanced Breed Suitability Test  
FH Fahrtenhund Basic Tracking degree
FH1
FH2
Fahrtenhund Advanced Tracking degree
IPO1
IPO2
IPO3
International Schutzhund Trial  
SchH Schutzhund Basic degree
SchH1
SchH2
SchH3
Schutzhund Progressively more advanced Tracking, Obedience, Protection degrees
SchHA Limited Schutzhund Similar to SchH1 but without the Tracking portion
WH Schutzhund watch dog test  


     

Associations

Tracking




Canadian Kennel Club


  
All breeds




Tracking, as you might expect, involves following the scent trail left by a human being (or other animal) that has passed along a certain route. Following a track is one of the many useful things dogs can do to help humans. Hounds track game, rescue dogs track lost children, police dogs track suspects, well trained pets can find lost items. Many dog owners are involved in tracking with their dogs as a hobby (for fun) or as a sport (to earn titles), or both. All breeds are eligible.

 

Cross Country Tracking Club

River Valley Obedience & Field Trial Club

 

Abbreviation

Title

Description

TD Tracking Dog Sport form of search and rescue: Tracking test - dog follows human scent 
TDX Tracking Dog Excellent Advanced sport form of search and rescue: dog follows and aged track over a longer distance
UTD Urban Tracking Dog Tracking in urban areas such as office parks, industrial parks, campuses, schools
UTDX Urban Tracking Dog Excellent Advanced urban tracking
TCh Tracking Champion Obtained after completion of all 4 tracking degrees

 

 

     

Associations

Other Titles




Canadian Kennel Club


  
All breeds




Canadian Canine Good Citizen Certification: a certification program that tests and identifies dogs that have the training and demeanor to be reliable family members as well as good-standing community members. The program tests dogs in simulated everyday situations in a relaxed atmosphere and is open to both purebred and mixed-breed dogs.

Therapy Program: The Therapy Dog Program takes a volunteer and their dog into hospitals and other organizations on a weekly basis. Through regular visiting, a bond is created between the client, dog and volunteer. The medical profession has for many years widely acknowledged that petting and stroking pets can have a calming effect, lower blood pressure and relieve tension.

 
   

Abbreviation

Title

Description

CGC Canine Good Citizen Series of tests determine if a dog is obedient in public and well behaved
CGN Canine Good Neighbour Series of tests determine if a dog is obedient in public and well behaved (CKC program)
TT Temperament Test Series of tests that indicate a stable temperament
D Therapy Dog  
TDI Therapy Dog International