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Competition Obedience Training

Whether you are a seasoned competitor or just beginning your journey into the sport of competition obedience, Laura and Don provide private instruction for individuals who are following the competition obedience circuit. Pulling from experience earned from training personal dogs who have completed their Obedience Trial Championships and reached national ranking, they provide one-on-one instruction tailored for you and your dog providing you a competitive edge. We structure a training curriculum to help you fulfill your goals - whether it is just titles or national ranking you are seeking.

Be sure to see these scenes of a Furrst Place graduate in obedience competition.

To name but a few of the more outstanding accomplishments in the area of competition obedience:

Laura's dog, OTCh KC's Mystic Fortune of Barty JH, WCX, UDX "Fame" earned 1,480 OTCh points with 64 High-in-Trials and 52 High-Combined awards. In 1996, Fame was #2 Golden Retriever in the US and was #3 all-breed.


"Fame" - Proud of his High in Trial


Laura's dog, Holway's Destinee ByDesign CDX, WCX, JH "Desi" has set a record as he began his obedience career. While competing in Novice, he earned a perfect score of 200 his first four times in the AKC obedience ring. After completing 18 performances, his average score was 199.2 (200 being a perfect score).


"Desi" with his record-setting 200's


"Desi" in competition


After being shown 15 times in Novice, Don's "Journey" Featherquest Journey ByDesign JH, WCX, UD maintained an average score of 198.2. Just recently, Journey completed his Utility Dog title in 3 consecutive shows.


Don & "Journey" in competition


They have coached individual obedience teams through CD, CDX, and UD with teams achieving High-in-Trials and national ranking within their breed. Not all the dogs they train are personally owned by them.

Laura trained and campaigned a Golden Retriever "Angie" belonging to Mercedes Hitchcock with scores averaging 197. Angie qualified and competed at the Gaines Central Regional in Oklahoma and earned 7th place in the Novice category. Laura also trained another Golden "Auburn" belonging to Jan Sultanik. Auburn earned her CD title with a Dog World Award. Auburn was back at training at Furrst Place in 2004 and earned her Junior Hunter title in field.

Laura also trained a Gordon Setter "Cash" for his CD with also a Dog World Award. "Cash" became the #1 ranked Gordon Setter in 2002.


"Ch. Wildwind's Mandalay Cool Cash", CD

Gordon Setter belonging to Kay McGuire, DVM,
Suburbia North Animal Hospital


Laura also trained "Quest" a Golden retriever belonging to Chris and Carolyn Carlson. He earned his title in 3 consecutive shows with placements.


"Mikey" in obedience competition


Kathleen & "Tex" learning side pass

References will be made available upon request.

CD: Companion Dog
CDX: Companion Dog Excellent
UD: Utility Dog
UDX: Utility Dog Excellent
OTCh: Obedience Trial Champion
JH: Junior Hunter

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