Dog Competition Obedience Training

Whether you are a seasoned competitor or just beginning your journey into the sport of competition obedience, Laura provides 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, Laura provides one-on-one instruction tailored for you and your dog providing you a competitive edge. Laura structures 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, OTCh. Holway Destinee ByDesign UDX2, WCX, JH "Desi" 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 has since completed his Obedience Trial Championship, has been nationally ranked, and received an invitation from the American Kennel Club to the Obedience Invitational Tournament in California.


"Desi" with his record-setting 200's


"Desi" in competition


Laura has also completed the Obedience Trial Championship on OTCh FeatherQuest Jade ByDesign UDX2 SH, WCX - better known as "Quest". Quest received National Ranking and was invited by the American Kennel Club to compete in the AKC's National Invitational Competition held in California.

"Quest" in action


Laura has 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 Laura trained are personally owned by her.

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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