By Merrielle Turnbull
The AKC separates its competition into regular and non-regular classes. Regular classes offer titles, while non-regular classes are often for working on skills or just having fun. Regular classes are also divided by "A" and "B" competition. The "A" classes are for dogs who have yet to earn that title, or, in the case of Novice A, for new handlers. With that in mind, here's a breakdown of Regular and Non-Regular Classes.
Are you ready for competition?
If you're new to the sport, or are starting a new dog, you might want to find a stand-alone obedience trial. While there are often obedience trials with conformation events, the noise and confusion may work against you and your nerves. A stand-alone event is likely smaller and quieter. And if you practice indoors only, you might not want to start with an outdoor show. Those Welshie noses might overcome their training or a butterfly or hot dog vendor might wander past...
If you think you'd enjoy the competition, and want to have that dog with a title on both ends, then obedience is a great place to start. You don't need the huge equipment of agility, or the vast spaces for tracking. Just a collar, leash, and the desire to have some fun teamwork.
For getting started in Obedience with your Welshie, see:
AKC Obedience at http://www.akc.org (type obedience in the search box)
Individual copies of the Rules and Regulations for AKC Obedience Trials may be obtained from the AKC at no charge.