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From Betty Pearson, President of SDOC:  We will be closed through the June 7, 2020 at least. Please check back here for updates. In keeping with the NM Governor's Public Health Order dated May15, 2020, All facilities at SDOC, including the agility yard, are closed for an unforeseeable time. Stay home, train your dog there, and stay in touch with friends via text, email, video, social media, or telephone. Like everyone, I hope it will not be very long but the reality is it could be. Stay safe and healthy.

An inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 exists in any public place where people are present. COVID-19 is an extremely contagious disease that can lead to severe illness and death. By attending any Sandia Dog Obedience Club class or event, you voluntarily assume all risks related to exposure to COVID-19.

As you further your (and your dog’s) training, the idea of competing may slowly creep into your mind. Whether you do well at your first trial or not, competing tends to drive you to train harder and increase the bond with your dog. So, what types of competition are there? What titles can be earned and what do those mysterious letters mean?

Since SDOC is an AKC member club, we will focus primarily on AKC competitions and titles that are available for any breed to earn*. Below are some of the titles (and those letters) that you can earn with your dog. For a complete listing of all titles and their associated requirements, please visit the AKC web site at

Level Obedience Agility Rally Tracking**
CD (Champion Dog) NA (Novice Agility)
NAJ (Novice Agility Jumpers with Weaves)
NF (Novice Fast)
RN (Rally Novice) TD (Tracking Dog)
CDX (Champion Dog Excellent) OA (Open Agility)
OAJ (Open Agility with Jumpers and Weaves)
OF (Open Fast)
RI (Rally Intermediate)
RA (Rally Advance)
TDX (Tracking Dog Excellent)
Excellent UD (Utility Dog) AX (Agility Excellent)
AXJ (Agility Excellent with Jumpers and Weaves)
XF (Excellent Fast)

RE (Rally Excellent)
RAE (Rally Advanced Excellent)

VST (Variable Surface Tracking)
Masters UDX (Utility Dog Excellent) MX (Masters Excellent)
MXJ (Masters Excellent with Jumpers and Weaves)
MXF (Masters Excellent Fast)
RM (Ralley Masters) CT (Champion Tracker)
Champion OTCH (Obedience Trial Champion) MACH / PACH* (Masters Agility Champion)  RACH (Rally Champion)  

*The PACH title (Preferred Agility Champion) has the same requirements as the MACH, but the dog jumps at 4-inches lower than their regular jump height. Basically, PACH = MACH – 4 inches of jump height.

**Tracking titles may not be available for non-AKC recognized breeds.


 For Scent Work, the following titles are available

Level Scent Work Container Scent Work Interior Scent Work Exterior Scent Work Buried

So how do you get started? Ask any instructor or student that is competing (we love to talk about it). Every so often, SDOC will offer trial prep / competition prep courses. When these courses are offered, they will be listed on the Classes page.