One of our teams, The Italian Job, qualified for the KC Obreedience Final at Crufts 2019
Qualified for the 2018 Finals but unable to compete at that stage due to bitches being in season and no substitutions allowed at that stage, The Italian Job were again successful in reaching the Obreedience Finals in 2019. Despite having to substitute a dog new to competition and the big ring, and another dog having to work for a different handler, the team did so well. Well done! We hope you all enjoyed the experience too…
Obreedience was launched by the Kennel Club in 2014, with the aim of offering a less formal style of competitive obedience in a group environment. Heats are held at various dog shows and events throughout the year, and a final takes place annually at Crufts in March.
The Team and the Exercises
A team of four handlers and four dogs (two are entered as reserves) of the same breed take part in two rounds of competition: Firstly, all team members complete a round of heelwork together as a group, and are scored on their ability to complete different moves and follow instructions whilst remaining synchronised with their team mates.
Then four set exercises, with each team owner/dog duo undertaking one exercise each out of: Retrieve (handler’s own article); Send to Bed (own bed); Recall with Stop; and Scent (retrieval of handler’s article with decoy articles present).
We welcome new team members...
We have had two Lagotto teams involved in Obreedience: The Italian Job in the North and I Quattro Lagotti (originally Lottie Team South) in the South. Here are some photos of our teams in action: