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Obedience and Agility

Golden Retrievers have been successful in top class competition in both Obedience tests and Agility competitions. Although both these fields of competition are dominated by the speed and nimbleness of Working Sheepdogs, handlers with Goldens can exploit their natural working ability and gain great satisfaction and fun from training, and enjoy success in the arena if you wish to compete.

For Obedience, the starting point must be to find a club or training group that you can join, with experienced trainers to teach you to train your dog. Your regional Golden Retriever Club may be able to help you find a training group or put you in contact with members that already compete.

For Agility, the biggest problem is gaining the use of a set of Agility equipment. The best way to start is to find an Agility club that runs courses for beginners. This gives the opportunity to find out if both you and your dog are going to enjoy training and competing. The organising club will also be able to advise you on where you can find facilities if you want to carry on training and competing.

Obedience and Agility competitions are advertised in a specialist magazine called 'Dog Training Weekly'. Most training clubs normally have a copy available for members to peruse.

Most of the Golden Retriever clubs run a Limited Obedience show for Golden Retrievers only in conjunction with their breed shows. It is worthwhile to visit your local club show and ask the competitors for advice and guidance on local training groups etc.