All club members are invited and encouraged to aim for 'competition standard' in their training, even if you have no intention of competing, as it offers a benchmark to the exercises you're learning in class, and the foundation for whatever you might want to achieve together with your dog in the future. Many of our successful triallers initially joined the club bringing a family pet for its general education or behaviour management, with no aspirations for competition (most people don't know such things exist) but found the experience so rewarding that they've stayed on and become 'hooked' on 'Dogsports', some bringing a succession of dogs through the classes over time; and sometimes several generations of a family become involved.
You don't have to be the star of your class to take this up, but you do have to be prepared to put in the time and effort to establish a good relationship with your dog, and be prepared for some disappointment along the way. We all understand the highs and lows of Dogsports, but competition success is just one of many rewards of participating in the Obedience community.
You are all encouraged to talk to your instructor, or the Head Instructor, if you'd like to aim for competition work. To enter a trial, you must first become a member of DogsSA (The South Australian Canine Association) and your dog must be registered with them too, either as a pedigreed or 'Associate' dog; but all that can wait until you're nearly ready to enter your first event; though it's worthwhile to check out the costs involved before deciding on a 'career' in Dogsports.
Members receive a monthly 'Journal' in which the schedules for forthcoming events are published, detailing dates, venues, judges, cost, and where, whern and how to submit entries.
The Journal is also available on line ( click here ) and many clubs also offer online entry and payment options.
Entry forms can be purchased from the club office, or from DogsSA, or a computer-generated exact copy of the official form is also acceptable; but you should be aware that Trial Secretaries can refuse to accept any form of entry which is incomplete or inappropriately presented (eg: not signed).