I am ecstatic beyond words to announce that Rock Star earned the Utility Dog (UD) title! This was my proverbial brass ring! The AKC reported that Rock was one of only two dachshunds in the entire country in 2017 with this distinction! Training this program was a lot of work, but well worth it in the end! I am very proud of this awesome dog.
For those viewers unfamiliar with the UD title, it is the most challenging obedience class offered by the AKC. Only those dogs at the top level of their obedience training can successfully compete in the utility class.
We did it! We did it! Good boy, Rock Star!!
CH Harlequin Philadelphia Freedom ML UD RE MX MXJ OF CA
Obedience training is a priority for our dogs at Harlequin Dachshunds. The Utility Class is the most challenging class offered by the AKC. All exercises, including heeling, are off-lead. Rock Star is wonderful! Watch each exercise and see how training can result in a beautiful program, even for a dachshund! The dog loves the challenge and is happy to comply! No sniffing or blowing off the exercises. This is also an example of great bonding between owner and dog! (You need to “refresh” the page to watch again.)
Rock Star earns his first leg in Utility Class! Wowie!! He has surpassed all expectations by successfully competing in Utility! This is the highest and most challenging obedience class offered by the AKC. Very proud of our boy! Photos below show scent articles and bar jump recall exercises.
I am so proud that Chelsea finished competing in Novice Obedience by taking the High In Trial (HIT) Award at the Potomac Basset Hound Club trial in Richmond, Virginia in June, 2015! Now time for her to tackle retrieving the dumbbell in the Open class! What a good girl!
With great pride, I introduce “Rock Star” who recently completed his Companion Dog Excellent (CDX) title and is now on his way to earning the coveted Utility (UD) title in obedience! The photo below shows Rock after -not only qualifying- but winning FIRST Placement in the Open A class, at the Dachshund Club of America National Specialty show in Chattanooga, Tennessee! Rock Star also took FIRST Place in the Open A class at the Lower Bucks All-Breed Obedience Trial in New Jersey! Just a fabulous obedience dog!