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CCCI Obedience/Performance Committee

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Can Chows do it? Yes, they can!

The goal of the Obedience/Performance Committee is to encourage and support participation in training and obedience competition among Chow Chow owners. Competitive AKC events include obedience, rally, agility, and tracking. The Club gives awards in several categories for club members’ achievements in performance events.

For more information about the Obedience Committee and its newsletter “Chow Train”, contact committee chair Louise Wilson.


The AKC Canine Good Citizen® Program (CGC)

Could your Chow be an AKC Canine Good Citizen? CGC is a certification program that is designed to reward dogs who have good manners at home and in the community. The Canine Good Citizen Program is a two-part program that stresses responsible pet ownership for owners and basic good manners for dogs.

Many dog owners choose Canine Good Citizen training as the first step in training their dogs. The CGC Program lays the foundation for other AKC activities such as obedience, rally, agility, tracking, and performance events. As you work with your dog to teach the CGC skills, you'll discover the many benefits and joys of training your dog. Training will enhance the bond between you and your dog. Dogs who have a solid obedience education are a joy to live with. They respond well to household routines, have good manners in the presence of people and other dogs, and they fully enjoy the company of the owner who took the time to provide training, intellectual stimulation, and a high quality life.

The CCCI offers CGC testing at every national specialty show. For more information on CGC, visit


What is Rally?

Rally is a sport in which the dog and handler complete a course that has been designed by the rally judge. The dog and handler proceed at their own pace through a course of designated stations (10 - 20, depending on the level). Each of these stations has a sign providing instructions regarding the next skill that is to be performed. Scoring is not as rigorous as in traditional obedience.

Unlimited communication from the handler to the dog is encouraged and not penalized. Unless otherwise specified in AKC regulations, handlers are permitted to talk, praise, encourage, clap their hands, pat their legs, or use any verbal means of encouragement. Multiple commands and/or signals using one or both arms and hands are allowed; the handler's arms need not be maintained in any particular position at any time.

Rally provides a link from the Canine Good Citizen® (CGC) program to obedience or agility competition, both for dogs and handlers. In addition, rally promotes fun and enjoyment for dogs at all levels of competition.

CCCI offers rally competition at most national specialty shows. For more information on AKC rally events, visit

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