The main objective of the obedience competition is to show the dog’s ability to obey the orders of the owner or handler, regardless of the situation and provocations from the side. At the same time, the relationship between the handler and the dog is of great importance, and how well the animal obeys it.
To participate in competitions, the dog must be more than 12 months old, and it must be registered in tribal books recognized by the ICF.Those dogs who behave aggressively, have any diseases or are blind or deaf are not allowed to compete. Females in heat are last. They are kept in a separate room where competitions are not held. Also, bitches that have whelped 7 weeks before the start of the competition or must give birth after 4 weeks are not allowed. The judge has to check any dog before the performance.
During the competition, the handler must follow the established rules. Otherwise, he may be disqualified. The handler is forbidden to punish the dog, use electric and prickly collars and other methods of coercion, which include toys. A delicacy promotion is allowed after each completed exercise.
The whole parade is led by the chief administrator and the judge (referee), whose word is crucial in controversial situations.