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This sport appeals to people who like to work in a structured precise way with their Swissy. With a bit of determination by the owner, most Swissys can obtain the basic obedience title of Companion Dog, CD. The following levels, Companion Dog Excellent CDX, and Utility Dog/Excellent UD and UDX, require very serious involvement and long hours of training. To date, only a few Swissys have reached the level of UD and UDX and just a handful have earned CDX titles.

Rally Obedience:
Rally obedience, or "Rally-O" as it has been termed by enthusiasts, is the newest American Kennel Club event. Rally-O combines characteristics of sports car racing, dog agility, and traditional obedience into a new fun sport. As it does with obedience and agility, AKC offers Rally titles at 3 levels, novice, advanced and excellent. Dogs and owners enjoy this change from the usual silent heeling of traditional obedience as their handlers can clap hands, talk, whistle (even sing!) to them throughout the entire course without penalty. This event is popular with Swissy owners and many Swissys have earned rally titles.

In this event, the handler directs the dog through an obstacle course, the performance is judged by time and accuracy. Dogs are run off leash, no food or toys as incentives are permitted nor can the handler touch the dog or the obstacles. Controls are obtained through voice, movement and body language. Courses are complicated enough that a dog could not complete them correctly without human direction, therefore, handler competence is crucial to succeed in this sport.
Dogs are divided into 6 height classes from 8" to 26" and above, with Swissys usually competing in the 24 and 26" and above divisions. Competition classes are agility and jumpers with weaves, with separate titles in each class ranging from novice to master excellent.
Swissys are quite agile for their size and those who are actively involved in this sport have done rather well. It would be great to see more Swissys participate in this fun activity.

Another interesting and challenging sport in which Swissys can participate. This activity is to encourage a dog to make use of its strongest facility, the ability to follow a scent trail. The competition emulates the finding of a lost person or article in a situation where the performance of the dog can be fairly assessed. The test is held in the 3 classes of Tracking Dog, Tracking Dog Excellent and Variable Surface tracking
To date, a handful of Swissys have earned the title of 'Tracking Dog'. The very first AKC tracking title for a Swissy was awarded to Ch. Ge-Lo Axel  Brush Creek v.Thrall who earned this title thanks to the hard work and dedication of his owner Christine Lero of Lee's Summit MO.

The AKC currently lists 40 breeds eligible to participate in its sanctioned events, including the Swissy and its Swiss cousins, the Appenzeller and Entlebucher Sennenhunde but interestingly, not the most popular Swiss Mountain Dog breed in the country, the Bernese Mountain Dog.
Swissys are drovers, i.e. the keep a herd together and move it from one area to another one versus gathering breeds such as Border Collies who tend to group and round up livestock.
After many years of hard work from Swissy herding enthusiasts, in 2008, the AKC finally admitted the breed to the group of breeds eligible to participate in its herding events.
While the AKC herding events are geared more towards gathering breeds, the trials are versatile enough that drovers such as Swissys do quite well.
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