The 95th SKC Obedience Championship – A Winning Return for Dexter and Debra
August 4, 2012 was a special day for dog sport. It was the day, the Singapore Kennel Club (SKC) held its 95th Obedience Championship and more importantly, it was the day that Dexter and Debra Sim chose to return to competitive obedience trialing after a notable absence of nearly 3 years. And what an impact they immediately made on the competition. Dexter guided his dog Benji to 1stplace in the open category while his spouse Debra, together with her dog Millie, wiped off the competition in the pre-novice class with a masterful performance.While the win is not unexpected, given both Dexter and Debra’s excellent track record in the obedience ring, it was the fashion in which they carved out victory that was outstanding, Dexter scored 185 out of a possible 200 points, a whopping 9 points ahead of the second placed open competitor. It shows once again that in Singapore dog sport, Dexter is in a class of his own. Not to be outdone, Debra and Millie her dog scored 93 out of a possible 100 points or an incredible 6 points ahead of the nearest competitor in the pre-novice class, signaling her total dominance of that category of competition. The result also meant that Dexter and Debra were the only trailers scoring above 90% that day; it indeed marked a triumphant return for them both to the Singapore Kennel Club Obedience trials. More importantly, through their return, the standard of the competition was raised a notch higher and this should augur well for dog sports in Singapore.
The SKC 95th Obedience Championship was judged by Barbara Murfet, a leading Dog Sport figure in Australia and the current Chair of the National Dances with Dogs Committee of the Australian National Kennel Council. The event was held at the Multi-Purpose Hall of 110 Punggol Fields and attracted many residence living around the area. It was well ran and ended at around 2 pm after Barbara’s closing speech and the awards presentation ceremony.
Dog Obedience is a dog sport where dogs are required to perform a predetermined set of task under the directions of the handler. Some examples of exercises performed by dogs in obedience trials include, heelwork, recall, stand for examination, sit-stay, down-stay and in the upper classes, distance control, sent away, retrieve over jumps and scent discrimination etc. Through obedience training, dogs are taught to behave appropriately both at home and in public places. At Dog Training Singapore, we offer top quality dog obedience classes taught personally by Dexter and Debra Sim themselves, using positive rewards based methods that are humane and gentle on your dog.