Evansville Obedience Club

Our Training Seminars

Let's Talk Obedience!

a weekend with two AKC judges

A Foray into the Minds of Rich & Pat Strong

September 23 & 24, 2017 · 9 am-4 pm

Sponsored by the Evansville Obedience Club

“To excel in your game, you must master the regulations and procedures of your game!”


  • An In-depth Look at Key AKC Regulations
  • Judge’s Guidelines and Expectations
  • Ring Setup & Judge’s Positioning
  • Exhibitor Handling & Ring Procedure
  • Scoring & Judgment Calls
  • Situational Analysis
  • Demonstration Teams - 40' x 50' Ring
  • Try Your Own Judging
  • New Regulations from the 2017 Obedience Advisory Committee
  • Discussion – The Future of AKC Obedience

This seminar is open to all obedience enthusiasts who would like to experience a unique and entertaining study of the sport of Obedience. It will be an interactive, two-day, open-to-the-public seminar that will be modeled somewhat after some of the great AKC judging seminars from the past. Understand what Rich and Pat look for as active exhibitors, instructors and judges.

Foundation and Novice related classes will be covered on Saturday. Open and Utility related classes will be dissected on Sunday followed by discussion on the future of the sport.

Lunch and chairs will be provided both days. Current copies of the AKC Rules and Regulations will be available.

Disclaimers: This is NOT a training methods seminar. Although it will be unbelievably informative and entertaining, it will not satisfy any AKC obedience judges’ educational requirements. Rally will not be on this agenda.

Rich & Pat Strong have been approved to judge AKC Obedience Trials for a combined total of over 45 years, scoring more than 200,000 teams. They have been teaching classes for over 50 years and have been training and exhibiting at AKC trials for over 70 years. They have judged multiple competitive tournaments including the AKC's NOI, NOC and Classic.


Registration Form (Closing date is Sept. 1)

Only $75 for One person, one or both days!

Make checks payable to Evansville Obedience Club. Mail this form, with payment, to:

Debbie Purdy
1168 Carroll Gentry Road
Madisonville, KY 42431

Or contact her by email at debbiepurdy@bellsouth.net or phone (270) 339-0630. Final details will be emailed to you within a couple of weeks of the seminar.


Download Entry Form

Name(s): __________________________________________________
Phone ____________________
Email address ________________________

Address: __________________________________________________
City: ________________________________________________________
State: Zip:_________________________

We need a few volunteer demo teams (with or without titles) at Novice, Open and Utility level. Should be dogs that could score in the 170's, 180's and 190's. Unless your dog is used as a demo, please do not bring him/her.

Your dog’s name: ____________________Breed: __________________________________ Age: ______________

Circle the highest level to which your dog is trained: Novice Open Utility

Estimate the average qualifying score for this dog: 170's 180's 190's

Your dog's titles (if any): ______________________________________Years you have been training: ____________

You will be emailed pertinent information (confirmation, motels, restaurants, etc) shortly after we receive your registration and fee. You will be emailed seminar hours, demo dog status and other last minute info about a week before the seminar.