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Obedience Trials (Japanese: ドッグコンテスト Dog Contest) are a type of contest in Nintendogs and Nintendogs + Cats. It is the only contest to be played on an AR card in the 3DS version.

Obedience - beginner start

The Obedience Trial in Nintendogs

Objective

The goal of an Obedience Trial is to follow a handful of commands selected by the judges within a given time limit. Players should teach the dogs the required tricks for each respective Obedience Class before entering a Trial; dogs will be better rewarded for cooperation and discipline, so it is important to train them beforehand.

Dogs may be asked to "hold" a trick for a certain duration. This can be difficult to pull off without proper practice, so it is essential that the player not only teach the dog these tricks, but continue practicing with their dog.

Scoring

In an Obedience Trial, the dogs are scored on a scale of 0.00 to 10.00 points, with 10.00 being the highest possible score a dog can receive. This scoring is based on how quickly the dogs can perform the given command, the difficulty of the trick that the dog executes, and how well groomed and cared-for the dog is (Nintendogs).

Dogs will be given 35 seconds to perform each trick, though the duration that the dog will be asked to hold a trick varies depending on class/cup.

Each class is required to know the tricks from the previous class.

The trainer can lose points if the dog repeatedly disobeys them and if they miss a trick-- which can happen if the dog runs out of time or if it performs the wrong trick. However, players can compensate for the missed points if the dog is well-groomed (Nintendogs)-- it is possible to score 9.99 points even after missing a single trick, though the dog must make up the difference by performing advanced tricks during freestyle and/or performing the required tricks with advanced commands that can be learned from that root trick (i.e. "Breakdancing" when asked to Roll Over and Spin by the judges).

Nintendogs

InstructionManual Obedience

Obedience Trial information found in the Nintendogs instruction manual

In Nintendogs, grooming or bathing a dog until it sparkles will encourage the judges to give the dogs more points-- the best way to clean a dog for a trial is to bathe with the appropriate shampoo and brush it immediately afterwards, which will keep the shine in its fur for longer.

There is the possibility that, in higher classes (Nintendogs), the dog may be asked to hold a trick for the same length as in a lower class (i.e. hold a trick for 5 seconds in Championship)-- though it will likely be a trick with a higher difficulty.

If the dog performs the wrong trick, the touch screen will say "Miss!" If it runs out of time, the touch screen will say "Time's Up!"

At the end of each trial the player will be given a period of Free Performance.

Class Standard time Trick duration New tricks required Money earned
Beginner Class 20 seconds
  • Sit
  • Shake
  • Lie Down
$100 for first place
$50 for second place
$30 for third place
Open Class 35 seconds
  • Roll Over
  • Spin
$200 for first place
$100 for second place
$60 for third place
Expert Class 35 seconds
  • Jump
  • Beg
$600 for first place
$300 for second place
$150 for third place
Master Class 35 seconds
  • Hold "Sit" for 15 seconds
  • Hold "Lie Down" for 15 seconds
  • Hold "Roll Over" for 15 seconds
$1000 for first place
$500 for second place
$270 for third place
Championship 35 seconds
  • Hold "Lie Down" for 20 seconds
  • Hold "Roll Over" for 20 seconds
  • Hold "Beg" for 20 seconds
  • Hold "Spin" for 20 seconds
$2000 for first place
$1000 for second place
$600 for third place

Nintendogs + Cats

In Nintendogs + Cats, the player must have one AR Card to display the dog on when they participate in an Obedience Trial.

Cup Standard time Trick duration New tricks required Money earned
Junior Cup 35 seconds
  • Sit Down
  • Left Paw
  • Right Paw
$ for first place
$ for second place
$ for third place
Open Class 35 seconds
  • Lie Down
  • Play Dead
  • Spin
$ for first place
$ for second place
$ for third place
Expert Class 35 seconds
  • Sit Up
  • Jump
  • Roll Over
$ for first place
$ for second place
$ for third place
Master Class 35 seconds
  • Sneeze
  • Say Please
  • Stand Up
  • Cheer
$1000 for first place
$ for second place
$ for third place
Championship 35 seconds
  • Beg
  • Handstand
  • Breakdance
$ and a victory specs* for first place

$ for second place

$ for third place

*The player can only receive one victory specs per pet.

Training

Main article: Tricks

Gallery

Nintendogs

 


Nintendogs + Cats

 

Trivia

  • The audience from the Beginner Class of the Obedience Trial can be seen in front of the Beginner Class in the Disc Competition as well.
  • The player cannot be placed 2nd if two dogs are tied 1st.
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