Dog tricks test obedience

By Kelly McCarthy

July 19, 2013 Updated Jul 20, 2013 at 12:42 AM EDT

Town of Dickinson, NY (WBNG Binghamton) Dog owners take the stage at SUNY Broome to test the obedience of their loyal friends.

Friday marked the first of a three-day obedience competition put on by the Susque-Nango Kennel Club.

The event takes place at SUNY Broome Ice Center and will continue through the weekend.

Dogs of all breeds and levels of obedience are scored by American Kennel Club judges.

Dogs tested at the expert level are tested on jumping, scent identification and hand signals with their owner.

Club members say having a well-trained pet is worth more than a winning title.

"Especially if your dog is a little rowdy," said Sue Tong, president of the Susque-Nango Kennel Club. "And you have people over, you'd like the dog to behave, so there are many benefits to doing this."

This is the fifth year Susque-Nango Kennel Club put on an obedience trial, and it's the biggest turnout yet.

There are nearly 150 entries for each day of action.

"And they're here competing," Tong said, "Trying to get qualifying scores from your different judges so they can get titles for their dogs."