Obedience competitions test the ability of the dog and the owner to work together. Some skills required for obedience competitions include retrieving, scent discrimination, coming to heel, and hand signals. The great thing about obedience competitions is that every dog can go home a winner, because the trials include scored exercises where your dog is really only competing with himself.
Obedience training is foundational for all organized canine sports. If a dog does not have a competence in obedience, he will be unsuccessful in agility, tracking, and other sports.