Meet Our Top Dog Teams

First held in 1958, Top Dog is an annual competition between the dog clubs that are members of Southern California Dog Obedience Council.  VHOC has been competing since the beginning. 



November 18th


On November 18, 2017, all the participating Southern California Obedience Clubs found ourselves at our old stomping grounds at Pikes Peak Park in Norco for the annual Top Dog Competition. The weather was great and the day did not disappoint. The camaraderie of this friendly competition between clubs was alive and well, as was the presence of the unexpected that always cleverly finds its way to this day.


Our VHOC team was very diverse this year - our dogs were youngsters and oldsters, accomplished and unseasoned, along with, as always, a diversity of breeds. We even had a new mom on the team who recently completed her puppy raising duties!




Logo by Artist and VHOC Member

Carole Raschella

Logo by Artist and VHOC Member

Carole Raschella


November 12th


Our awesome VHOC 2016 Top Dog Team earned a very impressive 3rd place finish for our club this year!!


Along with the cool and crisp pleasantry of fall in the November air, our VHOC Top Dog Team received a welcome treat this year - a location close to home for most of our team members at Rancho Tapo Park in Simi Valley!

Fourteen Southern California Dog Obedience Council member clubs gathered on November 12th to strut their stuff amidst the camaraderie of fellow obedience competitors. This event offers the opportunity for club members to represent their respective clubs, ultimately in hopes of garnering the highest honor - Top Dog of 2016. 

There are six rings at Top Dog - two each for Novice, Open, and Utility.  The event consists of two rounds - the first round scores determine the club placements.  The top four scoring dogs in each ring are then called back for a second round after lunch to compete for individual placements. 

Our VHOC Top Dog Team did not disappoint - I am very proud of our achievement this year.  Along with our more seasoned team members, we had three very green dogs that had never competed in the ring at their level, and one dog that was just returning to work following a long, needed rest.  They were fantastic - all of them!