Dog Obedience Training
Your dog is genetically determined to crave social order. He wants and needs leadership, and you--as his owner--are his best hope for providing guidance and leadership. But you can't expect your dog to automatically know and follow the rules of your household. Dog obedience training is your job.
Dogs are unique and have individual behavioral characteristics. Dog obedience training will help correct any behaviors that are unacceptable or annoying. The dog obedience training process will strengthen the bond between you and your dog. A dog that is trained to behave is safer, happier, and more confident.
If you really want to take your dog obedience training to a higher level, you may be interested in training to compete in dog obedience trials. Obedience trials are a sport that demonstrate your dog's ability to follow certain routines accurately and willingly in competition.
Obedience trials run by the American Kennel Club (AKC) are designed to "demonstrate the usefulness of the purebred dog as a companion to man." AKC obedience trials give owners an opportunity to showcase their well-behaved purebred dog and earn AKC titles and certificates. To be eligible to compete in AKC obedience trials, your dog must be registered with the AKC and be six months old or older. More than 150 breeds are recognized by the AKC.
To compete successfully in dog obedience trials, you should begin your dog obedience training as early as possible. Training a puppy is easier than an adult dog because there's nothing to "unlearn," but older dogs have competed successfully as well.
Dog obedience training to prepare for trials may be more demanding than you want to attempt at home alone unless you are experienced. Start by locating and contacting your local AKC club. They usually conduct several classes and use the latest training techniques. You should observe a class before signing up to see if it's right for you and your dog.
You can usually choose from several types of classes, include dog obedience training for puppies (three to five months old), basic training for older dogs, training that leads to behavior certificates, and training for specific AKC trials (obedience, agility, etc).
At the classes, the instructor will train you to train your dog, and you'll be expected to practice at home. Dog obedience training can be a lot of fun for you and your dog. Make sure to do your dog obedience training in lots of short sessions, not in one big long session.
Once you've done enough dog obedience training to feel ready for competition, you can enter an AKC obedience trial by submitting an entry form. You'll receive a schedule that lets you know when you'll be competing.
All the exercises are performed in a "ring." As you and your dog perform various exercises, you will be judged. The obedience trial judge compares your performance to standards outlined in AKC Obedience Regulations. After all dogs of a certain class have performed, then placements are awarded. AKC obedience trials usually award ribbons for the top four places.
This this type of dog obedience training sounds like something you want to go for, then start by registering your dog with the AKC. Make sure he's had all of his inoculations and a thorough health checkup. Find a local obedience club and get started with classes. Be sure to attend some obedience trials to see how things normally go.
Dog obedience training will truly enhance the relationship between you and your dog. It's a satisfying and rewarding hobby if you have the time and your dog has the temperament.
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