Training for Obedience
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AKC Rally is the new dog sport that is taking the nation by storm, a successful stepping stone from the AKC Canine Good Citizen® program to the world of obedience or agility. Rally offers both the dogs and handlers an experience that is fun and energizing. The canine team moves at their own pace, very similar to rally-style auto racing. Rally was designed with the traditional pet owner in mind, but it can still be very challenging for those who enjoy higher levels of competition.
A rally course includes 10 to 20 stations, depending on the level. Scoring is not as rigorous as traditional obedience. Communication between handler and dog is encouraged and perfect heel position is not required, but there should be a sense of teamwork between the dog and handler. The main objective of rally is to produce dogs that have been trained to behave in the home, in public places, and in the presence of other dogs, in a manner that will reflect positively on the sport of rally at all times and under all conditions.
Why do Rally if I don’t want to compete? Quite simply…because the more you work on your communication and teamwork with your dog, the easier they are to live with. Rally is a fun class because we now work on the handler having to process things (just like in day to day life) and communicate them to their dog on the fly. And you may have so much fun, you may just want to put your toe in the water of a trial…but if not, it’s okay! The benefits the training does for you guys is well worth it! Rally-O Novice: class will cover all skills needed to successful complete a Novice level Rally-O course (Prerequisite: Beginner Obedience level skills) Rally-O Advanced: learn Advanced level stations and practice completing Advanced level courses (Prerequisite: Novice Rally Obedience) Rally-O Excellent: learn Excellent level stations and practice running through Excellent level Rally-O courses (Prerequisite: Advanced Rally Obedience)
CGC Prep: (Intermediate obedience)
Welcome to the AKC's Canine Good Citizen (CGC) Program. Started in 1989, the CGC Program is designed to reward dogs who have good manners at home and in the community. The Canine Good Citizen Program is a two-part program that stresses responsible pet ownership for owners and basic good manners for dogs. All dogs who pass the 10-step CGC test may receive a certificate from the American Kennel Club.
Many dog owners choose Canine Good Citizen training as the first step in training their dogs. As you work with your dog to teach the CGC skills, you'll discover the many benefits and joys of training your dog. Training will enhance the bond between you and your dog. Dogs who have a solid obedience education are a joy to live with-they respond well to household routines, have good manners in the presence of people and other dogs, and they fully enjoy the company of the owner who took the time to provide training, intellectual stimulation, and a high quality life.
Class will go over and practice the 10 steps on the American Kennel Club's Canine Good Citizen Test. Day 1 we will do a mock test to evaluate what each dog needs to practice the most. For a list of test items and descriptions click: http://images.akc.org/pdf/cgc/GK9GC1.pdf (Prerequisite: Dog should have at least Beginner Obedience skills)
Cost: $75 ;
Location: GCPR Training Field; check event calendar for location or call.
CGC Advanced/Urban Prep: (Advanced Obedience)
This is one of the most fun and rewarding classes we offer. Now that we have basic control under distraction with our dogs, it’s time to put it out in the real world. This class takes place off-site in various locations. This class is focused in preparing people to pass the Advanced or Urban CGC.
AKC Urban CGC requires that the dog demonstrate CGC skills and beyond in an urban setting. As with Canine Good Citizen, AKC Urban CGC has a 10-step test of skills that dogs must pass to earn the official AKC Urban CGC title. This is a title that appears on the dog’s title record at AKC. The test is comprised of these everyday challenges: These are real life challenges for the dogs; we feel strongly that every dog whose owner wants to take them out and about will benefit from training to this level, this is mandatory for our service and therapy dogs in training.
Location: TBA on weekly basis; check event calendar for location or call.
Pre-Requisite: Must have CGC certificate; this class requires a mastery of basic skills.
Sport Dog Foundations
What is in drive or sport obedience? Very simply, obedience based on utilizing rewards that satisfy the dogs instinctive drives. WHAT???? When we added dock diving to our offerings, I spent the better part of the summer realizing that most people don’t know how to get a dog to do something unless it was for food. Most people don’t understand the dynamics of play and how it relates to obedience.
There is nothing wrong with using food for obedience (we use it a lot!!). However there is a time that we teach a dog that they can get very intense correct play from us. Once someone learns how to do that, they unlock the door to in-drive obedience…WHY? Very simply, most people do very well with obedience when not around distractions; but as soon as they bicycle whizzes by, they lose the dogs focus. Why is that? Very simple, the bicycle triggered the dogs prey drive. And you were boring. Sorry, sometimes the truth does sting a bit. But by discovering how we can trigger the dogs prey drive, we can be less boring and therefore keep our dogs focus under higher and higher distraction levels.
It allows us extreme levels of control when our dogs are in very high states of arousal. This is very useful in the dog sport arena where we are amidst all types of distractions. Many people already in dog sports are pretty good at this.
Private Training Options;
ObediencePrivate Lessons: Initial Set
Working with you one-on-one allows us to get to you and your dog and tailor a program specifically for you. At our first session we will discuss your specific goals, desired methodologies, assess your dog and get started on the path to reaching your goals. We have a very systematic program that we begin during the private lessons that involve a fair amount of homework from the handler and dog team. We always say, that we can’t train your dog in 30 minutes per week. It’s our job to train you to train your dog. Coaching in understanding why dogs are behaving the way they are, how they learn, and how we can modify our own selves to better teach them will assist you in reaching your goals with your dog.
We are very analytical in our approach, and we recognize the pace, needs, and resources of each dog team vary and we adjust accordingly. Most of all, we focus on working with you to reach your goals in a manner that you are comfortable with. Focus in the initial session (unless we mutually decide otherwise) are the following commands: Name recognition, Sit, Down, Stand, Look, Heel, Come, Leave It, and we hope to get to stay and wait.
We are very versed in behavioral issues and this program is an ideal situation to begin disecting those issues, though don’t expect to deal with significant behavioral issues in 4-6 weeks. Because we are working with you one-on-one we can teach you the tools first in an environment where you are not hampered with other dogs in class. This helps you to progress faster as the instruction is tailored to you and your dog. Once you have mastered the training in our protected environment, then we can design a program for you to deal with the behavior issues.