Obedience events test the training of dogs as they perform a series of exercises at the command of their handler.
There are several levels of competition, ranging from basic commands such as “sit,” “come” and “heel” to scent discrimination and directed retrieves over jumps. The classes are further divided by the experience of the handler as well. All dogs start their competition with a perfect score, and points are deducted according to the performance of dog and handler.
Obedience events offer an opportunity for the handler and dog to form a special bond of trust unequaled in other events.
AKC has specific regulations for performing various moves in obedience. The dog and handler have 200 points on entering the ring. As the judge judges their performance, points are subtracted for mistakes. Commands or hand signals can be used in the lower levels. Dogs are lined up in a row and told to “stay” as the handlers walk to the other side of the ring and wait for the judge’s command to return to their dog. This is also done in the down position. Dogs must stay in the position that the handler told them. As the dog moves up to the open and utility level, some jumping, retrieving, scent discrimination and distance work are performed. The dog must qualify in three trials to receive a title.
Puppy Obedience – 6 Weeks for $95
You and your dog will learn controlled walking & how to listen. Commands for recall, sit, wait, and down are introduced. We will also discuss other topics such as housebreaking, chewing, and barking. Your dog will be around other dogs to help them learn to socialize with other dogs. You will learn how to make training fun and fit into everyday routines.
Beginning Obedience – 6 Weeks for $95
You and your dog will learn how to walk on a leash at your side. Continue to perfect a sit, stand, recall, and down. Your dog will learn to stay in a sit and down position while you walk away from them. Graduation is a fun event for those who just want a well behaved companion. A more formal graduation is held for those who want to show in the obedience ring.
Advanced Beginning Obedience
You and your dog will continue to build on those skills and commands from Basic Obedience. Some classes will be held at Pine Meadows Farm and other classes will be held outside at different locations to perfect your dogs skills.
Intermediate Obedience (available upon request)
You and your dog will continue to build on those skills and commands from Advanced Beginning Obedience. Dog will be worked off leash. Some classes will be held at Pine Meadows Farm, and other classes will be held outside and at different locations to perfect your dogs skills off leash.
Canine Good Citizen classes and Therapy Dog classes are available throughout the year.