What does obedience mean?
Obedience – the „university“ of submission
Many dogs want to learn and do more. Sometimes the “basic obedience training” is not enough for your dog, so you as an owner may want to do more. My recommendation in this case is the “Obedience” course. Through this additional training, your dog will learn to right brainwork and, with the help of distance control, to behave appropriately even when they may be farther away. This training is focused on perfecting obedience with difficult tasks, in which dog and man are introduced as a team in small steps.
We are not working towards a championship here. We work in small groups that can range from all experience levels (Beginner, Class 1, Class 2, and Class 3). The only goal here is that your dog stays busy and you have some fun with them. The nice thing about obedience is that even older or slightly disabled dogs can join – there are no physical constraints for obedience for the dog or the owner. Unlike many other dog sports, obedience is also accessible to disabled people – we even have wheelchair users who take part. The focus here quality, not speed, so everyone, regardless of sport ability, can be successful here.
Submission is perfected with obedience. For this reason, I think that obedience is the best preparation for exams, such as the companion dog test (Begleithundprüfung), because the commands – walking with/out leash, the sit and stay, standing, the remaining exercises with and without visual contact, retrieving, and the odor identification of several woods – become components of daily training. Distance control is a very important part of the training, in which the dog, far away from its owner, performs a series of position changes (sit, stay, stand), without moving from their spot. The training can be considered “soft” but the level of submission and obedience gained is quite high.
Yara & Obedience
Below are a few video clips from our “Puppy Obedience Beginner Group”. In these videos you can see the 5th lesson which is the beginning of our obedience series which consists of 40 lessons.
Usually we were a group of 5, but one dog was missing that day. All dogs are between the ages of 13 and 15 months and have learned basic obedience in one-on-one lessons.
You can see that everyone is working well together, even at their “tender” ages and I am very excited at the progress of each pair. Apart from that, you can also see how many different breeds can work together in such harmony.
First, we have the dogs warm up with a small course – that day was about 30°C. and then we got to work. Square-work: SIT, DOWN and STAND in movement with different twists (unfortunately not on video), the so-called BOX, wood fetching, calm retention, stopping the dog at recall by the STAND-command and then as well by the DOWN-command.
We still have ways to go, but the group is doing very well, and, of course, Yara is doing a great job!
Have fun watching – of course I will inform you with new videos about the progress of our high-class obedience.
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