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.