Advancing beyond the basic dog training

If you are the type of trainer who has gone and gotten through all the basic types of training with your dog like commands such as, "Sit", "Stay", etc and is well-trained, congratulations! Maybe it is time for you to go into more of a complex type of training.

Dog obedience trials

Obedience trials are options you have that do not cost a bundle of money. There are always obedience trials going on and everyone is allowed to participate. People and dogs of all ages are welcome to participate in these events and all types of breeds are allowed in on the fun. The great thing about these events is that it inspires competitiveness, and anyone can end up in the winning circle. People and trainers who take part of these events experience the reward of all the effort and time put into their dogs. These obedience trials test a dog's capacity to carry out accurate exercises. The AKC (American kennel Club) authorizes these kinds of events. The AKC has thousands of field trial, as well as specialty clubs, and there are many AKC authorized dog shows that happen all the time on a weekly basis all over the US. There are also other similar clubs such as the United kennel Club and the States kennel Club, which are very rapidly becoming trendy. The rules generally are the same in all these clubs or at least very similar. These are popular for people who are interested in taking their dogs and winning titles. If this is your interest as a proud dog owner there are some guidelines on how and what your dog must be trained to do. Here is a list of the classes, type of titles, and a review of the prerequisites you will need to know about:

Novice: Companion Dog (CD) – Novice is the only class where a dog is allowed to be on the leash for a part of the presentation. Some of the competition includes on and off leash heeling, stand and recall, sit and down stay. The trainer is allowed to guide the dog by the collar after the leash has been taken off the dog while moving him from one exercise to the next.

Open: Companion Dog Excellent (CDX) – This level is more challenging as it involves not having the trainer around. In this level the dog must obey commands such as, retrieve on flat, drop on recall, broad jump, retrieve over high jump, as well as sit and down stay.

Utility: Utility Dog (UD) – In this level or category hand signals are tested as well as discrimination of scent, moving stand, directed jumping and retrieving.

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