Obedience classes at club
At all levels, training is focused on getting the dog to understand what it needs to do with confidence and enjoyment. The handler is guided into being a better dog handler through understanding the dogs behaviour and its method of learning and improving their guidance and communications with their dog.
The approach is positive and rewarding for both dog and handler.
Foundation Obedience gets you started on the right path to build your dogs ability and understanding of all the activities needed for Elementary and Beginners Tests. The Foundation Obedience class is run by instructors who are active and successful in all levels of obedience and therefore understand the real requirements for the dogs and handlers.
Competitive Obedience leads the dog and handlers along the path to achieve success in classes from Novice to Test C.
The Competitive Obedience class is run by highly experienced instructors that have trained dogs to become obedience champions.
Free-form Obedience class is for when your dog is competing at Test A level and above, and is a class where these experienced handlers assist each other in their development and performance improvement.
Requirements for enrolling in Obedience classes
Dogs should have completed Canine Good Basics and/or the Dog Manners class or an equivalent.
Handlers must have a good level of control of their dogs
Classes for Obedience are held on Tuesday from 6-7pm.
Obedience as a competitive sport can be compared to the equestrian sport of dressage, with an emphasis on precision, responsiveness, and versatility. The extensive range of skills required provides plenty of variety and challenge for both dog and handler.
Dogs perform a series of set exercises, including heelwork, recalls, retrieving, scent work, stays, and distance work. The difficulty, length, andcomplexity of the exercises increases at each of the five levels of competition.
As well as competing for placings, a variety of awards and titles can be earned by Obedience dogs. This is a Dogs NZ recognised sport.
Modern training methods for Obedience are based on rewards and enjoyment. While points are not awarded for style or eagerness, a good competitive dog should be keen to work, full of confidence, quick and responsive, and obviously having fun!
This sport requires you to have a firm commitment to training to get the best results.The dogs love it and the handler learns a great deal about everything to do with dogs which can be very addictive.