Exactly what is Dog Training you may ask. Define the word "Training" in the dictionary; Training is:
the education, instruction, or discipline of a person, animal or thing that is being trained:eg He's training for the CRUFTS Dog Obedience competition.
the status or condition of a person, animal or thing who has been trained: eg Canine Athletes in top training.
Training results in a controlled dog, one that does not bother the neighbours or their pets. Trained dogs do not baulk at grooming procedures or veterinarian's examination. Training stimulates your dog's intelligence and gives its life meaning by letting it know how to please you. In an emergency, training can save your dog's life! Training ensures that our favourite companion, the dog will be welcomed and respected members of their communities when they are trained to act mannerly in the home, in public places, and in the presence of other dogs.
We offer courses that prepare you and your dog for the skills needed for everyday life situations using only Reward-based training methods, these courses allow you and your dog to work with others who share your goal.
Dog Training Courses are typically divided into three categories some with sub-categories;
a. "Canine Good Citizen, CGC." CGC is fun, useful and will help you and your dog establish a closer bond.Every dog should respond to at least four basic commands to function acceptably in public:"heel," "sit," "down," and "stay." We will also train further on Attention training and behavioural training. Response to these commands gives dogs the social skills that defuse anti-canine feelings and foster good citizenship. However, your dog is not capable of training itself. It needs your help to become a Canine Good Citizen.
b. "Competitive Dog Obedience Training" This sport consists of precise and accurate training required on the part of you the owner and your dog. You demand attentiveness and promptness from your dog even with distractions around. This training usually consists of Sets of exercises that a trained dog should demonstrate which includes "Heeling," a dog walking nicely beside owner without lunging forward or pulling. "Recall," a dog comes when called."Stand for examination (temperament testing)," a dog able to stand on command when he is required to be examined by visitors, vets, groomers without growling, barking or jumping on them. "Sit-Stays," a dog is able to sit stationary for short period of time and wait for owner's return even when there are distractions around. "Down-Stays," a dog will be on a stationary down position for longer periods of time waiting for owner to come pick him up even with distractions around him. There are also higher levels of dog obedience training depending on the goals you want in training for your dog. Often these levels are closely linked to Competitive Dog Obedience which can be a fun sport for you and your dog. This levels of training include retrieving objects, Recall exercises with a fast drop to the down position in case of emergencies. Distance Control, to control your dogs at distance to sit, stand or down. Food Refusal, dogs are taught not to eat from any strangers hand on command. Directed jumping, sending your dog to a specific area and commanding him to jump over the correct obstacle.
c. "Dog Sports." Over the years, many dog sports have been developed and dog owners can play for fun and exercise or for competition. Most of these activities are open to both purebred and mixed-breed dogs Dog sports are activities which you and your dog can participate in order to bring out the best in your companion; Agility, Flyball.
It does not end here, there are other dog sports like Frisbee catching, Doggy Dancing, lure coursing, terrier trials, retrieving trials, hunting tests, herding trials and much, much more.All these dog training can be played for fun or for competition. It's your choice. All you need is a dog with the instinct, attitude and physical capability to play the sport and your time, patience and training ability.
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