Dog City DayCare’s description of Obedience Training is that it is typically affiliated with the term “Dog Training.” Within our Obedience Training session your puppy or dog (depending on the age you bring your fine canine specimen) will learn voice commands / hand commands to allow the puppy / dog to “Sit,” “Stay,” and lie “Down.” These are tasks which certainly the owner can do on their own time for free, however, joining a class has distinct advantages. As a dog owner, your biggest decision will be to sign up in a group training setting or go at it alone. As dogs are social creatures they will, in fact, want to do something that pleases you and, at the same time excel through and by the socialization presented in these training classes.
These classes are not only for puppies and geared toward instilling a pattern of behavior for dogs when they are socializing but can be adapted to train even older dogs. This is for dogs of all ages and sizes! It is never too late to take your dog to school or back to school if he/she needs it.
There can be some issues that arise that require you to instill some “Behavioral Modification.” If they are obsessing over their dog dish, becoming increasingly challenging when new people come into your home or when meeting new people when you are out for a walk. Perhaps your furry family member is not coming when called? Any dog with issues can be very frustrating and, with that in mind, please note this is not something they do on purpose. Your dog is just being a dog, and animal behaviorists can teach you how to teach your dog to be a better companion. This way your pet is not going to be making you feel anxiety or other negative emotions over his / her need for behavioral training.
Canine Good Citizen Test
The American Kennel Club (hereinafter ‘AKC’) put in place a specialized test for dogs which is demonstrative of how well-behaved or ‘under control’ your pet can be. This test is titled the “Canine Good Citizen Test” (hereinafter ‘CGC Test’). Essentially this test is made up of ten (10) steps that encompass such items as the ability to remain in a ‘sit’ position, ‘down’ position, coming when called, allowing a pet from a stranger, tolerance for grooming, and others. The CGC Test is quite a hurdle for dogs and, in our opinion here at Dog City DayCare the test is also quite a hurdle for the owner. Any pre-training for this test will be a wide array of repetitive tests between the owner and their dog. This test is truly worth the time and money to assure the fact that the owner has a dog which is deemed a “good citizen.” Please do not hesitate to take a look at the AKC page explaining this test.
According to the AKC:
Not only does CGC training create long-lasting trust between you and your pup, but also ensures you’ll be good neighbors and friends to everyone around you—and, if you’re interested in going beyond the basics, CGC also lays the foundation for other AKC sports and activities like obedience, agility, tracking, and performance events. See: https://www.akc.org/products-services/training-programs/canine-good-citizen.
In a post-mastery environment your puppy or dog is now ready for the next step in testing. Why not try an agility class which includes: ladders, tunnels, weave poles and other fun items. The point is to get your puppy to complete this course as fast as he can which can be quite a bit of fun for the owner and his puppy or dog. Gaining knowledge of the more difficult commands works the mind and the body of the dog so that they truly begin to enjoy the entire process. Whether your wish is to make this a more serious endeavor by entering into competitions or just to know you have done everything you can to assure your dog’s wonderful life of obedience and fun. Your dog has one goal, believe it or not, and that is to follow your direction and be the best friend to you they can be.
When you find yourself sitting and gazing at your dog do you think that they would be a wonderful candidate for a therapy dog? If your dog is calm and loves to please then this may be the correct fit. Any training as a therapy dog would be perfect for a canine with this type of temperament. Therapy dogs comfort nursing home / hospital patients, cheer up children undergoing various medical procedures, and provide a tranquil environment for those who may be about to testify in a courtroom proceeding. Of course, these therapy dogs are also quite good for any number of trauma victims as well.