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Obedience training doesn't solve all behaviour problems, but it is the foundation for solving just about any problems. Training opens up a line of communication between you and your dog. Effective communication is necessary to instruct your dog about what you want her to do. You can teach her anything from "stay" (don't bolt out the door) to "sit" (don't jump up on visitors) to "off" (don't chew the furniture)

Obedience training should be fun and rewarding for you and your dog. It can enrich your relationship and make living together more enjoyable. A well trained dog is more confident and can more safely be allowed a greater amount of freedom than an untrained one. A trained dog will come when called.

Some people debate whether or not it is possible to train puppies, and others ask whether it is possible to teach an old dog new tricks. The answer to both is an unequivocal YES. Whatever the age of your dog, the right time to begin training is right now! The most important time in your dog's life is right now. Your dog's behaviour is constantly changing. A dog that is well behaved today will not necessarily remain that way forever. New problems can always develop. Existing problems can get worse.

Their are different levels of obedience training:

  • Elementary Beginner
  • Beginner
  • Novice
  • Advanced

The Canine Good Citizen programme is designed to teach you and your dog valuable practical exercises. While not as "formal" as the classic obedience classes, the CGC programme still requires precise obedience, but within a more realistic context.

Their are three incremental levels. They suggest that the dog and handler complete the Elementary Beginner obedience course prior to enrolling in the Bronze CGC.

The three incremental levels of the Canine Good Citizen programme are:

  • Bronze
  • Silver
  • Gold

 

See www.mckaynine.co.za for more information on these courses