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What is an Obedience Title Really?  Links

I obedience train both my Siberian Huskies and Alaskan Malamutes.  A dog does not have to have purebred papers (AKC, UKC, etc.) to compete in obedience.  He must look like a purebred (ILP) to compete in AKC, or mixed breed dogs can compete in AMBOR or ASCA events.

-4mo Bess heeling
4mo Siberian Husky Bess demonstrating:
Heeling, Recalls, & Sit-Stays (at 9 weeks - yes, she's in a bookcase)

Don't let anyone tell you it isn't possible. 


26mo Malamute Summer (4 weeks pregnant) demonstrating:
Heeling, Fronts, & Ready (to heel)

I believe in obedience training EVERY dog, in fact, I took a 9-year-old Alaskan Malamute Back-Yard-Breeder's Bitch through Puppy Class, Beginner's Pet Obedience, and almost to her CGC. Doesn't sound like much, does it? But she went from living on a 30' tieout producing puppies to a housedog who could walk on a leash, wait at doors, sit for a treat, not growl at every other bitch, and interact with my own pack. This from a dog who knew how to discipline pups or flirt with bigger males. It IS possible. Miss Bear had cancer and she never got her shot at the CGC.

Obedience is a necessary part of a good pet or companion, and anyone can train their dog -- train, don't complain! 

What is an Obedience Title Really?
-- Author Unknown

Not just a triumph, not just a stepping stone to a higher title, not just an adjunct to competitive scores, a title is a tribute to the dog that bears it, a way to honor the dog, an ultimate memorial. It will remain, in the record and in the memory, for about as long as anything in this world can remain. Few humans will do as well or better in that regard. And though the dog himself doesn't know or care that his achievements have been noted, a title says many things in the world of humans, where such things count.

A title says your dog is intelligent, and adaptable, and good-natured. It says that your dog loves you enough to do the things that please you, however crazy they may sometimes seem. And a title says that you love your dog, that you love to spend time with him because they're a good dog, and that you believe in them enough to give them yet another chance when they've failed, and that, in the end, your faith is justified.

A title proves that your dog has inspired you to that special relationship enjoyed by so few; that in a world of disposable creatures, this dog with a title is greatly loved, and loves greatly in return. And when that dear short life is over, the title remains as a memorial of the finest kind, the best you can give to a deserving friend, volumes of praise in one small set of initials after the name.

An obedience title is nothing less than the love and respect, given and received and recorded permanently. 

Links

AKC CGC Ruleswww.akc.org/cgc.htm
AKC Obedience Rules www.akc.org/obedreg.htm
Clicker Training www.teleport.com/~helix/Keeper/
Dog Agility Homepage www.dogpatch.org/agility/
Dog Obedience & Training Pagewww.dogpatch.org/obed/
Karen Pryor's Page www.karenpryor.com/
Obedience Trials at the Show Calendar www.dogworldmag.com/show/obedienc.html
Top Dog -- Agility, Obedience & Flyball Association -- A Siberian doing agility!  www.geocities.com/Yosemite/Trails/8411/pictures.htm
Training/Prong Collars members.aol.com/shelzdogs/prongfyi.htm


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