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This sport is available to all breeds.
Obedience is a test of how well a dog is trained. The dog must execute a number of exercises when and where the handler commands. Competitive obedience is far more difficult than household obedience. When the handler issues any of a number of commands in a competition, the dog must immediately obey without veering off or stopping to look at something which may be of more interest, or face serious penalties.
There are three different levels of competition in obedience. The lowest is “Novice,” where the dog only needs to know the simplest of exercises. The next level is called “Open” and is the middle level of competition. In Open, the dog needs to know the more complicated exercises such as the “broad jump” obstacle and how to retrieve over the “high jump.” In the highest level of competition, known as “Utility,” the dog has to be trained to a very high standard and must know scent discrimination and how to perform a directed retrieve. Although competitive obedience dogs appear to be well trained, it does not necessarily mean that they have basic manners or are particularly well socialized that mark a well-behaved dog.
Obedience is a fascinating sport both to watch and participate in. The bond between dog and handler is often a great joy to observe. Obedience can be attempted by anyone of any age with any breed of dog, which is part of what makes it such a wonderful sport.
Written By: Ancien (#66610)
Edited by: Kahlem (#1)