Dog Care 101 Tip #184 - Dog Sports: Obedience Trials
Sit. Stay. Down. If your dog learned these commands easily, then Obedience Trial competitions may be perfect for your pooch. Through trust and training, your dog can be the next great Obedience Champ! BestBullySticks.com outlines the Dog Sport of intelligence and patience today on the Healthy Dog Blog.
What are Obedience Trials?
This dog sport asks dogs to complete a series of predetermined tasks from cues by a handler. However, according to the AKC the purpose behind Obedience Trials is to show dogs are not only purposeful to humans but can behave well in the home, in public and around other dogs.
Dogs and humans both need mental and physical stimulations, and Obedience Trials can give that. Intensive and thorough training is required for these trials and asks a dog to improve on and go beyond the standard “sit, stay, down, come” commands. The training process can be highly rewarding for handler and dog, providing a great hobby and closer bond for the human/dog team.
Obedience Trials have been around since the 1930s and are due to the credit of one woman, Helen Whitehouse Walker. Walker was the breeder of poodles who often had to fight the stereotype that poodles were only a pretty haircut. She wanted to prove the intelligence of these dogs, so she borrowed an idea from the English; competitive test used for Police, Army and Herding dogs. After months of hard work, Walker held the first “test” in 1933 with 2 Labradors, 3 Poodles, 2 English Springer Spaniels and 1 German Shepherd. After the initial competition, interest in this sport gained momentum. She wrote this in the AKC’s newsletter:
Test classes could become popular-not only to prove the value of developing a dog’s brain, but also in interesting the average visiting public at a show. The judging of dogs in the breed classes is a mystery to many, but a series of tests displaying the dog’s brain is something they can actually see. Read more