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by Pam Murphy
If you belong to any of
the Irish Wolfhound Internet Lists or subscribe to any of the Irish
Wolfhound magazines, there are probably times when it seems that the Irish
Wolfhound world is filled with Irish Wolfhounds who only compete in AKC
conformation shows. Perhaps you have a rescue IW, an IW from an animal
shelter, or an IW who is not show quality and has been neutered. The
wonderful news is that if you want to get out there in the show world and
show what a great team you and your Irish Wolfhound are, there are plenty
of activities for you to get involved in! Something for everyone!
become involved in obedience classes because of problem behaviors with
their companions. Training your dog in a group setting can be a fun
occasion, an hour a week spent together with your very best friend......
Obedience Competition can take this training to a whole new level!
The American Kennel Club offers three levels of Obedience Competitions at
AKC dog show where you and your dog can compete and earn obedience titles.
Each title is earned after your dog qualifies in three obedience trails
under three different judges. Novice is the first level....teamwork is
tested in a number of areas, heeling, allowing examination, coming when
called and staying put in a sit for one minute and a down for three
minutes. Successful completion of this level will earn your dog a CD
(Companion Dog). Open and Utility are the next two levels, each with
increasing difficulty....both done entirely off-leash. Completion of the
Open Title earns your dog a CDX and finishing up the Utility title earns a
UD (Utility Dog). Training for these titles builds a wonderful bond, and
will help to make your dog a welcome addition to anywhere you might like
to take him!
Rally O! Is
short for Rally Obedience, the new entry into the world of AKC obedience.
It can be a transition sport between informal and formal obedience or can
stand on itís own. Unlike formal obedience, in Rally O! The handler can
talk to and interact with their dog on the course. Rally is a sport in
which the dog and handler complete a course that has been designed by the
rally judge. The judge tells the handler to begin, and the dog and handler
proceed at their own pace through a course of designated stations (10 -
20, depending on the level). Each of these stations has a sign providing
instructions regarding the next skill that is to be performed.
Agility is the ultimate game for you and your dog.
It also one of the most exciting canine sports for spectators. In agility,
a dog demonstrates is agile nature and versatility by following cues from
the handler through a timed obstacle course. The course has jumps,
tunnels, weave poles, and other obstacles. Agility strengthens the bond
between dogs and handlers, it is extremely fun, and it provides vigorous
exercise for both! The AKC offers two types of agility classes. The
first is the Standard Class which includes obstacles such as the dog walk,
the A-frame, and seesaw. The second is Jumpers with Weaves. This class
only has jumps, tunnels and weave poles.
The Canine Good Citizen course was introduced by the American Kennel Club in 1989 and the program has grown tremendously over that time period. The CGC program is a certification program that is designed to reward dogs who demonstrate good manners at home and within the community. Itís a two-part program that stresses responsible pet ownership for owners and basic good manners for dogs. All dogs who pass the 10-step CGC test may receive a certificate from the American Kennel Club. The CGC program is open to pure breed and mixed breed dogs, unlike other activities through the American Kennel Club, and no ILP number is required.
lays the foundation for other AKC activities such as obedience, agility,
tracking, and performance events, with basic steps such as Accepting A
Friendly Stranger, Sitting Politely For Petting, Appearance And Grooming,
Out For A Walk, Walking Through A Crowd, Sit And Down On Command/Staying
In Place, Coming When Called, Reaction To Another Dog, Reaction To
Distractions, and Supervised Separation.
For more about Pam, see www.nbproductionsqualitydogtraining.com