Advanced Obedience Training
If you have already trained your dog on basic obedience and want to find some training that is more advanced, then here are a few suggestions of advanced training that you and your dog may enjoy. Advanced training isn’t just for people who want to show their dogs it can be for people who want to have fun with their dogs as well.
One way to get some advanced training for your dog is by participating in the AKC Canine Good Citizen ( CGC ) program. This is a program sponsored by the American kennel club and you can find out more about it by going to http://www.akc.org/events/cgc/training_testing.cfm or in Australia http://ndtf.net.au/new/. There are CJC evaluators in most communities that can help you with the training and administering the task when your dog is ready.
If you would like to compete with your dog in AKC obedience competition then seek out a trainer who can teach you the exercises that are required to compete in an AKC obedience trial. I have found that training your dog to this level is not only exciting but it’s rewarding as well. Obedience trials are held throughout the country every weekend. Go to AKC.org, or The Association of Pet Dog Trainers (APDT) Australia is a forum for trainers and anyone involved with dogs to communicate and exchange ideas regarding pet dogs and see when one will be in your area so you can see what it s all about. I really think you will enjoy it.
If you have a German Shepherd, a Rottweiler, Belgium Malinois or some other working type breed you might be interested in the sport of schutzhund. This sport involves 3 different areas of training from obedience, tracking and of course protection. The actual trials are conducted all over the U.S. Actually it is a German sport and has been in this country many years. If you are interested Google “Schutzhund” and watch a couple of videos, you’ll be hooked.
For those dog owners it want something a little bit calmer you might want to consider getting involved with therapy dogs. Therapy dogs are used in hospitals, children hospitals and nursing homes to bring joy to the people who are there. In fact therapy dogs are now used for other things as well including in reading programs for children and some therapists actually have therapy dogs in their offices to soothe their patients.
If you want to get involved with advanced training just for have a better trained dog or if you are looking for advanced training so that you and your pet have something to do together, I can assure you that it will be time well spent.