Dog Breeds

It is most important to choose a dog — regardless of whether it is a pedigree or mongrel — whose size and temperament suits the family. By general consent the middle-sized dogs such as the Border Collie, the Labrador and Golden Retrievers, number among the quietest and most agreeable of companions. They are known for … Read more

Dog Handling in Obedience Classes or Working Trials

Your objective from puppy to adult dog has been to achieve as near as possible perfect behaviour by the dog. Any information on dog training would not be complete, however, without some remarks on the correct behaviour of the handler. Although my remarks are directed to competitors in Obedience Classes they also apply to Trials. … Read more

Dog Obedience – Stand and Temperament Test

When I heard that the new Obedience Regulations included a temperament test in Novice and Class A I was delighted. I had agitated for something of that sort ever since I became interested in obedience. Alas, when I read the new regulation, I found that it was not a test of temperament at all. Temperament … Read more

Teaching a Dog To Stay Down–The Down-stay Command

The explanatory notes for obedience classes where it is called the ‘Down/Stay’ say simply that: This test should be carried out exactly as for the Sit, except that dogs will be left in the Down position throughout the test. In Working Trials the Down exercise is the same for all stakes — ten minutes, handler … Read more

How to get a Dog to Sit At Heel

On the command ‘Halt’ the handler should halt immediately and the dog should sit straight at the handler’s side. Although the exercises are called ‘Heel on lead’ and ‘Heel free” it is probably true to say that more points are lost by dogs not sitting properly than by dogs not walking properly to heel. Actually … Read more