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Friday, August 12, 2011

Dog Obedience - Time To Think What To Do

It's time to think of fall dog obedience classes. Do you have a 4-6 month old pup that you need that extra help in getting them under control? Are they still pulling you down the street? Not coming when called? Maybe it's time to get some help.

Many of the obedience classes, especially in my area of the City of Ottawa, start up in September.

my Level 1 spring class @ Glen Cairn Community Center does well enough with distractions to start to work outdoors

The City of Ottawa has gone Green, and thus there is no longer a printed guide. The guide is now on-line here at

ottawa.ca/recreationguide

Go to the Adult Program/Sports and scroll down to page 29 where you will see all the classes offered in the Ottawa area.

Why train? It not only gives you and your dog a one-on-one time to enjoy each others company, but it also gives you and your dog a more consistent way of understanding one another. Dogs want to please, and we need to show them how. You and your dog also work at becoming a good neighbour, and in this world where we are living closer and closer to one another, we must show others our dogs can be well behaved in public.

If you've completed Level 1, consider the advanced distraction and off leash work that is done in the 2nd level. Learn more about your dog's behaviour in various situations in a secured indoor environment, and then, how do you control them.
Level 1 - distracted outside heeling
we make it fun for all at Halloween too!

No dog is too old to learn, to be able to spend dedicated time with their owner, to exercise their mind and just get out and go somewhere they know they will have fun.

What have you done with your dog today?

2 comments:

judyf,  August 14, 2011 at 9:51 AM  

I have found that obedience and/or rally classes are one of the best ways to develop a bond with an older dog. For anyone who has given a home to a rescue dog or adopted a mature dog, patient training builds a relationship faster than just having the dog sit on the couch at home. It may be a little more challenging, but it is highly rewarding.

Shelamo Shelties August 15, 2011 at 8:57 AM  

You are so right Judy! and who else to know from working 3 older dogs at the same time, in what ... obedience, rally & agility!

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