Tips On Training The Obedience Dog
Team win at Open level of Obedience
owned by Vernoica Canberra, Australia
|Subject: The Down
Keep one thing in mind concerning the down position and how the dog goes to the down position. There are two ways for a dog to go from a standing position to the down position and depending on how far you a wanting to go in obedience the type of down you teach can make a difference in your score. Most instructors teach down from a sit which causes the dogs front paws to extend as the dog goes down. This also conditions the dog to think first sit then down. Miniature Schnauzers have a habit known as the "Schnauzer Down," the chest is not touching but the front legs are extended. Most Judges are aware of this and two weekends ago my wife's dog was down viewed from the side by myself and the ring stewards but the judge standing behind the dog NQ the dog because he, I think, assumed the dog was not down.
The down I teach starts in the stand position and the entire dog rocks back, withers and all and it looks like the dog instantly collapses to the floor. A very fast down and a great help in preventing the "Schnauzer Down".
Clay and Nancy Lincoln
Lee, Bow and Rocky
Mini's can do it!!!!!
|Your list members may be pleased to learn that we have
restarted doing obedience stats (after a several year absence) for year 2000! We
have launched a new all-breed obedience publication (starting Summer
2000), which will have the Top 25 Obedience Dogs in each breed by 2 systems. We will be updating the top 3 dogs in each breed by 2 systems on our website (January 2000 results were just posted about an hour ago). There is a link to OBEDIENCE TOP DOGS off of the Hoflin home page (www.hoflin.com). :-)
Don Hoflin Publishing - www.hoflin.com - 303/420-2222
4401 Zephyr St. - Wheat Ridge, Colorado 80033
|In reply to starting Obedience class and carrying treats,
keep in mind any visual container for treats, bait bag, apron or other which tells the
dog "I have treats" is not the best idea. Bait bags are a no-no in
our competition classes. Treats are not allowed In the obedience show ring.
The ideal place to carry treats is in your very own mouth, thus every
treat presented comes from your mouth to his and guess where he will be
looking. A wonderful help for getting and keeping attention which
is VERY important. Granted we now have a restriction on the type of treat used. The
majority of our students who keep treats in their mouths use hot-dogs
cut in quarters lengthwise then cut in 1/4" pieces or string cheese
cut in pieces. Just three or four pieces in mouth at a time.
If the texture of hot-dog pieces is not your to your liking the
microwave will help dry the outer surface. Attention is the single
most important factor in obedience competition. If treats held in
the mouth are not your bag please email me for other suggestions.
Clay and Nancy Lincoln, Lee, Bow and Rocky