Obedience training usually refers to the training of a dog and the term is most commonly used in that context. Dogs, by nature, are pack animals with a well-defined social order. As you and your family become your dog’s pack, your new dog will look to you — the leader of the pack — for guidance. Leadership can be established in a firm but friendly manner. Keep in mind that it is unrealistic to expect the dog to abide by the rules of the household without the leader teaching appropriate behavior! Obedience training ranges from very basic training, such as teaching the dog to reliably respond to basic commands such as “sit”, “down”, “come”, and “stay”, to high level competition within clubs such as the American Kennel Club, United Kennel Club, and the Canadian Kennel Club, where additional commands, accuracy and performance are scored and judged.
Consider taking obedience training with your dog to a whole new level. Enter the world of AKC obedience and help your dog realize its full potential by competing in obedience trials and earning obedience competition titles. AKC Obedience Trials demonstrate the usefulness of the dog as a companion to man. Training is available at many facilities and levels: Puppy Training, Basic Obedience Class, Canine Good Citizen Class and Training Classes for Companion Events.