Obedience was developed to foster training, as well as, to demonstrate a dogs willingness, capability and enjoyment in working closely with people.
Obedience Trials test a dog’s ability to perform a prescribed set of scored exercises. There are several levels of obedience. Success at the first level (Novice) results in a dog earning a Companion Dog (CD) title. The dog has to heel both on and off leash at different speeds, come when called, stay (still and quietly!) with a group of other dogs when told, and stand for examination. Higher levels (e.g., Companion Dog Excellent and Utility Dog) include progressively more difficult versions of these exercises as well as additional tasks.
Since the early 1980s, many Portuguese Water Dogs have succeeded at the highest levels of Obedience.
Obedience includes the good behaviors that we would all like our dogs to have. Training courses in basic and advanced Obedience are readily available, starting with Puppy classes. This training is valuable for most dog owners whether their goal is a well-behaved pet or a future Obedience champion.
Canine Good Neighbour
The CKC’s Canine Good Neighbour Program identifies and rewards responsible owners and their canine partners throughout Canada.Canine Good Neighbour’s present good manners at home, in public places and in the presence of other dogs. The CGN training program is available to both purebred and mixed-breed dogs.
The qualifying test is non-competitive. It assesses the handler and dog’s relationship and the handler’s ability to control the dog. Dogs are evaluated on their ability to perform basic exercises as well as demonstrate good manners in everyday situations.