Obedience training and your Schipperke
- Help prevent, or correct nuisance behaviors such as jumping on people, digging, barking, and chewing, while providing mental and physical activities for your dog.
- Deepen the bond between you and your dog, and to increase the enjoyment, companionship and satisfaction of your relationship with your dog.
- Ensure your dog's safety and happiness.
- Nurture good canine companionship for the benefit of your family, neighborhood and community.
- Allow you to enjoy the fun and excitement of competing in all sorts of events. You and your dog can earn certificates and titles while you continue to strengthen your communication and teamwork.
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.
The change in training methods spread gradually into the world of dog training. Today many dog trainers rely mostly on positive reinforcement to teach new behaviors. Trainers used clickers (a small box that makes a loud click when pushed on) to "mark" desired behavior, giving food as a reward. Schipperke LOVE this !
Dogs that demonstrate basic skills, as well as walking reasonably well on a leash and a few other minor tasks, can be tested for and earn the American Kennel Club's (AKC) Canine Good Citizen certification. While not a competitive obedience title, a CGC certification demonstrates that the dog is sociable, well behaved, and reliable in public settings. Some insurance companies will waive breed restrictions on dogs with CGCs, and many states have passed resolutions supporting and encouraging CGC certification as a yardstick for canine manners and responsible dog ownership.
DOG INTELLIGENCE & TRAINING:
Dog intelligence is exhibited in many different ways, and a Schipperke that might not be easy to train might nonetheless be quite adept at figuring out how to open kitchen cabinets or to escape from the yard. Novice dog owners need to consider this as well as its energy level, exercise requirements, and other factors before choosing a new pet. Very high intelligence is not necessarily a good thing in a companion dog, as smart dogs can require extensive daily mental stimulation if they are not to become bored and destructive.
No breed is impossible to obedience train, but novice owners might find training Schipperkes quite difficult. The capacity to learn basic obedience is inherent in all dogs. Our breed may require more patience or creativity in training than others. Individual dogs that exhibit fearful or anxious behaviors should also be handled with greater care.
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