There was little documentation on the aspects of formal dog obedience training or sports prior to the first world war, largely because dogs were generally taken to be family members that had important roles to play. This included herding of livestock, protection of property, personal protection, pulling of both sleds and carts. However, these dogs were eventually trained when the family unit had to make living and working arrangements about their walk of life.
So is your dog a couch potato? Or is he one that does random spurts of sprints at home to dispel some of his conserved energy? No matter which is more relatable, a wide range of dog breeds have participated in dog obedience competitions locally. That being said, we believe that all dog breeds are trainable. You might be asking yourself, why would I want to train my dog to compete in competitions? Well, to each his own, with some preferring to just have a pet dog to enjoy his presence, while some are really serious in wanting to gain mastery in this area of dog training.
Our trainers and students have put in many hours of training their dogs despite having a full time job and other commitments in their hands. Like any other sport, it is enjoyable, encourages sportsmanship during competition day, improves your dog’s temperament, and definitely moulds our character to exercise patience, kindness and firmness at the same time.
The dog training sport promotes various traits of good character that can be translated to the owner’s everyday living or even to one’s career. Embarking on this journey will not be an easy one, but I guarantee you it is one that is fulfilling and worthwhile. It requires one to be disciplined in being consistent when it comes to training their dogs. What’s more, the sport promotes determination, perseverance and a never give up attitude, always striving to improve in their techniques, as well as the owner’s teamwork with his canine partner.
Do you also know that obedience competitions that are based on an international pattern and regulation is conducted almost every quarterly in Singapore? These obedience competitions have been conducted in Singapore expo, community clubs and shopping centers. If you are interested, you may even catch the competition live in action this November at Jcube on 24th November!