Last updated: Feb. 19 2018 2 min read
To apply the word ‘advanced’ in conjunction with obedience training might lead one to wonder how obedience can be divided. A dog is either obedient or he’s not, right? However, there are higher levels of obedience training just as there are higher levels of training to be achieved in school and education.
A child does not start school in the sixth grade; she has to start in pre-school or kindergarten. There, she is taught how to get along with others her own age, how to play, how to fit in, how to share, and perhaps most importantly, how to learn. For dogs, basic obedience training accomplishes very much the same as pre-school or kindergarten does for the child.
Most families are very happy when their dog learns to eat indoors and use the bathroom outdoors, while other dog owners are not content until their dog can really ‘fit in’ with the family.
In order to fit in, however, the dog must respond to commands so that he can be well controlled. The five commands necessary for control are ‘Come’, ‘Stay’, ‘Sit’, ‘Heel’, and ‘Down’. For the dog to be considered obedient, he must respond to each of those commands each time they are given by his family.
When a dog receives training in basic obedience, he becomes more of a joy to live with. The owner has the ability to communicate with his dog while the dog attains the ability to comprehend some words of the English language. Basic training, therefore, is considered the training essential for good behavior.
However, the dog is capable of learning more than just basic obedience commands, just as the graduate from elementary school has the ability to learn more than just simple writing, reading, and basic arithmetic. The similarity between a child and a dog doesn’t stop there, either. When a child goes to high school, he finds the going just a bit tougher than it was in grade school. He must work a little harder, and so does the canine that goes on into advanced obedience training.
To better understand the various levels of obedience training that a dog can achieve, you can find out more from the different obedience titles that a canine can win as a result of competition in American Kennel Club obedience trials. These trials are divided into classes, or grades, of competition, as compared to grade school, high school, and college.