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Last update May 15, 2001

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The CKCShowDogs list, on YahooGroups, regularly conduct surveys on topics of interest to our list members. The Obedience Judge survey collected over 300 votes and narrowed the list of qualified CKC Obedience Judges down to these finalists.

Top Obedience Judge (novice, open, utility) in Canada 2000

  • Michel A. Calhoun - our winner!
  • Marion M. Postgate
  • Merlin Vandekinder
  • Howard Ward
  • Virginia L. Lyne
  • Deborah G. Desjardine
  • Vaughn Franske
  • Susan F. Ailsby
  • Dave Haddon
  • Eileen Fraser
  • Leslie Belfit
  • John Blenkey

200 Club 2001

Hi Everyone,
Just thought I'd jot down some thoughts on obedience training at the Beginner and Novice levels. As a lot of us know, obedience training has changed a lot in the course of, say the last 15 - 20 years. For me the turning point was the introduction of "Bait”. Have to admit I WAS adamantly against it at first. At the time what I was seeing in the Obed ring was dogs that hadn’t a clue what heeling was without the food in front of their face and what made it worse, some even received qualifying scores! Since that time, thank heavens, the baiting has become somewhat more moderate -- used but gradually decreased. I think now it is used the way it was initially meant to be used. I have taught students in my classes to use bait for some commands such as the "Recall". For this exercise it is hard to beat. Basically I am a "hands-on" kind of trainer for the sit, stand, down and stay commands. Although for some dogs, depending on the problem, I have taught those exercises, on an individual basis, using bait if I thought it would make the teaching of these exercises easier for the trainer. I accentuate the positive and have found that taught the right way, most dogs need very few corrections. I view myself as a "flexible" trainer and am prepared to use whatever method works the best. I prefer to use the two mediums in my classes - some exercises taught without bait other exercises with bait because I have found that students who were taught to use bait only become so reliant on the bait THEY could not give it up. The dog would quite likely work very well without it but the trainers don't seem to know that. With using the two mediums the trainers have the confidence to know their dog will work well without bait too.

Since I am taking "Striker" to the states this summer to hopefully acquire his Am. CD did you know that:

  • in the United States in the Novice Class the "Stand for Examination" is done "off lead"?
  • that even if you have your Canadian CD, if you have never put an American Obedience degree on a dog, you can still enter the Novice A class? The American Kennel Club does not recognize Canadian titles.
  • in order for the AKC to recognize your dog's obedience degrees that were obtained in the states your dog must be registered with the AKC?
I'm always interested in hearing other's views and ideas. I'd be interested in hearing yours.
--Sincerely, Pat Button


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