As the name suggests, Competitive Obedience Training is the display of well-trained dogs having their abilities tested and executing each exercise with precision and accuracy. Our obedience experts are here to help you learn more about starting your dog’s training in this challenging and rewarding sport.

What is Competitive Obedience Training?

The ultimate objective of obedience trials is to produce and showcase dogs that have been perfectly trained and conditioned to behave in the home, in public spaces, and in the presence of other dogs. Undertaking competition obedience means striving for precise performances, correct responses to signals and flawless teamwork in an assessed environment.

Completing a canine training course involves gaining a scientific understanding of conditioning and reward systems. In dog obedience certification, students learn the psychology behind animal behaviour, intelligence, Pavlovian conditioning, socialisation, desensitisation and counter conditioning.

Mastering Different Methods of Training

A certificate III in dog training is designed to teach students the golden rules and tricks used by dog trainers – from simple tasks to complex behaviours. The NDTF is the national representative body for dog trainers in Australia, and we explore a variety of training methods. Students are taught the basic principles behind multiple teaching styles and an expert understanding of each style’s advantages and disadvantages. Equipped with thorough knowledge, they can go on to apply the training technique that best suits the needs of their individual canine.

A dog training course also contains practical, ‘hands-on’ components that cover the training of dogs of all ages in every facet of obedience. With the opportunity to work with multiple breeds and ages, students have the chance to discover which method is successful in different situations.

Exercises in Competitive Obedience Training

Beginner exercises range from heelwork (on and off leash) to control exercises such as a timed sit or stay. Progressing through the classes means the exercises become more complex and rewarding. One interesting example of an upper-level test is the “scent discrimination” exercise where a dog makes a choice based on a particular, conditioned smell. It’s amazing to see just how much a dog can be taught! The sections are given a maximum number of points and judges assess each dog and handler against their personal opinion of perfect execution.

How to Gain Qualifications in Obedience Training

You can achieve a certificate III in dog training either online or through part-time classes. Previous experience with dogs is not essential and you do not have to own your own dog. If you have access to a friend or family member’s dog, you can undertake at least 3 x 30-minute sessions per week for a period of approximately 4-5 months. The NDTF course goes far beyond teaching the basic principles of obedience handling. It gives students the necessary knowledge to teach dogs advanced skills and tricks that can be used in film, television or prestigious competitions.

If you have any enquiries about Competitive Obedience Training or if you wish to enrol in a canine training certification, contact the NDTF online or call 1300 66 44 66.