As breeds developed
for different purposes, standards were written for people
to breed toward. Enthusiasts for the breeds gathered to compare
their stock both in events, such as herding and in conformation
as compared to the standard. As these gatherings grew, dog
shows became popular events to compare even the family pet
purebred. Enthusiasts of the breeds hold shows called specialties
where dogs of that breed are brought from all over in single
breed shows that often include trials, for instance, coursing
for sighthounds or herding for collies. Breeders share information
and bring dogs they have bred to show off to other breeders.
These are excellent places to learn about a breed and the
different breeders before buying a dog. Those serious breeders
are the ones that will help new owners with their puppies.
Beyond good type and conformation, they strive for good health,
good temperaments and good homes. Not all dogs from these
breeders are show quality and they look for good pet homes,
so do not be afraid to look for a family pet from show breeders.
You may decide you would like to explore
the world of showing your dog and PDFA training classes
have produced some very fine handlers who have gone on to
win even Best in Show with their dogs. These same people give
lessons through PDFA and are willing to share their experiences.
PDFA's classes are
being held Wednesday evenings at Leading Edge Obedience on
Muskogee Rd, up near the paper mill, just west off Hwy 29 North.
This is a very nice air-conditioned, fully matted facility,
with mirrored walls. You need to be pre-registered. For specific
scheduling or clinics - check events page.
are for those who wish to socialize their dog for a dog show
environment and learn how to handle in the ring. Obedience and rally classes offer a good bonding between owner and dog as owner is taught to train their dog toward good behavior in public. There is
a price differentiation, but these classes are open to non-club
members as well as members. Classes are based on 4-6 week
lessons but you can arrange for a one class price if you want
to try it first. You must preregister to ensure the class
isn't full. Call 432-3929 for more information and to register.
If you get an answering machine, please leave number (twice)
and time to call you back - and speak clearly. Please do not
call after 9 pm. We run out of training coordinators that
AND BEGINNER OBEDIENCE
Rally is a sport in
which the dog and handler complete a course that has been
designed by the rally judge. The judge tells the handler to
begin, and the dog and handler proceed at their own pace through
a course of designated stations (10 - 20, depending on the
level). Each of these stations has a sign providing instructions
regarding the next skill that is to be performed. Scoring
is not as rigorous as traditional obedience. As there is demand,
rally introduction is held for PDFA members. Canine Good Citizenship
and beginner obedience are good precursers for rally. Beginner
obedience introduces heeling, sit, stay, down and come on
more about obedience, rally and agility.
The purpose of the
Canine Good Citizen Test is to ensure that our favorite companion,
the dog, can be welcome in the community. Dogs become respected
members of their communities when they are trained to act
mannerly in the home, in public places, and in the presence
of other dogs and people. All dogs, including purebreds and
mixed breeds are embraced by and welcomed in the Canine Good
Citizen program. Canine good citizenship class teaches basic
manners to make your dog a good neighbor and companion. Some
insurance companies and communities give special dispensation
for dogs with the CGC title. This class is held as numbers
wanting the class demand and you can call to be added to the
Non PDFA members: Class
Enrollment Form will help us contact you for future classes
and save time signing up for classes..
clinics and training classes are held both by PDFA and other
clubs in a variety of sports. Watching the PDFA facebook page
is a good way to learn about these events, expecially those
that are put on by outside clubs or organizations. When temperatures and weather allow, members are involved with barn hunting and lure coursing
as places to hold practices are obtained. (We would appreciate
the use of 4 or more acres of fenced areas to run such practices)
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