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Advanced dog obedience training in The Hague

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For whom is dog advanced obedience training?

This course will be given bi-lingually, in Dutch and in English. Individual instructions will be given in the language of your choice, so do not hesitate to register even if you don’t speak Dutch.

This course is for people who want to give their dog’s obedience a little nudge forward. People who:

  1. Want to keep nice and busy with their dog after their Elementary Obedience course;
  2. Are contemplating following an FCI Obedience programme;
  3. Have a slightly older dog, and would like a bit of a refresher on some obedience points.

Entrance criteria

Skills: The course is available to dogs who have successfully completed OhMyDogs’ Obedience for the family dog course (or a similar course, like Elementaire Gehoorzaamheidscursus). Dogs, thus, who master the basic commands like ‘sit’ and ‘here’. We also ask that owners and dogs are familiar with the use of the clicker or a clicker word.

If you feel you are missing one of these skills, why not sign up for our Obedience for the family dog course first?

Age: The dogs have to be minimum 1 year of age.

Behaviour problems: The course is not designed for dogs who will struggle with a group training environment (aggression, fearfulness, sensitive to frustration, quickly extremely wound up). These dogs don’t tend to get much out of the lessons, unfortunately. These issues can also lead to friction with other dogs, and can even lead to unsafe situations.

For our special-needs dogs, we have certified behaviour therapists on staff who can help you through private training. In case you would like to take this option, please see our ‘Enquiring about behaviour therapy’ page. Are you uncertain whether your dog is temperamentally suited for group training, please use this diagram to help you decide.

Course objectives for the Advanced dog obedience training course

This course offers you a combination of ambitous and ‘stricter’ obedience exercises. Don’t be fooled by the high level, though: the lessons continue to be given in the typical relaxed and playful atmosphere at OhMyDog!

The course will teach your dog to:

  • Focus on longer and more challenging tasks, even with distractions
  • Execute the exercises in a relaxed and controlled way
  • Go through the exercises even without food help (for the perfectly mastered exercises)

And of course, because we never use force or intimidation, the course is another way of strengthening the bond between you and your dog.

Curriculum of our Advanced obedience course

The course will give you the chance to get your hands dirty on exercises that come straight out of real life’s daily little challenges. We’ll also throw in some nice extra’s, because nobody said obedience training had to be rigid and boring.

Saartje, doing a great ‘leave it’ exercise with one of the tins of food we’ve dropped on her parcours

 

At the end of this course, you’ll have the tools to teach your dogs the following skills:

  • Retrieving (including letting go of an object on request)
  • Send away and return
  • Obedience at a distance and under longer durations (e.g. sit, stand or down)
  • Recall with stand
  • Heeling
  • Dental check
  • And then possible little extras like the halt, target touch and fun exercises

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