As most of our blog readers know the Chief Editor and I help teach the 4-H obedience class for our local 4H program and the kids who are working on completing the canine projects. Being that its February already dog classes will being in the not too distant future. Most likely mid March. We have now been doing this for over seventeen years. It is something that we’ve enjoyed and really look forward to doing each year. We also from time to time use our own dogs during class to either demonstrate a training tip or show positioning and what they and the dog should look like during various aspects of AKC obedience shows.
So what’s this; why I am blogging about 4-H dog obedience on Search and Rescue Saturday? Well, Küster will be in attendance this year.
Here’s the plan. Team Küster needs to re-certification this September. Our agency will be hosting an Illinois State Workshop for the International Police and Working Dog Association (IPWDA) similar to what we did two years ago. Along with other certifications they will be offering Area Search. Team Küster will be taking the Area Search test for sure. We are planning on certifying in tracking and trailing also with IPWDA. As part of the Area Search certification we need to pass an obedience test. Since we had issues with our long down last time we are going to be working on it more. Now, that’s not to say that we have not already been working on it. We have. Now, you see where I am going with this week’s Search and Rescue Saturday.
I desperately need to train more with Küster in the whole obedience arena. Admittedly probably not the best plan I have ever come up with but it works. But, by doing this he gets more exposure to other dogs and people plus a weekly dose of long downs. We are able to work on our basic obedience skills through demos and working along side the 4-H students. We’ll see if the plan comes together.
Hopefully this means we are pass our obedience part of the certification tests without any drama.