Obedience is a performance sport intended to demonstrate the dog's ability to follow specified commands and his usefulness as a companion animal. Every dog should have basic obedience training and a puppy class is a great place to start. Classes are available for every level from beginning to advanced and for a household pet to a seasoned competitor.
Agility is a fast paced sport that demonstrates the dog's willingness and dexterity while running with his owner as a team. Dogs navigate an ever changing obstacle course under the direction of their handler and are judged on performance and time. Agility is a fun family sport whether you choose to participate or watch from the sidelines.
Rally is a fun and exciting team sport for dogs and their handlers! Dog and Handler teams navigate a course with numbered signs indicating different exercises to perform such as Sit-Down-Sit, Straight Figure 8, Send Over Jump, Recall Over Jump. Teams navigate the course at a brisk, continuous performance without direction from the judge. All dogs, purebred & mixed breeds are eligible to participate. A team earns a Rally title after successfully completing three course runs with qualifying scores.
The purpose of non-competitive Earthdog tests is to offer breeders and owners of small Terriers a standardized gauge to measure their dogs' natural aptitude and trained hunting and working behaviors when exposed to an underground hunting situation. The noncompetitive program begins with a basic introduction to den work and quarry and progresses through gradual steps to require the dog to demonstrate that it is willing to perform the required tasks including seeking its quarry, locating and working it underground.
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Lower Michigan Area Dog Training Clubs
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Barn hunt is open to any dog, of any size, breed or mix. The game is to find the rats in a course area made up of straw or hay bales. The course will be judge-designed, vary from trial to trial, and may be set up indoors or in a secured outdoor location. Only the instinct level test has a predetermined layout. At this level, dogs move through a tunnel to an open area where three tubes are placed, only one of which contains the rat.
A tunneling effort and a climbing element are part of the tests. The tunnel will be 18 inches wide and as high as a bale of hay, so almost any size dog can fit. Straw bales are used to create the tunnel’s top, and concrete blocks are positioned to allow smaller dogs to climb onto the bales to find tubes placed on top. Dogs may be entered in both instinct and novice level tests on the same day.