Basic Obedience Test and Certification
To complete Sirius K9 Academy's Basic Obedience Level (and receive a certificate if in our basic group class) and move on to our Intermediate Obedience Level, your dog must be able to perform the following exercises using only VOICE COMMANDS (hand signals are not permitted and you cannot point, snap your fingers, repeat commands, or bend over, etc., at any time during the test.) Corrections are also not allowed (verbal or with the leash) during the test. Treats are permitted as a reward only AFTER completion of each exercise (not during.) Treat aprons cannot be worn on the handler during the exam (but you can have some treats in your pocket as long as they are not in a baggie and are not visible to the dog.) Your 5' - 6' leash must remain loose the entire time while being tested. ** Pinch or Check Training collars are permitted during the exam.
Its best to teach your dog VERBAL commands first so that your dog will respond to your commands reliably, regardless if they are looking at you or not, no matter what you have or dont have in your hand, and without any other cues being given. ** We also HIGHLY recommend and encourage our clients to use a different language when giving their dog these formal commands (such as Czech, German, French, Spanish, Dutch, etc.), and we can help you learn to give commands to your dog in these languages.**
Please see the video clip below each exercise explanation of our basic obedience test. This is what our client's dogs can do after they complete our basic obedience class! ** In the video clips are Victor and his dog Cooper. Cooper is a 6 year old male German Shepherd. Victor adopted Cooper from the German Shepherd Rescue of Orange County at approximately 6 months of age. **
To pass our Basic Obedience Level, your dog must be able to perform the following exercises:
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