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Obedience and the Sealyham Terrier Tracking with Sealyham Terriers

The American Kennel Club's definition of Obedience: "Obedience training is the foundation upon which all canine activities are based, whether conformation, agility, tracking, search & rescue, service dogs, fieldwork, etc."

In 1933, when AKC Obedience competition began, the concept behind obedience training was and is to develop a very close working relationship between human beings and dogs, while demonstrating the usefulness and enthusiasm of dogs. This concept remains as important today as it was when the program was developed.

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American Kennel Club tracking events are the competition form of canine search and rescue. These Tracking events provide training for dogs and their handlers to meet some human needs for tracking and finding lost humans or other animals, as well as, demonstrating the extremely high level of scent capability that dogs possess.

The AKC's Tracking Tests allow dogs to demonstrate their natural ability to recognize and follow human scent. This vigorous outdoor activity is great for canine athletes. Unlike Agility and Obedience events that require a dog to qualify three times, a dog only needs to complete one track successfully to earn each title.

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Sealyham Terriers a true Earth Dog Sealyham Terriers in Agility

The American Kennel Club's definition of Earth Dog test: "it offers breeders and owners of small terriers a standardize gauge to measure their dog's natural aptitude and trained hunting and working behaviors when exposed to an underground hunting situation."

In earlier generations, the mention of "working terrier" was understood by anyone who was to discuss the topic. It can be documented that the American Sealyham Terrier Club has offered working certificates to its member's dogs since 1913. At one time a general rule of the club was "to encourage field trials and the development of the working qualities of the breed".

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Agility was invented in England in 1979, and is now the fastest growing dog sport in North America, England and Europe. The American Kennel club held its first agility trial in 1994. The sport is modeled on equestrian jumping competitions, but has evolved to become a unique sport designed to showcase canine agility, speed and dog-handler teamwork. Agility is entertaining to watch, and one of the most challenging activities for you and your dog. It is a sport at which small dogs can excel. Agility is the ultimate game for you and your Sealy.

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Sealyham Terriers in Rally Performance Sealyham Terriers in Coursing

The American Kennel Club's website states: "Rally is a successful stepping stone from the AKC Canine Good Citizens program to the world of Obedience and Agility."

In AKC Rally your dog doesn't have to heel perfectly! In truth your dog does not even have to heel at all and you can talk to your dog (if you want you constantly). If you can get your dog to sit and down then all you need is a map and that's given to you before you go in the ring. The real training is you becoming familiar with the posted signs.

Although AKC Lure Coursing is a field event open only to Sight Hounds, in 2011 AKC began offering "Coursing for the non-Sight Hounds". The Coursing Ability Test allows all the rest of the breeds and Canine Partners to enjoy the sport of coursing. Dogs run a simplified course and upon 3 qualifying runs can earn their CAT (Coursing Ability Title). Additional titles can be earned with continued successful runs. Check out the schedule and details at the homepage: http://www.akc.org/events/coursing_ability_test/index.cfm

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