are large dogs, it is essential to familiarize
them with basic obedience. This knowledge can help to make
them welcome wherever
they go. Many people are apprehensive about large dogs no
matter how friendly they are. Having control through basic
commands can make your Golden accepted in your social circle.
well known benefit of obedience training is the bond it reinforces
between trainer and dog. It is a wonderful way to reinforce
that you are "alpha dog" or the dog`s pack leader. Rescues
have often never had a strong "alpha" so training can provide
them with a most important element of a dog`s social needs.
The dog may have been bounced from home to home or kept outside
away from the family circle. Training with your rescue dog
helps their self esteem and confidence.
can also provide an outlet for a dog`s energy. Goldens can
be VERY active dogs especially when they are young. They
also have a gift of intelligence. According to the book "The
Intelligence of Dogs" by Stanley Coren, Goldens are in the
top 5% for Obedience and Working Intelligence out of 79 breeds.
They are especially known for their desire to please. Many
behavioral problems encountered in young Goldens are not
really problems but a combination of a very intelligent dog
with a desire to do a "job" and lots of energy. To put it
bluntly, they can get bored! A good Rx for a young Golden
is plenty of exercise and a mental challenge. Obedience training
is tailor made for a Golden`s inherent characteristics.
major benefit of obedience training is the fun it can provide
the owner and dog team. It is important to find a training
program that emphasizes positive motivation training methods.
Goldens like to have fun so harsh training methods are especially
inappropriate. Training offers a way to have fun for the
owner and relieve stress. Also, training classes are populated
by other dog lovers - a great way to meet interesting people.
The classes also provide a good opportunity to socialize
your dog around people and other dogs.
able to advise new owners of good trainers in their geographic
area. All levels of classes exist, from Basic Manners to
Novice Training for competition obedience with the American
Kennel Club. Often people complete a basic course and want
to continue. The American Kennel Club (AKC) offers a Canine
Good Citizen Test & certificate for all dogs meeting a defined
set of basic obedience requirements. Purebred dogs registered
with the AKC can go on to compete in dog shows for obedience
titles. GRRMF strongly supports basic manners training for
Goldens placed through the rescue program.