|Barked: Fri Nov 30, '12 2:47pm PST |
|"Personally, I am not huge on AKC obedience. I find the long stays dangerous and once you get past the CD, it's all about jumping and retrieving. I prefer (for myself) more complex series of exercises and a bit more interaction with my dogs."
A lot of people aren't a fan of the long sits/downs. Generally past Novice they're not a big deal safety wise, but Novice can certainly have some dicey moments. Usually the issue is people entering without the prep-work behind the classes but that's a risk anywhere.
As for the rest, it's more than jumping and retrieving but from an outside perspective it certainly could appear that way. It's actually a huge leap between Novice and Open and a lot of newbies struggle, myself included.
Anything beyond Open is a lot of precision and picky stuff that can ruin a great run in a hot minute. I really really love the Versatility classes and they can present some fascinating training challenges. Utility is fairly basic and the signal exercise, while easy is fairly common to watch dogs come apart if they haven't been prepared.
Then you get to UKC Utility which is an entirely different beast.
That being said you can prep a dog well beyond where they trial and as in all things, trialling is optional. Zeph is learning her Utility routines but she has yet to trial in Open yet. We'll get there but I can't justify the money until after the holidays.
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