OB320: Obedience Starter Games

Posted in Obedience Games

Instructor: Julie Symons

Course Details

This class is a "prequel" to the popular OB330 Obedience Games class. This is not a skills class but designed to present many short, fun, and fast paced games for beginner competition obedience training. We will use the skills you already have and give you ways to practice that are fun and fast moving! 

This course will cover games that will prepare you for future work when teaching the formal obedience skills such as retrieves, fronts, setups, recalls, stands, jumping, go outs, and more! It will also cover how to handle errors before they happen and why establishing some guidelines will build consistent and clear communication with our canine partners.

Each week a minimum of 5 daily games will be rolled out with the objective to spend just a few minutes a day focused on a short fun “obedience based” training session. Planning for these short sessions will help with relationship, engagement, recalls, you name it! It doesn’t take long to play with purpose every day!

By adding “game training” with less predictability and formality, we build relationship and transfer reinforcement to the act of playing!  


Registration will begin at 11:30am PST.

Next session starts: February 1, 2017
Registration starts: January 22, 2017
Registration ends: February 15, 2017



The following weekly games are broken down into small increments and intended to be played for just a few minutes a day.

Week 1:

  1. Get it! (Permission to get treats)
  2. Flys and Hopping Thrus (Fronts)
  3. Mark, Chase, Race 
  4. Focused Food Drops, part 1 (Fronts)
  5. Can You Take It? (Retrieving toys on recalls)

Week 2:

  1. Turning Errors into Lemonade
  2. Tighten that Turn! (270 degree retrieve games)
  3. Signals Distance Prop #1 
  4. Creating Secondary Reinforcers
  5. Can You Stand It? (Stationary)

Week 3:

  1. Spin Pivots (Setup games)
  2. Letting Go! (Playing with outs!)
  3. Whisper While you Play
  4. Signals Distance Prop #2
  5. Can You Stand It? (Signal)

Week 4:

  1. Examining Pressure (Pre-Stand For Exam)
  2. Value for Jumps
  3. Signals Distance Prop #3
  4. Focused Food Drops, part 2
  5. Can you Stand it? (Moving)

Week 5:

  1. Looking Good! (Marking for Go-Outs)
  2. Reverse Fly/Release Back
  3. Directing Jumps
  4. Multi Tasking - Pick 2!
  5. High Five! (Hand touches)

Week 6:

  1. Take it! (Marking for Directed Retrieve)
  2. Squsih, Thrus and "shutes"
  3. Glove Toss and Holds
  4. Divided Attention
  5. Unleashed Focus

Prerequisites and Equipment

Prerequisites: No experience is necessary to start. Appropriate for dogs 4 months and older, from beginners to novice competition levels and any team looking to bring the fun back to obedience.

Equipment: Mainly you will just need you, your dog, lots of treats and toys! Other items needed will be: Cone/pool noodle upright, zen bowl (small bowl), retrieve items (toys, dumbbell, obed glove), multiple platform proprs (mat, raised platform (table top), pvc box, mini barrier gating), simple jump object (gutter, broad jump board), 2 jumps (optional).


Brand New Course February 2017

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