Wellington BS 28.2.16Of the three golden retrievers we have in our pack today, one is a pet dog, two are competitive obedience dogs. All competitive obedience dogs are trained using positive reinforcement and reward based training methods.

These dogs have been selected for their attitude, accuracy, and athleticism. All obedience dogs have drive, commitment, enthusiasm, elegance, and finesse, as well as focus, fun, and grace.

They are keen and keenly loyal.

They are powerful.

They are precise.

They are passionate.

But they also enjoy partnership, harmony, and teamwork. They are highly attuned to human non-verbal body language. When they’re close and trotting next to you (yes, that’s what we aim for) it feels like you’re both connected by an invisible thread, communicating as if by telepathy.

When you see obedience dogs trotting, their entire body is suspended in the air for a moment so they look like they’re floating. The trot is the dog’s most efficient gait as it uses both sides of their body and looks balanced. The wolf ancestor has been know to cover 100 miles a day, manly using the trot.

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Harry. The show off. Angela’s competition dog.


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Jasper. Puppy obedience dog
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Lucy. Not for competition
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Team Harry, Jasper, Lucy
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Jasper in full flight.


H rolling on beach
Harry. The joker.


Lucy rolling
Lucy. The roller.


Jasper. The top dog.


Want to know what it’s like to compete in obedience? Take a look.

(Video by Elaine Bennett and British Competitive Obedience Society)