OKD is a general training course. From the name it’s obvious that we are talking about obedience. The basis of OKD is the knowledge of such commands as “next”, “sit”, “lie”, “stand”, “place”, as well as aport, the dog’s attitude towards the muzzle and the display of the bite. As a rule, the OKD training course is “accelerated”, from four to six months. This is not entirely true, and to be honest, it is not at all true. However, the purpose of this article is not to dispute certain canine postulates, but to help novice dog lovers in preparation for the OKD exam.
So, they flew four months, to the instructor of the group in which the owner was engaged with his favorite, announces the day "X." From fear, everything that the instructors taught at the site of their wards is forgotten, and even more so, the sequence of actions. It’s not worth panicking, everything is not so scary as it seems. Only, you should not eat a dog in the last week before the exam, this is unlikely to help. Classes should be held as usual, without the addition of various "innovations."
The day before the "release" should rest the pet. Judgment day has come, the owner, in sportswear (you can wear jeans, a comfortable T-shirt and sneakers if the exam is carried out in the warm season), anxiously awaiting the turn to enter the court, watching who is passing the exam. The excitement increases, and when it is the turn of the newly-made training, the knees begin to tremble and the legs give way. The owner leans toward the dog to unfasten the leash, and ... Stop!
To begin with, you should take a deep breath, close your eyes and mentally say "I will succeed." With faith and firm conviction in their thoughts. Then, he will calmly bend over to the dog, unfasten the leash, since the animal should go out to the platform without it, put on a muzzle, and at the command “nearby”, start moving. When approaching the judge, you should stop, give the dog a command to "sit", and approach the judge without her. The owner gives the judge a dog card, which indicates his initials, as well as the full name of the dog and its breed. This card is issued by the instructor before the exam. After transferring the card, the conductor reports:
"Comrade judge! Instructor Ivanov with a dog of the German Shepherd breed named Jesse has arrived to pass the standard for the general training rate."
After that, as directed by the judge, the trainer returns to the dog, which has been sitting in place all this time, removes the muzzle from it. The judge approaches the guide with the dog and demands to show a bite. The conductor puts his left hand under the lower jaw of the dog, his right hand on the upper jaw, fingers open it with his fingers, together with the "show the bite" command. The animal should not resist, if, however, the dog is aggressive, then the overall score for this command is reduced.
The bite is shown, the judge instructs to move away from the dog, leaving it in a certain position. Usually, this is a lay command, but sometimes it can sit. The guide gives his ward the command indicated by the judge, moves away from the dog at a distance specified by the judge. From 15 to 30 meters, most often. Then, the judge voices the “Stand!” Command (or another), and the trainer, using his voice and gesture, must “transmit” the command to his dog. Deviation from the correct execution is considered to be a repeat of the command if the dog did not execute it the first time, movement forward from the indicated place (with the “stand” command), an attempt to break away from the place to the owner. Three attempts are given, but if the dog has not completed the command, it is removed from the exam. There are three teams in total - the “sit”, “stand” and “lay” complex "
The complex is completed, the guide approaches the dog, becomes so that it is at his left foot, and, as directed by the judge, begins to move nearby. Ten meters the trainer with the dog goes forward, then, the judge commands which side to make the U-turn.
Usually, it looks like this: "Movement" next to "start! Straight! Left! Left! Right! Straight! Back!"
After the word "back", the guide with the dog returns to the starting position, the dog sits at the trainer's left foot, waiting for the next command. Perhaps it will be an aport. The animal sits at the left foot, the conductor throws the aport item. The dog in no case should not rush for the "toy" without the command "aport", for this the score is reduced. On command, she runs after the item, takes it, returns to the guide, sits opposite him, and only after that gives the aport to the trainer.
Next up is the location command. The conductor puts the dog, puts in front of her some thing (backpack, bag, etc.), gives the command "place". Moves away from the dog to the distance indicated by the judge, calls the dog with a command “to me” in voice and gesture. The animal runs to the guide, walks around it, sits at the left foot, and after that, the guide sends the dog to the abandoned thing, giving it the command "place". She should be back in place, and lie down next to the thing.
After the obedience test, the second stage begins.
The subjects are invited to pass the following obstacles: a boom, a slide, a ladder, and in conclusion, a barrier. The dog approaches all the shells with the guide, on a command nearby. It sits at the left foot, and only after the “forward” command does it overcome the obstacle. After passing this or that shell to the animals, the guide gives a command nearby, as soon as the dog touches the front paws of the earth. And continues the passage of shells.
When the exam finishes, the judge thanks the guide and asks him to return to the place. The trainer returns to the group, and already there awaits the results. OKD-1, OKD-2, OKD-3 are three degrees of the general training course. If the dog and the guide gain from 60 to 79 points, then they get OKD-3. From 80 to 89 - OKD-2. And finally, those who score from 90 to 100 points are awarded OKD-1.
In order for your dog to be alert and healthy, you need to feed her a healthy, balanced food. We recommend using a balanced diet, combining both dry and wet foods. Health to your future champion!