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decades of breeding the Worlds Top pedigrees and titled German Shepherd dogs

               Appleridge Obedience Family German Shepherds 

Appleridge German Shepherds (423)457-3808 -Now in Atlanta GA, Annette text,phone 32 Years Dedication to Purebred Dogs , Atlanta, Cleveland, Ontario-CKC AKC Inspected and Approved

SOLD- Appleridge BN Obedience Titiled Now  
" Dixie"   2015 

Titling Preparation BN - Training Experience 
(daughter of Wendy & Deacon -owned by the Belcher Family)

Dixie is now getting evaluated by AKC judges for Beginner Novice Obedience over the next 2 weeks

  News Flash---- Dixie places 3rd in her Class and earns her 2nd leg for her Obedience title!!

Dixie has succesfully passed her OFA testing for hips & elbows, DM NN by parentage

 This stage lends a new challenge of adolescent behaviors.  Each dog, reacts differently. All Service dogs are recommended spayed and or neutered at 6 months. Competitive Obedience dogs are now eligible to  compete at AKC Sanctioned events. Polishing is critical at this phase.  We become very black and white with training commands now. It's Right or it's NOT. 

  •  Heel - Fast, slow, step by step, normal.  On and Off Lead 
  • Right turn, Left turn, About turn ( all slow, normal, fast) On and Off Lead
  • Figure 8 - fast, slow, normal, about turns  On and Off Lead 
  • Heel to motion from drop, sit, or stand, while in Motion to handler.   On and Off Lead 
  • Heel to Stand stay in motion fast, normal, slow  On and Off Lead 
  • Heel to Down in motion from fast, slow, normal On and Off Lead 
  • Heel to Sit in motion from Fast, slow, normal On and Off Lead  
  • Return to Heel from motion upon handler pick up, as passing the dog in Sit, Stand, or down   On and Off Lead 
  • Stairs in all speeds  On and Off Lead 
  • Weave pole agility directional preparation in all speeds  On and Off Lead 
  • Sit from Motion shall be natural and happen instinctively, subconsciously as the handler stops for all tasks unless instructed otherwise, or unless the dog is being prepared for a Service stabilizing Harness Dog for an individual with Mobility Needs.   On and Off Lead 
  • Come Command -   The dog shall come on the first call using verbal command or hand signal. The dog will be taught to respond quickly and move in a timely fashion into the " front" position directly in front of the handler positioning themselves into a sit staring up into the eyes of the handler.  Your dog will happily and briskly run from sit or out of sight into a " front" position in a sit looking happily into the handlers eyes awaiting the next instruction.  On and Off Lead  
  • Come Front - your dog shall move forward at any pace to keep themselves positioned in a FRONT (as described above) as the handler retreats at any pace and stops at any time. The dog shall maintain eye contact at all times. This task will begin with reward imprinting and the lure will transfer to " attention and verbal reward by the end of the training package.  On and Off Lead 
  • Distraction training will continue at all levels using items or food that interest your dogs unique likes or drives. Your dog will be able to  maneuver through  other dogs, food, toys, treats, and many obstacles to remain in pace with the handler or " come" to the handler when asked.  On and Off Lead 
  • Distraction training - out of site. Items of value will be placed on the floor, counters, everywhere as a test to determine that your dog can and will " leave it" despite you being absent from the room. 
  • Distraction with activity. Your dog shall remain in a calm and controlled manner while toys, balls and even dogs run about them playing, walking or running.  We will also expect this type of control in an off leash down stay and sit stay with the handler 30 feet from the dog.  
  • Down stay shall be performed with distractions for a period of 5 minutes with handler at a distance of 30 feet. 
  • Sit  stay shall be performed with distractions for a period of 3 minutes with handler at a distance of 30 feet. 
  • Standing for Examination by a Judge, Vet, Groomer, Handler etc. Your dog shall stand calmly in a respectful manner, willingly, with a single command to stand, and then stay. Your dog will accept a physical examination from an individual as per instructions to remain in a " stand stay" with the handler at a 6' or great distance without showing resentment, anger or shyness to the examiner.
  • Social Circle- dogs & people, Meet and Greet(simulating sidewalk meetings and park outings exposure, Crowd Behavior Control and Social City Environmental Training is included in this level of training( with and without other animals). *** (On lead for legal reasons for this group of tasks)
  • On and  Off Lead
* we will only do Advance levels on dogs we have tested or bred and whom have completed the previous levels with us

Dixie is now being prepared to do the  huge step of CGCA and Beginner Novice AKC Obedience

Your pup MUST have passed a AKC CGC to be considered for CGCA. 

  Dogs must pass all 10 items of the test to receive the CGCA title.

  1. Dog stands, sits or lies down and waits under control while the owner:
    • sits at the registration table and fills out paperwork, or,
    • if the test is done in the community, dog waits while the owner sits and has a snack or visits with another person (e.g., at a park)
  2. Walks on a loose leash in a natural situation (not in a ring) -- does not pull.
    • left turn
    • right turn
    • stop
    • fast and slow pace
  3. Walks on loose leash through a crowd:
    • at a show or in class, this item is tested in a real crowd, not in a ring
    • in the community, dog walks on sidewalk, through a crowd at a community fair, park, on a trail, through a busy hallway, etc.
  4. Dog walks past distraction dogs present; does not pull.
    This item may be tested along with #3 if there are dogs in the crowd, etc.
    • at a show or class, dog walks by dogs waiting in the crowd--dogs 2 ft. apart
    • in the community, dog walks by other dogs on a trail, sidewalk, in a hallway, etc.
  5. Sit -- stay in small group (3 other people with dogs).
    Owners and dogs are in an informal circle/square while owners have a conversation.
    Dogs are all on the owner's left side, on leash; 3 ft. apart. (At least 30 seconds)
  6. Dog allows person who is carrying something (backpack, computer bag, etc.) to approach and pet it.
    "May I pet your dog?" (Item is placed on floor/ground before the person pets the dog)
  7. "Leave it." Dog walks by food and follows owner instructions, "Leave it."
    This can be food placed by the evaluator on the floor or ground in a food dish with a wire cover as in Rally.
  8. Down or sit stay -- distance (owner's choice).
    Dog is on 20--ft line, owner walks away with back to dog, picks up an item (e.g., backpack, training bag, clipboard, folder etc.) placed on the floor/chair/ground by the evaluator and returns to the dog.
  9. Recall with distractions present (coming when called). Handler goes out 20--ft. **(off center) and calls dog.
    Dog is on the 20--ft. line from #8 above.
  10. Dog will sit or stand stay (owner's choice) while owner enters/exits a doorway or narrow passageway. Owner calls dog through door when ready.
    Owner may also choose to:
    1. send the dog through first and have the dog wait for the owner, or
    2. the owner may choose to have the dog go through the doorway at the owner's side.
    Whichever method is used, the dog must not pull the owner and must be under good control. Think of the handler having the leash in one hand and a cup of coffee in the other.
    Doorway or gate can be real or simulated with ring gates, two chairs, or a natural passageway (e.g., entrance to trail) in the community.