WYSIWYG Welsh Terriers
Obedience Training and Showing
Obedience classes are for every dog and owner.  Puppies over eight
weeks of age can attend Puppy Training classes -- perhaps the most
beneficial training a dog will ever have.  Adult dogs can attend manners
classes and basic obedience, continuing on into advanced obedience
classes as it gains age, control and experience.

The benefits of obedience training are many.  A puppy learns to
socialize nicely with people and other dogs, and to look to its owner for
direction.  An unruly older dog can become a welcome companion.  An
obedient dog can work on more complex and interesting training.  A
rescue dog can bond with its new owner as they train together.  A bored
dog can gain something to do.

We train with
Greater Saint Louis Training Club, Inc., the oldest
obedience club in the St. Louis area and the only one that is an AKC
member club. Lucy has been a member since 1965 and has served in
a variety of positions, including Director of Training and President. She
has served regularly as a training coach and head trainer for many
years. Linda has served as Club Secretary, Board Member and an
assistant coach for training classes as well. They have both been
involved in various capacities in the production of the club’s annual
obedience trial.

Whether training with Greater St. Louis Training Club or training on our
own at home, we find that positive training methods work best for
Welsh terriers as well as other breeds. As with many terrier breeds, the
Welsh terrier was bred to be tenacious and to try to win any conflict or
confrontation, so it is best to avoid challenging a Welsh terrier directly.
Welsh terriers learn best when they are interested in what is going on
and especially when they are having fun.  When we refer to positive
training we mean any of a variety of training methods which serve to
engage the dog in fun learning activities. Harsh training methods in
general, and punishment in particular, bring out the worst in Welsh
terriers.

While information on obedience competition follows, we believe that the
main goals of obedience training are to have fun with your dog, and to
allow the dog to acquire the manners and behavior that will make it an
outstanding pet.  If you want to compete in obedience, that's fine.  But if
you and the dog are having fun and making progress, that's what really
matters.  

Any AKC-registered dog may compete for
AKC obedience titles,
including dogs that are spayed or neutered. Other organizations offer
obedience competition as well, including the
United Kennel Club (UKC)
and the
Mixed Breed Dog Club St Louis (MBDC).
Linda and Gwin waiting for the "long
sits and downs" part of novice
obedience in Louisville, KY. Gwin
earned her first passing score this day
as well as the WTCA-sponsored
trophies for highest scoring Welsh
terrier and the highest scoring Welsh
terrier in the Novice B class.
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Dargen, Taly, Moose
taking a break after showing at an obedience trial
The following Wysiwyg and Baileywyc Welsh terriers have participated in
obedience classes, have earned titles or will be competing soon:
Owen
Gryf
Madyye
Dargen
Madoc
Ringo
Gwin
Moose
Taly
Lleu
Sky
Bryn
Hogyn
Lark
Luke
Kip
Tag
Dazzle
Trek
Dodger
Zoe
Scout
Marco
Brysyn
Bones
Delyth
Button
Bonnie Blu
Woody