In Obedience

Kelpies are relatively easy dogs to train; they are naturally obedient as they have been bred for many,  many generations to follow commands (when working). As I am interested in competing with my dogs in a variety of dog sports I have selected for dogs that have been easy to train, and dogs which are highly motivated.

My foundation bitch - Aus Ch Oatland Pipistrelle CD was a dream to train. She successfully completed her CD (Companion Dog) title in three straight trials and gained two passes towards her CDX.

Kelpies do not work well if forced to do things, I recommend you train them with positive reinforcement and find an obedience club who trains using positive methods only. I often use a clicker to train my dogs - a search on the Internet will give you lots of information on clicker training. My puppies start their obedience training early - they learn to come back when called, and to walk nicely on a lead before they are 8 weeks old, ie your Callicoma kelpie will have already learned these things before you get him or her.

I then take puppies I am keeping (and other Callicoma puppies if they are still here after 8 weeks old) to puppy preschool at 8 weeks and to obedience classes at 14 weeks old. Even if I do not trial a dog in obedience, they are all obedience trained to a level that makes them nice dogs to live with.

(L to R) Callicoma Jazzabell ADX JDX GDX SD SPDX, Aus Ch. Callicoma Pinot Noir, Callicoma The Tempest ADM JDM ET PT JDO ADO GDX SPDX AAD, Aus Ch Callicoma Lyric HT, Callicoma Allegro AAC ADM ADO JDM JDO SDM SPDM GDM, Dual Champion (T) Callicoma Capella CDX RA ADM JDM ADO JDO GDM SPDM SDX HT ET, Callicoma Verdelho ADX JDX HT ET, Callicoma Quickstep CCD ADX JDX SD GD HT (12 weeks old) had no problems with obedience when we all met up recently and asked our dogs to stay for a family photo.

Dual Ch (T) Callicoma Capella CDX RA ADM JDM ADO JDO GDM SPDM SDX HT ET competes in obedience (has her CDX - Companion Dog Excellent) and Rally O (has her RA - Rally Advanced). She was trialling in UD when she retired.
Aus. Ch. Callicoma Ruby Red CCD RE ADX JDX GD SD SPD ET HT DWDF.S has her CCD (Community Companion Dog) and her RE (Rally Excellent) titles. She is a very willing worker.
   T. Ch Neut Ch. Callicoma Whist RN AD JDX SD SPD GD ET has her Rally Novice title.
 Callicoma Red Sunset CDX ET has her Companion Dog Excellent and is training for UD.  
Callicoma Quickstep CCD ADX JDX SD GD HSAs has his CCD title and is competing in Rally Novice.
Neut Ch Callicoma Winning Trick CD RA ET HSAs has her Companion Dog and her Rally Advanced titles. She is about to start competing in CDX.
Callicoma Voodoo JD SPD RN CCD has his Rally Novice and his CCD titles.
Callicoma Black Tango UD RM RAE HTM.A DWDF.A has her RM and her Rallay Advanced Excellent titles. She also has her CD - 3 passes from 3 trials - all first place!!, a few more trials and she had her CDX and then soon her UD. She is now competing for her Obeedience Championship.
Callicoma Black Caviar RN JD SPD has her Rally Novice title
Ch Callicoma Stromlo CCD RN has his Community Companion Dog and his Rally Novice

  Ch Callicoma Extravagant RN has her Rally Novice too

Neut Ch Callicoma Morning Delight CD RE DWDF.S HTM.N has her Rally Excellent and is now competing in Rally Masters.