Ward Falkner Competition obedience dog Training

Train with Ward and Zoom - Winners of the 2011 and 2012

AKC/Eukanuba national obedience invitational

  1. *DIp. Ed., B.Sc., MSc., PhD. (Zoology)

  2. *Involved in dog obedience training and competition since the mid 1960’s.


  1. *Positive reinforcement resulting in a dog that “wants to” rather than “has to” carry out exercises.

  2. *Teaching how to motivate the dog.

  3. *Play training, having fun, developing speed and accuracy.

  4. *Understanding “how dogs learn” as it relates to all exercises and all levels of training from the puppy through to adult Novice, Open, and Utility exercises.

  5. *A basic understanding of classical conditioning and operant conditioning  so they may be directly applied to the learning process - the payoff from this is enormous with dogs quickly understanding when they are right.

  6. *Training for and getting both speed and accuracy.

  7. *Teaching how to anticipate, identify and solve potential problems..

  8. *Teaching how to prepare for the ring and handle stress and “ring nerves”.


Background & Training Philosophy

Winner of the 2011 AKC/Eukanuba National Obedience Invitational - Ward and NOC OTCh GMOTCh Spirit’s Zim Zam Zoom UDX6, OM4 with officials at the presentation ceremony.

Ward and Zoom relax

Zoom - high jump

Ward & Zoom NOI 2010