As for Cloud, the animal has shown exceptional will-to-please in all training sessions. Unfortunately, the ill health of the female version of his two-leggers kept him from participating in sports competitions this past summer and stopped his training and testing within but two short weeks of his German Companionship Certificate trial. Before the nasties set in, however, he had taken part in a preliminary trial run under test conditions and unfamiliar terrain and without his usual handler (yours truly, the female two-legger) on 13 March 2004, wherein he moved less well than is his wont, but still well enough to achieve 47 out of a possible 60 points -- comfortably above the 42 points minimum requirement to pass!
Obedience training quite simply rocks. Not only is it fun when your dog gets a certificate, it also makes life out in the real world comfortable and welcoming and much less of a hassle.
An off-leash dog "who" responds to the heel command to then move perfectly in sync at your side in public will not frighten either joggers or bikers or wary mothers with toddlers, will be a welcome guest even in shops and restaurants (Yes, my fellow Americans, such is accepted in Germany ... but only if your dog is well-mannered.) and will be the recipient of much by way of praise and admiration -- which can but aid his bonding with the human species in general.