Obedience training is more than sit, come and stay.  Everything we ask of our dogs is a form of obedience.  Whether we ask the dog to track, defend or climb, the dog is complying to a command.  It is this recognition that is so important in the training.  

There is no separation in anything we choose to do with our dog. It is all obedience.

When we come to this realization, obedience should become easier and make more sense.