Administrator & Alpha Bitch of the Wild Bunch
Join Date: Dec 2001
Location: Michigan, USA
Re: Schutzhund Club DAYTON OHIO
We started up our own club a couple years ago, so it being fresh in my memory I'll give you a list of what equipment we had to start with.
3 sleeves - one hard, one broken in hard, one intermediate
large tug for puppy bite work
burlap for puppy bite work
leather rag for puppy bite work
set of 6 blinds
set of dumbbells
jump and a-frame (made, not purchased)
a couple different tie outs, one bungee, one not
a couple schlagger sticks, reed sticks and whips
hanging tree for send out (also made, not purchased)
boat load of sleeve covers
That's it. A lot of that stuff we already had ourselves when we started the club, some had to be purchased.
Club members were all responsible for providing their own equipment to work their dogs, including collars, harnesses, leashes, long lines, balls and tugs, tracking flags and articles, etc.... We were happy to provide recommendations to the novices on what sort of equipment to buy, but they were all responsible for equipment for their own dogs and of course were free to shop around and exercise their own preferences with regard to color, style, etc.... Initially for newbies were were happy to loan out our own harnesses, lines and aggitation collars but once they knew they were committed to training they were happy to buy their own.
Helpers were responsible for providing their own scratch pants, though we did have a helper apron and old set of scratch pants that were loaned to the newbie helpers until they got to the point where they were ready to work more dogs, and had been able to determine if helper work was something they'd stick with and getting their own was a worthwhile investment.
Since then we've accumulated quite a bit more equipment: more sleeves, including a right arm, a bite suit, more tie out lines, linen sleeve covers in addition to jute, more dumbbells and a dumbbell rack, more jumps of different kinds, hand protectors and gauntlets and various other safety/comfort equipment for doing suit work, more sticks/whips. But that has been obtained over time as the club saw the need for it. It wasn't stuff that was needed to start up the club.
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