Thanks for the insider insight! I never would have thought that to be the case in Germany (don't know why not, but it would never have occurred to me).
There is a huge shift. While there are plenty of Schutzhund Clubs out there depending on where you live and what the reputation of those "oldtimers" were, there is a huge stigma on it.
People, these days, are disgusted by compulsion. What many of you want in a dog, that hard and rough dog, putting up a fight, is what the public no longer wants and they don't want to see a helper putting up a real fight with the dog. They don't want to see a dog getting real hits on his back, they don't want to see real pressure on a dog because most of the time, it doesn't look pretty.
E-collar, Prong Collar, anything that could even give a hint of a correction is frowned upon. Just post a picture on the German
German Shepherd Group on Facebook and you WILL be scrutinized.
There is a shift and it's not only in the US, Germany, Italy or Switzerland. You can see that shift all over the world and it does effect every single breed. It's almost the same shift you can see in raising kids these days.
Another thing that is happening is that the general public doesn't understand why "these type of dogs" have to be trained by civilians. Many civilians, especially rescuers and activists believe that these dogs, and that kind of training, should not be accessible to civilians but solely in the hand of the German Police and German Military.