Ha! I should have known that I'd be led back to this site when I googled, "percentage people schutzhund 3." I was wondering how many HOT get to their IPO3. Per trial we seem to get 9-10 BHs, 3-4 IPO1s and then maybe 1-2 IPO2 and IPO3. Most people disappear into the schutzhund abyss after the BH.
I don't think what I understood about Schutzhund is that it not a hobby, it is a passion, and a way of life. It is expensive, time consuming, frustrating and political.
In California most working breeders are asking $2 - $3k for a well bred pup. I'd say $5-$8k for a well balanced, male with foundation work done.
We also typically drive 100 - 200 miles to spend 15-20 minutes on the field with our helper. Obedience and tracking lessons vary between $35 - $75 a session. Club annual dues are around $150 - $350 plus club/helper fees $20-$30. Mostly you are on your own, tracking in the mud, doing OB in the park, dreaming about the perfect dumbbell retrieve and back transport.
Between club fees, gas, helper fees, competition classes, seminars, USA fees, elbows, hips, premium food, supplements, trial costs, don't get me started on vet cost. Yeah it is an obsession. Two weekends ago I got my second HOT IPO3 and I'm already thinking about the next trial, what to do differently with the next pups, researching lines in languages I don't understand, saving money and praying the obsession doesn't leave me.
The Phantom aka Ember v. Wildhaus
HOT CGC SCH3, IPO3
SG Lycan vom Haus Tyson
HOT CGC, IPO3
Way out West (California)
TRACK it, TRAIN it, BITE it.