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RaigenB 12-05-2013 03:06 PM

Good Book for a Beginner?
I do not have a GSD pup yet. Just doing some research now so when I'm ready, I'm ready :)

I've found a couple good breeders and also a place that trains PP dogs and has members that compete in Shutzhund.

I plan to have my future pup PP trained but I think the whole Shutzhund is very cool as well. I loved watching videos of dogs and handlers working together.

A question I have, is there a beginners Shutzhund book that could teach me the basics of the sport?

Stosh 12-05-2013 07:16 PM

Lots of good information on dvds, streaming videos, articles, podcasts, many of them free

Baillif 12-05-2013 07:25 PM

Best course of action is find a club. Leerburg is great the DVD stuff there especially with Michael Ellis is excellent, but there is going to be certain stuff that's just best learned in person.

RaigenB 12-05-2013 07:53 PM

The closest club to me is 2 hours away. And I think you have to pay to visit. I do want to go visit but it isn't something I could do everyday. Thats why I'd like to try and find a book lol. But I'll check that site out

Baillif 12-05-2013 08:11 PM

How experienced are you in marker training or dog training period?

RaigenB 12-05-2013 08:13 PM

I took my Lab to training at PetSmart. But I feel with obedience, I'm fairly decent.

Baillif 12-05-2013 08:16 PM

Fairly decent as in you can get your dog to sit stand and down or fairly decent in minimal distraction or as in you know operant and classical conditioning techniques and could come up with a way to train any behavior you wanted if you had to?

Baillif 12-05-2013 08:22 PM

Forget it. I'll just give you two book recommendations separately from all that Michael Ellis stuff.


RaigenB 12-05-2013 08:25 PM

Haha well I know how to teach my dogs things that I've been taught. I'm sure I could figure out some techniques to teach my dog a certain trick/task.

Thank you for the book recommendations!

Baillif 12-05-2013 08:27 PM

No matter what level you're at if you haven't read those before they will be MASSIVELY useful for helping you iron out training problems. If you are doing that kind of training on your own you'll inevitably run into small questions you never even considered asking anyone before, but they will give you enough background to come up with an answer on your own if you needed to and gave it enough thought. Good luck!

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