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Old 04-04-2014, 02:51 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I am interested in getting into schutzhund but I have no idea where to start!!!
Will Schutzhund clubs except a member with no prior experience in schutzhund training? I would love to Start Athena on BH training and I found a facility that will title her in BH but I rather be her trainer/handler as I want the bonding experience. I rather not send her away if I don't have to!
So can Schutzhund experts let me know if a newbie can join a schutzhund club?
I feel intimidated by schutzhund, even though I have done basic obedience my whole life I am probably doing everything wrong for Schutzhund. Any advice on how to get my girl started would be AWESOME!
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My understanding is that everyone starts knowing next to nothing, and join the club to get it all started!

So find a club(s) in your area, see if you can just go watch a time or two (and HELP!!!!) then join and have a blast

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Step one is to find a Schutzhund club near by that has a training schedule that works with your schedule.

Step two is to get your dog tested and see if she has the nerve/drive for the sport.

Step three is to listen to your TD and helper, do what they tell you, and learn.

Sending your dog away won't teach you anything about the sport or how to train for it. It won't teach you anything about your dog, it won't teach you anything about looking for a good Schutzhund prospect. It will also probably cost you an arm and a leg and you'll be able to tell your friends and family your dog has a title that neither you nor them know what it means.
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Step one is to find a Schutzhund club near by that has a training schedule that works with your schedule.

Step two is to get your dog tested and see if she has the nerve/drive for the sport.

Step three is to listen to your TD and helper, do what they tell you, and learn.

Sending your dog away won't teach you anything about the sport or how to train for it. It won't teach you anything about your dog, it won't teach you anything about looking for a good Schutzhund prospect. It will also probably cost you an arm and a leg and you'll be able to tell your friends and family your dog has a title that neither you nor them know what it means.
You're 100% right! I never thought of it like that! Thanks for the advice!!
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Where are you located in IN?

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I am located in Noblesville, right outside Indianapolis.
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I emailed O.G. Indianapolis Schutzhund and Polizei for more information today.
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Mike Diehl is in Indy. I have a friend that use to train with him.

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I am a member of O.G. Indy. Good club.

O.G. Landshark is also in Indy. O.G. Landshark
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It's crazy how much trainers want to teach your dog basic things. One guy I emailed wants almost $2,000 for a puppy obedience! I can go to my local trainer and teach my pup to sit, stay, etc and it's less than a hundred or so. And then to train them for Schutzhund, another trainer wants almost $8,000! Seriously, why ask so much to train a dog? I can BUY a fully trained protection/Schutzhund dog for that kind of cash. Heck, I could buy a whole kennel of Schutzhund prospects for that! I don't get it.
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