Protection Sports in Australia
So I am a little interested in IPO or Schutzhund, or at least some form of protection sports. I really love viewing the action, and yes, I have only viewed videos but I would like to view it in real life and maybe, just maybe, would like to participate one day. :)
I was also wondering what to expect if you did end up giving it a go? What does the training involve, is it weekly, daily? Can only certain types of people participate? Also, probably my biggest concern is looking for a club or training classes. I have no idea where to look! :eek: I have tried to search for clubs or classes online but have not found anything. I really don't know much about it and I think that such sports are heavily frowned upon in Australia. Does anyone know why?
Maybe you could start with this website to hopefully find a club nearby at least for ScH
Sorry I can't really answer specifics about Australia, but we have a number of Aussie members who I hope will be able to help.
From my understanding - (hope to be corrected if I'm wrong) - you are right that though allowed, in general bite-sports are seen in a very negative view in Australia. There are IPO clubs, but probably very few of them, and the vast distances less-developed interior territories might make it hard to find a club anywhere near - (I can relate to vast distances and less-developed territories - for example, the nearest large city to my town is an 8+ hour drive through the rockies).
The way to get started is to find a club and to join. Best thing is for people to join even before they have a dog, learn from watching and helping, and use the experience and resources of the club to help find a suitable pup for the sport. Reality is that most people join with the the dog they already have, which can be a mixed breed or an other breed, learn as much as they can, go as far as their existing dog has the potential to go, have a blast during the whole process, have their mind's open up to a whole new way of understanding dogs, dog behaviour, and dog training, THEN after a year or several, go and get a more suitable dog of working lines to work with.
Most clubs meet at least one day for the full day on the weekend, and once or twice more during the week, in the evening. Clubs have different personalities and goals - some clubs are very competitive, expect their members to participate fully and have a dog that is competitive and has the potential to make it to high-level trials, while others are more laid-back, more of a social club, more about getting together and working together and having fun, with more modest expectations and goals.
I'm not sure what you mean by
Thanks Shade, will have a look at the website when my internet stops being silly. :p
Castlemaid, what I meant in regards to "types of people" I was thinking about age requirements, or experience with the sport or large dogs, or whether or not you need to be physically strong or something. I'm sorry I was not clear on that. :)
Yeah, definitely interested and will be getting a dog in a while, just wanted to see if I could find any clubs first. Not quite the social butterfly but I would like to think that I am friendly enough. In my group of friends they have never heard of the sport.
EDIT: I can't see a club for Western Australia on the website. . . :(
So does no one in Australia know of any classes/clubs in WA?? :confused:
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