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post #11 of 17 (permalink) Old 03-26-2017, 11:40 AM
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Do know too that any working dog is not trained and voila you are done. All working dogs (LE, MWD, SAR, and PP as well as the sports etc) and their handlers train every week multiple times. It is a lifestyle decision that usually means you give something up. Join a IPO/Shutzhund club, you clearly have a lot to learn. Nothing wrong with that... it's fun. But you won't get any clear idea on-line. Get out there, invest in your skills and in training your dog.

Last thing... to be a working dog usually the first thing is to find the right puppy. Not all GSDs will make great working dogs. It is genetics first, training second. Sounds like you have a great little puppy but she may not make a good working dog. Nothing wrong with that... you can still learn a lot. But ease up a bit. You have the most to learn right now in terms of skills. That should be your focus. If you are not skilled and demand all kinds of things from your puppy you might be sorely disappointed and it might be harmful to the puppy.

Invest invest invest. Nothing comes for free in the world of K9 training.

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I'd be curious to know what you are trying to accomplish? Why are you interested in K9 training? I know you've talked a lot about becoming a breeder, so is that why you're interested? Are you looking to test the merits of your dog?

If so, then what I would strongly recommend you do is talk to people at your local Schutzhund clubs and find out where their dogs came from. Find a breeder who has a reputation for producing IPO dogs, and talk to them. Let them know about your interest in breeding and ask them if they wouldn't mind spending some time with you so you can learn from them, possibly even establish a mentor relationship.

One of the things I love about the GSD community is that good breeders want to teach in order to continue bettering the breed.

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I learned a lot from agitating at my police department. i did it for about 10 years and took thousands of bites before I started handling a dog. I learned a ton just watching and getting chewed on. I have a shirt on that says, "Train Daily."
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Might I add also that just because you can get a dog to bite doesnt mean it should go forward with bite work.
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Not all IPO clubs are geared towards Police dog training. Some are all about points, precision and trialing as a goal. Others cross train and have K9 teams training regularly with the club.
IPO has gotten very far removed from what protection training is and the tracking that is done in IPO is nothing like what a Police K9 is taught.
If you are interested in the LEO end of it, find a club that does have more open style training and people involved in that. Otherwise it is straight up IPO obedience for points in all three phases.
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So, I'd like to know how I can get K9 training or have my working line dog trained for police work. Do you have to be a police yourself or?
Yes you do.
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post #17 of 17 (permalink) Old 05-22-2017, 04:24 PM
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You have to be a peace officer and be selected for the K9 program. The dogs are chosen for the officer, some dogs are bought and some are donated. It depends on the task the dog is needed for. K9 training has nothing to do with the sport of schutzhund.

Many are actually titled in SchH.
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