Administrator & LOTR Addict
Join Date: Apr 2000
Location: Bloomington, IN, USA
Re: Question about Schutzhund....
Some things to consider: SchH itself requires some time and not everyone has the time to commit. That is not a bad thing, just a reality for many people. As for the dogs, mental work is very important and tires out the dogs more quickly than physical work. Most of the issues I see at our club with dogs whose handlers work and have families is a lack of progress in obedience and tracking, injuries, and coming to the field unable to concentrate. I tell my members that they have to track and do obedience away from the club if they ever plan on making any progress and titling their dogs. I am not talking every day, but you had better plan on 1 hour at least 2- 3 times per week (away from the club) for tracking, obedience and conditioning. Obedience and play can be done in short spurts, but tracking does take some time (though you can usually do other things while your track ages). Something else to remember, these dogs are athletes and just like human athletes they need conditioning if they are going to be fit enough to stand up to the rigors of training. Injuries are far more common in dogs that lack conditioning. Things like rain, snow storms, cold, heat, too tired after work, etc are something you will have to deal with if you want to give any GSD, not just a working line GSD, sufficient physical and mental stimulation.
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