Administrator & Alpha Bitch of the Wild Bunch
Join Date: Dec 2001
Location: Michigan, USA
Re: Welcoming new Schutz members...
Depends on the individual club. This is why shopping around for clubs and evaluating each one's "culture" to find the right fit is important.
Some clubs are highly competitive, won't accept members unless BOTH handler and dog show an ability to title with an average amount of effort, and handler is serious about titling.
Others are willing to accept handlers who more or less just want to have fun, do some training, hang out with dog folks and aren't serious about titling, and are willing to work with dogs who really aren't capable of titling in all phases.
Some clubs are novice friendly, others are not. Some are very serious in their training atmosphere, some are so laid back you wonder if they ever accomplish any training. Most are somewhere in between.
So it all depends on the club and the goals and personalities of it's membership. Most clubs will be pretty upfront about those things and if someone inquires about wanting to participate in a non-serious manner, the clubs will typically respond right away with whether they will accept that sort of member or not.
We do not charge any training fees for visitors or potential new members during their probationary period. If after several weeks visiting we invite them to join, and they choose to do so, then they pay their training dues, which are prorated from the date of official membership forward. So all the visiting/probation is free.
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