Join Date: Mar 2007
Location: Grand Rapids, MI
Re: Schutzhund puppy video
K, noob disclaimer here, but at least from what I have seen and experienced so far, I wouldn't really call it normal or abnormal. I didn't do all that with my puppy and don't know anyone who did, but if you know what you're doing it's not going to hurt. Key phrase there being "if you know what you're doing." I didn't, so whacking my puppy or even pretending to hit it and drive it would have been just plain stupid for me to do. I didn't do a lot of ragwork either, and actually just started using tugs as rewards and for obedience (my puppy is now 12 months) because again, I didn't really know what I was doing and in that case, best to not do anything than screw up your dog's grip or accidentally give him a really bad experience.
To me, it's "normal" to take any new pup out and get it used to as many things as possible, but for me that is more broad than just SchH stuff like ragwork, getting stick hits, etc. I took my puppy all over to lots of places with lots of sounds, smells, and textures.