Re: Can anyone do Schutzhund?
Go!! You can learn so much about training at SchH clubs because there are so many different behaviors everyone is always working on!
1. You don't. It's best to have your dog tested by the people at the club because it's hard to predict the reactions until you're actually in the situation. And It's like anything else, it's takes training and you can start out well and hit roadblocks. You cna also start out slow and improve dramatically over time. Like Lies said there is a VAST range of dogs that do this sport. You'll find people that progress quickly and people that don't. Much depends on you though and how much you put in. If it was easy everyone would have a SchH 3.
Someone once told me that tracking is about the determination of the handler, that obedience is about the skill of the handler, and protection is about the determination of the dog. Meaning that tracking and obedience have a lot to do with the handler, but protection is mostly the realm of the dog. If your dog doesn't want to do protection, SchH titles are probably not in your future...but there are all those TR and OB titles just waiting to be gobbled up!!
2. Yes. If they have the personality traits to get them through all kinds of dogs do this.
3. In general you want a happy outgoing, forward moving puppy that isn't afraid of much of anything. You also want a puppy that wants to play with toys regardless of environment and likes to tug is helpful. Lies is also right in that the vast majority don't train protection work at home. Truly it's the thing that takes the least work.
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