Quote: Although books on dog raising are similar to books are child-rearing...lots of different opinions and no 1 book is totally right. You have to pick and choose. My first piece of advice would be to immerse yourself and read everything, even if it doesn't pertain necessarily to foundation work. You want to know where you're going before you start the journey. It's not a recipe. Doing certain things does make you a Schutzhund dog. Training has to be tailored.
My second piece of advice is find a club. Can you do stuff at home? Sure you can. But you're really much better off working with people who know what they are doing. Schutzhund can be so subtle. It's not just about sitting, or platzing, or chasing, or biting. There's alot that has to do with HOW it's done. have raised 2 dogs and am on my third puppy, and have consistenly gone to training for almost 3 years. My dogs are doing well but I can tell you right now that this puppy has a HUGE advantage on my other 2 because of all I've learned. Not just from my previous dogs but from all the other dozens of dogs I ahve gotten to see being worked at club.
Here is a list of some of my favorites. Each one has some very valuable information that I have found to be very helpful:
1. SchH: Theory and Training Methods (Barwig & Hilliard)
2. Advanced SchH (Balabanov & Duet)
3. SchH Obedience: Training in Drive (Booth)
4. Tracking Dog: Theory & Methods (Johnson)
4. Training the Behavior: Tips, techniques, and theory for the working dog trainer (Patterson)
The Sheila Booth one (training in drive) is a great intro book for beginners new to the sport.
I am still looking for the Protection one by Patterson but have yet to find a copy. I almost got one through Ebay but was outbid at the last second....grrrr.
One of the most helpful things for me was (and still is) watching great dogs and handlers working....those components that to me, illustrate the "<u>perfect</u> picture"....gives me a much clearer idea of where I want to be and what I am working towards when I am training.