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How long to title?

I was at the bookstore the other day and was flipping through a GSD book. (Sorry, didn't note the title) I saw an interesting statistic that I wanted to run by those with experience.

The book said that a typical obedience title takes 6 - 9 months to earn, but a Schutzhund title takes an average of 2 years. I am assuming that they are talking about a SchH1, not a BH. I know this is an average because all dogs are different, but I am interested to see how good their stat is.

So, those of you who have titled at dog, how long did it take? For what title? How old was your dog when you started training for SchH? (Because I wonder if they include puppy training in the two year timeframe)

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Re: How long to title?

I once wondered this but I honestly think it depends on the handler and their dog. So many factors such has how often they train during the week, training methods, how old the dog is, etc...how much brains your dog has :P drives...mistakes as a handler that you make that set your dog back...etc etc

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Re: How long to title?

Indeed it depends on a lot of things. You also have to take into consideretion that your dog HAS to be 15 months old before you can trial for a BH. If a handler trains on a regular basis, getting a SchH 1 by the time the dog is 2 years old is very normal.

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Re: How long to title?

Some people will rush thru to title and not set the proper foundation.
At the club I was at this weekend, one guy has an almost 3 yr old that has his BH only. He isn't concerned about the age of his dog, but the way he will earn his titles. And to have fun with his dog.
Individual goals and the maturity timing of the lines play into it as well.

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Re: How long to title?

I might know that guy...

BH is 15 mos, and the rules are 3 mos in between, so 18 for 1, 21 mos for a 2 and 24 for a 3 is as fast as one might be able to go with no hiccups. I've only seen that happen once, so not sure how normal that might be. The handler had already taken a dog to SchH3, and the 2nd was a great dog. As much as Murphy loves trials, don't set your heart on that 2 year goal for a 3, it's a process, not a race.



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Re: How long to title?

Honestly, not asking for myself. I have my own goals based on Bison and I both being new, and estimating what he capible of.

I really am just interested in verifying the statistic in the book with real data.

And, yeah, I think I know that guy too. Really great dog.

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Re: How long to title?

I'd say 2 years is pretty average for most regular SchH people. By "regular" I mean normal folks, not professional trainers, who train regularly but also have a life beyond SchH.

Age the dog is when started can also be a factor. If starting with a pup, it's not uncommon to take closer to 3 once waiting for the dog to mature is factored in. If starting with an adolescent or adult dog where some maturity has already happened, might only take a year.


There are so many other factors involved from aptitude of handler to aptitude of dog to quality of training/helpers available to frequency of training, not to mention injuries or sickness or family/job issues or any number of other things that can slow progress, that I bet there are as many cases of folks not falling into that average as there are that do though. So I'd consider it a pretty rough average.



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Re: How long to title?

I know that I am the factor that holds my 3 year old "pup" back. I am a first-time dog owner and a first-time SchH handler/trainer. As someone above noted though, I am more interested in how we prepare and the fun that we have while training than how fast we get our titles. Lana was 2 when she got her BH, a couple months older when she got her SchH1, and is now just slightly over 3. Hopefully we will try for her SchH2 later this month if there is time, but if not, oh well... there is always next spring She could have done this all MUCH faster with someone with more experience, but we have fun doing what we do at the speed we advance.

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Re: How long to title?

I can say that waiting for this dog to mature has been frustrating. I started him as a puppy and he is 27 months old now. He doesn't have a BH yet.....He is ready for one but time and financial restrictions have held us back from getting it. That said, I think that 2 years is probably average....depending on the dog and owner.

I know now that the longer they require to mature, teh longer the titles take!

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