Join Date: Mar 2007
Location: Grand Rapids, MI
Re: If you don't plan to compete, is schutzhund.......
Depends on the club. Some are more competition focused than others. I think our club is rather laid back, however everyone is first and foremost committed to SchH, everyone works all three phases (or, for those of us original members who may have older dogs not suited for some phases, we have purchased or are in the process of purchasing a more suitable sport dog), everyone has some sort of SchH goal in mind whether it be to get the 3 eventually, to get what is necessary to Koer, to compete nationally, etc. We won't force anyone to do anything they don't want or care for, but the training methods we use and our focus in training is Schutzhund and not other forms of obedience or behavioral issues. We recommend trainers and setup private lessons on the side for that sort of thing.
My younger dog was crazy dog reactive from about 6months to 10months. So reactive I couldn't really control him properly, stopped walking him in public altogether. I thought he was doomed, but I kept going to SchH club. After several months of learning how to play with him, how to really get his drive and focus with me, I found that the reactivity is basically gone. Maybe part of it was a typical puppy phase, but I do attribute a lot of our success in that department (passing all CGC items but the 3 min separation at 10 months) to just working my dog from another angle, which was Schutzhund. So, if you enjoy it, it may help you indirectly.