Pre-Newb even, and curious!
Hello, I've been lurking on this site for awhile and have some questions to do with Schutzhund. I don't even have a GSD yet, but stumbled across the sport while researching them. I've heard about it, but had no idea that 'regular' people did it, always thought it was more for law enforcement work.
Anyway, I did contact a club near me yesteday...understandably the kind lady didn't have alot of time to answer my questions, but I was invited to their training session and I'm pretty sure I'm going to go just to see what it's all about and see if I'd be as interested as I believe I would.
My biggest question is could this be something that my 13 year old daughter could take part in with me? She is not a terribly confident child and I'm thinking that this could really bring her out, but most importantly give us something that we could do together. We both have a love for animals, dogs in particular...and before she even knew the breed, she always begged me for 'a police dog'...you guessed it, a GSD. Now that we have Daddy's agreement that a GSD is definitely in our future, I'd love to be able to learn more about Schutzhund.
I have tons more questions, but was curious about the reaction of a 13yr old girl being deeply involved. I've seen very young handlers at other canine sports, but never with this....not that I've delved too deeply.
Thank you for wading through my long winded post! I look forward to hearing your opinions.