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post #1 of 19 (permalink) Old 02-21-2010, 03:06 AM Thread Starter
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Burst my bubble

I have been so looking forward to schutzhund with my dog. Today I met with a trainer who informed me that it would cost over $7,000. per year and take at least 2 years to title. Also I would have to be willing to get up at 3 or 4 a.m. to go to tracking training.
He said he doesn't think it's a good method for reality, and that he prefers realistic protection training. He said Sch doesn't prepare a dog for the real life encounter that may actually occur.
He has a GSD and a Mal who both have multiple titles. His Mal is the only civilian canine to earn a police title in NYC.
So. . . he said he can assess Jiva and do sch if I'm determined, but that he highly recommends other types of training.
I met his mal. He is quite obviously a highly trained and high drive dog. In fact I noticed his dog's training and approached him randomly, only to discover that he is the person that I have been referred to by many people.
I'm a novice. What do you think about his comments?
I had no idea that it was that expensive a process. I knew it would require a lot of time and dedication. But since I'm not breeding, spending $20,000-$30,000 to title my dog in this sport suddenly seems insane.
Are you all really paying that? Is it worthwhile?

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I would contact a SchH club in your area. The United Schuted Schutzhund club of America's web site is: www.germanshepherddog.com

If you surf through there you will find a listing of clubs and people to contact including a regional director that can put you in touch with people that actually do SchH and enjoy it as opposed to someone that doesn't think it's worth much

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My club due is $20.00 a month.
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I knew it would require a lot of time and dedication. But since I'm not breeding, spending $20,000-$30,000 to title my dog in this sport suddenly seems insane.
Are you all really paying that? Is it worthwhile?
WOW!! And even if you were breeding.. I can't see spending that amount of money..

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No. Our dues is $300 per year, we do NOT get up a 3 AM to track (I do get up a 6 in the summer). Trials are usually $50 entry plus your hotel and food (if you travel).

As Al (Bullet) said, find a GOOD club to train with.

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No way. We spend probably $250 a month in training fees....For FOUR dogs.

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Thanks. He did say a club is less expensive but that there's none in the city so it would require a lot of very early a.m.s and a lot of driving.
Most people don't keep cars here so he may have assumed that I don't have one. I just realized that. He may figure I have no means to travel with a dog to a club.

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I searched the link, and it seems the closest club is about a 2 hour drive.
I'll look into the club cost and get more information during the week.

Do you travel 4-5 hours a day roundtrip to do the sport?

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When I go to a club it is 2-3 hours one way, yes. That would the greatest cost involved for me.
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