Join Date: May 2009
Location: Kitchener-Waterloo, Ontario
I live in Ontario as well and also belong to a Schutzhund club.
Although the laws regarding these "dangerous breeds" is getting silly, there are a few groups lobbying out there for "dangerous owners" instead of the breeds/dogs.
I think a well trained dog, either in OB, Agility, Herding, SchH, etc.. is a well trained dog. Doing bite work has nothing to do with this. Does your dog bite a tug that is being thrown around on the ground? Will they release it with *1* word from you, *1* time when asked? Now, add more drive, add distractions, add lots of people, lots of dogs, lots of noise to that situation, will your dog listen to you now? SchH prepares a dog for instances like this, gives them (and the handler) the training to be confident in those situations and to work under those distractions.
If you don't want to do bite work, then don't but I think maybe you should try another sport? Why not agility? Why not Rally or Obedience? Why would you go to a SchH club and not really believe in the full training? To me personally, it just doesn't makes sense. Why not go to a CKC trainer for these things (OB)?
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