The reality is that dogs are very situation oriented. Eveeryone likes to think that their SchH dog will haul off and bite on command but that simply isn't the case. The majority of dogs with sport training are not going to go for a bite unless a man with a sleeve is present. Many dogs also have to be taught that biting situations can occur off the field as well. A stable dog with correct temperament also usually needs to perceive an actual threat. I know that in a social sitaution I could yell the bite command and my dogs would look around and then look back at me like I was crazy because there was no man with equipment and no threat.
Additionally in SchH, it is generally advisable to only have 1 handler. That means the dog learns the commands from only one person, in only one situation. We all know dogs perform commands better for their "person" than they do for others so it's very likely that even if your son did try to issue a command the dog would blow him off. I would probably advise a set of "family" commands in English and a set of "competition" commands in German.
All of my dogs are also my pets. They are wonderful well trained companions, social, and stable, and easily taken into public without concern of them mauling anyone. Although be advised. While a SchH dog can be an awesome pet, SchH puppies can be difficult to deal with. You do not generally raise them in the same way you would a typical pet puppy. Generally they have less "manners" training. You don't teach a lot of bite inhibition because they have to be comfortable using their mouths, so you just sort of deal and redirect to a toy. They have to be comfortable and confident making body contact and pushing people around, so you can encourage and reinforce sitting and appropriate behavior but if they jump on you you can't go crazy and yell at them. So if you decide to go that route everyone needs to be on board.
Bianka vom Eisernen Loewen IPO3, CGC, TC 1-3-08
Cade vom Eisernen Loewen IPO1, CGC 3-25-09
D'Artagnan (Tag) vom Eisernen Loewen BH 2-2-10
G Aiko von Burkndeiros SchH 3, IPO3, FH, TC, KKL2 9-17-02 (Retired)
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