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Schutzhund starter equipment

So, we close on our house next week and as soon as we do I am going to start ordering equipment and supplies for my pup. What is the best stuff to start out with for a pup? I want to see if I can get a puppy Schutzhund starter kit put together but I don't really know everything I should get. Also, anyone know of any good websites to order from?
Like I said, I plan on starting the accrual process next week. I have a couple of months until the pup gets here and want to have everything on hand.

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I would get a nice harness for protection work, Bridgeport equipment has the one many seem to have, I really like mine and Karlo has worn it since 4 mos, hasn't grown out of it at 90#(I think I have the medium): https://www.bridgeportequipment.com/...x?productId=96 It is called a tracking harness, but I don't use it for tracking, just protection work. When Karlo sees the harness he gets all excited.

Puppies don't need much as far as equipment, so I wouldn't worry about stuff for his smaller size, if you need something for training you could borrow from a club member. He'll outgrow it before you know it. A flirtpole/rag or burlap on string for tug/prey work, balls on string, tugs will be needed for the pup.
This is what I use/carry weekly:
A tracking line(ASAT), fursaver, agitation collar, prong collar, travel crate, water bucket-gallon jug water, crate fan, gloves for protection work, muck boots, raingear, training vest, tugs(I like the synthetic two handled tugs) balls on string, short tab leash, lightweight training leash, heavier long line for agitation work, camera, tote bag for all your gear!
The sites I use most are HallmarkK9(vest, leashes/lines, tugs, balls), EliteK9(agitation collar), Clean Run the other stuff, I just googled for best pricing or shopped locally. I also got some trail shoes with short cleats for the protection work, gives me better traction.
Most of these things you can purchase along the way, you won't need the agitation collar for a long time, I like the one I linked better than leather, but others at your club will let you know what they prefer on equipment, and sometimes clubs put together orders for discounts.

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Thanks! I am really looking forward to shopping for my new baby. My hubby normally has the kids in his truck and my SUV is more for the transportation of the dog. As far as the travel crate, is that to be kept in the car? I have the protective caging in the back of my SUV with tether straps to the tether system so I don't tend to use crates much in the car.

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Whatever works for your dogs personality, but most use crates. If your dog is in high drive waiting to work, hearing the other dogs bark, he may tear up the interior...its happened over and over. Your club may have a rule about crates, mine doesn't but they always raz one guy who doesn't crate his dog( his dog is an LEO for a college, so is with him 24/7, his drive isn't over the top), they just give the guy a hard time to give him a hard time!

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I am going with more of a medium drive because I have never done this stuff before and my son will be doing AKC Junior Handler obedience with it. I don't think at this time we will be ready or experienced enough for a high drive dog. This will be my learn as we go and have alot of fun together dog.

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You never know, your pup may end up drivier than you expect when it comes to SchH...or not. Where is your pup coming from?

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So what size fur saver?

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Jane, you forgot to mention: an alarm clock to wake you up at godforsaken hours to go tracking ...
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