The Administrator from the Great White North, eh?
Join Date: Jun 2006
Location: Northern British Columbia
Schutzhund is not something one can train on their own. You need to work with a club. You will find that training methods and end goals, even in obedience, are different in a Schutzhund dog than in many other venues, so the help and input of a club is invaluable.
For the protection phase of Schutzhund, you absolutely have to have a dog of the right temperament and nerve, and work with knowledgeable and experienced trainers.
So the first step is to find a Schutzhund club in your area and contact them, and if you already have a dog, have your dog evaluated for suitability. If you do not have a dog, contact your Schutzhund club anyways, and they can recommend breeders.
Be aware that training in Schutzhund is a HUGE time commitment. I don't know if there are Schutzhund/PSD (personal service dog?) cross-trained dogs out there, but that would be a big undertaking. And if you want a dog that can do both, then you will have to make sure that you have a rock-solid dog of impecable nerve and temperament with the appropriate energy levels and drives for this, but it is expecting a LOT from any dog (to train and work in both Schutzhund and be a PSD, not about having the impecable nerve part, as that should be a given in a well-bred working dog).
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