The Administrator from the Great White North, eh?
Join Date: Jun 2006
Location: Northern British Columbia
She is right. Most American lines would not have the nerve for the protection part. However, you may well have a happy exception. If your pup shows great confidence in new situations, being curious and interested, readily accepts strangers and willingly engages in play with others, has good prey drive wanting to chase, catch and bring back thrown objects, or chases and bites a puppy rag, then you may have the making of a future Schutzhund dog on your hands.
You can have your puppy evaluated to see if he would be a good candidate for Schutzhund, and even if not strong nerved enough for the protection work, you can pursue obedience and tracking titles, and have fun, and learn a lot about drives and training. Did the lady you talked to say anything about checking out the club? Some clubs are open to newbies with non-traditional Schutzhund dogs, and many of us have started our SchH addiction with mixed-breed rescues, different breeds, or showline GSDs.
Other clubs are very serious about their members attaining higher-level competition, so they won't accept members unless they believe that they have a dog that can make it.
So if you are interested, see if you can visit the club (without your dog) a few times to learn more about the training, and ask to have your pup evaluated. Then you can go from there.
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Keeta BH, OB1, TR1, AD
Rottweiler/Hairy Dog mix?? 2004-2015