Newbie Schutzhund questions
Although I've been lurking here for a while, I haven't posted yet because most of my questions have been addressed so well by others on the forum. Thanks for all of the great info! I am from Charlotte, NC and have a fabulous 7 month old black working line GSD, Luke, purchased from a reputable breeder who is in active in Schutzhund. (all pedigree is titled, mom Sch I, dad Sch III). Even though we requested a "home companion" pup, it seems, based on my limited knowledge, that Luke might make a great Schutzhund dog and that we might enjoy doing this together. So here is my list of newbie questions. Any and all responses will be appreciated - please forgive the newbie ignorance!
1. How do I know if my pup is suited for the sport? He is the most intense dog I have ever seen (but my first GSD - maybe just typical). He lives to chase a ball (or preferably a cat) and play tug (we've been able to lift him off the ground with a tug toy since he came home at 9 weeks). Like all GSDs, he is very smart, and he knows all basic commands (puppy class and pre-agility class). his other favorite game is hide and seek - one of my sons or friends will hide outside while Luke is inside. We let him smell an article of clothing and say "go find X" and he takes off - gets it every time, even with friends/strangers to him.
2. How do I get involved in the sport and how much will it cost? One of my trainer friends tried to steer me away from Schutzhund by saying that we would have to have trainer who would compete with Luke. While I understand I will have to pay for some training, I hope that I can compete with Luke myself. I am willing to put in the time, but have limited funds right now.
3. Will the protection portion make him more inclined to bite? Frankly this scares me to death. Luke is my 7 year old's best friend. Will Schutzhund bite training make it more dangerous for them to play together? Luke is first and foremost our pet and best buddy!
Thanks again! Will post pics when I figure out how to get the resolution right!