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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 10-21-2011, 04:22 PM Thread Starter
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What type of qualities do they look for in your pup for Schutzhund training....how do you know if your pup has them?

I hope it isn't too general of a question....just if someone could point me in the right direction. I have a young pup here who has an extremely high prey drive, pack centered, yet can be left alone and is ok with that, will not give up on tug unless he wins just to name a few...and I know it is much more than that.

Is there someone here in Ohio to talk to??
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Go to a club or two and have him evaluated. Here is a listing of UScA clubs in OH:
USA - Mid-Eastern Clubs
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Go to a club or two and have him evaluated. Here is a listing of UScA clubs in OH:
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But, take what they say with a grain of salt.

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But, take what they say with a grain of salt.

Ok, so I am new. I have no idea what makes a suitable dog for Schutzund Training. I know what I see and what just the basic puppy obedience instructors see in him....so how do I know what to take with a grain of salt? I guess I have a lot of reading to do!
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If your pup is confident and happy, with the drives you describe above, then he will probably be ok...the training and foundation you put into it will play into how things go from there.
Visit a few clubs and watch the interaction from the handler/dog teams...even if you don't bring your pup along, you'll learn lots!
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There are some very good clubs in Ohio so you should be able to get help and direction from any of them.

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Finding the right club is like dating. You'll know when you're at the right one, and the wrong ones will make you feel like crap lol

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Finding the right club is like dating. You'll know when you're at the right one, and the wrong ones will make you feel like crap lol

LOL Ok, I got that one!

The one thing that is unique about Ice, the obedience class picked up on, was that he'll carry metal....I brought his bowl for a demonstration, because after he is done eating he will pick it up, carry it into the living room and "herd" it.

I told them that was nothing, he seems to love anything metal--he was trying to carry rebar in the back yard and any piece of scrap, and he likes to crush my pop cans. Not that I give pop cans, scrap and rebar to him, but him carrying around his bowl is better than destroying my table and chairs.

He will play fetch with himself.....not that he has to...but if I am busy he will entertain himself with his ball and toys and the other dog.

So he is only four months old--and we both have a lot to learn. I'm used to a English Bulldog...and those two are like night and day.
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