Administrator & Alpha Bitch of the Wild Bunch
Join Date: Dec 2001
Location: Michigan, USA
The only way to really get a good feel for SchH, and find out if your dog has the temperament for it, is to visit some clubs and get him evaluated.
To warn you though, some SchH clubs will be biased against a mixed breed, especially when one of the mixes (Lab) is not one that typically has the temperament for SchH.
If you're main interest is obedience though, SchH is probably not the activity for you. While yes it is possible to title in just the obedience phase, that is something that is typically done with a dog not yet ready for all 3 phases, or maybe a retired dog. It isn't intended to be the end goal. SchH is a 3 phase sport, and most clubs are going to want member who are interested in SchH... all of it, all 3 phases.. and who want to participate in all 3 and have a dog suitable for all 3.
This isn't elitest, though it can seem that way, it's simply pragmatic. There are usually more people wanting to do SchH than there are clubs able to work with them. Whereas there are many other venues where someone wanting to just do obedience can do obedience (for a lot less cost and time committment as well). So it just makes sense to steer those with an interest in obedience toward trainers and clubs that focus on that, and keep the SchH club membership slots open to those who really want to do SchH.
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