Join Date: May 2009
Location: Kitchener-Waterloo, Ontario
My male who is 3 has been training in schutzhund since he was 11 months old.
He has not even trialed yet, although ready in most aspects. He is not and will never be bred.
He has fun tracking, has fun (sorta) doing obedience but is not strong nor enjoys protection so I have recently realized this and pulled him from that phase.
Will I continue working with him in the other two phases? Yes, because it's fun, shows me how to bond and work with my dog and also, let's be honest, gives me a great, obedient dog who I have control of in almost every single situation.
Now, my younger female is also training in the sport and I look at her work a little differently as she is a potential breeding female. I work her, we have fun working, she excels in every respect of the sport (even though she doesn't look at it nor do I in this way) so far at her young age of almost a year. For me, this is a fun thing to do to evaluate her (and to have others evaluate her) for potential breeding. But I must say, I look at what she can do on the field just as much as I look at what she does off the field to make those decisions.
I say go for it, start now too because like others have said - perfect age to start!
HAVE FUN... oh, and be very careful with schutzhund......... it's extremely addictive!
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