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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 04-02-2012, 10:08 AM Thread Starter
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Question Schutzhund training?

I'm looking for opinions here, so be honest.

I'm interested in starting schutzhund training with Shadow when he's just a little older, he's only three months now. I have NO intention of ever breeding him. I just think he would enjoy the training, he seems to be a driven little boy.

My question, is there any point in working him seriously toward titles when it seems they are really geared towards those who plan to breed their dogs.

Maybe I'm just reading this the wrong way, do enlighten me as to your thoughts both for and against.

I have what seems to be a decent club and trainers close to me, so geographic desirability is not an issue.

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There are plenty of people out there doing Schutzhund who do not breed their dogs. Schutzhund is a sport and it is fun. Try it and see if it is something you and your dog would enjoy.

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The best time to start SchH is now and the vast majority of us don't breed our dogs. I know I don't.

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SchH/IPO is as much sport or, at this point in its history, even more sport than it is a breed test. No reason not to train and title your dog just because you have no desire to breed.

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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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My GSD and I train in ringsports.

We got her with the intention of keeping her as a pet, turned out she was too drivey to be just a pet. We knew nothing about dog sports before we joined our club. We started sports training simply because we wanted to give her a job. Well, now both hubby and I are addicted to it, LOL. It is a lot of fun, makes us better handlers for sure.
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We are not breeders but have been participating in Schutzhund for many years. Like you state, it is something the dogs enjoy, so for that reason alone it is worth getting involved.
Also, even though you may never breed, where did you get your dog from? Most breeders love when dogs from their program participate and title in a sport or activity.
It will also help you as a handler and trainer to learn how to interact with your dog on another level and be able to handle your dog with pretty much any distraction, that's always a good thing.
We currently have 3 members in our club who participate for that reason alone, they want to have a strong bond with the dog and feel confident handling their dog in any situation, good on them!
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