-What is your experience with pursuing a BH?
I got my dog with no intentions of Schutzhund at first. Once I visited my first club when he was about 6 months, I was hooked. We only focused on obedience and tracking for a long time, just for the experience. We moved on to the protection once he started to mature. I got his BH at 15months old and we will be trialing for his IPO1 in two months just before he turns 3 years old.
-Without a trainer to start bitework with now, what is your experience with starting down the road, even if it is in a year, or two years, or three (depending on if/where/when I move)
As I said above, I didn't really do too much protection work with him before he turned about a year old. Even then, we mostly just worked on building his prey drive rather than the formal protection routine stuff.
-What else can I do with Kaiser, even though he doesn't have papers?
Like the others have said, pretty much anything except showing is possible even without papers.
-What else do you do with your schutzhund dog (ie, tricks, training, sports) and how do your training methods differ (if at all)
I commit almost all of my outisde time to Schutzhund now. I haven't really looked in to any other sports because I got so focused on Schutzhund. Plus, Aiden is really big and not the fastest dog, so I don't think he would excel at agility or flyball, even though I'm sure he'd still have a good time. We did get his CGC very easily because it was mostly a bunch of stuff that we were working on for Schutzhund anyways.
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