Join Date: Mar 2007
Location: Grand Rapids, MI
Depends on the dog. IMO, Schutzhund doesn't really change who or what the dog is inside, it just channels the drives and behaviors in certain ways, promotes more control, and also stresses the dog in various ways to make sure those drives and the training don't break down. A dog can be an excellent prospect for SchH and PPD, or a poor prospect for both, or better suited for one or the other. Some SchH people only focus on SchH trial exercises; others spend a lot of time (sometimes even *more* time) doing a wide variety of protection work that is more like PPD, SDA, PSA, etc. Either way the training should be tailored to the dog and the goals of the handler.
If you really want a PPD, then I would look for a PPD prospect and go that route, but I know in a lot of places that type of training is harder to find. I personally like SDA protection the best, but since there are no active SDA clubs near me, I train with a good SchH club that has a more well-rounded approach to protection and will work on things other than just trial routine. I could prepare to SDA title my dog while training exclusively with my SchH club, no problem.