Hello, I've been lurking and searching about Schutzhund for the past week in attempt to find out whether or not it is the right sport for Bane. And have a few personal questions I couldn't really find on the forums already.
1. I found that there is a Schutzhund club 7 mins away from my home, feeling super lucky after reading how many people travel so far just for their own. Was wondering if anyone knew about the Buffalo Schutzhund club and if they are a good one?
2. We are mostly looking for a sport that would make Bane happy and ourselves happy. (If he really is for the sport following his evaluation)
-After reading a lot of post i notice many people are saying its time consuming. We were wondering if anyone practiced the sport more casually maybe 1-2 times a week for 6-8hours each session. More as something to do with your dog or puppy (Bane is 4.5 months) rather than aiming for the titles. (Though to be fair me and my boyfriend are VERY competitive while we are looking for something casual I don't rule out the fact that if we do end up loving it and getting into it we may transition into more serious and committed club members, we very much like to be number 1 in anything we do)
This is of course if Bane is even right for schutzhund. Though he has to go through an evaluation here are some things about him if you are interested!
1. When we tug he has a really good grip he will not let go. But he barely pulls back and shakes his head. (Though if we run with a leash on he will grab the leash hard and shake it very hard)
really dont know why he doesn't apply that to tug (Every now and then he will but most of the time he just looks up locked onto his tug sometimes sits and lies down unless we move)
2. He fetches his ball inside the home but outside he seems to lose interest in even picking it up (he will always run to it when thrown but then starts sniffing around). He loves his stick more and with that we can get him to retrieve it every now and then. Most of the time he prefers to run to the shade and chew on it.
3. He trains really well but i believe that is all GSD pups do
4. He is really playful with other dogs and he doesn't seem to get the warning cues from other dogs growls and barks to back off until they nip him a bit. (It was a small little chihuahua mix that nipped him, the bigger dog just barks at him which doesn't work so i usually just take bane away) He has several friends at our apartment that he plays with regularly.
5. He is very friendly to other people too but he is still a puppy so i wouldn't expect anything else.