I'm thinking about starting Shutzhund with Dodger and I wanted to know. Does he have to start training by a certian age? he's 2 1/2 can he start schutzhund training or is he too old?
I don't think you need a high drive dog to do SchH, maybe to do WELL in schutzhund you do, but Stark is definitely not a high drive dog and we are progressing nicely.You do understand that you pretty much have to have a high drive dog to do SchH?
we're working on watch me outside with a little distraction, hes getting better at it. I think as hes getting older its easier for him to focus on me where as 6 months ago it was hard for him to focus outside.I don't think you need a high drive dog to do SchH, maybe to do WELL in schutzhund you do, but Stark is definitely not a high drive dog and we are progressing nicely.
I started Stark in SchH at about 11.5-12 months old and now at 21 months we are almost ready for our BH - almost.
I find the most important thing to work on with an older dog is FOCUS work. Stark knows all the commands and will perform them anywhere but getting him to focus on ME when performing those commands is a totally different story.
Really work on engagement, focus and I think you will have a blast!
I know Wyane on the board and his oldest female are doing both therapy work and schH, I would message him and pick his brain.