I believe the question is specifically for Schutzhund training.
Summer time, our club meets twice a week at least. Tracking a few times a week though. Working on Obedience like focus and heeling position is a bit here and there, everyday. I may stop by the club grounds on other weekdays and work on blind searches, retrieves, and send outs.
Wintertime, we rent indoor space for a few hours on a weekend, so only once a week from November to March or right into May, depending on whether the snow is gone and we can get in and use our outdoor field.
Summer, I try to train every day(short sessions) and track at least a few times a week. Club training, once or twice a week if possible.
Winter, no tracking unless the snow melts and club once or twice a week(we are indoors now). Right now my dog is going a bit nuts because I don't get home til dark and it is a pain to do kitchen obedience. Longer daylight hours ahead!!
Lucia, thats so cool that you can use your training field whenever!!
my pup was in puppy class at 10 weeks old. we trained
and socialized everyday, several times a day. at 4 months
old my pup had a private trainer. after private lessons
we were in group classes. eveyday we trained and socialized.
my dog is 3. 5 years old. we do reinforcement training
Thanks all. I am looking into getting into training, but not for show or trials. I am looking to have a very well trained pup (he is my 1s). However, I am wondering what the time/cost commitment is. I work with mine on basic training daily. However, I would like to get into more fine details. One of which I have seen on a video is where the dog is running at full speed and at a command stops on a dime. In my opinion, that stop command is invaluable if he is running around and a car is coming.
Training in SchH is actually a huge commitment and not cheap depending on where you train...you can have an obedient dog(ready for trial) within in a year or so, but need to keep up with the training and proofing. If you have a club or two nearby go visit, and see if that is what you want to do. Most clubs want their members to trial/title and be commited to training(along with helping w/ the club), not just go and train~showing up sporadically.
I'm lucky and unlucky. I live 130 miles one way from my club AND work every other week end so I try and train with the club every other week end. I'm lucky in the fact I have 20 acers and can do a lot of my own training for Schutzhund 1. Five to seven full tracks a week with multiple short "article" tracks threw the week, 5 TO 10 min. OB training sessions two or three times a day, Protection work with wife posting or tied twice a week. Sounds like a lot but its broke up in short sessions. He is a 7 month old Zico vonder Adelegg son that if I only trained a couple times a week would drive both me and him crazy!! I love him!!LOL