What is it about PSA that makes it more difficult for a GSD than other bite sports? Or what is the reason there isn't a GSD that has achieved a level 3? Is it just because there isn't that many GSD's doing it?
The sport trends towards Mals because they are not the thinkers that GSD's are. The level 3 trial is one in which you are given the routine the day of the trial. It involves multiple attackers coming from various directions and various changes to the obedience routine. The handler and the dog must react and choose the targeted helper as there may be 3 helpers in bitesuits coming at the team. On the obedience side, you have to do a routine that may not have been practiced together as a whole. GSD's are capable of participating but certainly excel in very routine driven sports. I just got involved with my GSD in PSA as having participated in Schutzhund, I just wanted to try something different. Most who participate will tell you a Mal will just do what's asked whereas a GSD may think, "have we done this before". At least that is my best understanding. Good Luck.
Hi there!Hi all,
This thead leads into a question I was going to post. I'm 5 weeks away from picking up my pup and already have a recomendation for Schutzhund club from my trainer who I plan on contacting in the near future. I'm also intrested in PSA, I've been to the PSA site and can't find any club lists. Does a list exist? That site is horrible.
I see there is a trial in Maryland on the 1st of June but thats also when I'll be traveling to pick up my new pup.
This same trainer had suggested 10 years ago when I had first started obediance with my Pitbull to check out PSA but he's lost contact with many of the members and doesn't know where to send me now. I live in Maryland and will travel to NOVA, and PA to train.
Back to the Shutzhund and this can be ignored if its "cross contaminating" and my feelings wouldn't be hurt. I was reffered to Mid Atlantic Schutzhund club, any other suggestions? for the same MD, NOVA, PA region? I live close to Baltimore.
It is really a combination of resources and dogs.. trust me.I don't think this is a dog problem. It's a RESOURCE problem! There are just no resources out there so a lot of people probably don't even bother going for the 3 or just don't have the Resources. It's getting frustrating in IPO... it's a plain and simple resource problem. How you going to train if no one is doing it?