Join Date: Jan 2011
Dogs Name: Jack Sharp
Titles: CGN, BH
Dogs Age: Born 09-03-13
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We recently welcomed a new member to our SchH club. He is new to the sport, but not to dogs. He won't have his Rottweiler pup till sometime next summer, but I really admire the way he is preparing. He comes to every training session, asks questions, and offers help when he can.
This has enabled him to really get to know the sport, the club members, and the dogs; to evaluate whether he has the time to dedicate to SchH; to think about training methods, expectations, and the things he will do at home when his pup arrives; and to decide whether he's really ready to handle a dog from working lines.
Like others, I suggest visiting several clubs, and if you find one that seems to be a fit, do exactly what this guy is doing. Join the club and participate as much as you can — before you make the final decision to get a dog from working lines. Many people think they would like to try the sport, but when push comes to shove, they discover that they just don't have the time or the energy to devote to it, so they don't continue. Meanwhile, they're living with a high-drive dog who has few outlets for his or her energy — and that can mean that the dog suffers.