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Schutzhund Training....

Recently I've been looking into Petey's family tree and most of his relatives all have SchH or IPO titles. Including both of his parents. It has made me curious about the Sport. I've also gotten Emails from some of Petey's relatives, breeders from over in Europe and Russia, who have asked...What are you doing with him showing ? Sport?! I'm feeling a bit guilty not doing something with him. I know showing is out of the question....he is AKC, but won't even be close to standard. He has so much spunk, I think he might enjoy doing a sport.

Those of you who participate in it....can you tell me what kind of time and money it takes to get a SchH I title? I do know that not every dog is right for the training. How young would you start training, how much training is needed outside of scheduled trainings? Is it ok to have an Altered dog?

Please share all you can....this is all new to me, and when I call up the trainer for Cara Dobermans, I don't want to sound like an idiot!

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I don't know a whole lot about SchH, but he also sounds like he might be good at AKC-OB, Rally or Agility. Look into everything and have fun!
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I don't know a whole lot about SchH, but he also sounds like he might be good at AKC-OB, Rally or Agility. Look into everything and have fun!
Tell me about Rally.

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Rally is an AKC event and the dogs earn titles just like in any other sport. The Novice Rally is all done on leash. Heeling, sitting, downs, etc and I think, the Rally judge picks the order and the handlers get to do a walk-thru without their dogs before the judging. If you go to the AKC web-site there is a section on Rally. And they will mail you the handbook that covers both Rally and OB. I think it's the same as in OB that a dog has to have 3 qualifying scores in order to title. People who do it seem to really enjoy it. Hopefully somebody will speak-up who has more info than me. Again, best of luck and have fun!
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The first thing you need to do is find a GOOD Schutzhund club. I would rather not train than train with a bad club. If you are interested you can PM me with your area and I can recommend clubs.

As for money, it depends on if you take private lessons or if the club charges a training fee. If you are only training one dog it shouldn't be too costly, but when you have multiple dogs it can start to get expensive.

I find the most difficult aspect of the sport is that it is very time consuming. I track my dogs at least four times a week, do obedience daily, and protection 1-2 times. Also, it can be difficult to find a good club so it isn't uncommon for people to travel large distances weekly for training.
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I find the most difficult aspect of the sport is that it is very time consuming.
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Also, it can be difficult to find a good club so it isn't uncommon for people to travel large distances weekly for training.
Boy aren't those the understatements of the year

I totally agree. The most important thing is to find a GREAT club. There are usually people that will help you get started. Sometimes people even get together outside of club training days to track or do obedience or whatever.

I think the most important thing in Schutzhund is being dedicated to it. It does take a ton of time aside from club training days. Very early morning tracking, and obedience until your ready to scream. It really is alot of fun though.

As far as age to title, I think that really depends on you and your dog. What you put in, is what your going to get back out. I will tell you this much......the dog cant even attempt a BH until they are 15 months old. I think a Schutzhund I is 18 months. Most people dont title until they are much older though. It is alot of work. I think it also depends on what you are expecting out of your dog. Some people just "do it" and get it over with, and other people would like to see the dog perform to the best of it's potential.

Yes, you can have an altered dog and compete.

I think CARA has John Soares as the trainer. Carlos Rojas is also up that way. So is T Floyd and a few others. I dont know much about the specific clubs though.

Some of the equipment can get expensive. At the club I used to train at they liked for you to have your own sleeves, tugs, bite wedge, dumbells...whatever. So, that stuff was expensive. The collars, and harnesses, and long lines, and short leashes, and tabs, and blah blah......it all adds up fast, but that is stuff you can use for a long time.

I think you would enjoy it Carol, good luck
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Yes the name I got off Caras site was John Soares. Ray lives right in my town....although I've never talked to him. He keeps his kennel down where our business is. I think John only lives just over the Jersey border from me. I am going to give him a call and see what clubs there are local. I may just try it out and if we don't like it, stop. My hubby spends 24/7 riding and racing a motocross bike....2 of my sons do it too, I only have my 13 year old to worry about!

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Yes, the biggest thing is the TIME! Ray's club isn't too cheap last time I checked, and my biggest thing was that I could not give up an entire day of my weekend reliably, I wasn't going to be able to make it there by 7 am on Saturday (that would mean I would have to get up by 3:30 am, out of the house by 4:30, etc) on my only days off! I couldn't do any weekday training... so I had to prioritize for me. It was Schutzhund or I could do EVERY other sport I wanted to. SO right now, Rah dabbles in agility, tracking, obedience, rally and flyball, and I still have some time to myself. I wish I could do some bite sport right now, but it just isn't in the cards for us.


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HAS ANY ONE HEARD OF THIS TRAINER http://www.griffin-kampk9.com/*I AM LOOKING TO SEND MY DOBERMAN TO GET HER IPO 1 AND A
SCHUTZHUND CLUB RECOMMENDED THIS FACILITY
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HAS ANY ONE HEARD OF THIS TRAINER http://www.griffin-kampk9.com/*I AM LOOKING TO SEND MY DOBERMAN TO GET HER IPO 1 AND A
SCHUTZHUND CLUB RECOMMENDED THIS FACILITY
Why not put the title on the dog yourself?
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I try it but in the schutzhund club I belong to they where to many members and it would take to long to put her ipo 1 on her
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That's a bummer. Where are you located, maybe someone could recommend other clubs.
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