and Ring Sport
Although it also includes obedience
and tracking, the protection part of Schutzhund is the most well known, and
the most controversial. Properly bred, raised and trained a Schutzhund or Ring
Sport dog should
be less dangerous than the same dog untrained. But it
is a sport that has more serious consequences to people if it is badly done
than, for example, agility. Considerable thought and attention needs to be given
to the consequences of teaching a dog that it is OK to put teeth on people.
This is not because the dogs are "bad" but because those who have
abused the training have left much legislation and anti-dog sentiment in their
wake. For example, if a dog trained to bite does so and is not legally justified,
in some states the dog owner can face criminal charges. Insurance policies often
contain clauses that void coverage if the dog is trained to bite. So part of
your decision to get involved really must include research into whether there
are significant legal risks. Regardless of this downside there are thousands
of people and their dogs enjoying this sport.
Also I have heard of abusive training practices. I've never seen them. While
I've never trained a dog in the sport I have worked with trainers and participated
as an assistant in classes where such training was done. People looking for
serious protection disagree with the principle but for the sport many dogs
are taught the activity is fun. And so it was for the dogs I observed.
However, I have heard enough from people I trust to caution you in selecting
a trainer. Be careful. If the trainer won't let you observe a few classes,
go elsewhere. Meet the dogs. Are they stable? Are they under control?
There are a number of other protection sports and activities.
Schutzhund Clubs of America
- What is Schutzhund?
- Schutzhund FAQs
- A short general overview with references to links and books.
- What is Schutzhund? by
the DVG America
DVG encourages the training and titling dogs of all kinds (mixed breeds
included). In addition to Schutzhund and advanced tracking degrees, it
offers Obedience and Tracking titles I through III,
providing competition opportunities for all people who love to train dogs,
even the smallest of breeds.
- Differences between
French Ring and Schutzhund
- Obedience and Protection
Scenarios from Dog Sports
Books and Videos on Schutzhund
and Guard Dogs from Dogwise.
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