Professional Schutzhund trainers and instructors Resi Gerritsen and Ruud Haak bring their years of knowledge and experience together in this book, K9 Schutzhund Training. Appropriate for training dogs for both protection work and for international sport dog certification and competition, this is designed to be an especially practical training method.
Rounded on the idea that effective training can only happen when a good bond and good communication exist between handler and dog, this method allows individual handler-dog teams to progress at their own speed. Different breeds, and individual dogs, may require different lengths of time and repetition to effectively learn to perform the exercises contained in this book. While many trainers claim a dog can be trained to perform to this level in only a few weeks, the authors show that effective, long-lasting results can only be achieved with time and patience, and especially, that training methods which force the dog to perform under stress or duress are doomed to produce dogs which lack confidence and perform inconsistently.
K9 Schutzhund Training is divided into three sections, tracking, obedience and protection, designed to guide you through the three levels of examinations in each section. Each section begins with exercises appropriate for young dogs, designed to help handlers improve their bonding and communication with their dogs. Then the Schutzhund exercises themselves are broken down into simple steps, allowing handler-dog teams to progress at their own speed, taking the next step only when they are confident in their skills to that point.
This book also includes information about dog scent capabilities, equipment for training and training terrain, rewards and punishment, and problem-solving tactics.