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THE VALUE OF SCHUTZHUND TO THE BREED

Any registered German Shepherd that has earned a Schutzhund degree has demonstrated sufficient
ability as a working dog to qualify for breed evaluation. The breed evaluation is a very detailed
examination of the dog's structure, temperament, and pedigree and requires both a certification of
good hip joints and sufficient performance on an endurance test (the "AD"). Dogs that do well in the
breed evaluation receive a Körklasse I or Körklasse II.
This is a recommendation and evaluation by a trained and recognized expert judge as to the
worthiness of the dog for breeding. Dog rated Körklasse II are "suitable for breeding" and dogs rated
Körklasse I are "recommended for breeding".

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1. Tracking
2. Obedience
3. Protection

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SchH2
SchH3

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IPO2
IPO3

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By thus screening dogs in order to select the suitable specimens for breeding, Schutzhund helps to maintain the quality of the breed at a very high level. Thus, there is a very high level of assurance that puppies born of Schutzhund dams and sired by Schutzhund dogs are more likely to be of reliable temperament, high intelligence, steady nerves, extreme endurance, great strength, and sound structure.

What is the Judge Looking for in the Dog?

At all three stages - Schutzhund I, II, and III - each of the three phases; obedience, tracking, and protection, is worth 100 points for a total of 300 points. If a dog does not receive a minimum of 70% of the points in track and obedience and 80% of the points in protection - or if the dog fails the pretrial temperament test - it is not awarded a degree that day and must repeat the entire test, passing all phases of the test at a later trial. In every event, the judge is looking for an eager, concentrating, accurate working dog. High ratings and scores are given to the animal that displays a strong willingness and ability to work for its human handler.

The Schutzhund-Trained Dog in the Home

Since Schutzhund is the demonstration of the German Shepherd's most desirable characteristics, dogs well trained in Schutzhund are usually excellent companions in the home. The German Shepherd Dog - like any other working dog that possesses mental stability - has trust and confidence in itself, allowing it to be at peace with its surroundings.

In addition to sound structural efficiencies for long, arduous work, the standard for the German Shepherd Dog calls for mental stability and a willingness to work. The dog should be approachable, quietly standing its ground, showing confidence and a willingness to meet overtures without itself necessarily making them. It should be generally calm, but eager and alert when the situation warrants. It should be fearless but also good with children.

The German Shepherd Dog should not be timid or react nervously to unusual sounds or sights. A dog that is overly aggressive because of its overall fears of people and events can be extremely dangerous. The Schutzhund sport is designed to identify and eliminate such dogs from breeding stock. Because Schutzhund training gives the owner a great deal of control over the dog, the owner is able to let the dog have more fun. Not only is Schutzhund itself enjoyable for the dog, but the Schutzhund-trained dog knows how to please its owners, creating a stronger bond between dog and owners
By thus screening dogs in order to select the suitable specimens for breeding, Schutzhund helps to maintain the quality of the breed at a very high level. Thus, there is a very high level of assurance that puppies born of Schutzhund dams and sired by Schutzhund dogs are more likely to be of reliable temperament, high intelligence, steady nerves, extreme endurance, great strength, and sound structure.

What is the Judge Looking for in the Dog?

At all three stages - Schutzhund I, II, and III - each of the three phases; obedience, tracking, and protection, is worth 100 points for a total of 300 points. If a dog does not receive a minimum of 70% of the points in track and obedience and 80% of the points in protection - or if the dog fails the pretrial temperament test - it is not awarded a degree that day and must repeat the entire test, passing all phases of the test at a later trial. In every event, the judge is looking for an eager, concentrating, accurate working dog. High ratings and scores are given to the animal that displays a strong willingness and ability to work for its human handler.

The Schutzhund-Trained Dog in the Home

Since Schutzhund is the demonstration of the German Shepherd's most desirable characteristics, dogs well trained in Schutzhund are usually excellent companions in the home. The German Shepherd Dog - like any other working dog that possesses mental stability - has trust and confidence in itself, allowing it to be at peace with its surroundings.

In addition to sound structural efficiencies for long, arduous work, the standard for the German Shepherd Dog calls for mental stability and a willingness to work. The dog should be approachable, quietly standing its ground, showing confidence and a willingness to meet overtures without itself necessarily making them. It should be generally calm, but eager and alert when the situation warrants. It should be fearless but also good with children.

The German Shepherd Dog should not be timid or react nervously to unusual sounds or sights. A dog that is overly aggressive because of its overall fears of people and events can be extremely dangerous. The Schutzhund sport is designed to identify and eliminate such dogs from breeding stock. Because Schutzhund training gives the owner a great deal of control over the dog, the owner is able to let the dog have more fun. Not only is Schutzhund itself enjoyable for the dog, but the Schutzhund-trained dog knows how to please its owners, creating a stronger bond between dog and owners

Choosing a Puppy for Schutzhund

In every breed, the pedigree is the key to knowing the potential of the puppy. Schutzhund revolves working lines - generations of dogs that have proven themselves and produced similar characteristics in their offspring. These characteristics include not only the physical structure of the dog, which is very important, but also its temperament.

Selecting the bloodlines from which you want your puppy may require advice. Information from breed surveys can help. Of course, it makes sense to discuss your objectives with reputable and experienced Schutzhund handlers or enthusiasts.

Once you have determined that the bloodlines of the potential dam and sire of are high quality, you should observe the parents, especially the mother, if that is at all possible. The dam will be the main influence on the young pup for the first six weeks of its life. If the dam is nervous or unsure, chances are this uncertainty will be transferred to the offspring.

If you are able to see the litter, watch the puppies together and also separately, to try to determine which is the best puppy. Obvious structural defects or health problems should be watched for.

It is important that the puppy have intense instinct to stalk the prey - a ball, a toy, etc. - and also be the leader in the sense of bullying the other puppies. The puppy should not show fear when away form its litter mates. It should not need to stay with the mother. The puppy should be adventurous and active, playing with objects shown to it by someone in the enclosure, but it should be independent enough to take that object and go off on its own as well.

It is independence and confidence, combined with the positive contact with the pack leader (the dam, at this time) that will develop into traits of trainability that you need.

Raising a Puppy for Schutzhund

Puppyhood is the most critical period for the development of the characteristics you want to encourage. Your local Schutzhund club can advise you about nurturing and socializing your growing puppy.

A puppy learns from its experiences, so you want to provide only positive ones. It should be provided with opportunity to explore and investigate new situations and new people, but always in a non-threatening way. Remember that your goal is to build confidence in the young animal. Your aim is not to dominate or oppress the young pup.

Exposure to different environments is crucial to the general education of the dog and also to assure it that the world is a safe place. If something appears to make the dog unsure, give it the opportunity to investigate it slowly, but do not force the issue.

It is imperative to avoid situations where your dog would be dominated by another, older or stronger dog, or by another puppy. You also want to avoid having to discipline or correct your puppy and thus dampen its spirit or damage its self-confidence. You can do this by never leaving the pup in a situation where it can cause damage to your valuables or find itself in a dangerous predicament.

The final area of development is that of drive encouragement. The natural behaviors that you want to encourage are playing with the ball, tug of war, hide and seek, pulling toys on a string, pursuing you rapidly when you run away, and finally defending itself, its family, and its home. The latter only really shows itself between the ages of nine and eighteen months, as the pup begins to mature, by barking at strangers or intruders.

It is better to leave for later formal obedience training with a young dog. The character of the puppy is not sufficiently strong to withstand the corrections involved in obedience training. Acceptable manners at home and in the car and "play" training, like learning to sit for a food reward, with no corrections involved, is advisable. Real obedience work should begin only after the dog is well on its way in the protection training.

Do Dogs Enjoy Schutzhund Training?

If trained in the right manner, dogs enjoy working, as anyone who attends a Schutzhund competition can see. The joy of the dogs in working with their handlers is evident.

For thousands of years, dogs have adapted to serve humans in a mutually beneficial relationship. While dogs could move quickly, hunt prey, and protect flocks and their owner, the humans could provide food, shelter from the most severe elements, and protection from larger predators, besides tending to the dog's injuries. A dog's reason for being is to serve humans.

Schutzhund training helps develop the dog's natural instincts to a high level. Self-confident dogs, doing work for which they are well trained, are happy dogs. Wagging tails, sounds of excitement, and strong pulling on a leash all show an observer at a Schutzhund trial how much fulfillment dogs find in this work.

For More Information About Schutzhund...

Schutzhund Clubs are organized by regions through the U.S., and there are numerous clubs in most areas of nearly all states. Regional Directors are also available for information and guidance in starting a new one.
As of January 1995, there were more than 170 full member clubs and 30 affiliated clubs in the "United Schutzhund Clubs of America." More than 5,500 individuals were members of those clubs.

The United Schutzhund Clubs of America (USA) is a member of the World Union of German Shepherd Dog Clubs, and sends a team to the World Championship each year.

In addition, the USA sanctions regional championships and two major national championships. It also sanctions conformation shows and championships for the German Shepherd Dog.

USA is responsible for scheduling visits from foreign judges and administers its own judges program.

USA also maintains a "Breed Registry" for German Shepherd Dogs consisting of pedigrees for five generations.

USA adheres to the VDH rules for Schutzhund.

Organizations

USA
United Schutzhund Clubs of America
3810 Paule Avenue
St. Louis, Mo 63125
ph(314)638-9686

SV
Verein für Deutsche Schäferhunde (SV)
Hauptgeschäftsstelle
Steinerne Furt 71/71A D-86167
Augsburg Germany
tel 0821740020