Schutzhund is a German word meaning "protection dog". It refers to a sport that focuses
on developing and evaluating those traits in dogs that make them more useful and
happier companions to their owners. Schutzhund work concentrates on three parts.
Many are familiar with the obedience work of the American Kennel Club's affiliates
and will recognize the first two parts, tracking and obedience. The Schutzhund standards
for the third part, protection work, are similar to those for dogs in police work.
While dogs of other breeds are also actively involved in the sport of Schutzhund
and often follow similar criteria for breeding purposes, this breed evaluation test
was developed specifically for the German Shepherd Dog. Schutzhund is intended to
demonstrate the dog's intelligence and utility. As a working trial, Schutzhund measures
the dog's mental stability, endurance, structural efficiencies, ability to scent,
willingness to work, courage, and trainability.
I am coming to visit, what should I bring with me?
Here is a list of a few things you must bring:
A plastic crate for your dog
A nylon or leather leash and a flat buckle collar.
Your dog’s favorite treats and toys. (Hot dogs and a ball or tug toy are common.)
A bucket or bowl and plenty of water for your dog.
Lace shoes or sneakers. You will be running around.