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    Hey Guys,

    Just after any places which you can recommend that do 'Schutzhund training' a rough pricing guide and places around Melbourne if possible?
    I want to start further training with my GSD pup!

    Thanks

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    Is shutzhund something that beginners should be taking on? I really know nothing about shutzhund other than seeing a few video clips so this is an honest question

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    MMJ, you have to start somewhere. Generally the clubs will always do an assessment of you and the pups skill and temprement. If found lacking they will recommend specific training required before starting schutzhund training.

    Not everyowner or dog has the temprement to take on all that schutzhund is and lots drop out at the first hurdle, but if you do not take a look, you will not know what your dog can do.

    By all means, I recommend anybody takes the first step, never mind their past experience, or lack of.
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    I like the first step notion

    Ive done first step, we did schutzhund for 3yrs. What i trained then, is solid as a rock in bernie still to this day 5 yrs on.
    And i had such fun trying to build food drive in a dog that doesnt eat or drink when working.
    I ended up having to purchase metal mesh gloves, as my lovely pet dog, gnarled my frozen winter fingers red raw! schutzhund works, and its painful.

    Like any formal training, its hard work, physically hard work. You have to be quite fit yourself, as does your dog.
    As your GSD is only 6 months, jumping and agility of schutzhund will be a significant risk to her skeletal development at this stage. And training would need to be adapted for her young growing bones

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    Theres loads of foundation training that could be done that would not risk the puppy's joints - hopefully any schutz club could help with the foundation stuff.

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    Hyacinth is right. There is loads of basic foundation training that can be done before the serious stuff is tackled. In agility we do not allow any dog under 12 months to even tackle weave pole training. With a big dog like a shepherd, you would go through all the ground work stuff first such as obedience training, scent discrimination and tracking and only when the dog is around 18 months would you look at the attack and jump work.
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    I might add, that whilst i've read that agility is not a good idea for developing skeletons, my dogs dont read and will insist on being, er agile

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    Schutzhund as a sport does not really exist anymore in victoria since you cannot legally do the bitework component. I teach the other components at my school in Geelong or contact Eagle Heights Sportdog Club which is the only one left in the state. I do tracking, agility (even for pups) socialisation, scent detection etc. We have one dog that is going to start hard surface tracking this week as well.

    The first step will always be preparing for BH - so sociability, prey drive, control, obedience and introduction to things like agility equipment, tracking basics etc.

    Schutzhund is just a sport. Most SCH/IPO are no more dangerous then an agility trained dog bananas over it's toy playing tug of war. That's all it expects from the dog. Sports like KNPV, ringsport etc are a different kettle of fish.

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    Just FYI for everyone Schutzhund was actually designed to be started almost as soon as the pups eyes are opened. There are various exercises for every life stage so the risk of damage to the dog is nill unless you do something really stupid like throw them off high agility equipment or swing them around by their teeth under 12 months old.

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