Schutzhund Training Equipment
See why professional trainers, handlers and helpers choose All K-9 for all of their schutzhund dog training equipment needs.
What is Schutzhund?
Schutzhund USA describes schutzhund as "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."
Basic Schutzhund Training Equipment
Whether starting a puppy or training an older dog, there are certain items you will need for schutzhund tracking. First you will need a good tracking line, there are many choices of material such as all weather biothane lines, nylon lines or Gripper lines. The type leash you use ultimately comes down to handler choice but it is important to remember that schutzhund trial regulations require your tracking line to be 33 ft . You will also need a collar like a fursaver or a harness like a boetcher or tracking harness. Since the object schutzhund tracking is for the dog to follow the footsteps and identify the tracking articles placed on the track by the track layer, you will also need tracking articles. Tracking articles can be any material, but in a schutzhund trial you will typically find wood, leather and some type of felt, carpet or linen. Other helpful equipment for training schutzhund tracking includes nylon aprons and bait bags for holding tracking articles, tracking bait and reward toys. There are many different methods of training tracking a dog, find a method and trainer that suits you and get out there and go tracking.
Schutzhund obedience is very precise and there many different ways to train your dog, however there are some very specific requirements in schutzhund obedience that require special equipment. Beyond the basic leash, collars and reward toys like a tug or ball, you will need to train your dog to retrieve schutzhund dumbbells. Each schutzhund title requires a different size dumbbell schh1, schh2 or schh3 on the flat retrieve. For the retrieve over the jump and the retrieve over the wall, all dogs will use a schutzhund 1 dumbbell. Which brings us to two more pieces of equipment you will need, the 1 meter schutzhund jump and an A frame or wall. There are some very good schutzhund obedience training videos that you can purchase but if you are completely new to schutzhund, it is highly advisable to find a schutzhund club in your area for help with obedience training your schutzhund dog.
Schutzhund protection involves a search for and apprehension of the helper. The dog must first search a set of schutzhund blinds to locate the helper and alert the handler with a bark and hold. After identifying the helper, and under the schutzhund judges direction, the handler, dog and schutzhund helper execute a series of various exercises involving escape, apprehension and transport. A schutzhund helper must be well protected but at the same time mobile and agile to adequately test the dog. A schutzhund helper must be equipped with a schutzhund trial sleeve and sleeve cover, schutzhund scratch pants, schutzhund scratch jacket and a padded schutzhund trial stick. This equipment is required for a schutzhund trial but it is also the equipment you will need for schutzhund protection training. There is also a lot of training equipment designed for puppies and intermediate dogs to help them target the sleeve better, build a stronger and calmer grip and develop their strength and quickness. The equipment you use will depend on which stage your dog is at in training.
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