International K9 Imports is a German Schutzhund training organization consistent of world class champion trainers. The German Shepherds that they school are of the highest quality; will protect you and your loved ones. They will be a constant companion and friend to you and your children.
One such international show-woman is Rosie Westerman. She was reared and educated in Germany. Currently she shows dogs all over the world, including France, Germany, Belgium, Japan and the United States. She is knowledgeable and experienced. Combining those qualities with the fact that she has built relationships everywhere that she travels, she also has access to Europe’s finest German Shepherds.
One legendary Schutzhund trainer is Dean Calderon. Calderon began his training efforts in 1977. He has a long history of successfully training champion dogs and for more than 25 years has successfully represented the United States in world competitions. He has won copious championship titles in the demanding sport of Schutzhund. This includes 18 world championship teams, he is a two-time world champion, and a USA, AWDF, North American Champions, 2003 American Working Dog Champion and more.
Schutzhund is a German dog sport. It is an outdoor physical, mental and demanding sport that a person can participate in with their dog. Both Europeans and North Americans partake. This dog sport is very competitive but forms friendships aplenty. It offers good exercise, fun and is full of rewards. The Germans have termed it their “hundesport.”
The sport began at the turn of the century as a test for working dogs. The original purpose of Schutzhund was to establish which German Shepherds would be utilized for breeding and which had true working ability.
As the need for working dogs became more sophisticated, so did the training and testing procedures. As the dogs qualified, they could be utilized for police training, border patrol, customs, the military and for herding.
Afterward, people would participate for the sheer pleasure of witnessing their personal dogs that were trained as effective “professional dogs.” Tens of thousands of people participate annually following the original formal Shutzhund rules that were established at least 60 years prior.
Three specific areas of the dog’s training and behavior tests for Schutzhund include:
1. Tracking: the dog must track footsteps over mixed terrain, change direction and show absolute accuracy and commitment to finding the track while locating dropped articles, indicating their location to their handler.
2. Obedience: similar to Open and Utility AKC obedience training. This includes heeling, on and off a lead; sit, down and stand are also tested.
3. Protection: the relationship between the dog and their handler is highly critiqued. The dog cannot ever bit the trial helper unless the dog or their handler is attacked. If that happens, the dog must attack fully and without hesitation. The dog must listen to commands and stop biting upon command.
This sport is incredible. Look into it if you are interested in a competitive dog sport.