Advanced Schutzhund

Advanced Schutzhund

by Ivan Balabanov, Karen Duet

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Ivan's training comes from the heart, for the dog. He has certainly enhanced my view of training and has taught me many valuable, yet simple techniques to achieve the most from my dogs and myself. —Mary A. Allen, World Championship Competitor, USA Apprentice Judge, USA New England Regional Director

"Ivan Balabanov is among the few top trainers in the country who truly understands dog behavior and drives. He is highly respected by the best Schutzhund competitors, trainers and coaches in the country." —Glenn Stephenson, United Schutzhund Clubs of America Judge, International competitor

Training methods for the top competitor. Advanced Schutzhund takes a problem-solving approach to Level III work that will help competitors bring their dogs to the highest level. Tracking, obedience and protection are dealt with individually, analyzing specific problems that crop up in each skill and offering step-by-step solutions. The approach uses operant conditioning techniques that steer clear of compulsion methods and build a dog's confidence, courage and problem-solving ability. You'll also find tips on how to compete at the National and World levels, including traveling with your dog.
A Howell Dog Book of Distinction

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780876057308
Publisher: Turner Publishing Company
Publication date: 06/01/1999
Edition description: First Edition
Pages: 232
Sales rank: 649,000
Product dimensions: 6.32(w) x 9.64(h) x 0.78(d)

About the Author

Ivan Balabanov is a three-time member of the USA World Schutzhund Team, and has bred, trained and coached many dogs to National and World Championships at the Schutzhund III level. Karen Duet is a co-founder of Kingsden's Kennels and K-9 Companions-K-9 Security and Detection International LLC. She and her husband are trained security agents, and train home and business protection dogs. Karen competes in Schutzhund and Ring Sport.

Table of Contents

Foreword by Doug Loving.


1. The Spirit of Schutzhund.

2. Selecting and Raising the Schutzhund Candidate.

3. How Dogs Learn.

4. Motivation Techniques.

5. The Schutzhund III Tracking Test.

6. Problem Solving in Advanced Tracking.

7. The Schutzhund III Obedience Test.

8. Problem Solving in Advanced Obedience.

9. The Schutzhund III Protection Test.

10. Problem Solving in Advanced Protection.

11. Competition at the National and World Levels.

12. Some Final Thoughts.

Glossary of Schutzhund Terminology.

Suggested Reading.

About the Authors.


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Guest More than 1 year ago
I'm not quite sure what a couple of these methods are doing in a book of positive training and operant conditioning -- the passage urging a fist thump under the dog's chin, for example, is hardly operant conditioning , and I wouldn't call 'two or three quick jerks' on a choke or pinch collar positive training. Still, this methodology is vastly better than much of the Schutzhund material out there, and it's obvious that the authors know their material. The 'extra' information on international travel, etc., was interesting and useful. Good photo illustrations, too.