Schutzhund: Theory and Training Methods

Schutzhund: Theory and Training Methods

by Susan Barwig


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Schutzhund is one of the fastest-growing forms of canine competition in the United States. The desire to have a reliable protector and steady family companion all in the same dog has encouraged interest in the Schutzhund philosophy. Schutzhund began in nineteenth-century Europe as a test of a dog's ability to work for humans. In the early 1900s. Max von Stephanitz refined and redesigned the tests to include obedience, protection and tracking. Schutzhund: Theory and Training Methods, a superb explanation of Schutzhund and its components, shows how obedience, protection and tracking all play an integral part in training a Schutzhund dog. Authors Barwig and Hilliard emphasize selection and raising of the dog to suit the owner's needs as well as crystallizing the goals and techniques in training for each phase of the process. A unique format guides the reader first through an overview of each component and then into the philosophy and training techniques for all activities. Beautifully organized and abundantly illustrated, this book will allow the reader to tailor these training systems to suit individual needs, producing a dog of value to many. Schutzhund: Theory and Training Methods is a volume essential to any obedience or Schutzhund fan's library.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781630260408
Publisher: Turner Publishing Company
Publication date: 03/01/1991
Pages: 258
Sales rank: 370,510
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Susan Barwig is an award-winning author who has, for several years, been part of the American team in international Schutzhund competition. Stewart Hilliard is a well-respected trainer from Colorado. Both are partners in Canine Training Systems. Ltd.

Table of Contents


About the Authors.


1. What Is Schutzhund?

2. Selecting the Schutzhund Dog.

3. An Overview of Schutzhund Training.

4. Tracking: Requirements of the Trial.

5. An Overview of the Tracking Phase.

6. Tracking: Roles of the Handler and Tracklayer.

7. Tracking: Schooling the Dog.

8. Obedience: Requirements of the Trial.

9. An Overview of the Obedience Phase.

10. Obedience: Basic Training.

11. Obedience: The Exercises out of Motion.

12. Obedience: Retrieves, Obstacles and Send Away.

13. Protection: Requirements of the Trial.

14. An Overview of the Protection Phase.

15. Protection: Drive Work.

16. Protection: The Hold and Bark and the Out.

17. Protection: Obedience for Bites and the Blind Search.


Glossary of Schutzhund Terminology.

Suggested Viewing and Reading.


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