is grossly misunderstood by the
general public! The biggest misconception regarding protection training is
associating it with guard dog or attack training.
Nothing could be further from the truth!
important point to understand when watching a Schutzhund protection routine,
is the relationship between dog and handler. The dog must never bite the
trial helper unless either dog or the handler is attacked. Then it must
attack fully and without hesitation. Here the real difference between
Schutzhund and guard dog - attack training becomes apparent. The Schutzhund
dog must stop biting immediately on the command of the handler and guard the
trial helper without further aggression. The Schutzhund dog must always be
under the absolute control of the handler.
Schutzhund dog must be friendly and approachable. It does not regard a
person as an enemy until the person displays signs of hostility or
aggression towards him or his handler. The Schutzhund dog is trained with
love, he and his owner work together as a team. The Schutzhund dog is not a
nuisance or danger to society. They should never be put in the same category
as an attack dog.
misconception involves the feeling that a dog will protect his owner "when
the chips are down". Most family dogs have been taught not to show any
aggression. In addition many do not have the courage to bite when
threatened. An untrained dog is an unpredictable dog.
Schutzhund dog who has had formal protection training is predictable,
therefore an asset to his owner and to the community. A well-trained,
reliable dog can serve for many years as a family protector and companion.
To many competitors this is a family sport. Children are often seen playing
with their dogs before and after the dog leaves the protection field. This
seems impossible to the uneducated, but this is a product of good breeding
and proper training.
dogs are by far the most
and safe animals to be around.
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