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Schutzhund vs. Protection dog training

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One of the most common questions that I receive is, “What is Schutzhund and how does it differ from protection dog training?
First, let’s discuss the methodology of Schutzhund and its origins. During the early twentieth century, a founder of the German Shepherd breed, Max vom Stephanitz, was seeking to standardize the optimal utility temperament in his new breed. To test the qualities of their dogs, breeders would hold local sporting contests and it was from these informal competitions that the sport of Schutzhund began. This new dog sport slowly found a following in the United States in the late 1960s. The sport tests each dog through various tasks such as obedience, tracking, and bite work. These exercises were created to explore and challenge the trainability, character, and physical attributes of a working dog. In Germany, it became mandatory that only the competitor who had established his competence and ability on the Schutzhund field would be permitted to breed. In short, Schutzhund was originally developed in Germany in order to test breeding stock as well as determine if a dog could then move on to protection, police, or military training.
Now that we have cleared up what Schutzhund style training entails we can begin to discuss how it differs from protection dog training that is used to develop a dog for real-world application, such as when a home or family is confronted by a threat. Unlike a Schutzhund canine, a protection dog is not simply playing a game while he is at work. In most cases, a Schutzhund dog has very little interest or awareness of a threat. In other words, a Schutzhund dog is biting out of play, and when the arm sleeve is not in the picture the dog has very little if any interest in biting a bad guy.
A protection dog, on the other hand, is going to be all business while at work. This is a dog that has a foundation in civil defense training and has been conditioned to acknowledge when a threat is aimed at his home or handler. A protection dog need not be trained to track, search blinds, retrieve, etc. What is of importance in the training of a protection dog is functional, real-world application. Carjackings, home invasions, food refusal, targeting weapons, and handling multiple attackers are some of the many skills required for a reliable protection dog to master.
While the trainers and dogs of Schutzhund are deserving of respect, a Schutzhund-trained dog is no way a reliable form of defense. If you are wanting or in need of a protection dog that you can count on in the face of a real-world threat, it is of vital importance the animal has been trained with protection dog methodology as opposed to competition dogs.

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