What is Schutzhund?

Schutzhund is a German word meaning “protection dog”. It refers to a sport that focuses on developing and evaluating those traits in dogs that make them happier and more useful companions to their owners. Schutzhund work concentrates on three parts: obedience, tracking, and protection–and is often referred to as a triathlon for the dog.

While dog breeds other than German Shepherds are involved in the sport of Schutzhund, and often follow similar criteria for breeding purposes, this breed evaluation test was developed specifically for the German Shepherd breed. Schutzhund is intended to demonstrate the dog’s intelligence and utility. As a working trial, Schutzhund measures the dog’s mental stability, endurance, structural efficiencies, ability to scent, willingness to work, courage, and trainability.

This working-dog sport offers an opportunity for dog owners to train their dog and compete with each other for recognition of both the handler’s training acumen and the dog’s ability to perform as required. It is a sport enjoyed by a wide range of people who join together in a camaraderie born of their common interest in working with their dogs. Schutzhund is often enjoyed as a family sport, and is enjoyed by people of all ages and conditions—even those with significant disabilities enjoy Schutzhund as a sport.

Why Train In Schutzhund?

Perhaps the most important reason to train in Schtuzhund is because of the incredibly deep bond that is achieved between handler and dog by practicing the three phases required in Schutzhund. Other benefits resulting from training in Schutzhund include excellent obedience on and off leash and a dog who is fulfilled because it has been challenged mentally and physically.

How Do I Get Started?

Tecla’s K-9 Academy offers a very special Schutzhund program where owner/dog teams receive private lessons and can take advantage of our training group night. Trainer Tecla Walton brings ten years of experience in all three phases of the sport and will tailor a training plan specifically for each handler/dog team she works with. Tecla also provides seminars and workshops for her Schutzhund clients by top decoys from around the country. Please call our office at (410) 461-DOGS or email us to set up your private lesson or join our training group today.