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
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.
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