K9 Schutzhund Training

A hands-on, practical approach to training your K9 for IPO levels 1, 2 and 3.

Beginners will receive an excellent introduction to the sport of Schutzhund, while expert trainer will stay on top of their game with the latest techniques. Using proven methods rooted in classical and operant conditioning, Dr. Resi Gerritsen and Ruud Haak, world-renowned specialists in training working dogs, have developed this practical and positive Schutzhund training program. The excellent results trainers achieve through positive reinforcement prove the effectiveness of Resi and Ruud’s methods, which are based on more than 30 years of research and experience.

In Resi and Ruud’s definitive guide for modern Schutzhund training, you’ll find the advice and encouragement you need to help you succeed in the IPO trials. And the book’s rugged design is perfect for use in the field.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents
Cover 1
Contents 6
Preface 8
Introduction: The IPO Trials 12
Phase A Tracking 16
1 Tracking Basics 18
2 The Different Parts of Tracking 36
3 Training with Tracking Equipment 46
4 Tracking with Treats 56
5 Tracking with Toys 63
Phase B Obedience 78
6 Obedience Basics 80
7 Obedience Exercises 89
8 Basic Position and Off-leash Heeling 100
9 Sit, Down, and Stand Exercises 115
10 The Retrieving Exercises 126
11 Send Out and Down Under Distraction 141
Phase C Protection 152
12 Protection Work Basics 154
13 The Different Parts of Protection Work 170
14 Advanced Decoy Techniques 184
15 Raising Dogs for Protection Work 210
16 Training without a Decoy 222
17 Building Up Protection Work 236
Bibliography 252
About the Authors 254