SCHUTZHUND - Schutzhund Training
Dog Obedience and Training
The obedience phase of schutzhund is commonly misunderstood as a entirely separate entity. It actually is the groundwork for all 3 phases consisting of tracking, obedience and protection.
Focus training will help the tracking portion of the dogs work by allowing him/her the opportunity to concentrate for long periods of time while tracking.
The obedience phase is all done off leash and should be shown with confidence and enjoyment of the work.
Obedience in protection is a must. It is what the control portion of the protection phase which is shown throughout the protection routine is all about. There is nothing more impressive and team oriented as a well executed callout from the blind or an excellent escort of the helper by a strong dog, confident in his and his handlers abilities. This is the teamwork that is shown throughout the trial and is judged. The basis of this teamwork is obedience.
Many of the dogs entered for the "BH" were really not ready
by Jerry Bradshaw
The handlers frustration can carry over to the dog.
I have created my own philosophy in obedience. (Although I am sure I just reinvented the wheel.) When teaching people in my club, I have found this to be the best way to explain what I need from them. This obedience theory is good for all three phases
by Lou Castle