Schutzhundesport: Training for budding protection dogs

Guard dog sport has been a competition since 1906, but a lot has happened since then. Nowadays, guard dogs are not drilled for aggression and attack, but trained in a versatile and appropriate manner. Guard dogs are real all-rounders - Shutterstock / Marcel Jancovic

The Schutzhund sport is also called "Sport for working dogs" or "Versatility test for working dogs (VPG)" to avoid misunderstandings. In the past, when animal welfare and animal welfare had not yet reached the consciousness of dog owners, protective dogs were drilled through strict conditioning and compulsion to be aggressive fighters. Spiked collar and stun guns were common educational tools.

Schutzhundesport: What is it?

Fortunately, today most people have changed their minds and reputable associations for protective dog sports rely on communication between dog and owner instead of drilling. The protection dog sport is usually divided into three areas: tracking or nose work, obedience or obedience training and protection service.

When tracking, your dog must find hidden objects or people with his sense of smell. He learns to concentrate and his sense of smell is trained. Obedience is about your dog listening to you and building a team with you. A lot of mutual trust as well as reliability and consistency on your side are required here. The protection service does not serve the attack, but the defense. That means your dog has to demonstrate a lot of self-confidence, self-control and strength of character in this area. When guard dogs rest, aggressive behavior is not an issue.

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Requirements for guard dogs

In order for your dog to be able to participate in the protective dog sport and take the protective dog exam, he must first have successfully passed the companion dog exam. If your dog is very scared, unstable, shy or even aggressive, he can unfortunately not participate. However, you can seek help from an animal psychologist, your pet may have an anxiety disorder.