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K9 Schutzhund Training

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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.
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Editorial: Meaghan Craven Cover:JohnLuckhurst;Coverimage:MarcelJancovic/Shutterstock79465981Interior design: Carol Dragich, Dragich Design Interiorimages:RuudHaak:pages6,33,37,38up,50,66,67,68,72,79,87both,107,129, 170, 177, 184, 205, and 240. Markus Mohr: pages 5, 11, 26, 28, 29, 38 down, 42 both, 45, 47 both, 52, 56, 58, 60, 77, 81, 82, 83, 89, 90, 94, 99, 101, 102 all three, 113, 118, 120, 122, 123, 126, 131, 141, 144, 147, 152, 159, 160, 165, 168, 172, 183, 197 both, 206, 209 both, 213, 215, 216 both, 217 both, 218, 228, 232, 234, 235, 239, and 241. Illustrations: Chao Yu, Vancouver
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Library and Archives Canada Cataloguing in PublicationGerritsen, Resi, author K9 Schutzhund training : a manual for IPO training through positive reinforcement / Dr. Resi Gerritsen, Ruud Haak. — Second edition. (K9 professional training) First published: Calgary : Detselig Enterprises, c2000. Includes bibliographical references. Issued in print and electronic formats. ISBN 978-1-55059-556-7 (pbk.).—ISBN 978-1-55059-557-4 (epub).— ISBN 978-1-55059-558-1 (pdf ).—ISBN 978-1-55059-559-8 (mobi)
1. Schutzhund (Dog sport). 2. Schutzhund dogs—Training. II. Title. III. Title: Canine Schutzhund training.
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Produced with the assistance of the Government of Alberta, Alberta Media Fund. We also acknowledge the financial support of the Government of Canada through the Canada Book Fund for our publishing activities.
Contents
Preface................................................................................................vîî Introduction: The IPO Trials...............................................................Phase A Tracking 1 Trackîng Basîcs................................................................................... 3 2 The Dîfferent Parts of Trackîng...................................................... 21 3 Traînîng wîth Trackîng Equîpment............................................... 31 4 Trackîng wîth Treats......................................................................... 41 5 Trackîng wîth Toys............................................................................ 48 Phase B Obedience 6 Obedîence Basîcs.............................................................................. 65 7 Obedîence Exercîses........................................................................ 74 8 Basîc Posîtîon and Off-leash Heelîng........................................... 85 9 Sît, Down, and Stand Exercîses................................................... 100 10 The Retrîevîng Exercîses............................................................... 111 11 Send Out and Down Under Dîstractîon.................................... 126 Phase C Protection Work Basîcs12 Protectîon .................................................................. 139 13 The Dîfferent Parts of Protectîon Work..................................... 155 14 Advanced Decoy Technîques....................................................... 169
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15 Raîsîng Dogs for Protectîon Work.............................................. 195 16 Traînîng wîthout a Decoy............................................................. 207 17 Buîldîng Up Protectîon Work....................................................... 221 Bibliography.................................................................................... 237
About the Authors.......................................................................... 239
Preface
Since2000,whenthersteditionofK9 Schutzhundwas published, the methods for training dogs—including Schutzhund training— have changed. Today, positive reinforcement is the accepted method. With this in mind, we have r ewrittenK9 Schutzhundto help you train your dog for IPO (Internationale Prüfungs Ordnung; also called Schutzhund) levels 1, 2, and 3, employing the newest methods based on classic and operant conditioning. The meth-ods we recommend for teaching your dog tracking, obedience, and protection exercises are all supported by the excellent results dog trainers have seen when they use positive reinforcement. Morethaneverbefore,handlersneedaclearandwell-organizedmanual to help them train dogs to undergo IPO trials. That is why we, with our years of experience as professional dog train-ers and instructors, went to work on designing a practical train-ing method. Of course, writing about K9 training is not easy. For example, some old-fashioned training methods are still in use, and the heated discussions that arise between proponents of new and old methods sometimes muddied the waters as we set out to write this book about modern IPO training. Wepersisted,however,andourresearch(basedonpractice)has proven that the new methods described here are very success-ful. We must emphasize that it is impossible to learn K9 training
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solely by reading this or any other book. To successfully train your dog, you must work with him on a training field under the direc-tion of a professional instructor and helpers (skilled tracklayers and decoys). This book is only meant to provide theoretical sup-port to the work done on the training field. Thenewmethoddescribedinthisbookdoesnotprovideafast and easy way to train a dog. All training begins with a bond between handler and dog. If that bond is lacking, the handler will find it impossible to work with the animal. Handler and dog must understand and know each other completely, which is only pos-sible when they spent a lot of time together. The handler mustsrtand foremost love his dog; the dog should never be seen as merely an object to train or work. Whenthehandleranddoghaveestablishedagoodrelation-ship and communication, it is possible to teach the dog what is required in certain exercises. Some dogs learn quickly, but oth-ers need more time. The amount of time needed to train a dog depends not only on its breed but also on its individual personality and needs. Handlers must be patient. Dogslearnbestwhentrainingisconductedinalowdrive,orwhen they are not agitated or excited. When in a low drive, dogs can focus on behaving properly and listening to the dog handler’s encouragement and commands. For some dogs, such as those that are easily excited, learning in a high-motivation or -drive envi-ronment is difficult because they become hysterical and cannot understand what is expected of them. They are aware of every-thing going on around them and, as a result, will be active without knowing what they are doing, displaying behavior that is inap-propriate for the situation. So, take your time, provide the right, “low-drive” environment, and your patience will be rewarded. Dontlistentotrainerswhotellyouthatadogcanlearnevery-thing in a few weeks. Good K9 training takes months, even years, but the results will be solid. A dog trained too quickly always shows that he is performing under duress because of the high-pressure
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environment in which he trained. Building a good relationship with a dog, laying the foundation for a long and pleasant part-nership, takes a lot of time. We cannot emphasize enough how important that relationship is; the combination of handler and dog will fail if the pair does not have a strong relationship. Peoplewhothinktheyneedhigh-pressuremethodsortoolspinch collars or electric appliances—to train a dog have no clue how to train a dog well. Training, both as a hobby and as a profes-sion, should be pleasant for the dog and the handler. It should be a successful learning process that yields progress for both parties. If training becomes a torment for the handler or the dog, then both parties are on the wrong track. Whentrainingyourdog,encouragehimtousehisnaturalcharacteristics, but don’t exploit them! The harmonious agree-ment between you and your dog is the foundation for all activi-ties, regardless of the sport the pair of you engage in. To achieve harmony, it is important to go into the dog’s world and understand his abilities. In the end, only someone who is a true friend to his dog will take a healthy and capable dog to training, trials, and competitions. Ifyouhave,afterreadingthisbook,abetterunderstandingofK9 training and can complete a fine training period with your dog, with good results at the trials, we will have achieved the goal we had in mind when writing this book. Last,butnotleast,wethankMr.MarkusMohrfromAustria(w.wwtchst.aorwww.facebook.com/HundeSportTrainingscenter) for all his advice and for the excellent photographs he contributed to this book. He showed us the enormous advantage of this mod-ern way of training K9s in the IPO Schutzhund program, and for that we are most grateful.
Dr.ResiGerritsenandRuudHaakSpring 2014