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Schutzhund is a form of dog training or dog sport foundered in Germany over a century ago. The word Schutzhund actually means protection dog in German and was used to assess German Shepherds to determine if they were suitable for police work.
Although it was initially just German Shepherds, testing now occurs on dogs of many different breeds. The test is both rigorous and demanding, so the numbers of other breeds that pass are limited.
Enrolling your dog into Schutzhund training may still prove difficult, however if you are keen to learn the techniques and principles behind this training method, there are many DVDs that can be purchased or acquired. It is important to understand though, that the training is highly specialized, very strict and very structured, which means you will need to maintain this consistently for your dog to learn. For this reason, it may not be the best form of training if you have a young family.
The training will over time teach your dog the skills of obedience, tracking, protection, sniffing and retrieving, and will commence when your pup is just a few weeks of age. Of course, you may not be able to commence your training until your pup is 8+ weeks of age when you bring them home from the breeder.
Schutzhund Training Principles
Although it is possible to get specialized training DVDs that focus on a specific principle, you can expect your Schutzhund training DVDs to cover the following areas:
Clicker Training – This is a form of positive reinforcement that is gaining popularity with trainers around the world, even if it isnt associated with Schutzhund. It involves using a little clicker button whenever the dog is good. First you will need to train your puppy to know that the clicking noise equals a good job.
Obedience – This is the core of any training method and is the first test in Schutzhund, covering a set of 11 basic commands. The commands however may use multiple instructions in one, such as sit, down and stand. In addition they cover instructions like focus and attention, targeting, retrieving, motion exercises, pointing out an object and heeling. To pass this test, your dog must be able to execute all 11 commands perfectly.
Tracking – Leveraging from the obedience commands to target and find an object, which has been pointed out, the dog will learn to track all sorts of items and people. The training will teach the dog to remember a scent when provided to them and then to pursue that until they are called off.
Protection – Using more commands the dog is taught how to identify potential threats and how to attack them. Police, guard and attack dogs are taught using this method. Another form of protection is where the dog is taught that it must protect a person or object; this is then done without commands.
Schutzhund training is designed to give a dog an education to enable it to be a specialized working dog. Although this may not be the aim with your dog, the training DVDs can provide useful instruction on training and assist in developing your dog understands of commands. As stated earlier, there are a number of different courses, so it is best to research the types of training courses first before purchasing them. Understand the success rates and the philosophies they employ and whether they are likely to be useful for your breed of dog.
Potty Train Puppy
Raising a puppy is fun and rewarding. However, it can be intimidating to try and potty train a puppy for the first time. We’ll look at a few simple tips that will help make it easy for you and your new puppy.
Before you bring a new puppy home, try to plan ahead a little bit. If you can, plan to spend the first week at home to help your puppy get situated and comfortable in your house. Lots of people buy a new puppy on the weekend and go back to work on Monday. The first several days will be crucial to get your puppy potty trained as soon as possible, so this is a bad situation to start off in. Planning ahead will allow you to spend time to help make your puppy comfortable and overcome any initial fears of a new environment. This also will give you the time to get your puppy used to a set schedule, which is very important in successful potty training.
It’s also important to understand your puppy won’t be perfect. Expect to deal with some mistakes and accidents; it’s just going to be a part of the process. When you first bring him home, spread out a newspaper next to an outside door. If you catch him peeing inside, move him on to this newspaper, but don’t scold him. The key is going to be to gently teach him where it’s ok to go to the bathroom, and provide lots of positive reinforcement when he uses the right area. Take your puppy outside regularly, and make a big deal out of when he pees outside. Praise him, pet him, and use a consistent word he can get used to. ‘Go potty, good dog’ is a perfect phrase to use, and make sure to give him a lot of attention when he pees or poops outside. The stronger you can make the connection between him peeing outside and you petting him and praising him, the faster potty training will go.
Along with using a consistent phrase, develop a consistent ‘good dog’ tone of voice. Most people do this naturally with animals, so it should be easy to do. Use this tone whenever you’re rewarding your puppy for behaving the correct way, whether it’s potty training or obedience training. If you catch your puppy peeing inside, quickly say ‘No’ in a firm tone, and move him to the newspaper. Once he’s there, then you switch to the ‘good dog’ tone to re-assure him. You can also use a little dab of urine from a mistake to mark the scent on the newspaper, so your puppy can associate peeing with the newspaper.
Following these simple tips will help make potty training your puppy a quick and painless experience, both for you and for your new companion.
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Puppy Potty Training 101
Puppy Potty Training 101
By: Cyd Oldham, Dog Behaviorist
Before you bring a puppy home, plan to take one or two weeks off of work, so you have uninterrupted time to focus on the puppy — and, in particular puppy potty training. Otherwise, it will take much longer to housebreak your pup.
Puppies learn new skills at different rates. It will take time for your puppy to develop a firm understanding of where it’s acceptable to potty and where it is not. It will take time for your pup to consistently understand that all of the house is the den, an area not to be soiled.
There are basically two methods to choose from when potty training your puppy. Once you have chosen a method – stick to it so you don’t confuse your puppy.
Potty Pad Method:
Prepare a “Safe Room” for your puppy (many people use a laundry room or bathroom for this purpose) by covering the entire floor with potty pads except for the place where puppy’s bed or crate is placed. Puppies will not soil their bed, so any place else puppy chooses to potty will be on a pad. After several days remove one pad from the room. The puppy will continue to use the potty pads to do his business. Every day or two remove another pad until there is only one left. This is a good method for people who must be gone from home for several hours, as puppy can learn to use the potty pad and finally be allowed out of the safe room with continued access to the room and his potty pad.
Outside Only Method:
You must spend time with your puppy for this to work. Remember that dogs “poop” after they eat – so if you free feed your puppy (leave food down all day long) you will never know when he needs to go. Feeding puppy 3 times a day is best. As soon as he is finished eating, take puppy outside to the place you would like him to go potty and tell him “Go Potty,” then wait for him. When he goes, praise him heavily then take him back inside. Puppies “pee” much more often – sometimes as often as every 30 minutes to an hour. You will need to take your puppy outside to that same spot and tell him “Go Potty” very often, giving him a couple of minutes to go. If he does, praise him heavily before returning to the house. If he does not, take him back inside, but don’t wait the full time before taking him back outside again. You might try taking him out again after 10-15 minutes. Also, some puppies sniff around to find a “spot” before they potty in the house, some don’t. Keep a close eye on your pup – if he has lost interest in what he was playing with and seems to be wandering aimlessly – He Needs to Potty.
A very important tip – dogs never understand punishment after the fact. When an accident happens, just chalk it up to your not watching puppy closely enough, clean it up, and move on. “Rubbing his nose in it” accomplishes nothing except to make puppy afraid of you.