by GSCat on 02 March 2020 - 05:03
Can a Caucasian Ovcharka compete/participate in any of the protection sports?
Any specific safety or breed considerations, especially from decoys, would be very welcome.
PS... I'd hate to be the decoy on the field, especially while the dog/puppy was just learning...
by apple on 02 March 2020 - 12:03
by GSCat on 02 March 2020 - 15:03
I'm asking if they're permitted to compete. And since they're so large if there are any special safety considerations the handler and decoy should be aware of during competition.
by Western Rider on 02 March 2020 - 16:03
No rules against it. You may have trouble finding a club that will want you or a decoy who will work with you. I doubt that one will be able to train to the level of competing, maybe in OB, possibly in tracking, but not much hope for man work.
Not saying that they can't be trained just it is not their thing and getting someone to help will be very hard if you are in the States.
by Koots on 02 March 2020 - 16:03
by ValK on 02 March 2020 - 21:03
obedience trainability was equal to those can be seen with GSDs.
nose work and agility not so good but i believe this breed wasn't for that from start to go.
protection in fact was good, albeit definitely not the fight type, obtruding by well bred GSD.
the bottom line - good deterring/intimidating guard escort dog on the walk/hike/travel and pretty impressive argument at the household against potential property intruders.
for strongly build person, being properly dressed for fight with dog, decoying isn't the task more difficult than decoying GSD. from own experience i would say GSDs to be more dangerous, able to more improvise own fight but if i'm to face caucasian shepherd in real life without protective suit, my first thought definitely will be to climb nearest tree or something else, unreachable for that dog.
as for sport purpose... you should understand that sport is set of exercises, detached from real life use, thus any breed can be used for that, including hunt and toy breeds. ones need to be just dedicated and passionate toward set goal.
by GSCat on 03 March 2020 - 00:03
Thanks, Apple, Western Rider, Koots, and Valk for the info. I'll pass it on.
by apple on 03 March 2020 - 07:03
You refer to sport as it is all a single entity, when in reality, some protection sports are much more challenging than others and hunting and toy breeds would not stand a chance in some of those sports. All training can be broken down into a set of exercises. Sport just specifies and organizes what the exercises are.
by NatureDragon on 03 March 2020 - 10:03
Great if you have a lot of property in the boonies with a job for the dog, but a house pet? I don't think these guys could jump over many obstacles in protection sports, maybe go through them, but not jump over them.
by DuganVomEichenluft on 03 March 2020 - 12:03