by Billthedog on 17 April 2020 - 09:04
We live in an area that most people refer to as a remote area. We don't have any clubs or trainers within a reasonable driving distance. Does anyone recommend videos or reading material that could help us train our GSD toward her first confirmation or SCHH1 title? I have searched the past forums and discussions seem to get into the weeds quickly.
Thanks for your time.
by Koots on 17 April 2020 - 11:04
For online learning, a couple names that come up regularly are Michael Ellis & Ivan Balabanov. There are also many books on the subject. Lots of FB groups to join for information and advice (IGP Handlers; Training without conflict just to name a few). Depending on your dog training experience, you may need a little or a lot of help to attain your training goals, but you WILL need someone else at some time before being able to trial.
by Billthedog on 17 April 2020 - 11:04
by Koots on 17 April 2020 - 12:04
Here's some links to clubs in the region.
by justde on 17 April 2020 - 15:04
by Billthedog on 18 April 2020 - 10:04
In past training that I've done, not dog related, we have always been concerned about recency of training and experience. How often should I be meeting at the club to keep the dog fresh?
by justde on 18 April 2020 - 11:04
Bill, are you referring to my club...O.G. Inselstadt in Hazelhurst, WI? There's also a great club in Black Creek, WI just north of Appleton. I don't know how far that is relative to you.
We meet once a week, sometimes twice in good weather. Sadly driving distance is a given in this area. Some people have come 2 times/month. Alot of your success depends on what you do at home, but keep in mind with
limited time with someone else to help you, bad training could become ingrained.
by Billthedog on 18 April 2020 - 12:04
With the economy where it currently is, I'm being told by my company, I should have more time at home this year.
The dog is just over a year old and showing a great will to please. I would like to see where we can take this. The wife and kids are all onboard to make sure the dog continues proper training. Not to confuse or hinder any training progress.
I am new to this and trying to educate myself as much as possible on the Schutzhund/working GSD training.
Thanks for the club information. As you may know, the U.P. gets left off maps. Many times Wisconsin is closer than the Detroit or Flint Suburbs.
by Q Man on 18 April 2020 - 13:04
As for how often you need to attend a club/group to progress...The more you go and the more you work your dog the faster or slower you'll progress...It's up to you and your schedule...
by Rik on 18 April 2020 - 13:04
I will add that a good friend/associate and sometimes handler of mine who lives in a very remote area of the U.S. titled 3 GSD that I know of, never belonged to a club, did 95-99% of the work at home, him and his wife.
he would make arrangements to attend whatever club he was going to trial at for a few times in advance of the trial and do bite work with helper.
he was very, very experienced in GSD, SV, AKC and knowledge of training/tracking.
I'm just saying all that to say this, it can be done even if there is no club. just depends on the person/dog/dedication.