Dog Sports Articles
The electricity and excitement of an Agility Dog Competition is infectious.
My first exposure to Peter Lewis and the Agility dog sport was in Europe several years ago. I was in Tourni, Belgium producing a video on a working dog championship (the Mondi Ring Sport). There was a large tent set up next to the stadium for an Agility demonstration that Peter was hosting.
Schutzhund is a dog sport that was designed for breeders to measure the working ability of their dogs. The information gained from a schutzhund trial is to be used as a tool in selecting breeding partners. Here in America the sport of schutzhund is well organized and run by Schutzhund USA
For thousands of years a unique and amazing bond and the ability to work together as a team have developed and been fostered between man and the dog Dogs have worked with us to hunt our food herd our livestock eliminate vermin protect our property and person and serve important roles in the military and law enforcement
The process of getting a fast DOWN IN MOTION begins on the first day of training the Down. In this article I will only talk about training in drive here. I assume that those reading this post understand what training in drive means. When the time comes to train the DOWN the handler puts the dog in high drive for his toy, the dog is given a DEEP STRONG Down command that is accompanied with a strong jerk to the ground, if it is necessary to slam the dog between the shoulder blades with with the palm of the hand to get him to go down this must be done.
Both started in the early 1900's. Schutzhund and KNPV are great European dog sports. Schutzhund originated in Germany and the KNPV began in Holland.
Schutzhund was started by Amax Avon Stephanitz who is the founder of the German Shepherd breed. He designed the sport of schutzhund to be used as a tool by breeders.
Karl is ONE OF if not THE premier German shepherd breeder in the world. Over the years he has produced 6 VA dogs, won the HGH championship 8 times with 7 different dogs and has produced 2 males that sired bundessiegers. No one has ever done this.
Bob Neijts is a Dutch friend of mine. He has had 15 years experience in the KNPV training and is an avid follower of the sport. The KNPV stick attack is much different than the "stick hits" in schutzhund. The KNPV is more difficult for the dog because the stick hit comes before the bite and not after the dog is biting. This article gives you one mans ideas on the Dutch methods for training this exercise.
In this exercise the dog has to find an large object (mostly a wooden box) which is hidden in the woods and has to bark at it as long as it takes his handler to come to him. Actually the training of this exercise starts as a very young dog. The first thing your dog has to learn is to bark on command. That is why I repeat the bark exercise first.
All the heeling exercises (on and off leash, next to the bike) the down stay all the jump exercises (hedge, fence and pit).
This part of the training is not very difficult to train. You start with a food pan filled with frankfurters and place it at the start of the heeling, next to the jumps or next to the place where you will do the down stay. You have to make sure that you keep the dogs attention and give him a correction when he wants to sniff or eat it.
The field where the small articles search, (like a small key, a coin or a bullet shell), is done is about 200m2. There are three articles to be found. The max. Time is 10 minutes to get the full score the dog must finish within 3 minutes. At the signal from the judge you can start the exercise. You are allowed to use your arm together with a verbal command (zoeken).
This exercise is not very hard to teach to dogs who have a natural desire to protect. Much more difficult is it to train dogs who have a lack of guard drive. Still every dog can learn it but to the second group it is going to take a little longer. Let me tell you first how the exercise has to be done at a certification trial.
The Mondioring dog sport is the most difficult dog sport in the world. If you've never seen a Mondioring competition, you can visit our Free Streaming Video section and watch Cindy in her 2nd place finish in the 2010 Mondioring One Championship.
You can also visit this website and see free streaming video of all the Mondioring 3 Competitors in the 2010 National Championship.
For the last couple of years Iíve been dabbling in Mondioring training. Iíve been a slow convert over the last 5 years or so, after becoming disillusioned with some of the other competitive dog sports. I competed in AKC obedience and Schutzhund from the mid eighties to early 2000ís. I tried agility for a while, but had a hard time committing to a sport with no bitework. After moving to Wisconsin in 2003, I continued working my own dogs at home.
Last week (December 2011) we began filming a series of training DVDs with Andrew Ramsey on nosework training for pet dog owners. In the coming weeks and months, we will be featuring newsletter videos and training DVDs on nosework training.
The basic concept of this new dog sport is that people can train their household pet to be detector dogs that indicate on legal odors. What's cool about this dog sport is that dogs of any breed, size and temperament can easily be trained to compete in nosework competitions.
The two most important things a new dog trainer can learn how to accomplish with their dogs are: 1) They need to learn how to get and maintain "ENGAGEMENT". 2) They need to teach "GENERALIZATION" as it relates to commands.
Over the past several years there has been a growing interest in a new form of sheep dog training called the "Tending Style" or the HGH. In this work German Shepherd dogs are used to herd sheep.
There is a controversy that has developed over the dog's biting sheep. I would like to express my viewpoint on this subject which I happen to share with Karl Fuller and the SV in Germany.
The championships are held every year on the first weekend in September in Den Bosh Holland. They are always in the deViliets Stadium. If you want to attend the Championships, I recommend the following Hotel (which is only a couple of miles from the stadium).
The verbal commands contained in this text, must be replaced with the verbal commands used by each National Organization, when translating the rulebook. As soon as these rules become effective, all previous rules become invalid. If this is a translation, the original German text is binding when in doubt.
In the DDR system, the dog's numeric evaluation is listed alongside his or her name on the pedigree--so down the line it is much easier to get a good picture of each dog's temperament, and the heritability of different temperament components.
While this may not be as descriptive as a full critique, it certainly gives you a good picture of the dog's physical and mental qualities, and this is always useful, particularly when the dog is a few generations removed.
Many people purchase German imported German Shepherds. When the pedigree arrives it's written in German. This table is designed to help these people understand a little of their pedigrees.
This table was constructed by M. Plonsky, Ph.D. Mark is a psychology professor at the University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point. He has an excellent dog training website here.
The following article was written by a friend of mine. Germain lives in Belgium and is a respected judge in the Belgium Ring Sport. The English is not 100% correct but you will be able to understand his meaning from this article. I have not edited the article in any way.
The program is subdivided in three groups. Every exercise is always different to carry out, depending on the judges fantasy.