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Q. Is it possible to have a dog that competes Schutzhund, but is also a great companion at the same time? Most of the Schutzhund dogs I have seen spend a lot of time in kennels.
Hi,

I have another question on one of the puppies we kept in our family from the litter we had. I had told you, I had my female bred with Pedro (Merlin Von Conneforde) who was 3rd in the world in ?06. I took my puppies to see his owner and he tested them and said one of them is the most amazing 4 mo. old puppy he has ever seen. Her drive and focus were relentless, even when he shot his gun, she would not let go of the toy. She is truly obsessed. Wallace (Pedro?s owner) wants our Aeva really bad, but my daughter (19) is already in love with her and won?t give her up.

Sorry for the wordy background. My question to you is, is it possible to have a GSD as a pet and still be able to train her in schutzhund? The reason I ask is, my daughter, who is in college, is willing to go to Wallace?s club (South Metro Atlanta Club) and train her, but all of the dogs I have seen so far that do that, are kept in kennels all the time except when training. My daughter is not going to do that. This dog is her new constant companion, but she is willing to train her and get help in that. She is doing quite well so far using the shock collar, because of Aeva?s strong will.

I would really appreciate your opinion, Thank you for time,
Debbie

A. I have competed in Schutzhund in years gone by, with good success. All my working dogs live in the house with me and do fine. I think as long as you don’t inhibit the dogs drive by correcting her for things that will interfere with Schutzhund training you can have a pet and Schutzhund dog all in the same package.

I actually competed back in the 90’s with this female Doberman that I trained from a puppy, this dog slept next to my bed from the age of 6 months old. http://kaiserhaus.com/elka.htm
  
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