Schutzhund Training, known as “hundesport” (dog sport) in German is very popular in Europe and across the United States. Today it is an active sport that offers outdoor, physical, and mental challenges for dogs and competition, exercise and friendships for owners. It began in Germany as a suitability test for working dogs. In an effort to keep German Shepherds that were suitable and willing to work, the Schutzhund test was developed to determine which dogs were acceptable for breeding and had true working ability. As the needs for working dogs grew in Europe and North America so did the maturity of Schutzhund tests and training.
Schutzhund originated in Germany, along with many of the dog breeds that are associated with Schutzhund training. German dog commands are typically short and distinct. Also, due to the structure of the German language (pronunciation and word length), German commands for dogs can sound much more forceful than English commands. Experts tell us that puppies and dogs learn via constant repetition. If a German dog breed such as a German Shepherd or Rottweiler is imported from Germany, it is very likely that he (or she) will have already been exposed to dog commands in German. Most enthusiasts believe that with breeds such as the Rottweiler, if Schutzhund is a consideration than German dog commands should be used. To see our list of Shutzhund training commands please visit our homepage.
Today, highly trained dogs are used for many tasks such as police training, military, customs, border patrol and herding. These tasks require instinct, intelligence and the ability to learn. Schutzhund training focus on three areas that are crucial to a dog’s success as a worker. These are tracking, obedience and protection. Tracking tests a dog’s ability to demonstrate accuracy while tracking footsteps. It must also be able to find items dropped by the handler and then indicate these locations.
Obedience tests the ability to complete certain tasks and obey commands of the handler. This is typically where dog commands in German will be given. The last area is protection. Dogs must be able to attack only when required (usually when the dog or the handler is attacked) without hesitation. It must also be able to stop attacking immediately upon the command of the handler.
Having a well-trained dog can be vital to the success of a police department, military unit or any organization that uses highly trained dogs as part of the workforce. In addition, many people who have dogs as pets require highly trained dogs for assistance and protection as well.