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by bun bun on 14 March 2018 - 09:03

I am hoping to get a few referrals on good schutzhund trainers that board and train? Wanted to see if that was an option here in the USA.

Thank you

by hexe on 14 March 2018 - 11:03

Be extremely careful. This board has more than a few threads that detail the perils of such, with the least awful outcome being the owner's money is siphoned out of them over months and months on end, and when the owner finally reclaims their dog they find the animal is no more trained than when they initially left it with the trainer. In worst cases, dogs are 'lost', bred without the owner's knowledge and permission, sold out from under the owner, and the most heinous end result of all: neglected to the point of dying of starvation and dehydration.

If there is any possible way you can keep your dog at home with you and work with a trainer and/or join a training club to achieve your goals, that poses far less risk to your dog and to your wallet. If you simply cannot do it that way, don't part with your dog or a dime until you've thoroughly checked references from not only past clients, but the local animal control officers where the facility is located, and with other trainers and handlers in the sport; get confirmation that the facility has an active history as a client from the veterinarians the facility uses. Go to see the facility yourself--don't rely on videos or photos sent to you by the trainer, as what it looks like presently may not be the same.

If you consign your dog for boarding and training, get IN WRITING a very detailed agreement specifying what behaviors the dog will be trained to perform, and to what level of proficiency the dog will perform them. If you will be paying the trainer to obtain the titles on the dog, establish IN WRITING a deadline by which the titles must be completed, and insist on weekly video updates as well as real-time visual communication via Skype or FaceTime at a frequency agreed upon by you and the trainer. Do not agree to any changes to the contract, once you've both signed it, without a written addendum being created and signed off on by both of you as well.

It would likely cost you less money to purchase an adult dog that's already titled and has its health clearances than it will to have a dog trained in IPO [Schutzhund is no more] via this route.

by GSCat on 15 March 2018 - 02:03

Agree wholeheartedly with the above.

Some board/train want you to sign a document absolving them of all responsibility for death, injury, illness, and/or theft if the dog, or if the dog bites someone.

See how many of their trained dogs earned titles/certifications, what type(s), and when/where earned, and if they were earned with their handler(s) or the dogs' owner(s).

If there is no local PSA/Ring-type club locally, check with the national organization or with a local police K9 handler.

Far better to train the dog yourself under the supervision of a trainer, as your dog will likely respond better to you from the get-go (bonding) and if the dog is a puppy, you don't want the primary bond to be with someone other than you.

Some breeders also train, or have cooperative arrangements with trainers/training facilities. There may be discounts with a puppy/dog purchase.

In reality, the training is a huge part of the fun and satisfaction of the competition and earning of titles.

by Mprimm on 15 March 2018 - 20:03

I think bun bun is asking for recommendations!
We have all read the hora stories about sending dogs off for training. However I would bet there some people that have had good experiences with sending their dogs away for training.

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