German Shepherd Dog > Schutzhund (16 replies)
by Baretta9 on 04 June 2012 - 15:03
|I am looking for ideas or thoughts on starting a new schutzhund club ?|
by workingdogz on 04 June 2012 - 17:33
|Start putting out some online ads, contacting your|
area breed clubs, other working dog clubs etc.
You will be slow going, but all you need is about
3-4 core members and you will grow from there.
Contact your regional director (you will have to be
a member of USCA or WDA etc). Start looking for
an experienced training helper. Visit area pet stores,
leave some advertising flyers. Try to get ahold of
your closest State Trooper K9, City/County PDK9 etc.
Be prepared to have patience. It takes a long time
and dedication to build a club. And having some $$
helps too ;)
If you can secure a permanent area to train in, all
the better. Once your new club has a 'home', you
will start to draw more visitors.
by YogieBear on 04 June 2012 - 20:15
I would ask why you want to start a new club? Do you not have one in your area?
by Hedi on 04 June 2012 - 20:34
|Where are you thinking of starting a club?|
by Conspicuous on 04 June 2012 - 21:24
|Start a club near Hamilton Ontario ;)|
by Chaz Reinhold on 05 June 2012 - 00:28
|Ewww, start a club in South Beach. That's where all the boys go.|
by destiny4u on 05 June 2012 - 00:36
|conspic there are a lot of clubs in that area it seems|
by Baretta9 on 05 June 2012 - 02:09
|Thanks for all the great input . I'll see if I can answer a few the questions ...|
I was thinking of the Florida panhandle area...
I will check with an insurance agent and get their input...
I know a lil bit about the sport , Not much though.....
Equipment is another thing...New costs lots of $$$....What about possible donations of used stuff ???
Once I get the basic idea going , advertise a lil bit , ...then members...
by Baretta9 on 05 June 2012 - 02:14
|Uhhhmmm..............We all seem to have forgot one important thing. The dogs ???|
by workingdogz on 05 June 2012 - 10:11
|Most schutzhunders will bring their own dogs,|
but if you want, you can buy them for them
by Conspicuous on 05 June 2012 - 11:22
|Really? The closest I can find is 1-1/2 to 2 hours away with good traffic, can you tell me where you've heard of any that are closer?|
I'm actually really interested in looking into it. So far I've only been able to find a place that does tracking close to me.
How far do you guys travel to train, and how often?
by YogieBear on 05 June 2012 - 11:36
|lol............. dogs? Really? |
As far as equipment goes - if you are starting the club - you need to figure out how to get equipment...whether is it second hand or brand new - equipment needs to be there when you start training. You can't expect anyone to want to belong to a club and not have the necessary tools to train. So donations would be nice -after you get up and running - but what about in the meantime for those "new" members that are looking you over?
It is always nice if the members that you recruit have equipment that they bring with them.......but it sounds to me that you have decided on this venture yourself.....correct me if I am wrong...
Do you not have any buddies that will be helping you start this club..........or are you one person that decided he/she wanted to start a club? If the last question is a "yes" - then it is up to you to get the equipment and not wait around to someone to just give it to you.......
The person creating a club from the ground up is the one that will have to have all the ducks in a row before people will want to come to that club........ No members - no club.....
Best of luck in your quest.
by Dog1 on 05 June 2012 - 11:58
|Biggest obstacle will be a good qualified helper. One that has experience bring young dogs up through their development. Do not just put a sleeve on a club member and start shaking it around. Helper work is an art and the future of your clubs dogs depend on the helper's skills. Don't laugh, there have been clubs that have done this.|
The helper is your most important asset. You have something with a good one, nothing without one. All of the qualified helpers are known. To become a qualified helper, you have to have certain accomplishments, therefore all are known. If your helper is not known, proven, etc., you have little to offer more than a social club where any serious person will spend 6 months fixing their dog with a qualified helper at a later date.
The helper is the key. Get a good one and the rest falls into place.
by Hedi on 05 June 2012 - 12:50
|If you do not have a helper but a person who is driven to learn...that is what keeps it going. The drive to learn the art of the training helper. If you are motivated to start a club and have someone willing to go out and mentor under quality training helpers....it is possible to grow your own pulled up from your own bootstraps. The dedication to learning and working hard will pay off several years down the road. Cannot go out and expect to have a club magically pop up with everything on day one. IMO the core of the club is the most valuable in the early forming years of the club. Starting a club is a commitment. Kudos to you and I wish you well in your efforts.|
by Baretta9 on 05 June 2012 - 15:45
|Hedi ; Thanks so much for the kind and inspiring thoughts. By the way , Great looking dog ...|
by Conspicuous on 05 June 2012 - 16:39
|Baretta - I just found this. I'm from Canada, so I'm not sure if the rules are different, but on Ontario Schutzhund website, tehy actually have a link about starting a club, thought it might help a bit! :)|
by Hedi on 06 June 2012 - 14:27
|Baretta, thanks for the compliment. She might be for sale. lol. I meant what I said, I wish you well with your endeavors.|