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Schutzhund: Theory and Training Methods (Howell reference books) Hardcover – March 1, 1991

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From the Back Cover

Schutzhund is one of the fastest-growing forms of canine competition in the United States. The desire to have a reliable protector and steady family companion all in the same dog has encouraged interest in the Schutzhund philosophy. Schutzhund began in nineteenth-century Europe as a test of a dog's ability to work for humans. In the early 1900s. Max von Stephanitz refined and redesigned the tests to include obedience, protection and tracking. Schutzhund: Theory and Training Methods, a superb explanation of Schutzhund and its components, shows how obedience, protection and tracking all play an integral part in training a Schutzhund dog.

Authors Barwig and Hilliard emphasize selection and raising of the dog to suit the owner's needs as well as crystallizing the goals and techniques in training for each phase of the process. A unique format guides the reader first through an overview of each component and then into the philosophy and training techniques for all activities.

Beautifully organized and abundantly illustrated, this book will allow the reader to tailor these training systems to suit individual needs, producing a dog of value to many. Schutzhund: Theory and Training Methods is a volume essential to any obedience or Schutzhund fan's library.

About the Author

Susan Barwig is an award-winning author who has, for several years, been part of the American team in international Schutzhund competition. Stewart Hilliard is a well-respected trainer from Colorado. Both are partners in Canine Training Systems. Ltd.
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Product Details

  • Series: Howell reference books
  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Howell Book House; 1 edition (March 1, 1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0876057318
  • ISBN-13: 978-0876057315
  • Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 0.8 x 9.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (68 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #81,553 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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90 of 95 people found the following review helpful By gsdtown@terracom.net on December 4, 1998
Format: Hardcover
There aren't many books about Schutzhund available in bookstores or on the Web, and so Barwig & Hilliard's excellent volume must often function both as a manual for serious trainers and an introduction to the sport for the curious. It is in the latter regard that "Schutzhund: Theory and Training Methods" leaves something to be desired. There is no real overview of Schutzhund as a recreational activity, nor is there any well-reasoned explanation of why anyone would want to pursue a Schutzhund career with their dog. A curious non-participant who reads the book would probably decide that Schutzhund is much too arduous and complex to be any fun at all. While Schutzhund certainly is demanding, the rewards of training and owning a Schutzhund-titled dog--the "process", one might say--is where the joy lies. The authors could have made a much better case in this regard.
On the other hand, this book is a gold mine for the serious trainer. While different training directors espouse different methods for schooling dogs in Schutzhund, Barwig and Hilliard consistently advocate time-honored methods in all three Schutzhund disciplines (tracking, obedience, protection) that are neither too trendy nor too harsh. A dog (and handler!) with the basic "equipment" to compete in the sport would not likely go wrong by following any of the advice given here. Considering the bewildering array of training methods that already exist in the Schutzhund world, this is a remarkable accomplishment in itself. And when coupled with the authors' accessible prose style, this is an important book that should not be overlooked by any Schutzhund trainer--or any curious reader willing to read between the lines.
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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Chris on July 1, 2002
Format: Hardcover
This is a fine book on Shutzhund if you desire a general overview of each of the 3 phases, general trial requirements, etc. The authors do a good job of presenting the sport, its background, and its requirements in a logical order. Do not look here if you seek depth in training technique.
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Nunya Business on May 13, 2001
Format: Hardcover
This book offered a clear explanation of what Schutzhund is, and what it isn't. The training technique is easy to understand, and their mention of what to do with a problem dog is particularly helpful. A great book for anyone interested in Schutzhund, or even wishing to obedience train a pet.
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38 of 43 people found the following review helpful By Dana Williams on December 19, 1999
Format: Hardcover
I personally found the book very well focused and extremely helpful when explaining the Sport of Shutzhund. The Author's opinions were well stated and overall it was a great book on Shutzhund. The only thing is it isn't exactly a book I would reccommend to a novice to the sport of Shutzhund. The author uses termonolgy that may be hard to follow for some new to the dog world. But it is a great book for people interested in learning more and advancing through the stages of Shutzhund!
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Sherry L. Thomas on June 4, 2000
Format: Hardcover
This is a great book to make yourself more familar with the sport of schutzhund and what the rules are. It is great on basic methods for training and explains in great detail how the sport first came about as a way of preserving quality working dogs. I highly suggest this book to anybody interested in schutzhund.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Iceman on April 15, 2005
Format: Hardcover
This book is very good in form as well as function. It describes all of the exercises involved in every level of schutzhund competition as well as explains how to train for each. The exercises are broken down into small, goal oriented objectives that provide an easy to understand (and utilize) format. Highly recommended for beginning or advanced trainers.
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24 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Robyn on May 20, 2002
Format: Hardcover
I learned so much from this book, so many things, too many to list. There are great tips and training advice to help train your dog correctly for the tracking, obedience and protection. There are nice photos and some diagrams to go by. I recommend this book to any Schutzhund enthusiasts that are beginners like myself. This book introduced Schutzhund methodically.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Gustavo Gonzalez (ggon23@aol.com) on October 19, 1999
Format: Hardcover
This book is truly a joy to read. The book offers the reader great insight to the rigors of training a Schutzhund dog. Ms. Barwig gives excellent "experienced based" techniques for training a Schutzhund dog. This is a must have for anyone interested in the sport! A great buy!
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