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The Sport of Schutzhund Perfect Paperback – November 15, 2007
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As a whole, the reader finishes this book with a tremendous admiration for those breeders, trainers, handlers, club members, judges and trial secretaries who have given so much to a sport that gives working dogs the opportunity to be the best that they can be. Even those of us who may never train Schutzhund would like to have dogs with the qualities displayed here. --German Shepherd Dog Club of America, Working Dog Association newsletter
The Sport of Schutzhund successfully showcases all aspects of training and competition, but more importantly, it celebrates the joy of dogs at work and the enduring bond between dog and owner. Other books about Schutzhund are technical manuals that might not covey the true spirit of the sport, but the innovative graphic presentation of this book manages to communicate a surprising amount of information. The sequential photos of Schutzhund training techniques and practice sessions are especially intriguing and informative. The Sport of Schutzhund is a great introduction for anyone interested in trying this sport. Lovers of canine action photography will also find it irresistable. --Amy Fernandez, Paws in Review, Dog World magazine, October 2008
Beautifully organized and presented, this singularly unique, 250 page [sic], full-sized coffee table paperback is especially recommended to the attention of dog fanciers in general, and Schutzhund owners in particular. --John Burroughs, Burroughs' Bookshelf, The Midwest Book Review, February 2008
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BJ Spanos is a professional writer and editor, specializing in technical, corporate and marketing communications. As the owner of BJ Spanos Ink, she provides a wide range of communications services for a variety of clients.
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The Schutzhund has expanded beyond Germany and beyond the German Shepherd breed. Any dog that can be trained to meet the three tests of the Schutzhund can participate. I saw Boxers, Scotties, Dobies, and others in this book. While the ultimate requirement is that the competing dog does his or her best in the three tests, there are secondary considerations. The dog and master must exhibit good sportsmanship. Disruptive behavior will get a dog and master booted from a competition. Thus, the first test is how well the dog and master get along with others, though this first test is ungraded.
This book is principally a photographic essay of, as the title suggests, the sport of Schutzhund. Thus, while there is some explanation of Schutzhund, the authors leave the detailed explanations of the history and the rules of Schutzhund to others. The authors' primary goal is to show others the excitement and chills of seeing well-trained dogs achieving, and playing. Of course, the authors also take a few, all too brief, pages to show the beautiful faces of some of the dogs, puppies that may some day grow into Schutzhund champions, and club jackets to remind a reader the Schutzhund is highly organized and is quite a social event.
As a photographic essay regarding Schutzhund, this book is a wonderful coffee table book. The book is in a large format and photographs fill the pages. In line with the sport, the photographs tend to focus on action. Dogs running, sniffing, leaping, protecting, climbing, heeling and more are shown on page after page, organized first by the Schutzhund trials, and then by other aspects of dog ownership and the sport.
The first three chapters, which fill more than half the book, are devoted to the three trials: tracking, obedience and protection. To see these wonderful creatures execute commands crisply, even if only in photos, is marvelous. I am compelled to attend a Schutzhund trial to see such well-trained dogs and masters.
In addition to the chapters that show the dogs working, along with the other chapters mentioned above, this book shows these champion dogs playing, an important activity for dogs and people both. The authors also emphasize in a separate chapter that Schutzhund is suitable for children with the dedication, temperament and maturity. Thus, Schutzhund can be a family-oriented activity.
This book is an excellent book to augment your Schutzhund library, and most especially to show on your coffee table. Animal lovers and dog lovers in particular will thrill to these pictures of dogs enjoying themselves as they demonstrate their mastery of the Schutzhund trials. Considering the beauty and quality of the pictures, the action, and the size of the book, this book is a must-have for the library of Schutzhund fans and dog lovers everywhere.
Schutzhund, from the German for "protection dog" is an international competition by which working dogs prove that they are worthy of the group. As herding trials show what border collies can do, Schutzhund trials put German Shepherds (and, to a lesser extent, Doberman Pinschers, Rottweilers, Giant Schnauzers, Belgian Malinois and other large, protective breeds) through their paces. The trials seek out dogs with courage, intelligence and a drive to serve.
There are three parts to a Schutzhund trial: tracking, obedience and protection. Tracking utilizes the dog's expert nose as a track is laid out with turns over grass, dirt or brush and then "aged" for at least twenty minutes. The dog must - on its own as the handler follows the dog from a specified distance - follow the track and find the target articles that have been hidden along it. Obedience skills include heeling, lying down out of a run, jumping hurdles, scaling walls, retrieving dumbbells and coming when called. The protection test is the most dramatic: the dog must search for and find the hidden target (a person wearing plenty of padding and body armor); hold the target in place by a menacing bark only; and, in various intensities, catching and releasing the target upon command.
The Sport of Schutzhund: A Photographic Essay is a large soft-cover book filled with glossy color photographs, some professionally taken but most, it seems, submitted by Schutzhund enthusiasts who are also amateur photographers. It has some text, enough to explain the sport in broad strokes and to introduce the next group of photographs, which include images of the three trial stages (both training sessions and competition), dogs at play and some wonderful puppy pictures. This is not meant to be a history book or a training manual: the authors are simply hoping to introduce the sport to a broader audience.
A hardcover book would be easier to handle - the large size of the pages makes it a little unwieldy - but since the authors are donating the net proceeds, after expenses, to benefit Schutzhund organizations, I understand the need to keep costs down. The hundreds of photographs are largely wonderful, showing the strength and skill of these animal athletes; the few pictures that are obviously taken by amateurs more than compensate for lack of photographic experience by an abundance of love for their subjects.
Schutzhund trials were introduced to the United States thirty-seven years ago and seems to be slowly gaining ground. This book is an excellent introduction to the sport and will hopefully serve to garner more interest in and accolades for these hard-working canines and the people they protect and serve.
Schutzhund is a German word meaning "protection dog." Today, Schutzhund involves three phases: tracking, obedience and protection work. It also is used as a breeding standard to produce healthy, strong and talented working dogs worldwide. This sport has nothing to do with dog fighting and differs greatly from training used to prepare personal or property protection dogs and police or drug detection dogs.
In Spanos's book, she's complied 370 photos from around the United States and Europe to make this a unique dedication to the beloved sport. Through these photos, each chapter will tell a visual story. My most favorite is Schutzhund: Not Just for Adults. This sport isn't just for the K-9, but his human partner as well. In order to achieve this, you must be a dedicated, responsible individual. What an awesome thing to teach our children, wouldn't you say?