|Barked: Sat Dec 10, '11 2:56pm PST |
|Paisley, one thing I find as a good evaluation of a trainer, especially a Sch one, is how they interact and perceive their dogs.
There are plenty of people who view their dogs as little more than a tool. Which, hey, dogs in a way ARE tools to people... but that should not be their sole purpose. Many people in this sport have a dog to simply title and win big. The DOG was never part of the equation to them, else only in the sense that the dog will actually be capable of getting them there. IMO, that's never (NEVER) what it should be about. It should always be about the DOGS themselves, and seeing how far you can go with an INDIVIDUAL, and building that dog up to its potential. Keep in mind, that Schutzhund was never intended to be a competitive sport. It was originally created to assess and grade the individual dog for both workability and breeding worthyness. Only in the last few decades has it become a high-dollar competitive sport, which of course has its benefits and downfalls.
One benefit to you, or people in general, is accessibility. Because it became a sport, it became more "open" for people who weren't necessarily interested in breeding their dog, or who weren't going to work towards K9 or SAR/etc, but who simply wanted to enjoy something with their dog. And in that regard, may Schutzhund live on forever in the dog fancy!
On the other hand, BECAUSE it has become so competitive, it has also become very politicized. Bias and bad politics run rampant throughout the sport, and many individuals are, at least IMO, in it for ALL the wrong reasons.
Be vary careful when making your decision. Be sure to ask yourself "why are they doing this" and "do I really want to be apart of something like this for the wrong reasons?".
The people who TRULY do it for the love of their dogs, will almost never steer you wrong.
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