Troubador The Schutzhund Training Manual

Released: 28/10/2017

ISBN: 9781788032513

Format: Paperback

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Schutzhund/IPO is a program designed for working dogs with a long history and deep traditions. It has significant influence in the breeding, selection, and training of utility dogs. It’s now an international sport, with tens of thousands of participants around the world. Books about this subject are limited however. For beginners wishing to start on the right path, it can be a challenging quest.

The Schutzhund Training Manual begins with the brief history and regulations of the sport of Schutzhund/IPO, to working abilities, pack structure, and understanding the basic language of dogs. The book then goes into the finest details to present you with a comprehensive course of puppy selection, training stages and tuning elements, Schutzhund tracking, obedience, protection learning stage and strengthening stage.

The Schutzhund Training Manual is a step by step guide from picking the right puppy for the sport to educating him to achieve his IPO3 title. As long as you start with the right dog with sufficient working abilities and follow the instruction of this book, reaching IPO3 isn’t a difficult task at all. Every training technique described in this manual has been applied and tested by the author in successfully titling seven working dogs in protection dog sports and three of them have competed in nine world championships.

Through reading this manual, you will gain the know-how of Schutzhund masters on the highest level in the world.

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Felix Ho

Felix is a canine behaviorist, professional dog trainer, and world championship competitor in the sport of Schutzhund/IPO. He was born in 1977 in British Hong Kong. At the age of 16 years, his parents sent him to Melbourne, Australia to continue his education. He received his bachelor of science (biology) in La Trobe University, Melbourne. During his undergraduate years, Felix began keeping and training working dogs. His hobby became such a fanatical passion that after his graduation, he became a professional dog trainer.

In 2005, to further his Schutzhund competition career, Felix immigrated to Belgium. He entered his first world championships in FMBB 2006 Hungary and FCI 2006 Slovenia. In 2008, Felix started with his new canine partner Eclipse van de Duvetorre in FMBB as the youngest dog in the championship and moved up in the world ranking to 25th. 2009 was a very successful year for the team, as they were ranked 16th in FMBB Czech Republic, 19th in FCI Austria, and became winners of the Belgian CAC Special Selection Trial. In 2015, Felix competed with his first Rottweiler in the IFR world championship in Italy and ranked number 9 in the world.

Until this book was published, Felix has competed in nine different world championships with dogs he’s raised and trained from puppyhood. He’s titled a total of seven dogs in Schutzhund/IPO and Mondio Ring, including Malinois, German Shepherd, and Rottweiler. He travels the world on a yearly basis to conduct seminars and workshops for the training of working dogs. He resides in Belgium where he continues with his training and research of the working breeds. When he’s not busy with his dogs, he’s an enthusiastic tropical fish keeper with Tanganyika cichlids and Betta.

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