The Art of Schutzhund

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The Art of Schutzhund is a book on Schutzhund (protection-dog trials). It details the regulations, exercises, and customs of a these trials. This is not a training book. This book can be used by the novice as well as the seasoned competitor to understand Schutzhund and the activities surrounding trials.

This is a hard cover 8 ½ by 11 inch book with 356 pages, 243 drawings, and 35 tables. It is whip stitched and printed on quality paper.

Most book chapters include quotes from magazines, competitors, judges, newspapers, books, and web sites. An extensive reference list is provided.

The first chapter details the degrees and organizations covered: DVG, GSSCC, USA, and WDA. The counts of clubs is presented across Canada and the United States.

Chapter two gives an overview of the players: dog, handler, judge, tracklayer, helper, spotter, gthers. Each overview reviews items that we found of interest. For example: the judge s section outlines duties, types of judges, credentials, scoring consistency among judges, how to assign judges to a trial, how to divide work among the judges, judge equipment, pre-trial preparation, trial activities, schedules, bribery, fraud, benefits, and hazards.

Chapter three shows an example field setup for obedience and protection.

Chapter four shows trial paperwork. We also included judge paperwork and sports medal information.

The trial structure is chapter five. We included weather, lodging, bathroom facilities, parking, seating, and trial schedules.

Chapter six shows how a handler will prepare for the trial.

Chapter 7 helps the user understand the concepts of Draw and Flight.

Helper tryouts are presented in Chapter 8: equipment, preliminary steps, exercises, and critiques.

Chapters 9, 10, and 11 show the equipment used in the exercises and then the basic moves that the handler will go through. The exercises are presented in a movie-frame layout.

Chapter 12 shows the field positions of judge, handler, helper, equipment and dog during the obedience and protection routines. We included these as birds-eye views to help the reader understand who is moving where.

Chapters 13, 14, 15, and 16 present, in detail, the exercises. Points, reporting in, and each movement (like Down out of Motion with Recall) is drawn both in a movie-frame layout as well as a bird's eye view.

The closing ceremonies are presented in Chapter 17.

Chapter 18 is a discussion of the trial results. Scoring is shown for failing, courage and hardness, TBS ratings, and ties. Next is how to read the results from DVG, GSSCC, USA, and WDA scoring using trial examples from the literature.

Chapter 19 is the historical archives where we analyzed cross-year data from the USA National Championship and the USA North American. This gave us statistics on injuries, the amount of competitors, non-qualifiers, and top dogs.

Chapter 20 shows the types of trials: for example HOT trials.

We included a glossary for words that might be confusing for a participant. Clubs and their web sites are shown for 2007. SchH/IPO organizations are discussed and their relationships are graphed.

Also included is a list of figures, list of tables, and an index.

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About the Author:

Dr. Nancy Lee Thieret is a published author and a Schutzhund enthusiast. She has several user manuals published by the University of Minnesota.

She also has been published in the Journal of Clinical Psychology and Schutzhund USA magazine. She has a Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota, M.S.E. from the University of St. Thomas, M.A. from Murray State University, and a B.A. and B.S. from the University of Louisville.

She started Schutzhund in 1999 after seeing the cover of Schutzhund by Susan Barwig and Stewart Hillard. She lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota with one SchH 3 dog, one BH dog, and a Kenwick puppy. She can be reached at

Lou Anne Kenwick's interest in Schutzhund began after her visit to a Regional Schutzhund Trial and a National Schutzhund Trial. Through her first Schutzhund club membership she learned a lot. Through her first club she gathered most of her knowledge of the vast array of paperwork involved in hosting National trial events.

Her initial experience as a Trial Secretary was for a National Schutzhund Trial and World Qualification Trial in 1998. Her first experience as a Conformation Show Chairperson was when her club hosted a Sieger Show in 1999. Throughout this learning process, she found it extremely difficult to find answers to simple questions in a single location.

Linda Shaw has been a professional painter and sculptor for nearly thirty years, specializing in figurative realism in both oil and bronze, particularly of animals. Her work is in private and corporate collections around the world.

She has written and illustrated the Illustrated Standard for the German Sheperd Dog. Linda has been involved with the breed for over thirty years, and has titled dogs in conformation, obedience, and now Schutzhund.

Linda has a BA from the University of Tononto, and an MBA from the Rotmen School of Business at the University of Toronto, and has studied fine art at the Ontario College of Art and Design.

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