September 20, 2017

It's time to be honest. Sometimes Schutzhund sucks. So how do we make it through the hard times and gain some perspective?

August 30, 2017

When training for Schutzhund/IPO, the end goal is to trial the dog. But how closely does your training match the trial? How do we create the trial picture?

July 23, 2017

O.G. Indianapolis is well-known for its quality of training and success in Schutzhund. Let's take a closer look at this powerhouse of a club!

June 29, 2017

Whenever a trial rolls around, that crucial question emerges: "Who wants to be trial secretary?" Well, don't all raise your hands at once! Learn 7 reasons why you should volunteer - you'll be glad you did (eventually)!

June 13, 2017

Motivation - it is absolutely necessary for Schutzhund. But motivation is more than just whipping out a ball, tug, or food to excite the dog...or is it? (Spoiler alert: yes, yes it is.)

May 16, 2017

What characterizes handlers who trial successfully? Dedication. Diligence. Knowledge. But what actions create the difference between just trialing to pass, and trialing well?

April 25, 2017

How do you start training a dog for Schutzhund? Whether it is downing on an article or retrieving a dumbbell, the basics for teaching any behavior are the same!

April 11, 2017

Schutzhund is fun, crazy, demanding, strenuous, inspiring, heart-breaking, fulfilling, exciting, even confusing and overwhelming. How does one navigate it? Here are 15 tips to help the new handler make it through!

April 4, 2017

Don't we all want that dog that pushes us to work, and remains enthusiastic, spirited, focused, and engaged on the trial field even when classic rewards aren't present? We want this level of engagement, but before we train for it, we need to know the rules of e...

March 29, 2017

Engagement. What is it? How can we be sure we really have it? Do we really need it? And how do we cultivate the right type of engagement in our Schutzhund dogs?

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