Whether you are interested in serious competition or just fun with your dog, BVDT also offers training in the German protection sport of Schutzhund. BVDT trainer, Joel Monroe has become one of the most sought after trainers in Northern Califonia. His proven training methods have produced dogs that have reached the highest levels of national and international competition. He also has competition classes to fine tune training between the handler/dog team. Joel is currently training dogs for Schutzhund at 2 locations in the Central Valley:

Way Out West Schutzhund Club (Delhi, CA)
Wild West Dog Club (Bakersfied, CA)

What is Schutzhund?

Schutzhund is an intensive 3-pronged German sport. Translated "protection," Schutzhund involves precision in the areas of tracking, obedience, and protection from dog/handler teams and considered the triatholon for dogs. It requires dedication of the handler, soundness in temperament of the dog and an understanding between the two of this dance called, "Schutzhund." The teamwork of dog and handler is judged and scored with a 100 points possible in each phase. Schutzhund competitions are called trials and within those there are four levels: a Bh, SchHI, II, and III. It is a sport comprised of serious competitors as well as people who just enjoy doing something fun with their dog. Dabblers are welcome!


Protection Phase In the protection phase the dog's courage and fight drive are evaluated through its willingness to protect itself and the handler from a decoy or helper. The dog's bite is evaluated on depth and fullness of the grip. A stable, secure dog, not a vicious dog is required for the work.

Obedience Phase
In the obedience phase the dog must be attentive to the handler at all times, whether heeling, sitting or laying down both on and off-leash. There are two teams on the field at the same time. Teams are evaluated on their correct position and speed as well as their overall relationship together. A dog who displays happy obedience is best suited for the sport.


Tracking Phase
In the tracking phase, using a keen sense of smell the dog must concentrate on where the track leads. There are various lengths and turns for each level and various changes in the terrain are worked. Dogs must show commitment to the track throughout the exercise and not vacillate. They are to indicate articles that have been placed intermittent on the track by lying down. Tracks are allowed to set anywhere from 20min. - 3 hrs. prior to tracking.