I built this website in 2005 because I wanted to
expand on some of the articles that I had written
on the website of my first dog, Bodeus. At the time
there were very few websites with information specific
to Schutzhund training, particularly those using clicker
training to begin new exercises. Dog training continues
to progress and morph and the sport continues to change,
more emphasis has been placed on obedience to include
an energetic and joyful picture and for protection
to include full, calm grips and crisp transitions.
Because of this added complexity, Schutzhund / IPO
is a sport which is extremely difficult to do alone,
it is always best to find a club or experienced trainer
to get started with.
I have been training in Schutzhund since 2001. In
that time, I trained my dog, Bodeus (Galon vom Drackland),
from 8 weeks to SchH3 IPO3 FH UD NA CGC TC AD WUSV.
Bodeus finished his career with 9 x SchH3 and a passing
score at the 2007 WUSV Championships. Bodeus' son
Apollo, who I bred myself, retired in 2015 with SchH3
IPO3 FH CDX AD CGC. Apollo placed 2nd at the 2011
SCR Regional Championships with 96-92-96=284 and 4th
at the 2014 New England Regional Championships with
97-90-90=277. He competed at National level 5 times
and finished his career with 9 x IPO3 - 8 x above
270, 4 x V score in protection, 1 x V score in obedience
and 4 x V score in tracking. He also earned the UScA
Working Champion Certificate.
I have also bred and trained 2 females, Brimwylf
Belladonna IPO1 AD CGC and SG Brimwylf Calamity Jane
(CJ) IPO3 FH OA NAJ CDX AD CGC KKl. CJ placed 6th at
the 2015 New England Regionals with 96-88-80=264 and
came home with the High Track and High Double-X trophies.
She also became the 2015 New England Region Universal
Siegerin. Then she passed her 4th IPO3 at The 2015
UScA National Championships in Kentucky. She also
won the High Double-X trophy at the 2017 New England
Regional Championships and competed at the 2017 UScA
National Championships. I am just getting started
with CJ's son SG Brimwylf Double O Seven IPO1 AD CGC KKl.
I train the beginning of almost every exercise using
marker training with a clicker, but I also use other
methods. I believe in a well rounded approach to training
and feel that the use of all possible training tools
- tailored to the dogs' individual temperament and
abilities leads to the best outcome. You will see
almost all clicker training on this site, since it
can all be taught with a clicker, and I think it is
the best way for novice trainers to get started.