My main problem with Schutzhund (or VBG) is that it is a large organization, comprised primarily of politicians who are fat, and full of themselves, not to mention past their prime. These characteristics, in and of themselves, are not sufficient to disqualify people...but when you tag on back-stabbing, fake, money-grabbing, self-serving, full-of-shit, know it alls...well, then you have a formula for:
<<Personal growth of the most vicious person (in sheep's clothing, of course)...even at the expense of dogs.>>
My main gripe is that SCHUTZHUND IS NOT ABOUT DOGS...IT'S ABOUT PEOPLE.
It DOES NOT DESERVE TO BE CALLED A SPORT...nor any other DOG SPORT for that matter...because the handlers don't exercise anything but their MOUTHS.
As far as what a dog is taught...that full, calm bite SHIT...I think it is worthless. As far as a breed test or a test of a dog's working ability, it is not applicable AT ALL.
As far as a trainer's worth...it is only worth something at the high levels. The obedience portion is tricky. I'll admit that readily. But so is AKC obedience.
If you are an important GSD showline breeder...anything half-assed "KKl1" you produce will have reasonably easy access to SchIII.
My conclusion is this...Schutzhund is not for working dogs. It's for SHOW DOGS.
I could really be talking BS...but from measly El Salvador, I have worked some 50 SchIII's that have been imported in to Central America. There has not been ONE worth his salt.
We use a title here for our local GSDs called Perro Adiestrado Basico (PAB) and Perro Adiestrado Avanzado (PAA), both approved by the WUSV, that are a BH coupled with short and long bite work... a "defense of handler" and a "courage test", an out and a hold and bark ... :roll: and I have titled upwards of 200 dogs in the last 15 or so years in these. I have seen trials in Germany, Italy, Argentina, Chile, the US, every Central American country, and Mexico. And all the nice people I have met agree that in general terms, Sch is for SHOW dogs.
If you want working ability...KNPV is the way to go...in general terms. I can't say anything about Ring dogs, except that I have never seen one on the street. Is that for a reason other than my lack of exposure?
We have had every...EVERY...important WUSV judge pass judgement on our GSD here ...and they all write "pronounced" in the individual's survey...and the only thing that was pronounced is the RETICENCE displayed by the dogs to do COMBAT.