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Many americans have heard of Schutzhund, but either don't know what it is, or have mis-conceptions about what it is. In German, Schutzhund means ''Sport Dog''. When the German Shepherd Breed was being developed in the early 1900's, they only wanted to breed dogs that had proved their worthiness in work, such as War dogs, Police Dogs, Border patrol dogs and such, because the developers of German Shepherds only wanted to breed dogs that had proved that they had the intelligence, instincts, drives and durability to work. The problem was that there were only so many working German Shepherds at turn of the century 1900 Germany. So they created Schutzhund, which was to train dogs for work, then conduct Trials simulating a working environment. If the dog passed, he or she received a Schutzhund Title. Thus only true working dogs, or Schutzhund titled dogs, could then be bred. Schutzhund consist of three entities of work- Obedience, Tracking, and Protection. There are then three levels of achievement- Sch I, Sch II, and Sch III. Each Level being more demanding of the dog. Up until the 1980's, true working and protection dogs, and Schutzhund dogs were considered the same. However, over the years Schutzhund has became a social event, more for the Dog Owners and less demanding of the dogs. Modern Schutzhund Judges do not judge dogs with the same scrutiny and expectations, as did Judges of years ago. There is a mis-conception about German Shepherds that the best dogs are dogs with Schutzhund Titles, however this isn't true. The best German Shepherds in the World are real life working dogs, such as Police and Military dogs, as well as Protection, herding and Tracking dogs. The modern Schutzhund Titled dog is now considered a competition dog, rather than a true working dog, by many of the long standing German Shepherd Trainers and Breeders. While Schutzhund Titles may come easier than they did years ago, European German Shepherds are working dogs with a very high level of cognitive and physical energy, therefore the physical and mental stimulation of Schutzhund activities can be very good for the dogs and the Owners.
The American Veterinary system.
If you are under 40 years of age, think about the dogs your Grandparents had when you were a child. If you are over 40, think about the dogs you had as a child. These pre-1980 dogs lived to be 15-17 years of age, and were never ill in their life. Now lets jump to 2014- Modern dogs live to be 8-11 years of age, with many health problems such as Cancer [including Leukemia], they have diabetes, kidney problems, liver, pancreatic, stomach and intestinal problems. Modern dogs also have many joint problems including Hip and elbow dysplasia. These issues very rarely existed years ago, why? Because American Veterinarians have created these diseases by spaying and neutering, and overmedicating/vaccinating. These topics will be discussed in detail later on this page. Prior to 1980, a person may have to drive an hour to find a Veterinarian. In 2014, every small town with 3 red lights has 2-3 Veterinarians. Therefor this is a profession of survival, rather than a profession of the welfare of your dog. People go to Vet school because they love animals, however once out of school, they have vast loans to re-pay, the cost of living, and the overhead associated with their business. Their biggest problem is competition, as there are most likely 100+ other Veterinarians within a 50 mile radius of a U.S. Vets location who also need to generate money. Such is why that if you research ''American Veterinarian and Suicide'' you will sadly learn that this profession is one of the leading professions for suicide each year in America. This is attributed to debt, it's very sad but true. What's more sad is that modern American Veterinarians are destroying dogs in America by selling dogs Owners un-needed medications and vaccines for their dogs, after many times making false diagnosis. False diagnostics by the American Veterinarian will also be discussed later on this page.
Ed Frawley, Owner of Leerburg Enterprises is probably the best know GSD person in America. We don't always agree with Mr. Frawley regarding his training methods and such, but we do agree with an article that he wrote and published about the American Vet. Click on the link below to read it. Then be sure to come back to us.
Ed Frawley's Article
Spaying and Neutering
We will begin with this....All american German Shepherds and mixed breed dogs should be spayed and neutered. However, True European German Shepherd Males should NEVER be neutered, and Females never spayed unless necessary. This because Mammels have to have their hormones for normal cognitive and physiological functioning and development. Spaying and Neutering dogs and cats began in the 1960's as a push to control the pet population. However this was also a time when most pet Owners allowed their animals to roam free wherever they lived. However these procedures became a major source of income for the American Vet, with no regard for the damage it was causing dogs. The main reason that middle aged Humans begin to loose their hair color, muscle and bone volume, energy, skin thickness, immune system responses, and experience a decrease in cognitive fucntioning is due to a decrease of Hormone production. In Humans this is called Andro or Menopause. When a dog is neutered or spayed, the hormones are taken away, and you just caused a host of mental and physical deficiencies for your dog. Immune system deficiency is automatic and instantaneously. The bone, muscle, color, and protective instincts will NEVER develop or are taken away. In a Euro GSD, you have just taken the German Shepherd out of the dog. You have also altered the dogs emotional, psychological, and cognitive development/functioning. So why do American Veterinarians NOT tell you this? - Two reasons.... #1 U.S. Vets receive a large portion of their income by spaying and neutering. #2 Most U.S. Vets are simply uneducated regarding Hormone production and its roles physiologically in the Mammal body. U.S. Vets encourage dog Owners to allow them to do these procedures by mentioning the risk of Ovarian and Testicular Cancer, as well as other benefits of Spaying and Neutering. Yes dogs can't acquire Cancer in these organs because hey have been removed, however, the chance of overall bodily Cancer has just been increased 4-5x. Keep in mind also that U.S. Veterinarians know very little about European German Shepherds and most have NEVER even seen one. Spaying and neutering is also the culprit of many joint problems in dogs as it alters bone and soft tissue development. This butchering of dogs in this country, also vastly slows a dogs metabolism, thus leading to more health issues including obesity. If you were to walk into a Veterinary Clinic in Europe and ask to have your dog spayed or neutered, you may get the same response as if you took a Human child into a medical clinic and asked to have a castration or hysterectomy performed . As stated earlier on this website, Authentic European German Shepherds are very pure Mammals that are the result of 100+ years of very select breeding. Their bodies depend on hormone production for normal functioning, so when you take away the hormones, you have damaged their bodies. These procedures being done to European German Shepherds in America, are part of the exploitation and ignorance that plague these dogs in this country. Why do many so called German Shepherd Breeders in the U.S. want their dog Owners to spay and Neuter? So you can't start breeding and become competition to them!
Breeding German Shepherds should only be done by very experienced breeding professionals. However neutering and spaying these dogs should never be be done unless a life or death situation.
Dogs only need three anti-viral [Parvo, Distemper, etc.] Vaccines to be protected for life. These Vaccines should occur between 7-15 weeks of age, in 3-4 week intervals. Then one Rabies vaccine between 8-9 months of age. Any more Vaccines such as the annual vaccines given by the American Vet, are very damaging to your dog, and will ultimately kill your dog. Each time a Vaccine is given, the body produces auto immune anti-bodies that remain in the dogs body to fight that disease later. After three anti-viral Vaccs, and one Rabies Vacc., the dogs body has built lifetime immunity for such diseases. However when further vaccines are given, the body continues to produce auto-antibodies, but their body already has enough of these, so these new anti-bodies begin to attack the dogs body internally, causing vast immune system and organ damage. Along with spaying and neutering, such is why modern dogs in America are ravaged with Cancers and organ problems.
The same applies with many medications such as Ivermectin, which is the active ingredient in Heart Worm preventatives. In 95% of the United States, a dog can only acquire heart worms from approximately April thru Sept. Most American Vets are prescribing this harsh, toxic medication, annually, which is also damaging and killing dogs. They do this for your money.
False and manufactured diagnosis by the American Veterinarian.
Just like humans, animals become injured by straining muscles, ligaments and tendons. They sometimes have diarrhea or an upset stomach. In the summer months, many dogs become itchy and scratch allot. However the American Veterinarian cannot make money by telling you that your dog is injured, or that the issue is temporary thus prescribing rest, Kaopec, or possibly an anti-inflammatory. They need to take the approach that you dogs problem is genetic/hereditary, thus being chronic and life lasting. Therefore your visit to the Vet for a twisted ankle or foot, or upset stomach, or an itchy dog, turns into blood/lab work, X-rays, skin scraps, stool samples, along with various other diagnostic test. You then leave the veterinarians clinic with a $300.00+ bill, another visit and further test scheduled. You have also been told that your dogs problem is most likely incurable, thus requiring a lifetime of Vet visits, procedures and medications. Unlike Human Doctors who can practice preventative Medicine, give you a clean bill of health along with advice on how to remain healthy, then still make a living doing so, that's not the case for the American Veterinarian. In order for these people to eat and pay their bills, they have to find problems and make diagnosis with your dog. This is very sad and unfortunate, but just a cold hard fact.
Such is one reason that you only want to acquire an Authentic German Shepherd from a professional breeding program. Authentic GSD's are very healthy, hardy dogs. So when you do acquire such a dog from a quality breeding program, the Breeder will be an expert on the breed, thus being able to advise you in all area regarding your dog. Your best approach for keeping a dog healthy in America, is to take the approach that your Grandparents took- Don't spay or neuter your dog, and don't take them to the American Veterinarian. Then like your Grandparents dogs, yours will live to be 15+, and always healthy.
We also want to add here that VZH doesn't want to stereotype. There are some good Vets in America, but very, very few. Most of these are vets who are 60+ years of age, having been practicing for many years, and are financially secure.
Here are a few simple ways of determining if an American veterinarian has your dogs welfare in mind, or whether they are more concerned about your money- Does a Vet ask to spay or neuter your dog, when no life threatening issue is present to warrant the procedure. If the answer is yes, then that Vet is very ignorant, and or corrupt.
Do you reside anywhere other than the extreme southern U.S. such as Florida, or the very southern areas of Al, MS, La, TX. etc. and your Vet is prescribing year around heart worm preventative? If so, your Veterinarian is very ignorant and or corrupt. Does your Veterinarian want to administer annual Vaccines to your dog? If so, then again, your Veterinarian is incompetent. We have began to think that there can't be that many stupid, corrupt Veterinarians in this country. So the problem may be that U.S. Vet schools are teaching their students how to generate money rather than keep your dog healthy. Because if Veterinarians can't make a living, then the Vet schools will go out of business, then the entire industry is in trouble. Regardless of the reasons for this incompetency, it certainly exist.
In Europe, a person has to become highly trained and certified to call themselves a dog Trainer. In America However, same as a breeder, a person can just call themselves a Trainer. Many times they will list schools, training, certifications and such that any person can attend, and with a fee, every person gets a certificate. Our point here is that very few people in American are qualified to train dogs, especially European Working dogs.
Here are things to observe that will red flag people who are NOT true Trainers- Do this person want to train a sub 12 week old puppy in a group setting rather than as an individual? Does the so called trainer use food and treats as training aids? Does a so called Trainer use devices such as a shock collar on their students? If yes to any if these questions, the so called trainer is not one.
Such a person has found an avenue to make money from naïve Americans. They may even be an honest person, just ignorant regarding the training of dogs.
VZH is available to discuss further, any of the topics on this page. For such discussion, please contact us at 423-912-6888. You will most likely receive our answering service, but leave a message and we will return your call.