Who are we?

Schutzhund club in Calgary

K9 Force Working Dog Club is a non-profit Schutzhund Club located in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. We are a group of dedicated people who devote our time and effort to help our members achieve their goals. Our club provide a training facility, programs and access to competitions.

K9 Force WDC promotes a safe, respectful, and friendly environment to our members. We focus on helping each other to improve and share knowledge. We celebrate everyone’s success as our own.

In order to help sustain our community, a membership fee is applicable. If you have any questions, please email us at info@k9force.ca

Upcoming events

The K9 Force Working Dog Club is excited to present a series of four (4) Helper Workshops, developed in cooperation with German Shepherd Schutzhund Club of Canada (GSSCC) teaching helper Darren Pidruchney.

The Helper Workshops are focused on the development of certified trial helpers with a desire to work future championship events. From skip drives to stick pressure test, these workshops are packed with information, both theory and practice.

The goal of the Helper Workshops will be:

  • To promote safe helper techniques and exercises
  • To produce the highest possible level of consistency within the protection phase of IPO
  • To develop helper skills under the supervision of a nationally certified trial helper


Series Features:

  • Training focusing on fundamentals and skills development
  • One on one time with the Teaching Helper along with some constructive criticism of your helper work
  • PowerPoint Presentation

Dates & Times

Helper Workshops will be held on the following Sundays from 11:00am to 5:00 pm Mountain Daylight Time. Workshops will alternate between Calgary and Edmonton.

July 29, 2017 K9Force WDC, Calgary
August TBD Black Gold WDC, Edmonton
September TBD K9Force WDC, Calgary
October TBD Black Gold WDC, Edmonton

Prerequisites & Recommendations

To register:

  • You must possess a minimum of front half certification (Required)
  • You must be a current member of GSSCC (Required)
  • You must bring a dog capable of doing a trial routine (Required)
  • You will be encouraged to attend all four workshops (Recommended)

Entry fees: $50 per workshop- 50% of funds will be donated to Team Canada

The Helper Workshop Series is supported by the GSSCC helper committee.



Helper Workshops registration:

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We are excited to have Marko Koskensalo back at K9Force on September 2-3, 2017
All working spots are taken. Spectators are welcome. Please contact us at info@k9force.ca

More Information

We are pleased to announce that K9Force WDC will be hosting its 2nd Oktoberfest trial with SV/GSSCC Judge Doug Deacon!

Stay tuned for more info!

You can teach an old dog new tricks!

All dogs can benefit from training classes whether they are young or old, from a breeder or rescued from a shelter. Canine training is one of the most important investments a pet parent can make!

From puppy training to one-on-one lessons the K9 Force WDC is now offering   a variety of canine training classes.

Visit Future Events page for complete listing and dates

Our K9 demos are designed to portray the skill involved in Schutzhund training plus give both children and adults an opportunity to gain knowledge and ask questions about the K9Force WDC. High-level obedience and protection demos are conducted free of charge. The one-on-one interaction encourages children to build trust and respect toward working dogs. The value of these exhibitions has proved immeasurable for everyone. We provide demonstrations to schools, special events and professional organizations and law enforcement entities. Contact us for more details : info@k9force.ca

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Our mission

  • Promote the training and testing standards defined by WUSV for Schutzhund/ IPO competitions.
  • Create opportunities for K9 teams to train under individuals with extensive experience.
  • Provide an up-to-date resource for K9 Handlers on Schutzhund/ IPO activities in Calgary and surrounding area, testing standards, local events, training.

What is Schutzhund/IPO?


Schutzhund/IPO is a test started in the 1900s in Germany, designed to identify, test and validate the qualities necessary for a successful working dog. But over time it became a sport.

Translated from German, “Schutzhund” means protection dog, yet the name can be misleading as the protection part is only one of the three disciplines which are tested. The other two disciplines this sport evaluate are tracking and obedience.

Schutzhund is not intended to teach the dog to protect the owner, although some skills involved are similar to those that are taught to the police K-9s. Initially, and basically Schutzhund – is a sport and it is meant to evaluate the dogs’ mental stability, endurance, strength, willingness to work, courage and ability to be trained.

Is it worth it ?

Like any sport, Schutzhund requires dedication. This is not the 8 weeks training course, where the goal can be achieved in a short period of time, and the owner and the dog leave upon expiry. Schutzhund requires several years of work. A Schutzhund competitor trains with the club to which he/she belong from 2 to 5 times a week. The average age of the dog testing for Schutzhund I is 2.5 years. The decision to join a Schutzhund Club and start the training must be taking with consideration of where, how and with whom will you undergo training. Schutzhund is a sport that becomes a lifestyle. It takes years of practice and dedication to reach the higher levels. This applies to both: the dog and the handler. Both of them – a TEAM that is trying to create the perfect dance together. Of course, not every dog can go through all the phases of Schutzhund, but if you are eager and enthusiastic go ahead and let your dog be more balanced, happy and useful companion.

Our location

We’re located Southeast of Calgary, in Rocky View County at the intersection of Hwy 22x East and Range Road 282

Please note that visits are by appointment only.

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