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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 Trial Manager program was developed in 2015 following discussions  about the increasing numbers of trial documents completed incorrectly, due in large part to a lack of attention/knowledge of IPO and GSSCC Trial Rules.

Starting in January 2019, all GSSCC trials MUST have GSSCC certified trial managers

Seminar is FULL! Waiting list only! If you have further questions about the wait list process, please contact us ASAP info@k9force.ca

Back by popular demand!

This course is not just about sit and stay. We will also be covering some of the common behavior problems such as ( but not limited to) agression, reactivity, excessive barking jumping ect

See the difference in only 8 weeks! The course is open to any breed and age!

The length of the course is 8 weeks, one day per week for 1 hour. Sundays at 9am.

Price 200$ per dog, payable by etransfer before training starts.


Registration: http://k9force.ca/registration/

This exciting class seeks to support and prepare students who have an aspiration to try competitive dog sport! We’ve put together a lot of interesting course materials and activities, and I hope everyone enjoys their experience in this class.

What is Rally-O? Rally-Obedience is a sport in which the dog and handler complete a course, designed by the rally judge, made up of exercise skill stations. Each station has a sign providing instructions regarding the next skill that is to be performed. This is very fun sport and  is intended to promote positive relationships between dogs and owners based on trust and respect. Rally-O encourages participation of ALL dogs purebred or mixed breed.

Only 10 spots will be offered. For more information, please contact us at info@k9force.ca

Your dog has lots of energy? He/ she loves to run/chase /retrieve a toy? Try our new Disc Dog Class with Marion Paulson!

Disc Dog is a sport that has been highly popular throughout the US and Eastern Canada. A highly engaging sport for dogs that love to run and play.

This class is geared to teaching you Throw and Catch skills leading towards playing several fun throws and catch games which will teach you skills needed to be a successful Disc dog team.

You will learn:

  • How to throw safely and properly for your dog by first working on your throwing skills alone without your dog then we will take these skills and practice with your dog.
  • How to send your dog out to properly chase, track and catch the frisbee. It is just one minor little move that will make it all so much easier then you knew.
  • Timing of throwing so that your dog can catch easily and successfully. From here we will build skills to help move your dog on the field in different directions by playing fun games that will improve skills naturally and stress free.


Registration: http://k9force.ca/registration/

Anthony lives in southern Ontario where he trains with his club Oxford IPO WDC. He has been a certified helper with the GSSCC since the start of the helper program in 2006, obtaining National level helper in 2007, and was selected for several Regional and National Championships in Canada since then. Certified under the IPO Helper Program of France and reaching the difficult level 3 for the 2014-2015 season, he was one of the 5 selected helpers for WUSV 2014, for which he had to dig deep into technical, physical and mental preparation. He became a GSSCC Teaching Helper in 2016 and was part of the organization for the Helper College with Radek Kupka in 2016 and 2017.

Registration is now open: http://k9force.ca/hartelaub/

For more information or questions, please email to: info@k9force.ca

We are excited to share our progress and learn more form Marko Koskensalo!
All working spots are reserved for club members. Please contact us if you would like to attend and we can put you on a waiting list. Spectators are welcome. Please contact us at info@k9force.ca

We will cover competitive obedience and protection. Lunch and refreshments will be available on site during 2 days.

2015 WUSV Vice World Champion
2009 FCI Vice World Champion (all breeds)
2011 FMBB World Cup Vice Champion
2011 FMBB 3rd place in World Championships
2008 FCI 4th place in World Championships
2008 FMBB 6th place in World Championships
Best protection 100 in World Championships 2008
Best tracking 98 in World Championships 2011
Four times Finnish breed champion
Two times FCI qualification winner

We always think how to get better! After one of our helpers Zamir attended Helper School in Quebec last year, we are happy to announce that we will be hosting one in Calgary!

More information to come! info@k9force.ca

K9Force WDC with the collaboration of Black Gold WDC and GSSCC organized four Trial Helpers Workshops from July to October – 2 in Calgary and 2 in Edmonton and had a total of 6 Trial Helpers participating. We see great value of those workshops and wanted to take a moment to thank Darren Pidruchney for being such a wonderful teacher and creating an environment of enthusiasm for learning, appreciation for growing, and room for making mistakes along the way. We are grateful to have you as a guide, leading by example.
We also would like to thank all participants for attending our workshops. We hope you had fun, and we look forward to seeing you at the next event!

What’s next? We will continue to develop Trial Helpers and already planning new events for 2018. Stay tuned!

More information and registration: http://k9force.ca/helper-workshop

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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