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 email@example.com
We are very happy to welcome Jan Böhm in Canada for the first time!
Jan is a world class IPO Competitor and One of the Best “A” grade National Helpers of the Czech Cytological Union. He has been a helper at many prestigious IPO events around the world. Having achieved 2ndPlace at the FCI WM & Czech championships in 2016 with the perfect score of 100 points in Obedience & High scores in protection.
All working spots are reserved for Club members. We will be releasing 10 spectators spots per day on first come- first serve basis.
Don’t miss this opportunity!
Some of the results from last year (2016)
4th place FMBB 2016 98-93/91-93/88 =463V
2nd place FCI WM 2016 90-93-96=279SG
2nd place CZ Championship 2016 92-100-97=289V
World Championship ISPU 2012
Championship Czech Malinois Club 2012
Qualification IPO FCI 2011 & 2012
Czech Championship Box Rtw 2012
Czech Championship IPO CKS 2011
Czech Championship Dobermans 2011
Classes in progress. Please use this page or our calendar to keep up to date with rescheduled and canceled classes. Remember to always check your email for updates on class changes or cancellations.
Sun 10 am – May 27, June 10, 17 July 1, 8, 15, 22
Engagement and relation building
Wednesday 7pm June 6, 13, 20, 27
Wednesday 8pm June 6, 13, 20, 27
Tue & Fri 7pm June 12, 15, 19, 22, 29, July 3, 6, 10
This workshop covers what skills a handler needs to teach their dog foundation footstep tracking. Included are article indication, how to lay tracks to help train the dog, and how to reinforce confident nose work by the dog. We also briefly discuss the different types of tracking and what exactly your dog is detecting when scenting. This program would be suited to those interested in CKC or Schutzhund/IPO tracking. Whether sport or just for fun with your companion, this fun and informative workshop is a great place to start the tracking journey!
Working Spot: $100 – Waiting List Only Spectator: $50
This workshop covers how to get train happy, focused and engaged heeling that required in the first levels of most obedience sports. Using the four basic motivational tools of tug, ball, food and attention, we explain how to play correctly and usefully. You will also learn when to reward, and use that play to teach foundation obedience. We also introduce the concept of a marker words, which helps handlers communicate better with their dogs, and proper timing of cues, which helps the dogs learn commands faster. This program would be suited to those interested in CKC obedience trialing, Ralley-O, police dog training, and Schutzhund / IPO and BH trialing.
Working Spot: $100 Spectator $50
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 : firstname.lastname@example.org
- 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.
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.