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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

Winter Fun. Put on your coat and join us for fun tricks and brain stimulation classes! Obstacles and fun races! Bring out the best in your dog!

Sundays November 17, 24, Dec 1, 8  at 10am Cost $150. Registration online


E-collar: everything you need to know. The E-collar is one of the tools that seems to have lots of mythology, fear, and misunderstanding, yet it can be a very effective training tool if used properly.  Join us in learning how this tool functions and how to use it for your training needs.

Saturday, December 7,  10am -2pm Cost 50$ including lunch.  Registration online.


Intro to IPO Evaluation  December 15th. As always – this evaluation is free and open to all. Registration online.

We are an IPO/Schutzhund club. That means that obtaining working IPO/IGP titles is our goal. Remember the three phases: tracking, obedience and protection. All members must train and compete in all three disciplines without exceptions.

As a prospective member you will be require to undergo an initial evaluation to determine dog’s suitability for the program and attend 8 consecutive “Intro to IPO” training sessions, during which your dog will be evaluated for working ability and temperament. A stable temperament is foremost. We observe and evaluate your relationship with the dog and its drives.

Please understand that these evaluations aren’t meant to hurt anyone’s feelings; they are an honest appraisal of the potential of the dog in this sportMore about Intro to IPO program & Membership

 

Do you want to be the first to hear about K9Force events and seminars and have a behind the scenes look at what we have been up to, the most up to date and effective dog training methods available, great training ideas and tips, exercise, and socializing? Don’t forget to sign up!  SUBSCRIBE NOW!

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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K9 Force Working Dog Club

K9 Force Working Dog Club is a non-profit Schutzhund Club located in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.We promote 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.
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At what point did you realize that titling your dog in IGP/IPO/Schutzhund was not the walk in the park you envisioned as a new handler?
K9 Force Working Dog Club
K9 Force Working Dog Club2 weeks ago
We love seeing dog owners get involved with their pets, bonding over training, learning to trust each other, and learning new tricks in a safe environment. This is what our winter fun class is all about!
K9 Force Working Dog Club

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

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 Northeast of Calgary, just beside McCall Lake Golf Course

Please note that visits are by appointment only.

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