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.

Dates for upcoming workshops:

August 26- Black Gold WDC, Edm
Sept 30- K9 Force WDC, Calgary
October 14- Black Gold WDC, Edm

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

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

This course is not just about sit and stay. We also be covering some of the common behavior problems such as aggression, reactivity, excessive barking, jumping, biting ect.
See the difference in only 4 weeks! Results guarantied! This course is open to any breed and age!

The length of the course is 4 weeks, with two sessions per week on Wednesdays at 6:00 pm and Sundays at 11:00 am. Price is $200.00 per dog, payable by e-transfer before before training starts.
Registration: http://k9force.ca/future-events/

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

Registration is now open! http://k9force.ca/oktoberfest-trial

Questions? Send us an email! info@k9force.ca

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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