11-04-2014, 10:02 PM
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Schutzhund started out as a way to test the quality of GSDs and similar breeds to make sure the breeders were producing 'raw material' that could be used to meet whatever needs arose, be that all of a sudden needing a bunch of herding dogs, or police dogs, or search and rescue dogs or whatever.
Unfortunately, it turned from breeders having a goal and the Schutzhund being a test to make sure they were staying on track regardless of their specific goal, for many winning the test became the goal in and of itself.
It's like someone coming up with a 20 question history test to see how well teachers are doing teaching history, but then after a while stopping the teaching of history in general and switch to simply memorizing the answers to the test.
What the people who want to WIN at schutzhund have found is that the best dog for it is a dog that is extremely excited by toys and playing, and who are motivated by being able to play with their favorite toy as a reward. Pretty soon the 'bite sleeve' is seen as just another chew toy, not as a simulated attacker.
That's a round-about way of saying that MOST schutzhund is built around rewards based training not punishment based training.