TRAINING & WORKING DOGS

Over the years I have done a considerable amount of training.  Some wish to employ "Clicker Training" to teach the pups the basics.  I have always employed straight food reward or motivate with an object in order to reinforce desired behavior. Some  Here is a brief description for anyone who wants to check it out.

"Clicker training" is an animal training method based on behavioral psychology that relies on marking desirable behavior and rewarding it.

Desirable behavior is usually marked by using a "clicker," a mechanical device that makes a short, distinct "click" sound which tells the animal exactly when they're doing the right thing. This clear form of communication, combined with positive reinforcement, is an effective, safe, and humane way to teach any animal any behavior that it is physically and mentally capable of doing.

However, a word of caution here:  with an extremely high prey, high drive dog, the "clicker" I believe will not  be appropriate, nor work well.  Each dog is different.  As long as the owner is aware of that, they will be able to follow the best course of training. Here's an article on the pros and cons.  This article about Belgian Ring Sport is very informative and specifically addresses "clicker training."

                     Below is a list of  *INTERNATIONALLY RECOGNIZED WORKING DOG TITLES

*refer to this list when looking at the pedigrees to see what each title means

See also the AKC and UKC site links for a list of their working titles

Internationally Recognized Working Titles (SV/FCI)

 

SchHA

Novice Schutzhund obedience and protection

Bh

Basic companion dog - traffic sureness

WH

Watch Dog

AD

Endurance

SchH1

Novice Schutzhund qualification in tracking, obedience, and protection

SchH2

Intermediate Schutzhund qualification in tracking, obedience, and protection

SchH3

Masters level of Schutzhund tracking, obedience, and protection.

FH1

Advanced tracking

FH2

Superior tracking qualification.

IPO1

International Novice Schutzhund trial qualification.

IPO2

International Intermediate Schutzhund

IPO3

International Masters level Schutzhund

BpDH1 2

Railroad Police Dog

BIH

Blind Leader Dog

DH

Service Dog

DPH

Service Police Dog

HGH

Herding Dog

LwH

Avalanche Dog

PFP1 PFP2

Police Tracking Dog

PH

Police Dog (obtained through the Danish Politihundeforeningen, a police dog association open to civilians)

PSP1, 2 3

Police Guard Dog

RtH

Rescue Dog

ZFH

Customs Tracking Dog

ZH1, 2 3

Customs Dog

Africa

IWT 1, 2,

Austria

SchH1, 2 3 and FHA 1, 2, 3

Belgium

Cereco1, IWR1, 2 3 equivalent to IPO1, 2 3

Czech Republic

ZVV1, 2 3 equivalent to SchH1, 2 3

Denmark

BHP1, 2 3 equivalent to SchH1, 2 3 and SPH equivalent to FH

England

PD (Police Dog)

Finland

SK1 equivalent to IPO1

Holland

VH1, 2 3 equivalent to SchH1, 2 3 and SPH equivalent to FH

Hungary

SZL1, 2 3 also ZVV1, 2 3 equivalent to SchH1, 2 3

Italy

Brevetto 1, 2 3 equivalent to SchH1, 2 3

Poland

ZVV1, 2 3 equivalent to SchH1, 2 3

Switzerland

SchH, SchHB, SchHC; CHD1 equivalent to SchH1

Yugoslavia

CAB1, 2 3 equivalent to SchH1, 2 3

 

SchH/VPG-1 Part A of Tracking


Ring Sport (see separate page for details)

FRANCE            
Brevet, entry level obedience and protection which must be passed before the dog can move on

                         FR1 , Beginner level
                         FR2,  Intermediate level
                         FR3,  Advance level

Belgium            Brevet, BR1, BR2, BR3

Mondio (Int'nl) Brevet, MR1, MR2, MR3
Top to Bottom: 
Top:  DEVENSHIRE' S ATHENA V TRIADEL, CDX, TDX, CDUKC, SCH II (in training prior to her SchI.)
2nd from top:  DEVENSHIRE'S DIJADOBE WARRIOR SCHII
3rd from top:  ICARUS VOM DEVENSHIRE, BH, WAC training for his SchI
2nd from bottom:  DEVENSHIRE'S THOR V THUNDER, WAC taining for his SchI
Bottom: DEVENSHIRE'S STAR SPANGLED BANNER at her 1st. Schutzhund training session
at age 8 months.



Below:  Trinity's Lorelei V Devenshire, CGC,BH (Aragon and Nova sister)