Promoting responsible German Shepherd Dog ownership
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He is a long dog and is 26+" at the withers. He got up to 130 pounds but was too heavy and he now weighs just over 100#'s. He is very fast and agile for his size. He is also a very well muscled dog, especially his pelvic mass, which I believe helps the hips. His hips and elbows are OFA certified good/normal.
He is in training for our PSA 2 title and the weapon hand is a non issue in sport.
Chip is his trainer. PSA is a protection sport that is more difficult than IPO/Schutzhund which you’ve probably heard of. It offers more realistic scenarios and you can’t practice for all of them so you can’t teach the test. IPO allows people to bring along less capable dogs, although it’s still challenging and dogs that earn an IPO can be very well trained.
When will you test for level 2?
Even at 100+#'s, flying through the air, he could easily tackle most humans. (* LOL *)
For each level, you have to pass two times at two separate trials to obtain the title. I will likely trial at our club's annual trial in September n Labor day weekend and then in October in West VA, where they typically have an annual trial. I don't like to travel long distances simply due to the hassle. The West VA trial is only four hours away. By training for another eight and a half months before trialing, I believe my odds are good at passing in two consecutive trials.
Here he is doing a courage test at the 2021 PSA Nationals. You can see he was significantly heavier.
You can also see his leash is attached coming between his back legs, which is how the level 1 scenarios are done. In level 2, the dog does not wear a collar at all and the control required is much higher than in level one.