Promoting responsible German Shepherd Dog ownership
1428 messages in 87 discussions
Latest Sep-14 by Lyndy (Lyndy7)
Latest Sep-11 by Lyndy (Lyndy7)
6675 messages in 340 discussions
Latest Sep-10 by DW (GSDogwalker)
13094 messages in 577 discussions
Latest Apr-25 by DW (GSDogwalker)
Latest 6/23/21 by Solitaire13
5318 messages in 451 discussions
1665 messages in 64 discussions
11006 messages in 627 discussions
1302 messages in 51 discussions
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.
This was about an 80 yard send to a passive decoy and the decoy went down.
I presume that trainer went down.
His right foot is already partially up in the air and the angle of his body is totally off of a balanced center position.
With a 100+# push, he should have tumbled over backwards easily.
Nice picture by the way. Looks like he bit into the left arm too.