By BEZU at 2008-07-20
Archive for the ‘Schutzhund’ Category
From : ISRAELDOGS
“In those days when people talked about a police dog, they mostly thought of the qualities of the dog’s nose, qualities that sadly enough were highly overestimated. The dog’s ability to bite and hear was more or less overlooked.
Fortunately, time taught us that the protection qualities of police dogs were very important for actual police work too. The disappointment of not being able to create a miracle dog that could track and find everything everywhere was forgotten.
People came to realize that every dog is an individual, and therefore, every dog is somewhat limited in what it can do. This dictates how a trainer has to go about training this particular dog.
In the early 20th century when this concept was not yet accepted, discussions were held whether all dogs should be trained with a forceful method. The method used depended on the individual dog, however the goal was always the same: to pass the KNPV trial in the discipline that fitted the dog best (tracking or protection).”
read the rest at israledogs.com
“Bodo watched, disappointed, as Ivo closed the crate door and left without him. The delicate cuckoo clocks Ivo was delivering were far too fragile to share the front seat of his truck with his rambunctious three-year-old boxer. Bodo listened until the last sounds of the truck faded completely away, then curled up tightly against the bitter winter cold to wait for his master to return.It would be the last time Bodo would ever see him….” “
“The Boxer is an ideal family dog, gentle as a lamb with children, while also making a good guard, thanks to its intimidating appearance. He is determined, self-confident and courageous when faced with danger, but otherwise affectionate and docile. Do not expect him to be a full-time guard dog, though. This would be not counting with his very sociable and fun loving nature. Strict training is recommended as his innate temperament is very playful, active and boisterous. Many boxers exhibit lifelong puppylike behavior. Some can also be very stubborn and disobedient.”—The Canine Library
“The Boxer has a long history of service to mankind as a police dog, war dog and service dog. In its homeland, the Boxer was one of the original breeds accepted for police work. Additionally, the Boxer’s service in Germany during World War I and World War II was virtually unparalleled. Although traditionally not as popular as other breeds for working purposes, hundreds of Boxers served during the war years. They were not only guard and patrol dogs, but also messenger dogs, a job that required negotiating mud-slickened, shell-shocked ground during heavy fire to carry messages between troops. The Boxer also transported communications wires, wearing a spool of wire that unwound as the dog ran between limits on the battlefield.
BADGE OF HONOR
The heyday of Boxers as a police dog in Germany may have passed decades ago, but in one area of the United States, the Boxer is making its mark as both a narcotics dog extraordinaire and a patrol dog. The credit for this regional resurgence in the Boxer’s police dog working abilities goes in large part to Cathy Hubert Markos and her husband, George, owners of Boxers von Bachbett Kennel in LaCrosse, Wisconsin, and vice-president and president of the working Boxer club, the United States Boxer Association (USA-BOX).