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Schutzhund

Schutzhund snuggle!

Julie and Susie have a cuddle to celebrate Susie winning the tug of war with the Schutzhund sleeve.

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A dog checking a schutzhund hide.

A dog and a hide

A dog is sent to check out a hide.

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Schutzhund hide with helper

A dog waits to bite the Schutzhund sleeve.

Axel doing Schutzhund

Clive Jones's dog Axel.

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Clive Jones

Clive Jones & his dog Axel.

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Clive Jones and Axel

Clive Jones & his dog Axel.

Schutzhund - Alison Lawrence

Alison Lawrence training Schutzhund.

Alison Lawrence doing Schutzhund

Alison Lawrence and her dog doing Schutzhund.

All canine creatures great and small

I've had a fantastic time today finding out about the dog sport of Schutzhund with the Leicestershire Schutzhund Club. I'm researching an article for Dogs Monthly, and recording interviews for DogCast Radio too. I was offered the chance to be the "helper" - the one who wears the glove. I jumped at the chance, and although as you can see in the first photo the force of lovely German Shepherd Susie's jump surprised me at first, all she wanted to do was play tug of war with the glove. If the glove is thrown on the floor, the dog picks up the glove and ignores the person who has thrown it on the floor. It's just like a game of tug you might play with your dog with a rope toy.

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