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  • Local dog trainer earns Schutzhund title

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  • Larry Leogrande, owner of K9 Obedience Training, and Lance, his male German Shepherd, earned a Schutzhund BH title on Oct. 12 at the Schutzhund Club of Buffalo where Leogrande is a member.
    Lance, who turned two years of age in June, started training at eight weeks of age. Leogrande said this is the best time to start training a dog.
    Schutzhund was created by the Germans to test the temperament and workability of a dog. If a dog cannot pass the Schutzhund tests, they will not be bred. The first title is a Schutzhund BH. During the BH title, two dogs compete at the same time. One dog is in a long down stay with the handler at least 30 paces away, while the other dog goes through an obedience routine on the field. The judge and the trial secretary are also on the field while the judge does the scoring. The obedience routine is done on leash first and then repeated off leash. The obedience consists of right turns, left turns, IPO turns, heeling through a group, a sit in motion, a down in motion and a recall. When the two dogs are done competing, they go before the judge to get their critique. Possible scoring can be unsatisfactory, satisfactory, good, very good or excellent.
    During Lance’s scoring, he received excellent on every part of the obedience test. There were six dogs in Lance’s class. At the end of the critique, the judge said Lance had the best obedience in the competition.
    During the second part of the test, Lance had to walk on the leash with Leogrande while a jogger ran by, a person on a bicycle went by and a person walking a dog walked by. Lance had to stay neutral and not show aggression of any kind. For the next part of the test Lance had to be tied out on a post with Leogrande out of sight, while the jogger, bicyclist and dog with handler passed by. Lance again had to stay neutral and not show aggression of any kind. Lance also passed the second part of the test.
    Lance is training for his next three titles which are IPO1, IPO2 and IPO3. The titles include tracking, obedience and protection. To pass a dog must receive 70 out of 100 points in each test. If a dog fails any of the three tests, it does not receive the title. Leogrande hopes to compete for the titles in 2014.
    For more information on training a dog, contact Leogrande at www.k9obediencetraining.com or phone 792-8085. He offers a free evaluation and works with all ages and breeds from beginners to advanced.
    To see a video of Lance doing an obedience routine, go to YouTube and type in “Larry Leogrande.”
    Page 2 of 2 - Leogrande is a graduate of Amsel Training Kennels where he was certified as a professional dog trainer.
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