The Doberman - Versatility - Working Dog Sport
Schutzhund is a German word meaning “protection dog.” It refers to a sport that focuses on developing and evaluating those traits in dogs that make them more useful and happier companions to their owners.
Schutzhund work concentrates on three parts. Many familiar with the obedience work of the American Kennel Club’s affiliates will recognize the first two parts, tracking and obedience. The Schutzhund standards for the third part, protection work, are similar to those for dogs in police work.
Schutzhund is intended to demonstrate the dog’s intelligence and utility. As a working trial, Schutzhund measures the dog’s mental stability, endurance, structural efficiencies, ability to scent, willingness to work, courage and trainability.
Below is a video of some of the obedience portion, showing the retrieve over the A-Frame:
The dog's ability to protect its master and be courageous against a threatening stranger are displayed in this short clip:
Here, a Doberman exudes confidence and complete control as he searches from blind to blind to find the threat:
Another example of great courage: