I've finally found a new Schutzhund club (Berlin Nord), but unfortunately we just went for one session and now they're on a winter break until the end of January. What I found good about this club is that they were open to my wanting to use a harness for bitework, and only suggested that I use a collar for the obedience part because it allows for more precise control of the head. You're probably wondering why I care so much about the harness:

The Dobermann's neck has a design fault: the shape of the vertebrae make it more prone to neck injuries, and if you want to minimize the risk of that happening you want to avoid hard jerking pressure on the neck. If your Schutzhund club doesn't want to respect your wishes in this matter and is hung up on old school ways, it might be time to change clubs. My priority is my dog's health, because nobody is going to be paying the vet bills or living with the dog except me.

And good news: I've put down a deposit on a puppy, but I'll leave it as a surprise just as to where I'm getting her from for now. I will be meeting the breeder and picking her up from Warsaw at the end of December :-)

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    I originally hail from Australia, although I can be found in different parts of the world.  I stumbled upon my first accidental show dog (Ashra) and pedigree Dobermann this year and I am currently in the process of looking for the second addition to our team.  I'm a lostie trying to make it in the show/sport world without a clue. Learning as I go, as newbies do. I aim to document my experiences as accurately, and truthfully as I can, because I myself have found that such information (from the point of view of the "nobody"), is lacking and elusive.


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