Schutzhund is a competitive dog sport developed in Germany at the start of the last century. Literally translated to “guard dog” , Schutzhund was designed to test the dog’s aptitude for Police or Military work. There are three phases of the sport – Obedience, Tracking and Protection. German Shepherds are probably the most frequently seen Schutzhund competitor followed closely by the Belgian Malinois, but other Working and Herding breeds are seen competing in the sport such as Rottweilers, Giant Schnauzers, Dobermann and Boxers. In fact, one of the world-wide Schutzhund organizations, DVG, allows any breed to compete as long as they are able to perform the tasks necessary. This sport often forms the basis of training for dogs that eventually go on to be working police or military K9s as well as Personal Protection Dogs.
As President and Founder and Training Director of the Garden State Schutzhund Club (GSSC), Shelly has been active in the sport of Schutzhund since 1973. Over the years he’ s helped hundreds of dogs (and their handlers) prepare for competitions and earn a variety of Schutzhund titles up to the prestigious Schutzhund 3 – the highest title awarded in the sport. He had earned more than 50 awards and titles in the process, and in 2005 Shelly represented American World Team at the World Schutzhund Competition with his dog Zion. While trqaining three times weekly with the GSSC, Shelly also travels throughout the US and Europe to give Schutzhund seminars and training demonstrations to other clubs and private individuals. Shelly is an active member of the United Schutzhund Club of America, the German Shepherd Dog Club of America Working Dog Association, and the American Working Dog Federation.
Shelly and his team specialize in finding the most talented Schutzhund dogs in the world, importing most of them from Europe. Close attention is paid to bloodlines and pedigree, as well as evaluating that specific dog’s talents and personality in order to match them with the right human partner. Shelly takes great pride in placing the right dog with the right person, and has had great success in doing so – with many dogs going on to be excellent competitors in their own right as well as being used in other working venues and breeding programs with great success.