Schutzhund training began in Germany. It was used primarily among breeders of German Shepherds for suitability testing, which provided reliable results concerning a dog's character, temperament, and physical ability. This type of testing allowed breeders to use only the highest quality of working dogs for breeding purposes. Other working dogs that adopted this testing were Belgian Malinois, Rottweilers, Doberman, and Pitbulls. Today, Schutzhund in the U.S can be a very rewarding, albeit grueling, sport for both the handler and the dog. In one day, the dog and the handler are put through three separate challenges. The end result of this sport is having a strong, confident dog who is willing to joyfully perform the tasks that the handler asks of him or her.
It should be noted that Schutzhund is not for dogs who already have temperament or aggression issues. Dogs who are shown to be aggressive or have temperament issues will be disqualified. (This usually means that if you have a dog who has bitten people in the past for unknown reasons, Schutzhund is not a good fit for you.)
Phase A: Obedience