The Schutzhund Training Manual by Felix Ho

The Schutzhund Training Manual

by Felix Ho

Schutzhund/IPO is a program designed for working dogs with a long history and deep traditions. It has significant influence in the breeding, selection, and training of utility dogs. It’s now an international sport, with tens of thousands of participants around the world. Books about this subject are limited however. For beginners wishing to start on the right path, it can be a challenging quest.


The Schutzhund Training Manual begins with the brief history and regulations of the sport of Schutzhund/IPO, to working abilities, pack structure, and understanding the basic language of dogs. The book then goes into the finest details to present you with a comprehensive course of puppy selection, training stages and tuning elements, Schutzhund tracking, obedience, protection learning stage and strengthening stage.


The Schutzhund Training Manual is a step by step guide from picking the right puppy for the sport to educating him to achieve his IPO3 title. As long as you start with the right dog with sufficient working abilities and follow the instruction of this book, reaching IPO3 isn’t a difficult task at all. Every training technique described in this manual has been applied and tested by the author in successfully titling seven working dogs in protection dog sports and three of them have competed in nine world championships.


Through reading this manual, you will gain the know-how of Schutzhund masters on the highest level in the world.

  • Over 110,000 words
  • 700 full-colored illustrations
  • 370 pages
  • Six years in the making


The Schutzhund Training Manual begins with the history of the Schutzhund program, to the explanation of working abilities, pack structure, understanding dog language, puppy selection, training stages and elements for tuning, and the learning phase and strengthening phase of Schutzhund tracking, obedience, and protection.


It is a step-by-step guide from puppy upbringing to teaching a dog every single exercise required to achieve his IPO3 title in the finest details. All of the training philosophy and systems in this book has been first-handedly utilized, experimented, and proven by me in practice and on the highest level of Schutzhund/IPO competitions, including nine world championships, seven titled dogs, and three different breeds (Malinois, German Shepherd, Rottweiler).


Packed with insightful and thorough description of the sport and the training of utility canines, this is a must-have handbook for all working dog enthusiasts.

The Schutzhund Training Manual, Felix Ho.



A a must-have handbook for all working dog enthusiasts