The Free Press, Mankato, MN

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October 17, 2013

Shutzhund trains dogs to track, protect

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FAIRMONT, W.Va. —

Groh, the judge, said Schutzhund dogs are not "junkyard dogs."

"They aren’t attack dogs," he said. "I couldn’t give my dog a command to bite you. He knows no such command."

The dogs at Creekside Kennels are social, obedient animals. A testament to their good nature is that many are certified therapy dogs that visit patients in hospitals or residents of nursing homes.

This includes my friend, Jaro.

“Most people just have them as sport dogs,” said Groh. “They go home and sleep with them every night.”

Mike DeFabo writes for The Times West Virginian in Fairmont, W.Va. Email him at mdefabo@timeswv.com or follow on Twitter @MikeDeFaboTWV.

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