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Kurt Schafar

About me

Hello,my name is Kurt Schafar and I have been working with dogs since 1977. Until now training of all dog breeds is my biggest passion. I am President of one of the largest dog-training clubs in Austria, which is called “Österreichischer Rassehundeverein - ÖRV“.  When I started my presidency in 2006 this association counted about 3400 members – nowadays the ÖRV is the second largest association corporation within the „Österreichischer Kynologenverband – ÖKV“.  

During the period  1985 - 2006 I was in charge of the ÖRV education section, which means being responsible for all topics regarding education and training as well as working as instructor for trainers. This occupation also included  education and instruction of people to become certified professional dog trainers. Today I am still regularly invited as instructor to hold national and international seminars for advanced training and trainers in Austria and overseas. I am lecturer and instructor for some of the top Search and Rescue organizations in Austria, Switzerland and Thailand and I regularly  thought seminars to different canine facilities including the Swiss Police.

I also built up  a dog training school in Lower Austria called „ÖRV Hundesportverein Ebreichsdorf“ and presided it as chairman for about 16 years. During this time I dealed with a lot of people that were facing various difficulties with their dogs – from problems of everyday life to the intricacies of higher dog sports.  I really enjoyed to teach these people and their dogs and help them to improve the positive relationship between them – dog traing with heart and mind.

Apart from training other people´s dogs I can produce impressive results and considerable achievements with my own dogs. Just to list a few accomplishments:

Participation at:

  • FCI - WM 1997
  • WUSV - WM in Finnland 1996
  • WUSV - WM in Switzerland 1997
  • WUSV - WM in the USA 1998
  • SVÖ Vize - Bundesmeister 1996
  • SVÖ Bundesmeister 1997

Moreover I am:

  • FCI ( International) working sports/ tracking/ obedience/ Breitensport judge
  • International IRO judge
  • SV/ SVÖ judge
  • VBSÖ (Verein Belgische Schäferhunde Österreich) working/ obedience/ SAR judge
  • ÖRHB (Österreichische Rettungshundebrigade) judge
  • ÖRK (Österreichischer Rottweiler Klub) working/ obedience/ SAR/ Breitensport judge

Supporting and encouraging dog sports and dog handlers has always been a top priority for me and so I founded the 1. FCI – WC Austria Fanclub to support the Austrian national team and presided it for the first 7 years. In addition I headed the Austrian national team as team leader from 2002 - 2013. 

Another passion of mine  is breeding healthy German shepherds from strong working lines in my kennel “vom Trogenbach”. Eager to work, intelligent,sturdy, attentive, enduring, vital, full of temperament, reliable, sociable and trainable, neither shy nor aggressive and open-minded to humans – these are my goals in breeding and I am proud to state that „Trogenbach German Shepherds“ are quite successful in many kinds of sports nowadays.

In training I strictly refuse any methods of cruelty and hard pressure, I use training concepts tailored to state-of-the-art training methods. In my training concept I also include the latest scientific findings. Lessons become divided in learnable steps and the individual learning abilities of people and dogs are considered. As a proof of my training concept I proudly see many of my followers on top of the ranking on the winner’s podium in competitions events.

 

My greatest wish? More time, so I can train my dogs even more effectively!