" The dog can tell from the glance of the trainer, the state of the trainer's soul"
- Max V. Stephanitz

Welcome to the on-line home of The Thunder Bay Schutzhund Club. We have been an active club in Northwestern Ontario since our accreditation in 1996. We train 3 times a week and  welcome visitors with prior notice. We hope you enjoy our site and if you have any questions please feel free to contact us.

The sport of Schutzhund/IPO/IGP is a form of recreation and is also a competitive sport which originated in Germany around the turn of the century. It consists of three phases: Tracking, Obedience and Protection.

There were informal matches to begin with until Max von Stephanitz, through the founding of the “SV”, (the German Shepherd Dog Club of Germany) created a formal structure to evaluate the working ability and temperament of the German Shepherd Dog.


A good Schutzhund/IPO/IGP dog is a friendly and good-natured member of the family, an obedient and dependable companion and courageous and reliable protector.


"Dogs are not our whole life, but they make our lives whole." ~Roger Carras