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


The Thunder Bay Schutzhund Club is the only recognized club in Thunder Bay that promotes the sport of IGP. As a member of the German Shepherd Schutzhund Club of Canada (GSSCC) and the Canadian Working Belgian Shepherd Association (CWBSA), we are bound by their Constitution, bylaws and code of conduct. We train in private facilities under the guidance of experienced trainers and a protection work helper who is certified with the GSSCC. We have no affiliation with any person, organization or group that is promoting protection or bite sport in Thunder Bay.

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

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