A dog’s keen sense of smell allows it to follow and track down a person, object, or other animal that has traveled along a certain route. Following a track is one of the many useful things dogs can do to help people. Hounds track game, rescue dogs track lost children, police dogs track suspects, and well trained pets can find lost items.
Obedience forms the groundwork of Schutzhund training. Tracking and protection are the other two phases of Schutzhund training, but without obedience the other two phases become very difficult and daunting challenges.
A well trained dog and its handler have a deep and long lasting bond. A dog that is obedient and well trained becomes part of a coherent family and the dog knows it. A strong bond is formed and like any strong family a dog will protect it from harm.