​​​Training Philosophy

Rose City Working Dog Association (RCWDA) is a private non-profit club whose membership is committed to train dogs in the sport of Schutzhund/IPO, and to support activities and educational programs that demonstrate the advantages of well trained dogs as well as excellence in dog training. Dog breeds of all types are accepted and encouraged to participate in our club's activities. Schutzhund/IPO is intended to demonstrate the intelligence and utility of dogs. In working trial, Schutzhund/IPO measures the dog's characteristics which include: mental stability, endurance, structural efficiencies, ability to scent, willingness to work, and show courage and trainability. This club's objective is to work towards building these characteristics in our members' dogs.

Our club strives to:

  • Support and organize trials, breed surveys, or conformation shows.

  • Promote humane training methods for all working dogs, support responsible dog ownership, and breeding practices.

  • Support the use of dogs by Law Enforcement Agencies, and promote the use of Breed Standards.

  • Promote working dogs for the sport of Schutzhund/IPO, police work, and search and rescue.

  • Encourage the enjoyment of training for the sport of Schutzhund/IPO, and take pleasure in the fruit of such labor, as well as a wonderful, happy, well-behaved companion.

All dog's are evaluated to determine if drive and temperament are suitable for the sport of Schutzhund/IPO before allowed to participate.

​​Welcome To Rose City Working Dog Association (RCWDA)

The following are RCWDA's regularly scheduled training times & locations, however, they may be subject to change. If you would like to attend as a guest, we ask that you use the site's Contact page to let us know in advance so we can be sure to keep an eye out for you.

We train every Saturday in Woodburn, Oregon

Tracking Saturdays at 8:30am

Obedience and Protection are Saturdays at 11:00am

​​​Training Times and Locations

Rose City uses an open training philosophy with an emphasis on training under distraction. We believe that dogs are as individual as their handler and no single “correct” method of training exists for all dog/handler teams. Under the guidance of our Training Director, all club members are encouraged to participate; enabling dog/handler teams to achieve their individual goals – week by week. The ultimate goal, of course, is to obtain a Schutzhund/IPO title.

Input of team members is welcomed and encouraged, with the understanding that techniques will vary depending on what best suits each individual Dog/Handler team. Welcoming newcomers to the sport, and educating members to further their dog’s potential, and the Schutzhund/IPO sport, is of the utmost importance to us.