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The Appenzeller is a versatile working dog. There is nothing better for him than working with the owner, whatever that is. Character traits should be the most important element when making breeding choices, because bad traits cannot be fully covered even with the best education.


Appenzeller's predispositions:




A dog sport that involves covering a specific class of track as quickly as possible in contact
with a guide giving voice and optical commands.

APKA FEATURE: agility, speed, jumping ability, working with people.


"Obedience" simply means obedience. It is an "exhibition" sport invented to showcase primarily the dog's skills. For untrained observers, Obedience may seem the most boring discipline of dog sports. Sports obedience, devoid of dynamics and creativity, delights with the perfection of the exercises performed and is an excellent test of the handler's training skills and his relationship with the dog.

FEATURES: endurance, working with people, speed, agility, jumping ability.



A dog's fantastic sense of smell makes him an excellent detective. Rescue dogs use their nose
and perseverance to search for missing people in open areas, under rubble
and in the water. The dogs work with a permanent trainer, the dog's owner. Together they make a good team.

Dogs are specially trained to recognize human body odor. When searching open areas, dogs in a line search a designated search area. This means that the dogs do not search individually, but in groups with several dogs. Dogs run freely
and follow the guide's instructions.

Searching through rubble works according to a different method. Rescue dogs search one by one. Each dog has its own piece. The dog indicates where the strongest smell of rubble comes from.

Dogs can search for drowning people in the water. Finding from the water is the hardest because body odor from people in the water doesn't spread as well/far. Therefore, the search in this situation only applies to rescue dogs with extensive experience.

Not all dogs are suitable to become rescue dogs. Rescue operations often take place in difficult terrain. Therefore, it is important that the dog can cope with it physically, mentally, has the appropriate structure and must easily adapt to the conditions it encounters. The dog must be healthy and must not have elbow or hip dysplasia. The dog must like to work and cooperate with the handler.

Training a rescue dog usually begins when it is still a puppy. Step by step, the Guide teaches the dog that looking for and finding people is a pleasure and great fun.

To become a Rescue Dog Guide, you must undergo appropriate training lasting approximately 2-3 years. This is the time to deepen your knowledge in the field of responsibility
and disciplined dog management, search methodologies, dog ethology, and the use of maps and compasses.

There is currently no Appenzeller as a rescue dog in Poland. Appenzeller likes to use its nose very much, so it can be used in all olfactory disciplines, e.g. as a drug dog. In Switzerland, several Appenzellers were trained as avalanche/rubble dogs.


The main criterion for choosing a trainer for our Appenzeller is knowledge of the behavior of dogs and animals. During the puppy period, training little Apek involves showing him the world through thoughtful, harmonious and regular work. Motivation and appreciation open our puppy up, deepening our relationship with him. That's why it's worth investing
in a person we trust, who will guide us, show us, explain and discuss a given problem
with the greatest details. Details, accuracy and meticulousness are of great importance when raising an Appenzeller, it is an incredibly intelligent dog, a great observer who will spot any shortcomings on our part and use them. The trainer should be able to predict the consequences of a given behavior. Warn us about + and - and be able to model behavior with behavior!!!

It would be a good idea for our trainer to run a dog school and dog kindergarten. From my point of view, a dog kindergarten is a very nice and desirable thing, assuming that it is run wisely. What is kindergarten? - according to PWN "the task of kindergartens is to provide children with appropriate conditions for physical, mental, emotional and social development, to compensate for any gaps and delays in this area, to prepare the child for school and to help working parents provide their children with educational care"

Translating to dog kindergarten, it should: prepare the puppy to start learning how to function in the human world. It should show us an introduction to what we will teach in the next stage, e.g. the basics of learning to focus on the handler, withdrawing from stimuli (other dogs and people), calling to the handler, walking at the heel on a loose leash, sit or down, as well as time for relaxation and fun, 

working in distracting conditions. By completing the above with your trainer, you can proceed to the next stage of learning.

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Oborniki Wielkoposkie


Piotr Kotwica


Tomek Jakubowski

Dawid Zawadzki


Ewa Kiryk


"Magdalena Łęczycka"

Pstrążna (Rybnik-Racibórz)

Jaro - Natalia Mielimąka

ŁZK training Mr. Tomasz Sobor tel. 502633907


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