The Greater Atlanta Schutzhund Association (GASA) provides high quality training, based on positive reinforcement, in all three phases of IPO (Schutzhund): tracking, obedience and protection. We welcome all working breeds, as long as the dogs have the proper temperament, drives and physical abilities for the work. We also welcome handlers of any age and of any skill level from accomplished competitors to novices, as well as families.


Schutzhund (German for “protection dog”) is a dog sport that was developed in Germany in the early 1900s as a breed suitability test for the German Shepherd breed. The test would determine if the dog displayed the appropriate traits and characteristics of a proper working German Shepherd. Today, it is used as a sport where many breeds other than German Shepherd Dogs can compete, but it is such a demanding test that few dogs can pass.

Please take a few minutes to explore the GASA website to learn more about IPO, GASA and its members. Also, visit the news for recent updates on club activities. If you have any questions or need more information, please contact us.