I am thinking about ring sport for Chip (aka Zydeco Slim). CLDs are definitely naturals at trailing and tracking, agility, retrieving, and obedience. But because they are bay dogs, it might be a challenge to get the bitework. They've got the drive and biddability, but the kill bite is genetically modified to what we see as nippiness (protects the stock from serious injury when herding), and they are also soft enough in the mouth to do real retrieving. CLD x APBT are popular as catch dogs. The Blackmouth Cur
has a lot in common with the CLD, but with a full kill bite and a harder mouth that is more suitable for catching. AFAIK the CLDs in LE are mostly doing detection work. There are a number of websites that say that CLDs are suitable for ring sport (of which Schutzhund is one type), all of this seems to trace back to Don Abney, and I haven't been able to find any proven dogs.
The first step in ring sport training is to develop obedience to the level of Traffic Steady Companion Dog (BH)
and that should be the first priority. It's also good to get started on basic trailing and tracking, agility, retrieving, and beginning mouth work.
Traditional ring sport training programs do make judicious use of -R and +P to get 100% reliability. Experienced ring sport trainers who have never worked with a CLD before, need to understand that a CLD is "softer" than the dogs that are typically found in the sport, and reduce the intensity of -R and +P accordingly. This is really greater receptivity to correction, desire to please, and resentment of ill-use, rather than lacking in heart.
If you are really interested in a cur, if you want to truly understand what a cur is and how it got that way
, then by definition there is no way you want anything to do with a show line. If you want a show line, then again by definition you do not want a cur. They are complete polar opposites. Supporting breeders who in any way breed for the conformation ring only contributes to the destruction of the CLD, just like it has destroyed every other working landrace that has been assimilated by the "breed fancy" inbreeders
and Kennel Club borg. Breed registry paper is not a substitute for - nor does it add anything of value to - temperament proven in the home and working ability proven in the field. If you want a cur, don't look to the show rings, look to the swamps.