Schutzhund Training | IPO Is Not An Easy Sport


The main breeds found in IPO are the German Shepherd Dog and the Belgian Malinois. Also widely found in Schutzhund/IPO clubs are the Doberman and the Rottweiler. These are all working dogs with shared characteristics. 

IPO is not an easy sport. It can take years to title a dog. You train in all types of weather from rain to snow, to miserable heat and wind. Tracking means early mornings, as do trials.  Club days are usually go long, meaning time away from family.

To title a dog one should train with the club a minimum of 2 times per week and then at least 3 other days per week at home.  Fora novice this can also mean finding some outside help or paying a club member for private schutzhund training. If you want to title your dog you must accept that there will be a huge time commitment required on your part.

Finding clubs close by can be difficult which may mean a lot of driving. There are people who drive up to 3 hours each way to a club 1-2 days per week. Finding the right club can also be difficult. Some places there are few clubs and many people pay for training and helper work.

I am not trying to discourage people from getting involved in Schutzhund training / IPO. I love this sport and can’t imagine doing anything else. I just don’t want people to be surprised when they face the realities of what it means to train and title dogs in IPO.

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