IPO Trial

Protection

Obedience

Tracking

IPO (formerly known as 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 Dog. The test would determine if the dog displayed the appropriate traits and characteristics of a proper working German Shepherd Dog. Today, it is used as a sport where many breeds other than German Shepherd Dogs can compete, but it is a demanding test for any dog and few are able to pass successfully. Some the traits and characteristics tested are:

  • Strong desire to work
  • Courage
  • Intelligence
  • Trainability
  • Strong bond to the handler
  • Perseverance
  • Protective Instinct

IPO tests for these traits. It also tests for physical traits such as strength, endurance, agility, and scenting ability. The goal of IPO is to illuminate the character and ability of a dog through training. Breeders can use this insight to determine how and whether to use the dog in producing the next generation of working dogs


Trial Information

Tracking

 

Track Layers - Paul Dyer, Russ Fox, Pando Stepanis, Frankie Roy, Jamie Pitts

Directions to the Tracking Field from the Club



Obedience

See field layout.

Phase B - Field Layout Dumbbells


Protection

Permanent wood blinds painted yellow & black.  Blinds will be run in a left to right fashion (ie. Blind one will be to your left when you are standing looking up towards blind 6 at the start of the protection routine)

IPO 1, 2 Helper: Matt Bonanno
IPO 3 Front-Half Helper: Ray McIntyre
IPO 3 Back-Half Helper: Anthony Hartelaub

Phase C - Field Layout Protection Sleeve Protection Helper