IGP Dog Training
IGP (IPO/Schutzhund) is a challenging sport consisting of three phases: obedience, tracking, and protection. It was originally developed as a breed test for the German Shepherd but has grown into a popular sport for all working breeds. IGP is still used as a breed tests for working breeds, including the Rottweiler, Doberman, and German Shepherd. Trials are held in various countries at the club, regional, national, and international levels. In Germany, the Bundessiegerprüfung is held each year, and there is also a world championship, WUSV, held each year under FCI international rules.
Some people believe that the protection aspect of IGP will make their dog aggressive to people, but this is largely untrue. IPG does not change the dog’s inherent character: dogs that are not aggressive to people do not suddenly become aggressive after IGP training; a dog’s socialization, training, and genetics determine whether the dog is aggressive.
IGP is not a gentle hobby and requires a great amount of dedication, time, and consistency; it also requires a dog that has the proper genetics and athleticism to work at such a high level. The team should be directed by an experienced trainer who has trialed multiple dogs to different levels. The decoy used in protection should have the experience to help the dog by creating a challenge without causing the dog to shut down or develop bad habits.