IGP/IPO/Schutzhund

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. IPO 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 IPO will make their dog aggressive to people, but this is largely untrue. IPO does not change the dog’s inherent character: dogs that are not aggressive to people do not suddenly become aggressive after IPO training; a dog’s socialization, training, and genetics determine whether the dog is aggressive.

IPO 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.

This high-caliber training creates a very well behaved dog and an extremely close bond between dog and handler.

IPO Titles:

  • BH – basic obedience and temperament test
  • SchA – obedience and protection only
  • SchI – first level
  • SchII – second level
  • SchIII – top level
  • OB I,II,III – separate obedience titles
  • TR I,II,III – separate tracking titles
  • IPO 1,2,3 – international IPO degree (International Prüfungsordnung)
  • FH I,II – advanced tracking titles
  • WH – watch dog title
  • AD – endurance title (for breed-worthiness)
  • Various Breed tests also have portions of IPO work such as the ZTP, BST, and WAC tests

If you are interested in this exciting sport, please schedule an evaluation with Joseph Secreti. If you do not already own a dog that is capable of competing, Joe can assist you in finding a puppy, green dog, or titled adult. Maximum K9 has dogs available with the right temperament and drive to work from the US and Europe.

Private Introduction to IPO

(10) 55 minute sessions
Maximum K9 facility & outdoor field
Cost $1500
Prerequisite: Basic obedience & a dog that has the required work drive

Introduction to IPO will introduce you and your dog to each phase of the competition: tracking, obedience, and protection. If you are new to IPO or are looking to gain experience prior to joining a club, this program is for you! You will learn how to build drive, play with your dog in obedience, position your dog correctly, begin bite work, and lay and run tracks. This program is held in the facility and at local fields so that your dog learns to work in different environments. After this program, you will have a clear understanding of what you need to work on to continue on to trials.

Private Beginner IPO

(10) 55 minute sessions
Maximum K9 facility & outdoor fields
Cost $1500
Prerequisite: Completion of Introduction to IPO

The goal of Beginner IPO is to increase your dog’s drive for all three phases of the sport and help you further your education. At the completion of this program you will be familiar with the BH routine and laying tracks; your dog will have a basic understanding of running tracks and a good foundation in grip and sleeve work. Following this program, you are welcome to attend our IPO group classes or private training as needed.

IPO Group training

Open
Maximum K9 Facility and outdoor fields
Cost $65 per lesson
Prerequisite: Completion of Introduction to IPO and Beginner IPO or a dog of same skill level with trainer approval.

The Maximum K9 IPO group class meets 1-2 time per week to work on protection and obedience. The location of the class is determined by the weather and what spaces are available on that day.
If you would like get a jump-start to IPO training, we offer custom board and train options to give your dog the proper foundation.

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