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Check out this fantastic guest post from IPO competitor Nancy Thornsbury. Still a relatively new handler, she offers 10 great tips for handlers new to Schutzhund/IPO!

March 30, 2018

Oh articles! On trial day, do you track with your fingers crossed, hoping your dog indicates properly? Join us as Dave Kroyer troubleshoots articles, and discusses how he introduces articles, which indication he uses and why, and how to tackle common problems.

March 9, 2018

Veteran Schutzhund handler and world competitor Dave Kroyer joins us to troubleshoot turns. Topics covered include: laying a proper foundation for turns, overshooting or undershooting turns, losing the track at turns, handling the line properly, and more!

July 23, 2017

O.G. Indianapolis is well-known for its quality of training and success in Schutzhund. Let's take a closer look at this powerhouse of a club!

February 7, 2017

Schutzhund/IPO can quickly become a way of life, an extended family. But how do you balance it with work, family commitments, and other obligations? Join us for Part 2 of Balancing Schutzhund and Life!

February 3, 2017

Is there balance between Schutzhund and life? We must train 3 different phases, but need to work, raise families, take care of laundry and groceries, and maintain our sanity. Can we do IPO while working a 9-5 job? How do we find time to train each phase during the week...

January 24, 2017

Schutzhund Life welcomes 2016 USCA National Champion Beth Bradley to the blog! Join us as Beth shares her off-season training regimen with Fyte vd Staatsmacht.

December 9, 2016

National level IPO competitor and top trainer Shade Whitesel joins Schutzhund Life to discuss her unique training style and IPO experiences, and to offer tips for handlers.

November 19, 2016

Three-time National Champion and 2015 World Champion Debbie Zappia joins SCHUTZHUND LIFE to address the question: can IPO be trained without a helper?

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