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June 28, 2018

Socialization: it's a buzzword in the dog world. But what is the goal? Is it different for Schutzhund puppies? How do we go about socializing the working dog? Check out these guidelines for socializing the working puppy!

January 21, 2017

“Is this dog dangerous?” This is one of the most pressing questions handlers must answer about their Schutzhund dogs. After all, isn't Schutzhund/IPO teaching the dog to bite?

January 18, 2017

Can the IPO dog be a family dog? How does the family dynamic work with an energetic Schutzhund dog? How does raising this dog differ from raising a pet?

January 13, 2017

You’ve decided to import a dog for Schutzhund. Now what? How do you go about finding the right dog in a country thousands of miles away?

January 11, 2017

Good puppy prospects for IPO do not just “happen”; they must be carefully bred for by conscientious breeders. So how do you find the right breeder?

January 6, 2017

This is one of the largest decisions a handler faces when selecting an IPO dog: where to find one. Domestic breeder? European breeder? Import from overseas?

December 23, 2016

"Anything you can do I can do better!" Who does IPO better, male or female dogs? Which gender should you choose when looking for a good Schutzhund dog?

December 20, 2016

Have you fallen in love with a particular breed for Schutzhund/IPO? Now that you are smitten, you face another decision: do you get a puppy or an adult?

December 16, 2016

What makes a dog a good candidate for IPO? Which breeds do best in Schutzhund? How do you find a good dog for the sport? Read on for more about Schutzhund dogs!

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