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January 16, 2018

Do you really need a training buddy for Schutzhund/IPO? What are the benefits of having one? Can you use just anyone, or are there specific things to look for?

April 11, 2017

Schutzhund is fun, crazy, demanding, strenuous, inspiring, heart-breaking, fulfilling, exciting, even confusing and overwhelming. How does one navigate it? Here are 15 tips to help the new handler make it through!

March 7, 2017

For the novice IPO handler, just the words "Training Program" sound daunting. We don't think of our training as a 'program'. We train, we teach, we mess up and re-teach, and somehow make it to trial day. But that is a training program! Is it a goo...

March 1, 2017

Do you feel overwhelmed with Schutzhund when you watch experienced handlers working their dogs? Wonder if you will ever get there? These 10 tips can help you on your way!

February 24, 2017

For some people, handling for IPO comes easily. Everything is smooth and effortless, without bumble, fumble, or stumble. Then there's the rest of us, who struggle with timing, marking and rewarding, and even walking. What makes these great handlers different?

February 21, 2017

When it comes to training and handling your dog in Schutzhund, what's your style? Most importantly: is it working for your dog, and how do you know?

February 18, 2017

Being successful in IPO requires a dedicated handler. But who is the handler? What's their job? Can there be different types of handlers? It's time to focus on the human half of the team!

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