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March 1, 2019

Schutzhund/IPO, now IGP, is not a sport to be trained alone. At some point, we need help. But there is help, and then there is "help". Which one do you give?

August 31, 2018

We've started with food. Our little Champ is performing like a rockstar when we lure him into position, but now, we're a little stuck. Where do we go from here? Check out these five steps to successfully planning transitions to the next behavior!

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!

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!

June 13, 2017

Motivation - it is absolutely necessary for Schutzhund. But motivation is more than just whipping out a ball, tug, or food to excite the dog...or is it? (Spoiler alert: yes, yes it is.)

April 4, 2017

Don't we all want that dog that pushes us to work, and remains enthusiastic, spirited, focused, and engaged on the trial field even when classic rewards aren't present? We want this level of engagement, but before we train for it, we need to know the rules of e...

March 29, 2017

Engagement. What is it? How can we be sure we really have it? Do we really need it? And how do we cultivate the right type of engagement in our Schutzhund dogs?

March 15, 2017

When it comes to training for Schutzhund, relationship is key! You may already have a relationship with your dog, but wonder: "Is what we have enough?" That depends! Is it the right relationship for IPO?

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...

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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