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...

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!

February 14, 2017

Schutzhund is time-consuming, and easily becomes a large part of life. But with an already-busy schedule, how can we possibly find time to train everything?

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...

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