DON’T BE FOOLED – THERE IS A DIFFERENCE
IPO / SCHUTZHUND DOGS ARE NOT AS GOOD AS IT GETS
It’s important to clarify that being Schutzhund trained or IPO certified dogs are sport dogs trained in a sport that revolves around protection skills. It does NOT mean that it is a dog that will protect. Dogs that are trained to compete bite-sports see it for what it is…. a game. The sport of IPO & Schutzhund is only the beginning of making a dog that will perform under the pressure of real scenarios. Scenarios where they face real resistance and force. Scenarios that truly test the dogs drive to win a struggle. Although these sport help determine good candidates for our advanced dog training; there is so much more the dogs need to learn. You might call it the entry level for being a Rising S K9.
A well trained dog will be cross trained with Schutzhund / IPO skills aswell as KNPV skills. (KNPV is the organization that certifies police dogs and military service dogs with their handlers.) Having this specific training heightens it’s ability to not only respond to commands, but also reason for itself and make smart decisions at times where you may not be capable. For example… if you are attacked from behind, wouldn’t it be a good thing if your dog could react to that without your command? Shouldn’t a protection dog be able to identify a real threat and attack accordingly? What if an attacker is wielding a weapon? What if there were two attackers; how does a dog choose which is the right one to focus on? There are numerous vital protection skills that Schutzhund and IPO don’t touch on. In the eyes of a dog; the sports of Schutzhund and IPO are glorified games of tug-of-war. The dogs are focused only on the visual cues of a bite sleeve or verbal commands from it’s handler and not much more. That is the real difference between a Rising S K9 and a dog trained solely for Schutzhund / IPO. Cross training beyond standard sport training is where Rising S dogs rise above the rest.