Schutzhund

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Are there Schutzhund competitions?
Schutzhund competitions involve events in which owners showcase their dog's ability to perform as required in addition to the handler displaying their training expertise.

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Are there titles?
Schutzhund awards three titles, with three phases for each title. The dog must obtain a passing score at all three stages in one trial to achieve the title and progress to the next training level.

SchH 1 – Novice
SchH 2 – Intermediate
SchH 3 – Advanced

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What does IPO stand for?
In addition to obedience, the dogs compete in the sport of Internationale Prüfungs-Ordnung (IPO), also known as Schutzhund and Protection Training. IPO is divided into three phases: tracking, obedience, and protection. The dog must successfully pass all three stages in the trial.

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Is training enjoyable for dogs?
With proper training, dogs enjoy working with their handlers, as spectators at any competition will notice.

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How do I get started?
Schutzhund clubs are organized throughout the United States by region, with numerous organizations in most states such as the United Schutzhund Clubs of America. Regional Directors are available for guidance and information in either locating a club near you or starting a new one..
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