SchH/IPO Puppy Prep
I do not currently have a GSD, but am planning for one in the next 2-5 years. I am very interested in pursuing sport titles (or at least training for some 'casual' competition), specifically SchH/IPO (who can pass it up after learning about it?!).
I have looked at clubs that are within a feasible driving distance, and I know that I would be joining one eventually - there's definitely no substitute for in-person work with a trainer! But I am wondering if anyone can recommend any books or articles that discuss and/or focus on SchH/IPO preparation with puppies/young dogs.
I am most interested in finding out more about tracking, as it seems harder to find good information on a sport foundation vs. a 'real world' working foundation in tracking. I have also heard that SchH/IPO tracking is different from other sport tracking - and I'm not sure how accurate of a statement that is. (I'd love to hear from anyone with experience in both.)
Obedience information (and abundant methods of training) seems to be easy to come by, but I also wouldn't want to encourage a heeling position or an about turn that would possibly have to be undone later. And I most definitely do not want to make any hard-to-reverse training decisions with anything concerning the protection phase. (fullness of bite, appropriate drive encouragement, etc.)
I searched through the forum (pretty thoroughly, I thought - but not exhaustively) for threads dealing with similar subjects, but didn't find any. If there is one (or several) and someone could direct me to them - or maybe suggest better search terms - I would appreciate that as well!
Any advice or recommendations would be great!
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