Administrator & LOTR Addict
Join Date: Apr 2000
Location: Bloomington, IN, USA
IPO is still challenging despite being watered down. If it wasn't, all dogs would be passing.
IPO tracking tests not just tracking, but the dogs ability to maintain focus and intensity. It is also a good foundation for SAR work.
Why the sleeve and not a suit? Probably because it was easier for the helper to control the dog, do the drives and put the dog into a stressful position (when done correctly the drive puts a lot of pressure on a dog).
IPO also tests the character of the people and many people fail.
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Vala SchH3 AWD1 FH2 CGC B/HOT, SG1 Deja IPO3 AWD1 KKL1 B/HOT, SG Elena IPO1 AD CGC B/HOT, LB (the ugly little sable) BH B/HOT, Donovan IPO1 TR2 AD, and gone but not forgotten, Nike SchH1 OB1 TR3 AD CGC HOT, Treue SchH3 CD CGC HOT