|08-23-2013 02:27 AM|
I would visit the club start working with them and see what they think.
Our club does mondio and ipo. Numerous mals are former agility dogs with first time protection handlers. Some did mondio, some did ipo, one has been doing both but injured his back and will now only be doing mondio because the impact on the leg bite is less traumatic on the back.
I dont think either option is bad. And if you teach one, then going to another sport is fairly easy. Especially if you train RIGHT, that is train an obedient dog that listens and learns. NOT a dog that is programmed to one specific repeating routine like a trial field.
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|08-22-2013 08:13 PM|
|Liesje||They can probably all help you learn to cap the drive and work on the secondary obedience and impulse control. I'd probably say SchH just because in most areas it is more readily available and there are more events.|
|08-22-2013 06:50 PM|
|TwoBigEars||Thanks! I've been leaning more towards Schutzhund anyway, but would definitely try something else if someone more experienced thinks it would be better.|
|08-21-2013 11:20 PM|
|Blitzkrieg1||Plenty of more experienced sport people on here but Im betting most will agree..schutzhund hands down. A decent club will be able to show you how to turn the bark on and off.|
|08-21-2013 07:17 PM|
transfer from agility to protection sports - which one?
I've competed in agility for about 10 years, but protection sports are totally new to me. There is a club very close to me that offers IPO, Mondio, French Ring, and Belgian Ring. I am most familiar with IPO, but just from reading about it, no personal experience.
I have a 4 year old DDR/Czech GSD who I would like to try in some protection sport, mostly because I have been wanting to anyway, but also am looking for extra work on his obedience and impulse control specifically while aroused. He's one of those dogs who gets easily stimulated and loses his brain in the agility trial environment (and even in practice sometimes). I have quit trialing him for the foreseeable future but will be entering fun matches where we can do training in a trial environment.
Anyway, which protection sport do you think would best help with this, or would they not help at all? I'll admit I've been leery of them because at least what I've seen from IPO training the dogs just seem to bark and bark until they get what they want (the tug or sleeve), which is exactly what I'm trying to undo with my dog. Am I wrong about this? Total newbie here!