Join Date: Jan 2013
Location: Southern Oregon
Coming to this a bit late, just joined the forum. I train mondioring, have since 2008. I have one dog currently trialing, he is titled MR1, going for the 2 this year. Mondioring is definitely "fun" for the handler and dog. But it is also highly stressful and requires strong temperament to be successful at the higher levels, especially at the National and World level where it is not uncommon for dogs to be held off the bite with stick or accessories, or even get run by the decoy.
The training differences between IPO/SchH and ringsports does not mean the dogs or training are more or less "serious." The requirements of dog and handler are very very different between IPO and ringsport, apples and oranges. Mondioring requires a very high level of control in the bitework and the exercises can be quite complex. Like in every sport, including IPO/SchH, some dogs are more serious in the work than others, some dogs are of weaker temperament and are "coddled" in order to train and title. Mondioring foundation work is typically done in a fun manner with the pup/dog learning in prey with pressure added later in training. The type of pressure and stress on the dog from the decoy is quite different in mondio than in IPO. Due to the entire program and equipment being different, each sport tests the dog and trainer in different ways. Whether the training or dog is "serious" or not depends entirely on the dog and style of training, it is not specific to the individual sports.
Malinois dominate this sport but I have an offbreed (American Bulldog) that I have done quite well with against the mals(2nd place both trials, Vice Champ at USMRA Nationals). I have seen several very nice GSDs doing mondio and am getting a pup soon on co-own for mondio, likely another next year(depends on if I get a Mal this year). So don't let anyone discourage you based on breed. As long as the dog has adequate drive and nerve you will do fine. If you struggle with the bitework USMRA offers Obedience titles and Obedience with Jumps titles.
Happy training!! If you have any specific questions or concerns don't hesitate to ask :-)
Head Trainer/Owner Siskiyou K9
2012 USMRA Nationals MR1 Vice Champion "Cuda"
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