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post #1 of 21 (permalink) Old 02-24-2013, 10:03 PM Thread Starter
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Describe the ideal dog for IPO

Ideal in as far as what will put maximum points on the board with proper training. Don't read too much into it. Just curious to hear peoples description of the ideal raw material that ***they*** would have if such things where in their absolute control. Size, drives, temperament, whatever you want, etc etc.

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The one that fits perfect with that handler. Everyone like different traits & tendancies in dogs they like to train...What I like in my dog, someone else might think is too much in their dog.
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what will put maximum points on the board with proper training
Doesn't that depend on the judge and what the judge likes to see?

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lol I meant the dog that is perfect for you the individual. Not the perfect dog across the board. Yes judging may vary, but theoretically it shouldn't. So lets assume "the average judge"

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Depends on the handler, support team, dog and at what point you are in learning and training. How much time you have to train, etc.

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My favourite things for IPO are clear headedness, ability to cap drive, balanced drives with a strong fight/defense combo, medium to large sized (70-80lbs for a male), strong desire to work with the handler/please the handler, enthusiasm in the work.

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I would want power and enthusiasm, in all phases. And balance...I'd rather have a thinking dog than one that just goes thru the motions out of habit.

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I would want power and enthusiasm, in all phases. And balance...I'd rather have a thinking dog than one that just goes thru the motions out of habit.

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That's more along the lines of what I was asking for lol. Thanks

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I think a lot of people will say they want the same things, power, grips, willingness, drive, etc. Along with these things I tend to want high fight drive, food drive, hunt drive in a smaller athletic body. My ideal dog also does everything with joy. They will tend to have a bit of that "wow" factor. I also must feel in balance with a dog. Not sure I can put what I mean by that into words. Then the rest is up to me as a trainer to channel their drives and ability into the performance I want.

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