under the sv system isn't ipo/schuts offically designated a working title??
I believe they are called International Utility Dog titles, per IPO rulebook, BH is not considered a utility dog title (well it's not worded as such). So I take Utility to mean Working.
I guess the question is, is the dog (technically) a working dog while training for the title or is it working dog after the title? i.e a BH dog is not classed as a working dog until they reach IPO1?
Everywhere I search IPO, is considered a dog sport. However I guess, like professional athletes, active participation in sport is considered working.
So does, as robk suggests, a dog cease to become a working dog as soon as the dog stops competing in IPO? (assuming the dog is not participating in any other working role).
On a similar note, can a dog be a "working dog" without any official title. Would a farmer that has a dog that performs some sort of working role on the farm, yet has had no official titling, have what is classed a working dog?
I would say yes to the farmers dog, yet I don't feel it appropriate in my case to call my IPO dog in training a working dog.