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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 01-14-2015, 10:35 PM Thread Starter
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Janka Pie's IPO Journey

I started IPO training in March last year, with my then 6 year old female. I posted about it and figure a little update is due, as a proud owner and handler.

She has proved many doubters wrong, and advanced a long way since we started despite her age and being a WGSL. When we first approached the club, I was just content with a BH, thinking she was too old to do much else. Well... she showed me! The TD and other experienced handlers have been very impressed with her, and I doubt I will ever own another special dog quite like her... she truly defies all odds. I am incredibly proud of her, and extremely grateful for the experience and knowledge I have gained along the way with her, to help me in the future.

She is very strong in her tracking, and is starting to grasp indicating articles. She loves protection work, and her chewing has improved a lot (we didn't think we could work through that) after our TD came back from a Tobias Oleynik seminar/workshop with new knowledge. She is well on her way to earn her BH. I was doubtful about her focused heel, but since Nov, it was as if a light bulb turned on in her head. I lost a bet on that, but it was a good bet I was happy to lose.

I finally have a couple of (low-quality) photos of Janka, courtesy of my husband, who has since caught the IPO bug.

Here she is, doing the bark-n-hold. It was her first time on the platform, 3rd time doing the exercise. She tried to get a few dirty bites in, but was a lot better with self-control.
Janka Pie's IPO Journey-jankabarknhold.jpg

Her favourite part and her reward...
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The most valuable lesson I learn is, never give up and keep at it... and that even an old dog can and will excel in learning new tricks. This is not an easy sport - it requires heavy commitment driven by passion, but the rewards are priceless.

[i know the leash is embarrassing, but between dressage and ipo training, i have to budget quite a bit!]

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post #2 of 8 (permalink) Old 01-14-2015, 10:41 PM
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Very cool! Love to hear about people who got involved and stuck with it!

Your quote is below is awesome and dead-on.

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The most valuable lesson I learn is, never give up and keep at it... and that even an old dog can and will excel in learning new tricks. This is not an easy sport - it requires heavy commitment driven by passion, but the rewards are priceless.

Check out my website dedicated to IPO/Schutzhund:
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I always knew she could do it

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Thats great, I'm glad to hear you're enjoying it all so much. Good luck when you trial.
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yeah for taking your mature gal out and keeping her active! And don't feel bad about the leash. We have a gal in our club that has a pink walking harness and we tease a bit, but it takes time and money to get the gear so you do what you can when you can.

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Whoops. Late in reply, but thank you so much for the support and encouragement.

@ car2ner: thank you re: my mature girl. I reckon that handler and dog are making pink the new black on the field.

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My girl has a pink leash and we get teased also. It's all in fun congrats
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