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Why or how did you start in Sch/IPO?

I'm just curious. I wish I had started years and years ago. I worry I might be too old now, time will tell. No pun intended, though maybe it should be. *S* It's always fascinated me, something I've always been interested in, started it the second time we were posted here by beginning an apprenticeship, but then we pcs'd and I didn't follow through due to family (son born with severe heart defects and all my time was spent with his surgeries, etc.). Life went on and I got more into showing. How or why did some of you get started in Sch/IPO?
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Some of my family were involved in it when I was a kid. It was always at the back of my mind as something I wanted to do as an adult, but didn't have a dog capable of doing the work until I got a shepherd last year.
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I haven't started yet, but definitely will be once I have my own pup. My reason is the aspect of obedience and the relationship it creates. It's also about giving a dog something to fulfil, especially considering that they were bred with a purpose in mind.
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When I got off active duty military, I was looking for a PPD trainer. I contacted one and had my dog evaluated. The head trainer and her husband also ran one of our local SchH clubs, and they told me to check it out. So I went to their next training day and started with them. That first day I just had to take a bite and try helper work. Then I was hooked. Besides club stuff we did a lot of outside training and did a lot of more PPD type scenarios. Since then I've moved onto different sports, and training styles but still dabble in IPO.
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I stumbled into it by accident. I went to a clicker training seminar that led to my Rott being worked and it turned out he bit full and hard. I quit doing any conformation and AKC ob with him and joined a Sch club. Doc is the first dog I've had that could pass all 3 phases. Its a lot more fun.
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Mycobraracr, were a K9 handler in the military?
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Mycobraracr, were a K9 handler in the military?

Nope, I just grew up with GSD's and have always loved them. As soon as I decided not to re-enlist, I got a GSD. She even lived in the barracks with me for a couple weeks lol. Shhh don't tell anyone. I was very fortunate that my military team was together for a long time. I got used to always having people there to watch my back. When leaving, it was an odd feeling being alone. It's the reason I always put so much emphasis on balance in my dogs. I take my dogs everywhere to watch my back.
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Started back in the 70's when I was really young. Friend of ours was into SCH and got me involved. I trained at one of the 1st clubs in the states ;-).
Took a long hiatus, due to school and college back east, moved back to Bay Area, moved around the country for work. Then started up again in the mid 90s' with Baer at Menlo Park SCH Club, who ended up SCH2, OB3, KK for life - all under tough SV judges. Randy made you do everything... train, handle, handle in the show ring for others, double handle. Run a trial, run a show, run a breed survey. Lay tracks for all levels... Be part of a club and support everyone.

Moved to north of Nashville, TN and started up with a club here. We started our club a few year ago. Same aspect that we took to our club when we started it. Focus is on IPO as sport, balance in people's lives. Clubs go thru changes and we have awesome people in our group. New people to sport, intelligent and common sense, do other venues (agility, etc) and bring a great balance and inquisitiveness to the training.
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Started back in the 70's when I was really young. Friend of ours was into SCH and got me involved. I trained at one of the 1st clubs in the states ;-).
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I think so :-). Friend of ours was Bob Hansen. By that time, he would come watch, not train and compete. We has a Marko Cellerland son at one point....


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