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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 02-06-2017, 09:58 PM Thread Starter
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I have some questions about schutzhund/ipo

hey i'm 17 and I know absolutely nothing about this but. i was looking for a sport for my GSD .
i just moved with my parents from a farm to the suburbs.
I walk him a half of mile a day and he has a good size backyard but I can tell he still has a lot of pent-up energy. so I thought some sort of sports would help and I found IPO.

so my questions are.
1 if he's too old to start he's 14 months old.
2 does he have to be registered.
3 do I go to a club or a trainer to train him. I tried looking up where to go but I got confused.
4 how much does the cost per month.
5 what traits does your dog need to have to start IPO. I haven't found anything I couldn't teach him.

if you think there's anything else I need to know please tell me like I said I don't know anything about this.

thank you

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At 17 you also might be interested in learning helper work (the guy that puts on the sleeve and gets bitten).

1. No, he is not too old.
2. No. Mixed breeds and unregistered dogs are welcome except at the breed specific national championships.
3. https://www.germanshepherddog.com/events-new/ Click on your region to maybe find a club and contact them. Working with a club or private trainer depends a lot on the area you are. Sometimes starting with private lessons is best especially if you have no previous competitive dog training experience.
4. Costs depend. It is not a cheap sport and requires a huge time commitment.
5. A desire to chase and play with toys like a ball or tug is a huge plus. Liking to tug with you. Also strong desire to do stuff for food (high food drive). Comfortable around people and in new locations. Physically sound so at some point knowing that his joints are OK with x-rays. ETC.

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I hope you find a great group/club that will mentor you. We need more youth/young adults to be active in the sport. I agree with looking into helperwork(regardless of your gender). When you learn both sides of the line, it makes a better handler. And if you can be mentored by a good/great helper, it will carry on for yet another generation.
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Where abouts are you located? We may be able to help you find a club.

I agree, we always need more helpers! Now is a great time to start.
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I live in North Carolina and I'm having trouble findinga club to train.
as for helperwork anything to do with dog training I'm usually interested in.
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I forgot to add where I live

I live in North Carolina and helperwork does sound interesting.
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I'm not sure how close you are to these guys, but I would contact them. Tarheel Canine | Tarheel Canine Training, Sanford, North Carolina
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