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Difference between IPO 1, 2, and 3?

Hello everyone. I am wondering what exactly is the difference between IPO 1,2 and 3? Forgive my ignorance. I have tried google searching this and tried key words in the forums, but I am not finding a clear answer outlining what it takes to achieve each of these titles.

Also, if I am mostly interested in obedience and tracking, but not protection, is it worth it to pursue IPO? Or should I look into specific obedience and tracking titles?
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From this article, it seems to be a matter of difficulty as IPO 1,2, 3 all have the phases of obedience, tracking, and protection.

What is Schutzhund and IPO?

Since you are not interested in protection and protection is from what I understand one of the components of each IPO title, I would think that the AKC obedience and tracking titles would be better to pursue.


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What is AKC? Here we have something called SL 1, 2, 3 (BSL) which is the same tracking and obedience as IPO, but no protection. Is it the same as AKC?

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BH is tracking and obedience. It's the precursor to ipo 1. IPO 1,2, and 3 are all 3 phases - obedience, tracking, and protection. As another use mentioned the difference is in the difficulty.

If you have no interest in protection you could do the BH and akc obedience events. There's other sports that don't involve protection as well.
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Hello everyone. I am wondering what exactly is the difference between IPO 1,2 and 3? Forgive my ignorance. I have tried google searching this and tried key words in the forums, but I am not finding a clear answer outlining what it takes to achieve each of these titles.

Also, if I am mostly interested in obedience and tracking, but not protection, is it worth it to pursue IPO? Or should I look into specific obedience and tracking titles?
You can get titles in IPO that does not include protection. It used to be called a Schutzhund A instead of 1, 2, 3. There are still some dogs you see that have that title.
Nowadays, please see the link http://www.usrconline.org/regulation...-variances.pdf

The main reason to join an IPO club even if you do not train for the C phase is because you will be surrounded by people who are familiar with European line dogs (show or work), and how to train them. Depending on the location and club, AKC clubs may have more people with American line dogs and fewer people with GSDs that have working line temperament. I know folks who have titles from both IPO and AKC trials. It's all good.

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BH is tracking and obedience. It's the precursor to ipo 1. IPO 1,2, and 3 are all 3 phases - obedience, tracking, and protection. As another use mentioned the difference is in the difficulty.

If you have no interest in protection you could do the BH and akc obedience events. There's other sports that don't involve protection as well.
BH is obedience and temperament. No tracking.
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Hello everyone. I am wondering what exactly is the difference between IPO 1,2 and 3? Forgive my ignorance. I have tried google searching this and tried key words in the forums, but I am not finding a clear answer outlining what it takes to achieve each of these titles.

Also, if I am mostly interested in obedience and tracking, but not protection, is it worth it to pursue IPO? Or should I look into specific obedience and tracking titles?
I train for obedience and tracking and do competitions in a few different venues. I don't do IPO. We do AKC Tracking, and he has his AKC Tracking Dog title-- it's fun and most AKC Tracking clubs do a spring clinic for beginners so you could look for one if you wanted to do that.

I've been doing rally for a few years and entered first formal obedience trial in Feb! Also dock diving is a blast.

I didn't want to do protection either but from a logistics standpoint there are way more places to train, way closer, in various AKC sports than IPO, which I'd have to drive many hours to get to.
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What is AKC? Here we have something called SL 1, 2, 3 (BSL) which is the same tracking and obedience as IPO, but no protection. Is it the same as AKC?
AKC is simply the abbreviation for the American Kennel Club.
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Once you get your BH you can title in just tracking and obedience, if the host club of the trial offers them. I may do that with my Dutch Shepherd.
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Look on the USCA website for the rules and it will explain each phase with each exercise.

BH - is a temperament test. It tests the dog's obedience and there is a temperament portion with traffic, other dogs, bikes, people, etc.

The IPO titles increase in difficulty for each level. These will change in 2019.

There are several different titles you can earn thru IPO. Tracking, obedience, full IPO titles, there are search titles (can't remember the name of them).

If you want to train in IPO, don't let people discourage you because you don't want to do protection.




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