Its easy to make broad generalizations to each side, but basically, I have found that the dogs and the training are what you make of them. Genetically, the dog will be what it will be. There are ways to encourage more prey based work vs aggression/defense based work, but it doesn't change who the dog is at the core. People will make their own judgements about what it looks like to them regardless. I have a dog, who people would call "sporty", take her first suit bite to the chest two weekends ago after 5 years of strictly IPO training. It all just depends on what you have and how you work it.
A PP dog will typically have more scenario based training than an IPO trained dog. IPO trials are always the same routine outside, so it is most commonly trained with that in mind. That said, it does not mean that the IPO dogs have not had similar training to the PP dogs, or vice versa. The end product can sometimes look very obviously different, depending on each particular style of training. Dependability of the dog will depend mostly on the strength of that dog itself, IMO.
Both sports are physically challenging. IPO requires 3 phases of training, so it may be more consuming overall.
I can't speak to PP titles specifically other than knowing that both SDA and PSA offer protection titles, along with obedience.
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