Join Date: May 2015
Location: NE Illinois, USA
Jax08 made a very good point when he stated that an IPO dog bonds with its handler and a service dog bonds with its handler. If the handler were the same person, it might not be as much of a conflict. If your mom needs a service dog, it's best that she get one you won't be using in dog sports.
The other point Jax08 made, that not all dogs are suited to IPO is also valid even if your dog has siblings that are police K9s. Each dog has its own temperament and drive and that will determine in the long run if the dog is suitable for IPO or not, not its pedigree, although it will make it more likely. If he is, be prepared to devote most of your free time and them some, and then even more, to his training, especially if you plan to title him. If not, there are a lot of other great dog sports you can participate in, including tracking, obedience, lure coursing, and herding to name a few.
Best to find someone knowledgeable in your area that can walk you through all the options and explain what type of work needs to go into each for titling. And definitely browse these boards some more. Lot's of luck with him if you go for it!
Fallon (WLGS) b 5/23/14 & Mira (Aussie) b 8/31/04
RIP: Katie (Bel.Shp.Mix)-CGC; Shadow (WLGS); Monty (GSxAkita); CH. Windy City’s Sweet Talker (Shannon);
Cheli; WC's Home Alone (Kevin); CH. WC’s Dancing with Wolves (Tish); Ragnar-CGC; Tammy (GSmix)