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Wow, what a journey. This forum has been invaluable to me and I'd love to share my story.

My entire life I wanted a dog. A german shepherd specifically, ever since I was a kid the best days I've had were those days when we went to my aunt's house and I got to play with her GSD. But, my parents never wanted a dog, so I was not able to get one until after I had moved out. Even then, it took a while to find the right apartment, and dog.

Finally we got him. My buddy Einstein :) I decided then and there that I was going to do *something* with him. OB, Agility, etc. But did not even know what Schutzhund is until this woman stopped me on the street and started asking about my pup's lines (he is a patterned sable, so obviously drew her attention). It was thanks to her that I found out about schutzhund and started getting involved.

That was April 2010! Wow, I can't believe how time flies. Fast forward to today, and we have just gotten our IPO3 at our club trial this weekend.

What a rollercoaster ride it has been. It really is a humbling sport. Especially when you are new. It's constant up and down and I love that about IPO! I love that I can enjoy the great moments while they last but can also learn from the bad moments and make adjustments. I love that it's constant stimulation for both me and my dog. My creativity is the only limiting factor in our training. And I love that my dog sometimes reminds me - hey, you still have a lot to learn buddy!

Ok, I'll stop rambling here. without further ado I present to you Einstein IPO3 CGC HOT

 

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Congratulations!!!!!

I hope to get my IPO 3 with my boy this year as well! Lots of hard work and you should be very proud of you and your boy!!! What's next? FH? :D
 

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a BIG congrats to you and Einstein! He is a beautiful boy!
 

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Congratulations to you and Einstein!

GOOD DOG!
 

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:congratulations: That's awesome! :)
 

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Congratulations! To take any dog from Zero to IPO3 is a big accomplishment and something to be very very proud of! To make IPO3 as a novice, with a dog you have not chosen specifically for the sport is even more impressive and indicative of both a very nice dog and a dedicated owner!

You deserve every trophy sitting there and more!

Lee
 

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Congrats to you, what a great journey you are on!
 

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Congratulations to you and Einstein.
 

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Wow! Very impressive! Great job to the both of you! Like Lee stated, to take your first dog all the way to an IPO3..... very nice. Big congrats!
 
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