What is IPO?
IPO is a three-phased sport originally dedicated to the preservation of the German Shepherd Dog. The three phases consist of tracking, obedience and protection. Dogs are required to perform all three of these phases in order to complete their titles.
BH – Traffic Steady Companion Dog Title
IPO1 – Preliminary qualification in tracking, obedience and protection
IPO2 – Intermediate work in tracking, obedience and protection
IPO3 – Advanced level of the three phases of IPO
FH1 – “Lower” level advanced tracking title
FH2 – Highest advanced tracking titlE
AD – Endurance Test
What else do you do?
As you may have noticed, our dogs have many different letters in front of and behind their names. Not only are we “all canine” in that we’re open to all breeds, we’re all canine because we welcome training and competing in dog sports outside the realm of IPO. While club time is spent solely training for IPO, many of us compete in various venues with the same or different dogs you’ll see here. To find out more about what we’re up to and what these titles mean, take a look!