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So what is IGP / Schutzhund about?


IGP (formerly called IPO) is a three-part extreme sport (surveillance, compliance and defense), originally designed as a breed test for the German Shepherd, and has become a popular sport, and has continued to function. As a breed test for many respected German shepherd breeders. Schutzhund's origins are based in Germany. Many countries around the world hold national competitions to select the top five from each country that represented their country in a World Cup (WUSV) competition each year in October.

Schutzhund was developed as a major method for producing top-level German Shepherd dogs. The founder of our German Shepherd breed, Max von Stephnitz, believed that these tests were necessary to continue producing dogs at the highest level of work ability and to exclude those who could not cope with them from the gene pool.

Schutzhund Designed for the German Shepherd, without a doubt the most common breed that excels in this breed / sport test is the working line of the German Shepherd Dog. Other working races like Malinua also excel and have their own World Championship (FMBB)! Canada also has an IGP National Citizenship Championship through the Canadian Working Dogs Association to select the top five dogs that have represented Canada each year at the FCI World Championships.

Training and relationship building

When properly trained, Schutzhund provides an arena where you can learn how your dog responds to stressful situations. The dog also learns to control its drives and learns to obey its owner in many situations. The result is a well-behaved dog. The duration and width of the training also help to create a close and very responsive relationship between the dog and the handler.

Breeding and training your Shuchund dog with FIPO!

There are many ways to raise and train your dog for Schuchund! Our theories and methodologies have evolved over the years of consistent learning and development. By hosting Schutzhund seminars several times a year with trainers from all over the world our club is constantly growing and we are improving our caregiver and dog skills.

Our goal at FIPO is to create clear and confident teams that all their friends and dogs are steadily improving, but also enjoying. We want to see our members able to achieve degrees and compete with their Canadian counterparts at championships in the club, region and countries. And who knows maybe one of our teams will face an international one day!

Traits found in Schutzhund dogs

Endurance and endurance

Agility and power

Temperament and nerves (how much the dog copes with stress)



Loyalty caregiver

Proper structure

Desire to work

Watch this video on Schutzhund!

IGP / Schutzhund headlines

BH - Basic Compliance and Temperament Test (Necessary Test for Obtaining Issue Headlines or Sub-Headlines Subsequent)

IGP1 (SchI / IPO1) - First level

IGP2 (SchII / IPO2) - Second level

IGP3 (SchIII / IPO3) - top level

G Pr1-3 (SchA / IPOA) - Compliance and protection only

UPr1-3 - Separate Compliance Headings

FPr1-3 - Separate tracking headers

IFH1,2, IGP FH - Advanced Tracking Headlines

AD - Endurance Test (Race Survey)

Click - Race Survey

How do I find a suitable dog?

When looking for a puppy or dog for a Schutzhund, to improve your chances of a well-bred dog with work characteristics, it is important that you choose a reputable breeder who actively trains, competes, crowns and presents / breeds his dogs in the Schutzhund. In other words, buying a puppy or dog from a breed whose parents of both sexes (and several generations throughout the pedigree) have working titles (SchI-SchIII, IPO1-IPO3, IGP1-IGP3) and show ratings / breed survey (SG, V, Kkl) is the best chance Good luck in this wonderful sport!

Defense training?

Some people think that defense training will make their dog aggressive towards people. In general, dogs that have not been aggressive towards humans before do not suddenly become aggressive after Schutzhund training.

The basic nature of dogs, socialization and training affect whether he will be aggressive towards people. Dog genetics will define whether he has the protective instincts and the courage to protect his family. Shuchond training will not change this basic character, but will give owners an idea of ​​how their dog can react, and also allow the dog to remain under the control of his handler.

Headlines and sentences

What makes Shuchond so difficult and unique? There are three separate and very different stages. Simply put we train, describe and compete in three separate sports alike!

There are a large number of titles that represent gradually difficult levels of work. Each title has 300 points available (100 points in each of the three tracking, compliance, and defense components). In order to receive a degree, a dog must successfully acquire at least 70 points (70%) at each stage of this sentence!

What does each stage look like?


The depth of difficulty varies depending on the title you are working on, but the follow-up includes testing the dog's ability not only for the smell but also for his ability to stay focused enough to track the smell without distraction or frustration. It is also a test of how confident the dog is in himself and how much he works in front of his handler. Tracking is not something a dog can ask you to hold in his hand during! The dog will be required to properly identify articles (by alerting in some way like lying on or near the object) to his handler remaining on the track by the track layer.


Obedience work is at a high level designed to test the dog's intelligence, desire to work and please his handler, his ability to receive instructions from his handler and his ability to work under pressure (overcoming other people, during noises like shots, etc.) Obedience work includes jobs Due, retrieval work (including crossing the A-frame barrier), recalling, sending invitations, staying, along with job-related work like standing, sitting and sitting. It is important that the dog be a happy worker and be interested
In what he does.


This is the most incomprehensible of the three stages of training. During training and towing there must be an ‘assistant’ who will do protective work. During the trial the dog is required to locate the assistant when he is hidden and keep him there for the handler. When the helper tries to escape or threatens the dog or handler, the dog should actively grab the helper by biting the bite sleeve. A dog must be confident enough and mentally strong enough to handle this job, but he must also be sensitive to the caring commands and release the sleeve when requested.

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