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Yesterday my dog earned his IGP 1 with high tracking (95). Placed 3rd overall (so got a piece of the podium).

A wheel came off in obedience in a most surprising way (never did THAT before and I know why), but we passed that phase.

The best thing was the judge recognizing and loving the bond and relationship I have with my dog as well as the overall quality and clarity of the dog himself.
 

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Yesterday my dog earned his IGP 1 with high tracking (95). Placed 3rd overall (so got a piece of the podium).

A wheel came off in obedience in a most surprising way (never did THAT before and I know why), but we passed that phase.

The best thing was the judge recognizing and loving the bond and relationship I have with my dog as well as the overall quality and clarity of the dog himself.
Congratulations. That is awesome.

Thanks for all your posts. I learn a lot from them as you are probably the most knowledgeable on this site. Not saying I agree with everything you say but it is obvious you have a good grasp on things. Take care and all the best in the future.
 

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Congratulations. That is awesome.

Thanks for all your posts. I learn a lot from them as you are probably the most knowledgeable on this site. Not saying I agree with everything you say but it is obvious you have a good grasp on things. Take care and all the best in the future.
Thanks!
If we all agreed on everything no one would learn anything.

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I doubt I am the "most knowledgeable" on this site. There is MUCH I do not know.
 

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The best thing was the judge recognizing and loving the bond and relationship I have with my dog as well as the overall quality and clarity of the dog himself.
Congrats @3GSD4IPO.

So you mean all those corrections didn't destroy your relationship and bond lol.

I think a lot people don't realize that IPO is not just a sport but a way to help evaluate the genetics of the dog, which was the original intention.

Sounds like you have a nice pup.
 

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Congrats @3GSD4IPO.

So you mean all those corrections didn't destroy your relationship and bond lol.

I think a lot people don't realize that IPO is not just a sport but a way to help evaluate the genetics of the dog, which was the original intention.

Sounds like you have a nice pup.
With good training corrections are rare. I left a club where there was too much negative pressure (on handlers too!).

The thing with balanced training is just that: Balance.

At this stage of training IF a correction is needed I already know what I am working on in a training session. I will get to that "one thing" and be prepared to correct and then reward heavily for the right response. If the dog "gets it right" w/o correction he is rewarded heavily.

The object is for the dog to succeed and to make good choices.

My dog and I do "other stuff" besides IGP training and all that builds relationship. He is a happy dog.. likes whatever we are up for doing.

Best dog I ever had the privilege to own.
 
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