Schutzhund / Ring Sport

Gold Country Working Dog Club

Gold Country Working Dog Club

GCK9 is proud to be the host facility for Gold Country Working Dog Club, a full member club with the United Schutzhund Clubs of America. GCWDC provides both IPO and Ring Sport Training. We are thrilled to be home to National Level Helper/Decoy Jose Lopez. His excellent skills and ability to understand dogs make him a fantastic asset to this club. This is exciting for our community as up until now, we haven't had those options without driving 90 minutes-3 hours. GCWDC trains on Thursday evenings at 7pm. We also train on Saturdays with obedience starting at 4pm and protection following. We expect everyone to do obedience first. GCWDC welcomes guests with an RSVP, as we occasionally work off-site or cancel training in order to support a club member trialing. You may sign up under the "classes tab". Please note that while you are signing up under the GCK9 system, it is for convenience only. Please do NOT pay through that system as you will pay GCWDC directly at the field. IPO training is $30/dog. Ring Training is $50/dog. If you only want to do Obedience, the Field Fee is only $10.00/dog.

Schutzhund / IPO

IPO (formerly named Schutzhund) originated as a breed worthiness test in Germany. To this day, in Germany, in order to breed a litter of German Shepherds, the parents must have obtained an IPO title. However, it has evolved into a fun and competitive sport for the working dog. IPO is a three phase sport comprised of tracking, obedience, and protection. People can work to earn a title in the entire IPO sport, as originally designed, or they can title solely in tracking or obedience. This has opened up the doors to all kinds of dogs and handlers who would like to work towards a title in the sport, but not necessarily make the commitment to all three phases.

French Ring

As its title suggests, French Ring is a protection dog sport based out of France. It includes various exercises in both obedience and protection. It consists of an initial temperament test that shows the dog has the correct mind and body to work through the rest of the sport.

Mondio Ring

Like most protection sports, Mondioring has a series of exercises to be executed by the dog/handler team in the categories of obedience, agility (jumps) and protection. At the Mondioring III level, there are a total of 17 exercises, completed without interruption, and lasting approximately 45 minutes. An interesting possibility in Mondioring is that a dog that has titled in another protection sport – for example French Ring or Schutzhund – is allowed to enter Mondioring at the level that it has achieved in its own country. The obedience in Mondioring is based on functionality with the emphasis being on control in spite of distraction. The jumps in Mondioring test the structure and willingness of the dog. The protection phase of the competition requires that the dog demonstrate tremendous control. A Mondioring dog competes at each level without collar or leash throughout the trial, thus testing the control of the animal from the very beginning. The complexity of the trial field, combined with the demands of extreme control combine to require that the dog be clear-headed with excellent character. Each trial (competition) is based in a theme – much like a theatre set up on a field. Props, scenarios, distractions are placed at strategic points on the trial field. While the exercises remain the same from trial to trial, the order and the setup will change with each judge’s own creativity. No two trials are ever alike, thus preventing the possibility of preparing the dog ‘by rote.’