Held in Saco, Maine on October 14, 15 and 16 2016 the AWMA (Malinois) National Championships. The dog sport, IPO, is a three phase, multiple day competition where tracking (nosework), obedience, and protection abilities are judged.
The weather was cool but gorgeous and the participants worked hard. It was an honor to photograph this intense dog sport where obedience is paramount.
2015 is bringing lots of opportunities to the world of working dogs. Particularly to MWDs and K-9s from all divisions (bomb dogs, man-trailing, HRDs, tracking, and more). However, we are also upon trial season for French Ring, PSA, Dock Dogs, and a slew of other dog sports. Despite the purpose and the locations, the people and dogs that work together to learn and compete or certify train hard. This is their life. Day in. Day out. I’ve recently viewed posts on social media feeds where mondio competitors (some of the most diehard handler/canine teams out there IMHO) practice their positions (sit, down, stand in one spot without creeping) on any available surface at Lowe’s, Home Depot, on a dumpster while they wait in a parking lot, you name it. The world becomes a training ground. The more variety the better. The more exposure the better.
Facebook has become a leading resource for finding out about these training seminars due to the up-to-date posts in specialized groups that focus on speciality training for dogs. Recently I’ve found a few good contenders I wanted to share with you here via links ::
K-9/MWDs (click on image for jump to details and to register)
SOUTHERN NEW HAMPSHIRE WORKING DOG CLUB SNHWDC
Trial location: Club Field as the National Guard Armory, Armory Rd Milford NH
Date: April 24th-26th, 2015 USCA Judge Robert Johantgen
Various IPO titles being offered. Click here for entry form and to see titles offered.