For new members:
GSSCC membership is mandatory within two weeks after joining our club, this membership offers insurance protection for training. We encourage and value dedication, therefore our annual membership fee is non-refundable.
Because IPO involves three phases, it does take a substantial amount of time. Additionally, it is not a solitary endeavor and we need members who are willing to help one another by attending training regularly and staying for the duration of the sessions. Our members are also expected to support club-sponsored events, by helping out or supplying entries.
We are an IPO/Schutzhund club. That means that obtaining working IPO titles is our goal. Remember the three phases: tracking, obedience and protection.
As a prospective member you will be require to attend 8 consecutive “Intro to IPO” training sessions, during which your dog will be evaluated for working ability and temperament. A stable temperament is foremost. The training director will observe and evaluate your relationship with the dog and its drives. The Training Director will advise you of his/her opinion concerning the abilities of the dog. Please understand that these evaluations aren’t meant to hurt anyone’s feelings; they are an honest appraisal of the potential of the dog in this sport. Sometimes that means that a young dog simply needs time to grow up. Sometimes a dog doesn’t have the heart to participate. That doesn’t mean it isn’t a perfectly lovely companion, just that this particular sport is not the right choice. We do not believe in forcing participation on an unwilling candidate…this should be FUN!
If you are interested in the sport and do not presently have a dog, the best advice we can offer is to take your time! Watch the dogs in the club and if there are qualities you like about them, inquire where they came from. Research other breeders and ask questions. Don’t rush into a puppy without a great deal of thought. Take your time to familiarize yourself with the sport before leaping into a purchase.
WHAT WE OFFER
Seminars with guest speakers
IPO Training and Testing: Originated from Germany, this type of training produced many top-level working dogs, now it is a standard for working dogs. Certification offers by GSSCC. (For additional information, please visit: http://gsscc.ca)
IPO training includes:
It is important to note that temperament is a very important aspect of all levels. There are multiple things that are integrated into the testing for evaluating temperament. If a dog cannot pass these elements (by showing fear, nervousness, extreme aggression, sound reactivity, weaker nerves, etc.) he will not be able to pass a test
FOR YOUR FIRST VISIT
Due to increasing number of requests for visiting our club, we’ve made slight changes to visitors who want to see our field and meet the Team.
All Evaluations by appointment only.