We are a non-profit dog training club committed to practicing and competing in the sport of IPO and improving the German Shepherd Dog breed.
The Lower Mainland German Shepherd Dog Club was established 40 years ago and currently has a membership of over 40 members. Our members range from those who are competitive nationally and internationally, to those who train for fun, or for the love of the sport.
This sport was originally developed as a temperament test for the German Shepherd Dog and called Schutzhund but was later renamed to IPO. While the club member dogs are primarily working line German Shepherd Dogs, any dog that has the appropriate temperament for the sport is welcome.
The sport of IPO tests a dog's ability to track, to perform obedience, and to work under pressure. This is not a sport for nervous, uncontrollable or aggressive dogs. It is a demanding sport which requires first and foremost a great relationship between the handler and dog, consistent fairness from the handler and frequent training.
We welcome both novice and experienced dog handlers and many protection breeds are represented.
If you would like to find out more about the sport, please see the Contact Us tab and set up a time to come watch a practice.