Join Date: Nov 2011
Location: Knoxville, TN
Dogs Name: Zeus, Ascomannis Tarzan
Titles: Zeus:CGC TDI BH Argo: BH CGC IPO 1 Kovu: BH
Dogs Age: 5
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Haha yes matt you must do al three and pass all three on the same day to get the IPO1,2,3.
BUT you may do the obedience 1,2,3 or the tracking 1,2,3 separately. You can not do the protection by itself, but you can do the "Apr1,2,3 (IPOA is the same as Apr 1)" and the apr1-3 is the IPO1-3 without the tracking portion. Basically, in order to do protection, you must do atleast the obedience as well. If you register for the IPO1, and only pass the obedience for example, you do NOT get the ob1 title though. You simply 'fail'.
Having said this though, there is a pretty significant gap for a dog who accomplishes an IPO1-3 versus only the other titles in people's mind. The 'true' test is being able to do all three on the same day and pass them at the same time. Even if the dog does everything but the tracking, the 'imaginary respect level' for an IPO A is much lower than an actual IPO1 for a dog intended for breeding.
People doing the other titles usually have reasons behind it outside of 'just being lazy' or 'not liking that part'. For me, I can't do protection because my dog doesn't have drive. For some others, their dog has some drive to do the bitework, but not enough to handle the upper levels or the trial pressure. And there are some people who didn't start out on the schutzhund track and therefore did not work on tracking, but had the basic obedience and protection platform necessary for the Apr/IPO A titles. If I do the IPO A next spring with argo, it will be because I want the trial experience for him and because he was not started on tracking soon enough and consistently enough to be properly prepared. BUT I will plan on doing the full IPO 1 soon after.