Both Amelia and Jon regularly compete with their own dogs and train for competition daily, as well as having trained countless other dogs for different disciplines.
IPO Dog sport (Schutzhund)
IPO stands for Internationale Prüfungs-Ordnung. IPO is a three phase sport consisting of tracking, obedience and protection, and dogs must pass all three phases in order to qualify for a full IPO title. Among many other things, IPO tests a dog's courage, desire to work, endurance, speed and precision. A strong bond between handler and dog is imperative for the sport.
Competitive Obedience is exactly what you would imagine - obedient and well trained dogs having their abilities tested. Obedience can be likened to dressage, or maybe gymnastics. The overall objective is to execute each exercise within a class with precision and accuracy, dog and handler working as a complete team. Thus both handlers and dogs can be penalised for errors and faults.