An Introduction to Positive IPO, with Corinne Wrend


One-day workshop

Saturday 18 November 2017 | Sunday 19 November 2017, West End (near Woking)

There are three phases in IPO: Tracking, Obedience and Protection. Enjoy Your Dog offers separate Tracking workshops at IPO level, so this workshop will look at the other two elements: Obedience and the routine of Protection. Note that there won’t be bite work with a helper/decoy at this workshop, so the behaviour is taught without the high arousal of a sleeve and helper. Many elements of the Protection phase can be accomplished before your dog works on a sleeve. With sufficient interest, follow-on workshops can be organised at a level where a helper will be introduced.

A brief overview will be given of IPO as a sport, followed by the handlers being shown how to achieve the necessary skills to start their IPO journey.

There will be some group work but the majority of training will be done individually.

Further details and joining instructions under ADDITIONAL INFORMATION below.



Corinne Wrend has over 30 years experience training and competing with her dogs. She initially started competing in Obedience, getting to Class C with her Collie, Seil. She then switched sports to compete in IPO with her Malinois – achieving IPO3 with three different dogs, using reward based methods. Corinne has also competed in Working Trials, trained a number of dogs and people in various sports and has trained dogs for film work.

Corinne is best known for her positive, force free methods and ‘naked IPO’ (protection routine training without helper) which she uses with her current competing dog, Chasca. Chasca has competed at IPO World Championship level, worked on television, assisted at Victoria Stillwell student training days and been a volunteer dog for FitPAWS classes. Along with various tricks and behaviours she does for fun, Chasca is currently being trained for Working Trials competitions. Corinne works as an Aftercare Assistant and trains dogs for Canine Partners and is also a WSDA green level Instructor.

Photo credit: Reinglen

Additional information


This is a one-day workshop, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.


Lead & Listen, Windlesham Road, West End, Woking, GU24 9PS
We recommend that handlers park on Church Road by the Green, to be closest to the venue entrance. Any spectators can park on Windlesham Road or further up Church Road.
Note that our venue is a securely fenced field that will allow plenty of space and movement.
There are no toilet facilities directly on site. Nearest public venue with toilets: BP Gordon SF Connect on the A322 South, Guildford Road, West End, GU24 9HJ. Nearest dog-friendly pub serving excellent food: The Inn@West End, 42 Guildford Rd, West End, Woking, GU24 9PW.

What to bring

Only handlers should bring dogs to this workshop. This event is open to all dogs, but keep in mind that in the Obedience phase there is a one-metre jump and dogs have to carry a large heavy dumbbell, so although small dogs can come to the workshop they may not progress well in competition.
Handlers: bring plenty of food treats and various toys for your dog. Bring a retrieve article (soft toy/dumbbell) if you would like Corinne to look at retrieves. There will be some group work but the majority of training will be done individually, therefore dogs need to be comfortable and settled in the car. Bring some water for your dog while it is waiting (a large water bowl for the group will be available a the venue).
All: dress suitably for an outdoor workshop (it will take place irrespective of weather), bring layers and waterproof items. Bring a folding chair, whether you are a handler or a spectator. If you are a handler make sure you wear comfortable shoes you can run in.
Refreshments and lunch will be provided.


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