Types of training

Nowadays it has become stylish to «forget» everything connected with the Soviet period and to substitute it fiercely by the western analogues. Unfortunately, this trend has touched also all spheres of the dog world, and training in particular.
BDT and PGS are unfairly forgotten, but IPO and other European systems are promoted as the only true ones.

A beginner can be hardly oriented in systems, and often he does not know what type of training he should go for.
As a matter of fact, there are no bad training systems. All of them, i.e., BDT, PGS, IPO and other systems are interesting and needed in their own way.
It is just necessary to understand the difference between sports and applied training and to know precisely what we want to get from a dog.

A usual owner needs a manageable and contactable dog. Such dog can be bred by applying any training from the “obedience” section.

The situation with the protection is a bit different: for example, IPO is a pure sports discipline. Of course, any dog can be trained accordingly, the dog will be controllable, and even it might parade its skills on competitions, but if there is a desire to become a champion in this discipline a puppy of a certain breed and daily trainings are required. In point of fact, such dog is not a pet any more, but a sport apparatus — it may not communicate with other dogs and with people except the handler, it lives either in an enclosure or in a cage.

For a person with ambitions and free time the training of such a dog might become a wonderful hobby, but for “ordinary mortals” there is not necessity to spend time and forces for the training of a sports dog.

The second aspect of the sports training — training of a dog by means of the game motivation, we play with a dog (Fetch, balls, a sleeve) and accordingly we teach a dog to bite a sleeve, get it excited and excite some aggression towards the subject. Seemingly, a dog trained according to the game method will be sufficiently aggressive, will “terrifically” bark at the player with the sleeve and will be eager to “eat” him. But under real conditions it will be hardly capable to contend with an abuser.

As for the dog training for real use, i.e., for the protection of a person and his property, absolutely different methods remote from the sports one are being applied.