Chard dog owner to represent Great Britain at IGP Championship

A MAN from Chard qualified to represent Britain with his German Shepherd in a dog training competition in September.

Aidan Jackson, 23, will represent Great Britain at the All-Breed World Championships in the Czech Republic later this year.

He said: “It was a really good feeling, I didn’t really expect to win because it was the first major tournament I was playing.

“It should be a very good event, the sport itself is very important in the Czech Republic and I’m looking forward to it.

“My father has been involved in the sport since its inception in the UK in the 1980s. He is an internationally recognized and respected judge.

“When I was about 14 he was looking for a lure or ‘helper’ as they are called to take bites.

“I started doing this and immediately fell in love with the sport and all things dog training. Brody is a 5 1/2 year old working German Shepherd and my first show dog. t was my first big competition and it was a great success.

Aidan qualified in the qualifications for the 2022 FCI All-Breed World Championship.

He also hopes to compete at the WUSV World German Shepherd Championships in Denmark in September.

Qualifications for this tournament will take place on July 9 and 10.

Aidan and his father have a dog training business, a dog grooming business (Danies K9 beauty) and a kennel and cattery all based in Hartshill, near Wambrook, Chard.

They offer 1-2-1 training and residential classes and will soon be rolling out group and puppy training.

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In the early 1900s in Germany, the sport was originally created as a breeding test for the German Shepherd, to allow breeders to make better decisions regarding the temperament and character of dogs used in breeding programs. ‘breeding.

The German Shepherd Club of Germany (SV or Schaeferhund Verein) required that only dogs that had passed a Schutzhund test be suitable for breeding and that their offspring be registered as German Shepherd Dogs.

This rule remains to this day.

The Schutzhund herding test included tracking, obedience and protection, as the IGP sport does today.

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