K9 Pro Sports
K9 Professional/Protection Sports, more commonly known as K9 Pro Sports, is dog protection sports organization, founded in Mexico in 1992. The first personal-protection and patrol-dog certification trial was held that year in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, and was highlighted in Dog Sports Magazine.[full citation needed] This type of trial was often referred to as a K9 Rodeo, and such events were soon also held across the Mexico–US border, starting in Texas. K9 Pro Sports was featured in a 1999 "Having It All" column in Dog and Kennel magazine, a national publication for dog owners and dog enthusiasts.[page needed]
The first K9 Pro Sports National Championship (US) was held in 2000, in Fort Worth, Texas. The first International Championship trial was held the following year. There are now K9-sanctioned trials on three continents: North America, Europe, and Australia.
There are four divisions that competitors may enter:
- Personal protection
Puppy and training divisions are used strictly to assess the training progress of both the dog and handler. The protection exercises in the personal-protection division are used to demonstrate the ability of a dog and handler team to "intimidate, dominate, and control" a threat to the hander or family. A dog and handler team in the patrol division are scored on their ability to "detect, defend, and apprehend" a simulated criminal act or threat.
A two-judge system, is used in the evaluation of each performance. Written score sheets give all competitors a written evaluation of their performance as seen by the judges in real-time on the field.
K9 Pro competitive training is done through a collaboration of experienced dog owners and dog trainers. Training clubs, with a mixture of experienced and novice members, compete to compare their dog training techniques against the techniques of other clubs. Many clubs also combine Schutzhund or ring[clarification needed] training with their K9 Pro training. K9 Pro does not directly offer any formal training centers or materials.
- McKowns, Mike (1992). "Sport Dog Articles". Dog Sport Magazine.
- "Having It All". Dog and Kennel. December 1999.