The La Crosse County Sheriff’s Department K-9 Sabiye and his handler Deputy Brandon Stoughtenger recently competed in, and passed, an IP03 trial hosted by the Great River Working Dog Association and Bachbett Kennels in Mindoro, Wisconsin. The trial was judged by Austrian judge Bruno Kastelic-Sakoparnig.
The IPOB consists of three phases: tracking, obedience, and protection. The trial tests the dog’s courage, intelligence, trainability, bond with the handler, perseverance, protective instinct and desire to work. Because the trial is very demanding, very few dogs are able to pass.
K-9 Sabiye and Stoughtenger began training for the trial when the dog was a puppy, however, in the last two years they have concentrated on perfecting the skills needed to pass. The team worked with training partner and breeder George Markos three to six times a week to prepare for the trial. K-9 Sabiye was the only dog to earn an IP03, scoring an impressive 96 points out of 100 in the protection phase. The judge also rated Sabiye the highest level for working temperament calling him “pronounced” meaning he is very dominant, Dynamic, and possesses an excellent Work temperament.
The five year old German Boxer has been partnered with Stoughtenger since 2011. He is now the only German Boxer to be a full time police canine and have the elite IPO3 title in the world. K-9 Sabiye was purchased with donations from the Bangor Middle School Leadership Club.
Fromm Family Foods donates his food and La Crosse Veterinary Clinic donates medical care.
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