In Annie Wildmoser’s world, IPO doesn’t stand for an exciting stock opportunity. Instead, that three-letter acronym is shorthand for Internationale Prüfungs-Ordnung – the formal protection work that used to be called “Schutzhund.”
A German native who now lives in Los Angeles, 32-year-old Wildmoser got intrigued by protection sports when she started working her Cane Corsos in competitive obedience. To say she has been successful is something of an understatement: Her female “Nasa” (GCh. Italica’s Once in a Blue Moon CGC, TT, RE, BH, CDX, IPO3) is one of only a handful of Cane Corsos in the United States to reach the IPO3 level, and only the second bitch to ever do so. And her homebred male, Nasa’s son “Utah” (Odisseia’s Once at Point Break CGC) looks to be following in his mother’s tracking prints.
In this Modern Molosser interview, Wildmoser talks about the joys of training, the importance of confidence and the challenges of competing with an unorthodox breed like the Cane Corso.
Please note that video contains images of bite and protection work.