Thought I could start a thread similar to the agility thread but for sports involving bitework or protection training. I will come back and posts pics and such tonight, but I got involved with French Ring naturally after getting my first Malinois. We have to travel 4 hours (one-way) for training with our training decoy, but we can do a lot of non bitework stuff on our own. My goal for my 2 year old male is to attempt his Brevet and possibly Ring 1 in August at a trial in Montreal. There may be another Montreal trial in late September/October but I will wait and see how the first trial goes. Here is a link that describes the differences between FR and IPO. http://dantero.com/frschdif.php The most obvious difference is the decoy wears a full bite suit and the dogs can target any way they want, although most ring dogs are taught legs first and upper body when they are more experienced. There is no tracking in FR and the obedience routine is very different and not graded on style, rather more objectively as pass/fail or specific deductions. The bitework is more challenging and complicated to the dog, especially at the upper levels. French ring is exhilarating and exciting to train. Wiley lives for bitework, and he is happiest after a day with our decoy. I also love this article on the sport: http://www.canadianringsport.com/moreau.pdf It was published in 1991, the ideas and training philosophies seem way ahead of its time. I know some of you here do IPO or have played around in ringsport... How's training going?