Hi, I am Olga Baram. Just like you, I train, live and breath IGP. I started in Schutzhund in 1995 and have been competing in dog sports for over 20 years, with the dogs that stole my heart forever, THE BELGIAN SHEPHERDS, first with Groenendaels and now the Malinois.
Over the years I dabbled in Obedience, Conformation, Agility and Schutzhund with a firm belief that stability, structure and drive are all equally important for these highly intelligent, super intuitive, active and athletic dogs. Schutzhund became my true passion and obsession... I love all 3 phases of the sport and our IGP community. I enjoy the camaraderie and helping others. I cherish the special relationship with my dogs that training brings. I am lucky to have a promising young dog. I am fortunate to have great friends and mentors, I am always hungry for learning more and pursuing my idea of a perfect picture with my dog on the field!
For over 20 years I have been researching and learning canine genetics, breed health issues, puppy imprinting and upbringing, training techniques, raw nutrition, maintenance and conditioning. I believe a true winner is a dog who is genetically strong and sound, and who is fulfilled on the deepest levels both mentally and physically.
I am the equipment junkie. When I was a little girl and only dreamed of my parents getting me a puppy, I had a collection of leashes, collars, harnesses and training toys! Naturally now DogSports4u sells training and fitness equipment for dogs and handlers. I hand pick the products and love fulfilling orders, knowing it will bring smiles, eye sparkles and tail wags. I hold a CCAS designation, which stands for Certified Canine Athlete Specialist, the only program at this time focused on sport and working dogs.
IGP is a contact sport and our dogs are athletes throwing themselves out there on the field, being prone to injuries. Most veterinarians or canine physical therapists lack experience of working with sports dogs. Often when they hear IGP/Schutzhund they are afraid to even touch the dog without a muzzle. I watch many handlers who don't practice safety and injury prevention and try to condition their dogs either intuitively or by trial and error simply because they don't know or think about it until it is too late. Lots of injuries can be prevented with proper conditioning, warm up and cooling down. I am committed to raising awareness and bringing more information into our IGP community on safety and injury prevention. I am passionate in helping handlers raise their high drive IGP puppies to become balanced healthy dogs and well rounded best friends. I am a Certified Canine Athlete Specialist, currently the only program available with focus on the working dogs and protection dog sports.
Our sport is demanding and it requires a well rounded balanced strong stable athletic driven dog. To win it, best training has to be supplemented with overall well being, both physical and mental, and the right emotions of the dog and a good handler-dog relationship. It is a breathtaking picture when all of it comes together and shines!
IGP specific conditioning program gives you an extra edge, that little something extra that makes a difference in competition! To build it, you have to KNOW THE SPORT!!!
I broke down all the fitness elements and applied them to specific IGP exercises. Now I can help you and your dog develop your own individual program and give you the skills to fine tune it for your dog's competition needs and progress so he can shine brighter, be faster, stronger, look more intense and explosive on the field!