Welcome to the FCI World Championship for Utility dogs in Rheine, Germany.
The international dog sport finds its yearly high point in the FCI IPO World Championship. The 2017 FCI IPO World Championship will take place, for the second time now, in Rheine, Germany.
Rheine, a beautiful little town in the northern part of Germany, close to the border with The Netherlands, lies on the river “Eems” and has about 76.000 inhabitants. It is for the second time now that the FCI IPO World Championship is organized in Rheine and everyone who has been visiting the 2011 FCI IPO World Championship in Rheine remembers the friendly people of Rheine and the hospitality during that World Championship.
It will be good to be back in Rheine because we also remember the perfect organisation of 2011.
With regards to this World Championship for utility dogs, we should pause and think for a few moments about our four legged friends, helpers, and lifetime companions. Being together with this wonderful animals is a foundation of human survival and a source of respect for nature and all living creatures. Whether it is for competition, companionship, assistance, security or search and rescue, in good and bad times, dogs are man’s best friend.
Organizing a World Championship requires many days and long hours of preparation, voluntary work and a lot of effort and stress. At this point I want to thank our host, the German VDH and all the members of the teams who do all this work.
The permanent, sport-orientated training of our IPO dogs from the lowest up to the highest level of a world championship, offers useful information to all responsible and success-oriented breeders. In addition, at the world championship it is a demonstration of a dog’s stability and obedience under the pressure of the public eye.
All dog handlers, especially those entering this competition, prove that training dogs is worthwhile and fun also for both, dog and dog handler.
I wish all the best to all competitors, who managed to pass through qualifications in their home countries. I also whish the best to the Judges who need a wealth of experience and a full measure of objectivity in order to be able to observe and mark the competitors fairly.
I hope all the competitors, guest and friends of dog sport will enjoy their stay in Rheine and experience the hospitality of the German people first-hand.
May the competition run smoothly and according to plan and may it be success.
On behave of the FCI Utility Dogs Commission