What is mondioring?
Mondioring is an F.C.I. authorized international dog sport developed in the late 80’s by representatives from every major country that has a competition dog sport. The ‘new’ sport was designed to “level the playing ground” and allow competitors from any of the world’s disciplines to compete in a common sport. French Ring, Belgian Ring, IPO (SchH) and KNPV were all represented.
Like most protection dog sports, Mondioring has a series of exercises to be executed by the dog/handler team in the categories of obedience, agility (jumps) and protection. At the Mondioring III level, there are a total of 17 exercises, completed without interruption, and lasting approximately 45 minutes.
The obedience in Mondioring is based on functionality with the emphasis being on control in spite of distraction. The jumps in Mondioring test the structure and willingness of the dog. The protection phase of the competition requires that the dog demonstrate tremendous control. A Mondioring dog competes at each level without collar or leash throughout the trial, thus testing the control of the animal from the very beginning.The complexity of the trial field, combined with the demands of extreme control, require that the dog be clear-headed and have excellent character.
Each trial (competition) is based on a theme – much like a theatre setup on a field. Props, scenarios, and distractions are placed at strategic points on the trial field. While the exercises remain the same from trial to trial, the order and setup will change with each judge’s own creativity. No two trials are ever alike, thus preventing the possibility of preparing a dog ‘by rote’.