Laurie Schweizer, x3 National Champion

October 15, 2021  •  2 Comments

There was a big question mark who would be the top IGP dogs in the USA after the pause of competition in 2020 due to the pandemic. Sadly, a few of the best dogs missed a prime year and some retired for 2021.  There were new dogs to the top stage that had a lot of people excited. The top honors were up for grabs more than any year in recent memory.  It is fair to say that few could have expected such a dominant performance from one team.  Laurie Schweizer and Argo von Schweizer had a year for the record books, winning three national championships.  Argo is the only BHOT dog to have ever won all three.

2021 AWDF IGP National IGP Championship

2021 USCA Universal Sieger

2021 USCA GSD National IGP Championship

20211009.USCA.Nats.DSC_110420211009.USCA.Nats.DSC_1104Laurie Schweizer and Argo von Schweizer 2021 USCA GSD NationalChampionship, Oct 8-10. Indianapolis, Indiana. Photography Brian Aghajani

The year did not star well.  It was a case of fire and ice.  The first National they entered this year was the USCA Working Dog Championship.  Through all phases they showed to be serious contenders.  But in the back-half of protection, Argo did not out (disengage) resulting in disqualification.  It was a heartbreaking moment and had a strong impact on Laurie.  It stoked her fire and made her more determined than ever.  She saw enough to know that she had something special in Argo and the experienced made her determined to show better.  She worked with Beth Bradley and together formulated a remedial plan.  What followed was a win at the AWDF Nationals.  They switched lanes and pursued the Universal Sieger title, which is a combination of highest show rating and protection scores.  Argo is a handsome and classic proportioned GSD, combined with world class working ability.  Not surprisingly they earned the Universal Sieger.  Two championships under their belt.

20211009.USCA.Nats.DSC_101720211009.USCA.Nats.DSC_1017Laurie Schweizer and Argo von Schweizer 2021 USCA GSD NationalChampionship, Oct 8-10. Indianapolis, Indiana. Photography Brian Aghajani

The team headed into the USCA Nationals with well deserved confidence.  When a team time their peak perfectly and have put in the perfect practice and countless perfect repetitions, things happen naturally and with fluidity.  To add drama, during the helper selection and Colt Dickson was selected for back-half. Colt is a young and talented new comer to the National helper ranks and the only helper Argo has refused to disengage, as mentioned before, which took them out of contention at the WDC in May.  I can't help but think this played in the back on Laurie's mind. however, if it did, she didn't reveal a tell.  Laurie and Beth Bradley had done their work.   As the ending of this story has had a spoiler in the opening paragraph, but Argo redeemed his earlier WDC misstep and it could not have worked out better than for this to be with Colt on the back half. 

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Call Out after Bark & Hold

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The Escape with Eric Hultgren

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Guarding at the end of The Escape

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Pressure phase of The Escape

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Finishing The Escape with a power ending.

20211009.USCA.Nats.DSC_1319-220211009.USCA.Nats.DSC_1319-2Laurie Schweizer and Argo von Schweizer 2021 USCA GSD NationalChampionship, Oct 8-10. Indianapolis, Indiana. Photography Brian Aghajani Eric Hultren bringing Argo from right pocket over the left knee and applying pressure to finish the drive.

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The transition to the out at the end of The Escape.

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20211009.USCA.Nats.DSC_218320211009.USCA.Nats.DSC_2183Laurie Schweizer and Argo von Schweizer 2021 USCA GSD NationalChampionship, Oct 8-10. Indianapolis, Indiana. Photography Brian Aghajani Final drive of front-half

20211009.USCA.Nats.DSC_1348-220211009.USCA.Nats.DSC_1348-2Laurie Schweizer and Argo von Schweizer 2021 USCA GSD NationalChampionship, Oct 8-10. Indianapolis, Indiana. Photography Brian Aghajani Laurie looking on as her boy delivers the goods.

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Scary helper face is de rigueur helper's part of the protection act.

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Start of back-half. Colt Dickson is running full stride at them.  The only helper that Argo has not outed on.  This is a moment of truth.  Laurie has ice in her veins.

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20211009.USCA.Nats.DSC_1476-220211009.USCA.Nats.DSC_1476-2Laurie Schweizer and Argo von Schweizer 2021 USCA GSD NationalChampionship, Oct 8-10. Indianapolis, Indiana. Photography Brian Aghajani 20211009.USCA.Nats.DSC_1495-220211009.USCA.Nats.DSC_1495-2Laurie Schweizer and Argo von Schweizer 2021 USCA GSD NationalChampionship, Oct 8-10. Indianapolis, Indiana. Photography Brian Aghajani

20211009.USCA.Nats.DSC_227120211009.USCA.Nats.DSC_2271Laurie Schweizer and Argo von Schweizer 2021 USCA GSD NationalChampionship, Oct 8-10. Indianapolis, Indiana. Photography Brian Aghajani The moment we waited for. Houston we have an OUT!

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All female podium at the USCA Nationals.

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Laurie said none of the achievements have happened or be possible with out Beth Bradly (left).

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Comments

Doreen Schweizer(non-registered)
Hooray and congratulations to Laurie, Argo, and Beth! What a remarkable display of hard work, talent, discipline, and love. Your photographs are wonderful Brian and your commentary gives us all a sense of the excitement of the events. Thank you.
Laurie Schweizer(non-registered)
Brian what an awesome blog. Thank you so much for taking time out in your day to do this. So thoughtful of you.
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