SCHUTZHUND - Schutzhund Training
2004 Trial Handling Rules Intro
Why are some people good handlers? This question is asked all the time. Some people are more coordinated than others, some do many tasks at once, some people can see mistakes or problems and correct them at any given notice or through training, and some people retain more knowledge. All of these things and more make any one person a good handler. Here are some hints on successful trialing.
When showing always smile at the judge and be extremely interested in everything he/she has to say. Many judges have handler's meetings where competitors can ask questions. Use this opportunity to clear up any concerns you might have. Pay attention to his instructions, and pay a lot of attention to his critiques of other dogs. The B is a good place to start because sometimes the judge goes into novice-like detail to the handlers at this level letting you know what is correct.
At a trial you have to go with the flow. Don't get overly upset about mistakes, it will just interrupt your other performances. Don't dwell on perceived inequities of scoring or conditions. What you lose one place you will probably get back in another, maybe at another trial a year later. Every competitor knows that you have good days and bad days.
A good competitor knows the rules when he is trialing. Rules change from year to year. In the last few years they have changed the rules substantially, and each handler must know the rule changes. It is important to know what costs more points, and if you have to lose points, where to lose them. Example:
When there is an odd number of competitors in obedience, occasionally the judge will do a “round-robin”. This is difficult for some handlers to understand. A round-robin is when you have three competitors report for obedience instead of just two. One competitor (1) will be doing obedience and one competitor (2) will be doing the long down and the third competitor (3) will be off the field. When the first competitor (1) is done with the heeling portion and is ready for the down, the team (2) on the long down will the leave the field. The team (3) that was off the field will then come on to do obedience and then go to the long down when finished. Example:
A judge might ask for a dummy dog instead of a round-robin. That just means a team that won't be pointed will go out and do a mock pattern so that the dog being tested can be fairly scored.
The impartiality test is performed before the beginning of all Schutzhund titles. The judge usually likes to see all competing teams walk through a group of people one at a time on an obedience leash. Teams are usually asked to walk among a group of people casually and not in a heeling position. At this time, you must show the judge a tattoo if your dog has one. All competitors should practice showing the tattoo to the judge or other club members in training. If the dog has a tattoo on the leg, you can lay your dog down and roll him over for the judge or you can lift your dog up on his hind legs. Do what is best for your dog.
In the rest of this document helper, decoy, or agitator are used interchangeably.
You are allowed to disarm the helper in any way during protection. It is important to practice disarming with your dog to find the safest and least costly way to disarm the helper. 1. The helper can pass the stick behind his back at your command. 2. You can ask the helper to step back and then down your dog and go to the helper and retrieve the stick and then fuss your dog to the helper for side-transport. 3. You can fuss the dog to the side of the helper and stop and then take stick and proceed with the side-transport. This exercise is left up to the handler. Please take into consideration the helper's safety during disarming.
When running the blinds, you can do it silently or you can say “voran, hier” or you can say “voran, “dog’s name”, hier”. It is important that you only use the commands native to the different countries and not make up words.
On the recalls you can only say “hier, come or the dog’s name” but not a combination. Do not use words judge’s are not familiar with or you could lose points.
Typical handling mistakes in tracking:
Typical handling mistakes in obedience (the BH guide has more common mistakes):
Typical handling mistakes in protection:
In addition to the normal Obedience mistakes, there are additional mistakes that are common in the BH routine. Typical handling mistakes in the BH: