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Schutzhund 1

Side Transport in Schutzhund Schutzhund 1 Tracking: Before you begin your actual tracking, the judge will probably instruct you to walk with your dog on six-foot leash through the group for an impartiality test, if this hasn't already been done. This test can be done before you report in or as a separate exercise at any time before you compete. (Explained in detail at the beginning of this guide.) When you lay your track you will need two articles and a flag and you will go to the judge for direction. Schutzhund 1 tracks are approximately 300 paces. The articles need to be no more than 3 inches by 3 inches. Take a deep breath and think about what you're doing before you proceed. Try to line up on things or remember the particulars of your track. You and your dog are a team. Most of the time, the judge will instruct you when to turn and when to drop an article. Hints to laying a track: Make sure your articles are full of your scent, use different color articles. If the ground is dark, use lighter articles. Articles may not by the rules be a significant change in color from the terrain. If the judge asks you to make a turn, raise your hand to let him know you heard him and make a turn. If it is a horrible place to turn, walk a few paces more with your hand up and turn at a better spot. The same with an article, don't place it in a patch of stickers if the judge signals to place the article. Just raise your hand to indicate you heard, walk a few paces more and drop the article. When you place the article, pause just long enough to place the article on the ground so it doesn’t bounce off the track. The rules state you should move while dropping articles. Corners should be five paces; slightly rounded. You should know at this point what your dog needs at corners. These hints go for tracklayers in the SchH 2 and 3, also. New rules show a sharper corner. Before you begin your actual tracking, the judge will probably instruct you to walk with your dog on six-foot leash through the group for an impartiality test, if this hasn't already been done. This test can be done before you report in or as a separate exercise at any time before you compete. (Explained in detail at the beginning of this guide.) Before tracking, report to the judge and say, "My name is ..., my dog's name is..., we are reporting for SchH 1 tracking and my dog will indicate the articles on the track." It is important to say indicate and not down on the articles. Just in case your dog decides to just pause or sit or stand. There is no point deduction for alternating indication, but the article has to be indicated or picked up and brought back to handler. Picking up of the article is a very difficult exercise and opens the team up to point loss so it is suggested that the dog indicate the article. Praising is ONLY allowed after the dog has indicated the article, you have picked it up and shown the judge. Praising is not allowed while the dog is working the track. If you feel your dog absolutely needs praise to finish a track then use your own discretion. If it means passing the track or not you might want to use praise. Sometime during the impartiality test, the judge will ask to see your dog's tattoo. When showing the judge your dog's ear tattoo, which you usually have to do even if they don't have a tattoo, you make sure you hold the dog properly. The tattoos are most often in the right ear, so you put the dog on your right side (opposite side) in a 'heel' or ‘fuss’ position. You take the muzzle in your left hand covering the eyes calmly and lay his head on your body in front of you. You then use your right hand to present the ear tattoo. If you expose the ear in this way you are at the least risk for problems. Practice at home a lot. After this impartiality test or reporting in, you will be asked to proceed to your track. Now is the time to start your tracking routine. The rules now state you need to stop your dog 2 meters away from scent pad before the beginning of the track if you need to straighten your line or calm your dog before the start of the track. At the end of the track go up to judge and report, "My name is ..., my dog's name is ..., we have completed SchH 1 tracking, here are my articles." New rules state you have to follow your dog even if he's off the track. If you are on the track and the dog is off the track stay on it unless directed by judge. If the dog has blown a corner and you are approaching it, don't follow the dog, stay on the corner. The judge will say follow your dog if you hold the dog back. The only restarts (when you reel in your tracking line and grab the line by the collar and start him tracking again) are allowed at the scent pad. So on the track always hold the leash at the end and let the dog look for a lost track. If the dog gets tangled you may platz your dog and untangle him ONLY at the judge's discretion. When a dog leaves the scent pad or article let the line go out all the way before following the dog. It helps when you establish a routine for your dog. Example: Let your dog out to relieve himself , put the long line on, let him drink water, go out to judge for temperament test, down your dog more than 2 meters from the flag, let the line all the way out and check for knots, ask if he wants to track, release him and at the flag say "such". You can create your own routine that works well, but always let them have water or splash it on their nose and make sure the line has no knots. Take a moment to relax yourself and look at the track and get your bearings. SchH 1 Obedience: The obedience for the SchH 1 is not the same as the BH anymore. All obedience is off lead in the SchH 1. The leash at all times must be on the person either with the clip on the opposite side of the dog or in a pocket. Reporting in to the Judge: Competitors should fuss to the judge at the same time in a sportsmanlike manner. As in tracking, state your name, dog's name and what you are reporting to do such as, “beginning Schutzhund 1 obedience”. He will then tell you to either go to the basic position for your obedience routine or to the long down. Long down: Go to down area and face the dog to the direction you will be waiting. On judge’s command put hands to the sides and look straight ahead and say "platz". Walk off with right leg first, 30 paces, or designated spot and stand with back to dog. Do not look at dog. Wait for judge's command to go back to the dog. Return to the dog standing at the heel side and at the judge’s command look straight ahead say "sitz". Then after 3 second pause fuss to the end of the field and wait until other dog does his voraus. Heeling exercise: Basic routine: Offline heeling Walking Sit Walking Down with Recall Flat retrieve Retrieve over jump Retrieve over wall Voraus Starting at basic position (where you start every exercise) off lead, 40-50 paces out normal, about turn, 10-15 paces normal, 10-15 paces fast, 10-15 paces slow, 10-15 paces normal, right turn 15 paces, right turn 15 paces, about turn, 5-10 paces and stop, 5-10 paces left turn, then go into the group. (You are penalized for more or less than 10 to 15 paces on changes of pace so demonstrate 12 paces to be sure the judge sees enough paces.) In the group show right turn and left turn. The stop should be near a group person. Proceed out of the group to basic position for the walking sit. If you are going to praise your dog, the time to praise is at the end of the heeling routine at basic position. Do not let your dog get out of control or leave fuss position. You know your own dog, maybe you want to praise a lot or a little or not at all. Do whatever suits your individual dog. Example of the offline heeling pattern: Go to basic position, walk 10-15 paces, sit the dog, go 30 paces and wait for judge's signal to return to your dog. Go back to basic position (unless the judge allows you to start there if the field is big enough), walk 10-15 paces, down the dog, go 30 paces and wait for judge to signal recall. Recall and then finish. Hint: Basic position is now changed. You only get one shot at a straight sit, you cannot re-position to obtain a straighter sit. You may pet your dog at the basic position and then wait to the count of 3 to proceed or re-position after the praise. After the end of a routine, you can obtain a basic position once. Get the SchH 1 dumbbell for the flat retrieve with your dog in fuss. The dog can sit no farther away than a meter from the dumbbell stand when you get the dumbbell. After selecting the correct dumbbell the team goes to an appropriate area and starts the retrieve in basic position. (make sure you are in a good place and not throwing towards the crowd or the dog on the long down or the jumps.) The handler looks at the judge to begin. The handler throws the dumbbell approximately 30 feet. You may use "bring" only once as the command to retrieve. Know your rules here! Sometimes a double "bring" command at this point, if necessary, is better than the dog not returning or not getting the dumbbell at all. Do not move out of the basic position after throwing the dumbbell it can result in loss of all points. Use SchH 1 dumbbell for the jump. "Hup" is the first command. While the dog is in the air over the jumps you must say "bring" before he gets to the dumbbell. Use SchH 1 dumbbell for wall. "Hup" is the first command. While the dog is in the air over the jumps you must say "bring" before he gets to the dumbbell. Go to the basic position for voraus. (Use the time it takes the other competitor to get their dog off the long down to prepare your dog for voraus.) At the basic position, wait for the judge signal to begin. On his command walk 10-15 paces and send the dog with a “voraus” and raise your right hand and point forward. At the judge’s signal or when the dog has reached 30 paces out, “platz” you dog. On the judge’s signal, go to your dog and wait 3 seconds and sit your dog. At this time if you haven’t done the long down, you will be instructed to go to the long down position or you will report out to the judge for your critique. (Hint: do not lower your raised hand at the same time you tell your dog to platz. Either leave your hand up until after the dog has platzed or put your hand down right away. If you drop your hand at the same time you say platz, it can be considered a double command.) After both competitors have finished, report out to the judge, your name, dog’s name, and report what you have just completed, “we have just completed Schutzhund 1 obedience”. Upon instruction from judge prior to critique the dog is put on leash. Go to the area of the judge's critique and put your dog on a down. It is usually in front of the grandstand or group. Teams being critiqued should be a reasonable distance from the other team during the critique. SchH 1 Protection: Basic routine: Blind Search Bark and Hold Escape Re-attack Courage Test (AKA Long Bite) Report to the judge off leash unless otherwise instructed. “My name is..., my dog’s name is..., we are starting our Schutzhund 1 protection.” At the judge’s direction proceed to the center of the blinds between the 4th and 5th blind. At this position, wait for the judge's signal to begin. Point to the 5th blind and say "voran". The handler is now moving along an imaginary center line. Say "heir" when the dog is at the 5th blind. Point to the live blind and say "voran". The dogs now have to circle the blinds closely. Do not move from this position until judge instructs you to approach your dog. On judge's signal, go and get your dog. The length of the barking is now 20 seconds. When approaching the blind to get the dog, do it calmly. At the SchH 1 level you have a choice to call your dog out of the blind at the position designated by judge or the handler can fuss his dog to the position designated by the judge. Either way the handler goes to the position indicated by the judge and then either (1) goes to the dog and fusses back to the original position, or (2) the handler chooses to call his dog out of the blind he stays at position indicated by the judge and at judge’s signal calls his dog with one ‘fuss’ command to the handlers side. Recall dog by saying "fuss". If the dog doesn't respond after three commands go to the dog and fuss it back to call out position. Either way after the dog is at basic position at original fuss position the handler then calls the helper out of the blind. Say "fuss" and fuss your dog to a designated spot about 5 paces from decoy or where the judge indicates After assuming new position the handler downs his dog. The handler no longer can instruct the helper to raise his arms and the handler no longer searches the helper. The handler now goes just to search the blind keeping his eye on the helper. When you are at the blind the helper will try to escape. When he stops, tell your dog to out. The helper will attack the dog and deliver two stick hits. When the agitator stops, out your dog. When you receive the command from the judge to approach your dog, go up beside the dog to basic position and say “sitz” then fuss to designated spot parallel to 1st blind for the courage test. The dog should sit calmly in basic position. You may hold the dog’s collar. The judge commands the helper to come out and cross the field at a walk. The handler yells, "Stop-stand still". The helper upon reaching the center of the field runs threateningly at dog. The judge will tell you to send your dog. Do not send the dog until judge directs. You may move while the dog is running, but you must stop when the dog makes contact with helper. The agitator attacks the dog and presses the dog after the grip. When the agitator stops, out your dog. (Some dogs you want to out quickly and some dogs slower depending on your training and point loss) At the judge's signal, approach your dog at a normal pace. At the basic position, say "sitz" to your dog. The new rules state you can take the stick anyway you would like. One way is to tell the agitator, after you have told the dog to sit, “Carefully hand me the stick behind your back”. After obtaining the stick fuss your dog to the right side of the agitator. Stop and the dog should sit automatically. Say "transport" to the agitator. Say "fuss" to your dog. (Do not touch agitator during escort to judge. Never walk between the dog and agitator.) Escort the agitator to the front of the judge, the dog should sit automatically and hand the judge the stick and state, "My name is ... and my dogs name is ..., we have completed Schutzhund 1 protection." Proceed to the area where judge makes his remarks. Upon instruction from judge prior to critique the dog is put on leash. --------------------------------------------------------------------------------

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