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Tracking is the same as the SchH 1 except approximately 400 paces long and laid by a stranger.
SchH 2 Obedience:
The obedience for the SchH 2 is the same as the SchH 1, except it includes the walking stand and the SchH 2 dumbbell for the flat retrieve.
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 2 obedience”. He will then tell you to either go to the basic position for your obedience routine or to the long down.
Go to down area and face the dog to the direction you will be waiting. At the judge’s command put hands to the side and look straight ahead. Say "platz." and walk off 30 paces or marked area start with right leg 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 looking straight ahead and say "sitz". Fuss to the end of the field and wait until the other dog does his voraus.
- Offline heeling
- Walking sit
- Walking down with recall
- Walking stand
- Flat retrieve
- Retrieve over jump
- Retrieve over the wall
- Starting at basic position (where you start every exercise) on 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.
Example of offline obedience pattern:
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.
- 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.
- From that position (or if the dog is crooked you are allowed one chance to re-position), walk 10-15 paces, stand your dog, go 30 paces. Wait for judge's signal to return to your dog. When beside your dog wait 3 seconds, say "sitz".
- Get the SchH 2 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 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 2 obedience”. Upon instruction from judge prior to critique the dog is put on leash. Go to the area of judge's critique and put your dog on a down, usually in front of the grandstand or group.
SchH 2 Protection:
- Blind Search
- Bark and Hold
- Back Transport
- Re-attack (no escort to judge)
- Courage Test
Report to the judge on leash unless otherwise instructed. “My name is..., my dog’s name is..., we are starting our Schutzhund 2 protection.” After the report take the leash off.
- Go to the center of the field between the 2nd and 3rd blinds and wait for the judge's signal. When instructed to begin, you will only run the last 4 blinds. Point to the 3rd blind and say "voran". Say "heir" when the dog is at the blind. By this time you should know how to run blinds. Watch others if possible to see problems other dogs are having with certain blinds. The dogs now have to circle the blinds closely.
- On judge's signal go to the spot indicated by the judge for the call out. The length of the barking is now 20 seconds. When approaching the blind, do it calmly.
Recall dog by saying "fuss". If the dog doesn't respond after three commands, you will be excused. Ask agitator to step out of the blind. The agitator usually has a spot that the judge has asked him to secure.
- Say "fuss" and fuss your dog to a designated spot about 5 paces from decoy or where the judge indicates. Say, "Platz." You no longer search the helper. The handler goes to search the blind only. When you are at the blind the helper will try to escape. When he stops tell your dog to out.
- The helper will then attack the dog with two stick hits. When the agitator stops, out your dog. At the judge’s command go up to your dog and say "sitz".
- At basic position tell the helper to turn around and move out. Fuss your dog behind the helper at a distance of 5 paces for attack on handler. You will proceed about 30 paces. The turns, if any, are at the judge’s discretion.
- After the attack during the back transport, out your dog and at the direction of the judge go up to your dog and say "sitz". Free heel your dog to designated spot parallel to 1st blind for the courage test.
- The dog should sit calmly in basic position. You may hold your dog’s collar. The judge commands the helper to come out and cross the field at a run. 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 might 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, “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 and move forward to the judge. OR You can also say “move out” and then “fuss” to your dog and proceed to the judge. (Do not touch agitator during escort to the judge.)
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 2 protection”. Upon instruction from judge prior to critique the dog is put on leash. Proceed to the area where the judge makes his remarks.
Ann Marie Chaffin