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VDH Rules for SchH 1 - 2 - 3 and VPG 1 - 2 - 3

VDH RULES FOR SCHUTZHUND TRIALS

PREFACE

This document is a translation of various rules for the conduct of working dog examinations
as used in Germany and several European Countries.

GENERAL RULES AND REGULATIONS

Part A. DEGREE LEVELS

Begleithunde Examination BH
Schutzhund Examination I SchHI
Schutzhund Examination II SchHII
Schutzhund Examination III SchHIII

Part B. REQUIREMENTS

The minimum age requirement for entry into the various degree levels are:

SchH A 18 months
SchH I 18 months
SchH II 19 months
SchH III 20 months
FH 16 months

Evidence of prior achievement of the B title must be presented before entry into SchH I is permitted. On any given day when only one judge is officiating, a maximum of 10 dogs may be entered in a trial. If the entries exceed this figure, the trial must be extended to another day or other judges must be secured to officiate. Dogs are only allowed to be exhibited in one Schutzhund degree per scheduled trial. If a dog has been awarded a degree, a four week waiting period must elapse before the dog can be exhibited for the next higher degree. Once a dog has earned a SchH III degree, it is up to the discretion of the handler when he/she wishes to exhibit the dog again. Dogs exhibited in a lower degree examination than actually earned by the dog shall be awarded ranking behind those who earned their degree at the schutzhund trial.

It is up to the discretion of the handler to repeat a Schutzhund degree without being bound by the waiting period, but not at the same scheduled trial date. It is also not permissible for a handler to participate in two trials on the same day. Only dogs that appear healthy can be exhibited in a trial. Before being permitted to participate in a trial, each dog must pass a test of impartiality and sureness. The testing of the self confidence or impartiality ate to be excused form the trial proceedings. A dog is to be dismissed from the trial if it demonstrates faulty temperament during the trial even though the initial test for impartiality was positive.

Part C. POINT SCORE AND RATING

The highest maximum score in each phase shall be 100 points and therefore the highest point score in all three phases shall be 300 points. A degree can only be awarded if a dog achieves at least 70 points in phases A (tracking) and B (obedience) and at least 80 points in phase C (protection). Should there be awards presented and in the case of a tie, the dog with the highest point score in phase C should receive the award. Should there still be a tie, the point in phase B shall prevail.

 

The following ratings shall be awarded with the corresponding point totals:

Unsatisfactory 0-109 points
Insufficient 110-219 points
Satisfactory 220-239 points
Good 240-269 points
Very Good 270-285 points
Excellent 286-300 points

Should there be awards presented and in the case of a tie, the dog with the highest point score in phase C should receive the award. Should there still be a tie, the point in phase B shall prevail.

The passinphase C. The following ratings shall be awarded with the corresponding point totals:

Unsatisfactory 0-72 points
Insufficient 73-149 points
Satisfactory 150-159 points
Good 160-179 points
Very Good 180-190 points
Excellent 191-200 points

Awards for combativeness including courage and hardness are:

P- Pronounced (Ausgepraegt)
S- Satisfactory (Vorhanden)
I- Insufficient (Nicht Genugend)

Part D. THE CONDUCT OF THE PARTICIPANTS

At the beginnings of each trial after being summoned by name, each handler and dog shall report to the judge repeating the handler™s as well as the dog™s name. The dog must be leashed (unleashed in SchH III) and is to sit in the basic heel position. The pedigree and registration certificate as well as the Recordbook is to be presented to the trial secretary prior to the trial. Should the hosting organization demand a membership or affiliation requirement, then a valid membership card must be presented. Each participant must follow the instructions of the judge as well as those of the trial committee without any disagreement. The handler must exhibit the dog in a sporty and faultless manner. Ill-nature actions or poor sportsmanship will lead to expulsion from the trial. The final decision in all cases rests with the presiding judge and the decision of the judge is unchallengeable. During the trial, the dog must be exhibited with a choke collar in the neutral position (dead ring). Leather and spike collars are not permitted. The handler may praise the dog only once after each exercise. Body help from the handler is not permitted and if used will be penalized by point deductions. Handlers that possess physical handicaps that hinder movement of the dog on the left side of the handler can show dogs on the right side. In such cases, the dog and handler will be judged without prejudice as long as the performance is analogous to a left heeling dog.

Entry Requirements:

Events are open to all entrants having correct score books or to all persons who are members of recognized foreign organizations and who do not reside in the country of the trial tests. Before entering its first Schutzhund trial, every dog must show proof of having passed a BH-test conducted by an AZG (read VDH) member-organization.

German-owned dogs which have earned a title in a foreign country, must furnish proof of having passed a BH-test under AZG jurisdiction before they are allowed to enter any further SchH or IPO trials in Germany.

Dogs which come from foreign ownership into German ownership, must show proof of having passed a BH-test under an AZG trial judge before they are allowed to enter any further trials.

Dogs of permanent foreign (non-German) ownership, which enter a trial in Germany, do not have to show a BH-test under AZG jurisdiction when they present their foreign score books, but they may only be shown in IPO classes.

Public authority service dogs do not have to show proof of having passed a BH-test or dogs with proof of HGH (Herding title).

For entry in FH trials, presentation of the Recordbook must include proof of having earned a BH and/or a SchH 1 and/or IPO1 title under an AZG trial judge.

Only in combination with a SchH or IPO title can the FH title be recognized as meeting the title requirement of the breeding, breed-showing and Körung (breed-survey) regulations set by the breed-clubs.

Titles will be recognized only when they have been earned under a working-dog organization belonging to the AZG or recognized by the FCI, or earned in an FCI-recognized breed club for working dogs under an FCI-recognized trial judge. Dogs which are not registered with a VDH-recognized breed-club are to be listed in the trial paperwork only by their call-names. Bitches in season may participate in all of the trials and events. They must be placed at the end of the starting order for the trial. If there are several in-season bitches entered, they are to draw for position among themselves, starting at the end of the trial.

Trial Participants:

Participants in an officially scheduled event held by AZG member-club (read irVDH member-club/organizationl.) may be any dog-handler who can show, for himself and for the dog's owner (if the handler is not the owner), proof of current valid membership in a VDH of FCI-recognized club/organization. A handler must show his dog in all of the trial sections, regardless of the outcome in any one section, provided that no grounds are given for the judge to terminate the performance. If the dog is injured during the trial or if its performance capacity is diminished, the trial judge has the right to terminate the dog's trial performance, even against the wishes of the handler. If a dog is pulled from the trial on grounds of illness, after having already completed one or more sections, the handler must consult a veterinarian and have the dog's illness verified. The trial paperwork will be marked "Terminated because of illness".

Impartiality (Temperament Test)

Before the entered dogs are allowed to start in a BH, SchH or FH trial, they must undergo a temperament test. An integral part of the temperament test is the identity-inspection (examination and verification of the tattoo-number). The temperament evaluation continues throughout the entire trial. Dogs which fail the temperament test are excluded from further participation in the trial.

A dog that has passed the pre-trial portion of the temperament test may still be eliminated from the trial, by the judge, if that dog shows faulty temperament during the course of the trial.

Conduct of Trial Participants:

At the start of the trial each participant must, when called, report in to the officiating trial judge in a sportsmanlike manner, with his dog on lead or sitting free at heel (according to the rules for his trial level). He will announce to the judge his name and the name of his dog.

Every participant must obey the instructions of the officiating judge as well as those of the trial management personnel. Each dog-handler must handle his dog in a sportsmanlike and irreproachable manner. Willful violations can result in exclusion from further participation in the trial. The officiating judge will decide such a matter in all cases: the decision is incontestable.

The decision of the trial judge(s) is final; a protest against it is not permitted.

Special Notes on Procedure:

A dog must complete the working-out of a SchH track within a maximum of 20 minutes from the start-time; for FH tracks the maximum is 30 minutes from start-time. A tracking harness may be used in the tracking work. It is stipulated (in the rules) that voice commands are to be given clearly and audibly. Foreign handlers may use their own country's language. If a handler mixes up the order of individual obedience exercises (performs one out of order), the judge is obligated to interrupt the "false exercise" with an instruction to the handler to show the correct exercise next. No point-deduction will be made for this error.

Practice-jumps during the trial, as well as rewarding the dog with food, are prohibited. It is also not allowed to place the dumbbell in the dog's mouth prior to the retrieving exercise.

The carrying of play-articles (toys) is not permitted.

The basic position is permitted to be taken only once at the start of an exercise.

The handler may praise his dog, in the basic position, after completing each exercise.

Body-help from the handler is not permitted, and if used will result in a point deduction.

Compulsory Provisions on Collar/Carrying of Lead:

On technical insurance grounds, it is mandatory that the dog handler carry with him/her a dog-lead throughout the entire course of the trial. This includes a requirement that the dog must wear a collar at all times. Only single-row jointed (chain) collars are permitted. The collar may not have spikes (sharp points), prongs or hooks. It must fit loosely. Leather collars or so-called "tick-collars". are not allowed. At all officially scheduled trials/events, the leather-covered "soft" stick is the only type of stick allowed by the AZG for the protection work. The "stick-hits". required by the trial rules are to be carried out in a manner that complies with the animal protection regulations.

At officially scheduled trials, the officiating judge must ensure that a sufficient number of blinds (natural or man-made) are available on the trial grounds. The blinds are to be placed at least two meters away from natural or man-made boundaries, in such a way that the judge is able to see into the blind from a measured distance.

A: REQUIREMENTS:

No FH may be laid on a solid snow-cover.

30 minutes after the laying of the FH 1 track, and 30 minutes before starting the dog on the FH 2 track, a second person (who is also a strange to the dog) will receive a signal from the judge to lay the cross-track, which shall cross the track three times.

Suitable Terrain for Tracking:

Meadow grass, plowed fields and forest soil: All natural terrain. Sight-tracking is to be avoided as much as possible.

 

 

Tracking Articles:

Within any one track, articles different from each other must be used. Their color may not stand out considerably from that of the terrain, and their size may not exceed that of a wallet (billfold).

Materials: Leather, vinyl, fabric, wood.

In SchH 2, 3 and FH the articles are to be given to the track layer(s) far enough in advance so that the track layer(s) can carry the articles on their bodies for at least 30 minutes before laying the tracks.

In SchH 1, the handler uses his/her own articles. Attention should be paid to see that these

articles are likewise well-scented.

B: THE LAYING OF THE TRACK:

Before laying the SchH 1 track, the handler must show the articles to the judge. Only the previously described iecommon-use/householdl. articles are to be used. The trial judge is responsible for determining the layout of the tracks, and for the instruction of the track layer(s).

The handlers may not be present during the laying of the tracks for SchH 2,3 and FH. During

the laying of the SchH 1 track the dog must remain out of sight.

The Starting-Place:

The starting-place is to be marked with a signpost (tracking stake with number mark). It is to be placed in the ground directly to the left of the starting-point, and must remain there throughout the tracking work.

The track layer remains for awhile on the starting-place, and light stepping-about on it is permitted.

The track layer then proceeds at a normal pace in the direction prescribed by the judge. Scraping of feet or interruption in pace is not permitted. After laying the last article, the track layer must proceed a few paces further straight ahead.

The Legs of the Track:

The number of track-legs is prescribed in the relevant Trial Level section of Trial Rules.

The Corners:

The corners (about 90) are likewise to be made at a normal pace, during which attention must

be paid to make sure that it is possible for the dog to continue tracking directly into the next leg of the track. The continuity of the track is not to be destroyed/disrupted by the making of the corners. Heavy stomping of the corners is not allowed.

4. The Placing of the Articles:

The articles are to be laid on the track, while the track layer is in motion. After laying the last article at the end of the track, the track layer must proceed straight ahead a few paces further.

SchH 1: Article #1 is laid in the middle of either the first or the second leg (handler's choice as to which leg); article #2 at the end of the track.

SchH 2: Article #1 is laid in the middle of the second leg; article #2 at the end of the track.

SchH 3: Article #1 is laid at least 100 paces out (and possibly on the second leg); article #2 at approximately middle of second or third leg of track; article #3 at end of track.

FH 1: Article #1 is laid at least 250 paces out (on 1st or 2nd leg); articles #2 and #3 are laid

on the judge's signal; article #4 at end of the track.

FH 2: The placement of article is determined by the judge.

C: VARIOUS OPTIONS IN THE TRACKING WORK:

The following handling options are permitted in the working out of the track:

a) Collar

b) Tracking harness

c) Free tracking

a) The collar:

The collar may not be used on the choke-ring. The lead (attached to the collar) may be placed over the dog's back, along the side of the dog, or between the fore-legs and/or the hindlegs.

b) The Tracking Harness: The following types of tracking harness are permitted: The breast-harness, and the Böttger-tracking harness.

The tracking line is to be attached to the tracking harness by means of the device (ring, etc.) on the harness that is provided for that purpose, without attaching the line to the collar (except in the case of a Böttger-harness). If a Böttger harness is used, the judge must ensure that the body-strap is not fastened in the area of the dog's sensitive (private) parts. The use of additional straps is not permitted. The tracking line must be at least ten meters long. Examination of the line length, the collar and the harness by the judge may take place before the beginning of the trial. Retracrable lines are not permitted.

c) Free Tracking: The distance of at least 10 meters between handler and dog must be maintained.

D: WORKING OUT OF THE TRACK/EVALUATION OF THE TRACKING WORK:

After the tracks are laid for SchH 2, 3 and FH, the judge or the trial chairperson will have the handlers draw for their starting positions. Each handler will report in, in the basic position, with his/her dog ready for tracking, on the laid-out tracking line. The handler will inform the judge whether the dog will indicate or pick up the articles.

 

 

The Start:

The dog is to be brought calmly to the starting point; any forceful influence is to be avoided here. The setting of the dog onto the track, at the start and after finding the articles, must be done at the dog's location (not from a distance). A certain amount of play in the line must be available to the handler. The dog is to take the scent at the start calmly and intensively. The taking of the scent must occur without help from the handler (except for the voice command "Such"/"Seek"). The start is not time-dependent. After successfully taking up the scent, the dog must proceed with tracking behavior appropriate to the working out of the track. After the 4th unsuccessful start at the beginning, the tracking work is to be terminated.

Exception: The FH rules state that within the first 15 paces after the start, the dog may be re-started only once (subject to deduction of up to 4 points).

Once the dog has taken up the scent and is following it, the handler must remain at the starting point until the dog has reached the end of the tracking line, or until the required distance of 10 meters is reached. Earlier following of the dog is faulty.

Re-start consists of the handler taking the dog at heel, by the collar or on a shortened line, and again setting the dog onto the track.

Tracking Performance:

The dog is to follow the course of the track evenly and intensively with a deep nose. Whether the dog tracks fast or slowly is not a factor in the scoring, so long as the track is worked out intensively, evenly and convincingly. The tracking line may sag, but this may not result in a substantial shortening of the distance between handler and dog. The line touching the ground is not faulty.

Corners:

The corners are to be worked out closely and confidently. A dog's checking at the corner, to convince himself of the lay of the track, is not faulty so long as he does not leave the track. Close circling at the corner is definitely faulty. After working out the corner, the dog must continue tracking at his regular pace.

Indicating and Picking Up of Articles:

Indicating of articles must be done convincingly, in the direction of the track, and right before the article. Minor crookedness of position is not faulty, but sideways indicating of the article or strong turning around toward the handler is faulty. Articles which are indicated or picked up with strong handler-help are counted as not found. The indicating of articles may be done standing, sitting, lying down, or by alternating these positions.Indicating and picking up is faulty. If the dog picks up articles, he may then stand still, sit, or come to the handler. Moving forward with the picked-up article or picking it up while lying down is faulty. If the dog brings the article to the handler, the handler may not move toward the dog. As soon as the dog has found an article, he must immediately pick it up or indicate it convincingly, without influence from the handler. The handler must drop the line and immediately go to the dog. Found articles are to be shown to the judge by holding them in the hand and raising the arm up high. The handler must position himself next to the dog while taking delivery of or lifting up of the article.

The dog must remain calmly in the indicating or picking-up position until his handler, standing beside him, re-starts him with a short line.

If the dog indicates a false object or interrupts his tracking-work (i.e. by lying down, sitting or standing still), this is faulty and will cause point-deduction. If, on command from the handler, the dog continues to work at the 10-meter distance, only 2 points will be deducted, and it will not be counted as a false indication. If the handler goes to the dog, it will be counted as a false indication and penalized by a 4-point deduction.

Leaving the Track:

If the dog goes to leave the track and the handler restrains him from doing so, the judge will instruct the handler to follow the dog. The handler must obey this instruction. The tracking-work is to be terminated if the dog leaves the track by more than one line-length (or by more than 10 meters if the dog is free-tracking), or if the handler fails to obey the judge's instruction to follow the dog.

FH Cross-Track:

The dog may follow the cross-track for up to one line-length (with point loss). The tracking will be terminated if the dog leaves the track by more than one line-length (10 meters if free-tracking).

Wild Game:

If wild game appears during the tracking-work and the dog goes into hunting-drive, the handler may give the "Platz" ("Down") command in an effort to bring the dog into obedience. On the judge's signal, the tracking-work will then continue. If this is unsuccessful, the tracking-work is to be terminated.

Praise:

Occasional praise and giving of the command "Such" ("Seek") is permitted in all trial levels.

Reporting-Out:

After completion of the tracking-work, the found articles are to be shown to the judge. It is not permitted to play with or feed the dog between the finding of the last article and the reporting-out procedure. Reporting-out must be done with the dog in the basic position.

Scoring of Tracking Work:

Faulty starting, aimless wandering, frequent circling on the corners, continuous encouragement, incorrect picking up or indicating, and dropping of articles will be penalized up to 4 points. Repeated starting, strong wandering, tracking with a predominantly high nose, hectic tracking, urinating/ defecating, mouse-catching etc. are penalized up to 8 points. For articles not found, the prescribed article-points will not be given.

D: TRACKING DOG - LEVEL 2 (FH 2):

1. General:

It is pointed out that Tracking Dog Level 2 (FH 2) represents a type of test which is essentially to be undertaken by sport (civilian) dogs. Special claims (pretenses) which might arise out of the realm of service dog achievements are not to be made. It is mandatory that the track laying for this test be performed by responsible persons who have undergone a special training (schooling) in the field.

As a rule, the trial judge for this type of test may not accompany the track layer, tracking diagrams must be drawn by the track layer. The judge must also make sure that the crosstracks are laid according to the rules ½ hour before the start-time.

2. Entry Requirements:

It is prerequisite to taking of this test, that the dog be at least 20 months old and have earned an FH 1 title. Also eligible to enter the FH 2 test are dogs which, prior to earning the FH 1 title, did not have a SchH 1 title but instead had passed a BH test. In this case, an FH 2 title earned will not constitute a "training title" that meets the requirements of any breeding, showing or Körung (breed-survey) regulations of a breed-club.

3. Performance in the Tracking Work:

Maximum score: 100 points (Voice command: "Such"/"Seek")

Working of the track = 80 pts

7 articles (6x3, 1x2) = 20 pts

The dog must demonstrate his track-sureness on a stranger's track that is at least three hours old and at least 2000 paces long, with seven angles ("corner".) that conform to the terrain. At least two of the angles must be acute and one must be an arc (segment of a circle). The track will be crossed at least twice by a fresher stranger-track, at varying points separate from each other.

Along the track, at irregular distances, will be placed seven articles that have been well-scented by the track- layer. The article measurements (maximum) will be: length 10 cm (4"), width 3 cm (1.2"), thickness 1cm (0.4"). So-called iosearch-packetsl. are not permitted. The articles are to be found by the dog and either indicated or picked up.

Before the start of the track, the handler must report to the judge whether the dog picks up or indicates articles. Doing both together (picking up and indicating), or doing both on the same track, is faulty. The handler may, at his/her option, track the dog free or on a tracking line. The tracking line may hang loose, so long as the handler does not let it out of his/ her hand.

4. Laying the Track:

The track layer, who is a stranger to the dog, must prepare a terrain-sketch for the judge. The course of the track is to be planned in advance with the judge or with the appointed tracking chairperson, utilizing natural landmarks such as lone-standing trees, power poles, sheds/cottages/outbuildings etc. Before laying the track, the track layer will show the required tracking articles to the judge/tracking chairperson. The track layer must have carried the articles on his person for at least 30 minutes, in order to scent them well. The articles may not exceed the abovestated dimensions, and they must not differ markedly in their color from the surrounding terrain.

The start of the track is located within a surface area of 20 x 20 meters, in which only the track layer has entered. Entry into this area by any third party is to prevented. The track layer will place in the ground, 20 paces apart, two marking-stakes, between which is the ihstarting linelr. From either the starting-line or from one of the two stakes, the track layer goes out and lays down an inidentification articlelf. This article marks the true start of the track. The ihidentification articlelf is of a similar size and composition as the other articles on the track, but it is not counted in the scoring. Once the track layer has laid down the ihidentification articlelf, he must remain standing on that spot for a brief period of time. The track will then be laid at a normal pace.

The articles are to be laid on the track at irregular distances. The first article must be placed at least 250 paces from the starting-point. The seventh (last) article is laid at the end of the track. Articles must not be laid at corners(angles) or in the immediate vicinity thereof. They must not be laid next to the track, but actually on the track. The track layer will indicate on his track-diagram, by placing "X" marks, all of the places where he has laid articles. Careful attention is to be given to ensure that the track is laid over changing terrain. It must be laid so as to simulate a real situation, therefore any inpre-drawn map or patternla is to be avoided.

Thirty minutes before the start-time, a second track layer (also a stranger to the dog), by arrangement with and under direction from the primary track layer, will receive the instruction to lay a cross-track that will intersect the primary track at least twice.

Working of the Track:

The "start-line" marked by the track layer will be made known to the handler by the judge. But the "start-line". itself does not necessarily establish the direction of the first leg of the track. From the location of the ihidentification articlelf, the track may proceed straight ahead, right, left or even at an angle. Notice should be taken of the fact that the first leg of the track may not cross the "start-line". For the searching-out of the ihidentification articlelf, the handler is free to handle the dog either off-lead or on the tracking line. The time allotted for the dog to locate the "identification article" (= the start-point), determine the direction of the track, and begin working out the track is limited to three minutes. The handler is free to choose the point on the "start-line" at which he will start the dog searching for the "identification article".

The handler may not cross over the "starting-line" until the 10-meter tracking line has run out (or the free-working dog has reached a distance of 10 meters away from the handler). The handler may encourage the dog, during the search for the "identification article", by means of voice and/or hand signals. If the dog comes onto the track beyond the "identification article" and takes up the tracking-work confidently, the handler must follow the dog. In this case, the tracking work must continue on in the same way the dog began (free or on the tracking line). If the dog finds the "identification article", the handler goes immediately to him and starts him on the working out of the track. He may first, if necessary, attach a tracking line to the collar or harness. The dog should be allowed to take up the scent thoroughly at the starting-point. He should be so trained that with no influence from the handler he will calmly and extensively take the scent at the starting-point. Under no circumstances may the handler, with his hand, arouse in the dog the urge to charge ahead forwards. No re-starting is permitted.

As soon as the dog begins to track, the handler must stand still and let the 10-meter tracking line glide through his hands. The tracking line, attached either to the collar or to a harness, may be placed over the dog's back, along the dog's side, or between the dog's front and/or hind legs.

The track should be worked out calmly, so that the handler can follow at a normal pace. The handler follows at about a 10-meter distance, which must also be maintained if the dog is tracking free. When the dog comes upon an article, he must immediately pick it up or indicate it convincingly. When picking it up the dog may stand still, sit or come to the handler. If he comes to the handler, the handler may not advance toward him. Proceeding forward with the picked-up article is faulty. Indicating may be done sitting, lying down, standing, or alternating among those positions. The handler must go to the dog immediately and take the article after raising it in the air to show the judge. The handler praises the dog and immediately lets him-continue tracking.

If the dog, while on the track, comes upon an article that was not placed by the track layer, he may neither pick it up or indicate it. If the dog changes over from the primary track onto the cross-track and follows it for more than one line-length, the tracking-work must be terminated. The judge is permitted to give the handler some positional help whenever the terrain imposes extreme difficulties which the dog cannot overcome (for example large water holes or deep gulleys/trenches, etc.) No points are deducted for this. The handler is allowed, after consultation with the judge, to interrupt the tracking-work briefly if he believes that he or his dog needs a short pause, on grounds of physical (health) status or weather conditions (i.e. extreme heat). Here also there is no point deduction. The restarting of the dog on the track will not be scored as a isrestartl. under the meaning prescribed as faulty in the trial Rulebook. The time taken for such permitted pauses, however, is counted in the total time available to the handler and dog for working out the track. The handler is allowed, during a "pause" or at an article, to clean up the dog's head, eyes and nose. For this purpose, he may carry with him during the tracking-work a wet cloth or sponge. These items are to be shown to the judge before the start of the tracking-work. Further aids are not permitted. Any physical help (i.e. jerking on the line) or meaningful verbal help (additional commands to track) are to be refrained from by the handler. If any such help is given, it could lead to termination of the tracking-work.

 

Scoring:

The maximum 100 points can only be given when a dog works out his track from beginning to end, at a walking pace throughout, and picks up or indicates all seven articles. All the angles ("corners") must be worked out confidently. The dog may not let himself be influenced by the cross-tracks. Among the first six articles, every one not found will cost 3 points, and the last article if not found will cost 2 points. Picking up in combination or alternation with indicating is faulty. For a falsely picked up or indicated article, 1.5 points will be deducted. For picking up or indicating any objects not placed there by the track layer, 1.5 points will be deducted. If the handler prevents the dog from leaving the track, the judge will instruct the handler to follow the dog. The tracking-work is terminated if the dog leaves the track by more than one line-length (or by more than 10 meters if free-tracking), or if the handler ignores the judge's instruction to follow the dog.

6. Awarding of the Title "Tracking Dog Level 2" (FH 2):

The training title (degree) FH 2 may only be awarded if the dog attains at least 70 points.

Ratings are as follows:

0 - 35 points = Insufficient ("U")

36 - 69 points = Faulty ("M")

70 - 79 points = Satisfactory ("B")

80 - 89 points = Good ("G")

90 - 95 points = Very Good ("SG")

96 - 100 points = Excellent ("V")

 

2. Part B - Obedience

A: REQUIREMENTS:

Equipment:

1-meter Hurdle:

Height: 1 meter

Width: 1.5 meter

Construction: Hurdle must have no cross-beam in its upper 20cm (8"), or the cross-beam must be made so they will "give" (flex) under load.

1.8-meter Scaling Wall:

Construction: See diagram sheet.

Dumbbells:

SchH 1 - for flat retrieve = up to 650 grams

SchH 2 - for flat retrieve = 1 Kg

- for 1-meter jump = 650 grams

- for scaling all = 650 grams

SchH 3 - for flat retrieve = 2 Kg

- for 1-meter jump = 650 grams

- for scaling all = 650 grams

The above-described dumbbells, available on the trial grounds, are to be used by all the trial participants. It is not allowed far a handler to spit on the dumbbells. In all the retrieving exercises, the dumbbell may not be placed in the dog's mouth in advance. One Blind: Must be provided for use by SchH 3 handlers while their dogs are on the long down.

Pistol and ammunition:

Caliber - 6 mm

B: PROCEDURE:

Reporting-In:

At the beginning of each trial section, the handler must report-in to the trial judge in a sportsmanlike manner.

BH and SchH 1 and 2:

The handler enters the field with his dog on lead and reports-in in the basic position.

SchH 3:

Handlers enters field with his dog heeling free and reports-in in the basic position. Throughout the obedience section, the dog wears a collar and the handler carries the lead with him.

Basic Position and Start of Exercises:

Every exercise begins and ends in the basic position. The dog sits straight, on the left side and next to his handler, with his right shoulder blade at knee-height. Taking of basic position is allowed only once per exercise. In the basic position, the handler stands with a sporting posture (straight stance, feet together, at attention). A splay-legged stance is not permitted in any exercise. The ending basic position for one exercise may be used as the beginning basic position for the following exercise.

"Development" of the Exercise:

From out of the basic position, on the judge's signal, comes the building up of all the obedience exercises, the so-called "development":

The handler must show a minimum of 10 paces (max. 15) as the "development" for the following exercises, before the command for the performance of the exercise may be given:

-Sit out of Motion

-Down out of Motion (SchH 3 in each gait)

-Walking Stand

-Running Stand

-Send-away

Basic-position and exercise-development errors must influence the scoring of the individual exercise. Between all the ihfrontsld and infinisheslv, as well as between approaching the dog and inpicking him upli in the Sit exercise and the Walking Stand, a distinct pause of about 3 seconds is to be observed. A similar pause is to be made during the Long Down exercise, in between returning to the dog and giving the ihSitli command. Between the exercises the dog is to remain free at heel. Breaking formation or playing is not permitted.

 

 

Handler's Distance from the Dog:

The Trial Rulebook prescribes a minimum of 30 paces in those portions where the handler must proceed away from the dog. It is up to the handler to decide if he wants to go further than the prescribed minimum of paces. The judge may stop a handler from distancing himself too far from the dog.

Praising:

Praising of the dog is allowed after every completed exercise, but only in the basic position. After that, the handler may take a new basic position. Between praising and starting a new exercise (if handler does not take a new basic position), a distinct pause of 3 seconds is to be observed.

Voice Commands:

The previously described commands are fixed in the Trial Rules. If a dog fails to perform an exercise after three commands are given, the exercise is terminated and no points are given for it.

When recalling the dog, the dog's name may be used instead of the command "Hier" ("Come"). However, use of the dog's name in combination with the command will be counted as a double-command and penalized by a point loss.

Penalties for additional commands:

1st extra command: part exercise rated "satisfactory"

2nd extra command: part exercise rated "faulty"

Front and Finishes:

The dog must sit in front fast, close and straight. Upon command, after the required 3-second pause, the dog must take up the ending basic position (go from "front" to "finish") fast and close. The dog may perform the ihfinishlp by going around behind the handler or by executing a military (flip) "finish" from in front of the handler. Returning to the dog: The handler may return from the front or by going around behind the dog.

C: DESCRIPTION OF EXERCISES:

Behavior During Change of Pace: Heeling & Exercise "Development":

At the command "Fuß" ("Heel") the dog must always go with the handler happily, attentively and close, with his shoulder blade at knee-height, through all changes of pace, turns, and in the group. During the Heeling on Lead, the lead is held in the left hand and must hang loose. The dog must travel straight next to the handler and, whenever the handler stops, he must automatically sit fast and straight beside the handler. In doing this the dog must remain calm and attentive. At the various changes of pace, the handler must be careful to make distinct changes of speed: Normal walking, fast running (not a sprint), and slow walking. The change of pace from fast into slow must take place without any innormall. transition-steps in between.

The command "Fuß" ("Heel") is permitted only at the start and when changing pace.

 

 

Group:

Heeling through the Group of moving people is to be shown both on lead and off-lead in trial Levels BH, SchH1 and 2. It is shown off-lead in SchH3. In the Group, the handler must heel the dog around at least 2 persons, one to the left and one to the right, and must halt at least once near a person. The judge may request the handler to repeat the procedure. In BH and SchH1 & 2, the unleashing of the dog after the heeling on lead takes place outside of the Group in the basic position. The free-heeling exercise in BH and SchH1 & 2 begins with the Group heeling. After leaving the Group in the free-heeling exercise, a new basic position is to be taken. Praising of the dog after leaving the Group is permitted only in the ending basic position.

The Gunshots:

The firing of the gunshots is done during the free-heeling, on the first straight leg of the pattern, and during the "Down under Distraction". Two shots will be fired (caliber 6 mm) five seconds apart. The first shot is fired at distance of about 15 paces. In SchH 3, care must be taken to ensure that the handler of the dog on the "Down" is out of the dog's sight.

Comment:

In doubtful cases, the judge is obligated to assess the dog's gunshot-indifference by first instructing the handler to put the dog on lead. Shots will then be fired by the judge at a distance of about 15 paces, during which the dog must remain on a loose-hanging lead. If the dog proves to be gun-shy, it will immediately be eliminated from the trial. No points will be awarded.

Acceptance of Commands in the Development of an Exercise:

The Sit, Down and Stand exercises are to be performed on single commands. An additional command is permitted immediately after the first command, and will be penalized the same as a faulty performance. If, at the command, the dog performs a different exercise (not the one commanded), a partial score will be given (see the individual exercises.) If the dog does not take the command, two additional commands may be given. Rating: see "additional commands".

Retrieving:

If the dog does not release the dumbbell after three commands, Part B is to be terminated.

Sit out of Motion: (Commands "Fuß"/"Heel" and "Sitz"/"Sit"

BH SchH 1 SchH 2 SchH 3

10 pts 10pts 10pts 5 pts

From the basic position, the handler goes out straight ahead at a normal pace with his free-heeling dog. After 10-15 paces, the "Sitz" ("Sit") command is given and the dog must sit fast and straight without the handler interrupting his pace or looking backwards. The dog must sit quietly. After at least 30 paces further the handler stops and immediately turns around towards the dog. On the judge's signal the handler returns to the dog and takes up basic position at the dog's right side. If the dog lies down or remains standing, the point deduction is 5 points in BH and SchH 1, and 3 points in SchH 2&3.

 

10-15 paces

(normal) "Sit" Minimum of 30 normal paces

Basic Position>------------------------------x-------------------------------------------------------Stop.

Down with Recall: (Commands "Fuß"/"Heel" and "Platz"/"Down", "Hier"/"Come" or dog's name, "Fuß"

BH SchH 1 SchH 2 SchH 3

10pts 10pts 10pts 10pts

BH, SchH1& 2:

The handler goes straight out, at a normal pace, from the basic position with his dog heeling free. After 10-15 paces the dog, on the command "Platz" ("Down"), must lie down fast and straight without the handler interrupting his pace or looking around backwards. After at least 30 further paces, the handler stops and immediately turns around to face the dog. On the judge's signal he recalls the dog, either with the command "Hier" ("Come") or with the dog's name. The dog must come to the handler happily, rapidly and directly and must sit close and straight in front of him. On the command "Fuß" ("Heel") the dog must rapidly go to the basic position. If the dog remains standing, or sits, at the "Platz" command, 5 points will be deducted.

10-15 paces

(normal) "Down" Minimum of 30 normal paces

Basic Position>------------------------------x-------------------------------------------------------Stop.

SchH 3:

The handler goes straight ahead 10-15 normal paces from the basic position, the gives the command "Fuß" ("Heel") and goes into the running pace.. After a further 10-15 paces, handler and the dog perform the rest of the exercise as described above under "BH-SchH1 & 2".

10-15 paces

(normal) "Down" Minimum of 30 running paces

Basic Position>------------------------------x-------------------------------------------------------Stop.

Then 10 -15 fast

Stand out of Motion (walking): (Commands "Fuß"/"Heel", "Steh"/Stand", "Sitz"/"Sit")

SchH 3:

5 points

From the basic position, the handler goes straight out with his dog heeling free. After 10-15 paces, on the command "Steh" ("Stand") the dog must immediately stop and stand still, without the handler breaking stride or looking back. After at least 30 paces, the handler stops and immediately turns around toward the dog. On the judge's signal the handler returns to the dog, positions himself on the dog's right side, and after a 3-second pause commands the dog to sit. If the dog sits or lies down on the command "Steh", 3 points will be deducted.

10-15 paces

(normal) "Stand" Minimum of 30 normal paces

Basic Position>------------------------------x-------------------------------------------------------Stop.

Stand out of Motion (running): (Commands "Fuß"/"Heel", "Steh"/"Stand", "Hier"/"Come" or name of dog, "Fuß")

SchH 3:

10 points

From the basic position, the handler runs straight out with his dog heeling free. After 10-15 paces, on the command "Steh" ("Stand") the dog must immediately stop and stand still, without the handler breaking stride or looking back. After at least 30 further paces, the handler stops and immediately turns around toward the dog. On the judge's signal the handler recalls the dog, with the command "Hier" or with the dog's name. The dog must come in happy, fast and straight, and must sit close in front of the handler. On command "Fuß" the dog must rapidly take basic position. If the dog sits or lies down on the command "Steh", 5 points will be deducted.

10-15 paces

(running) "Stand" Minimum of 30 normal paces

Basic Position>------------------------------x-------------------------------------------------------Stop.

Retrieve on Flat Ground: (Commands "Bring"/"Fetch", "Aus"/"Out", "Fuß"/"Heel")

Trial Level SchH 1 SchH 2 SchH 3

Points 10 10 10

Weight 650 grams 1 Kilogram 2 Kilograms

Type of Article Dumbbell Dumbbell Dumbbell

When picking up the dumbbell, the dog must remain with handler. Until the dog receives the command to "Bring" ("Fetch"), he must remain quietly sitting free in the basic position. The dumbbell must be thrown at least 10 paces away. The command "Bring" may first be given when the dumbbell is lying still. The dog must run briskly to the dumbbell, immediately pick it up, and bring it rapidly directly to the handler. The dog must sit close and straight in front of the handler, holding the dumbbell in his mouth until the handler takes it from him (after a 3-second pause) with the command "Aus"/"Out".

The handler holds the dumbbell on the right or left side of his body. After a 3-second pause, the handler commands the dog into the ending basic position.

1-meter Hurdle: (Commands "Hopp"/"Jump", "Bring"/"Fetch", "Aus"/"Out", "Fuß"/"Heel")

Trial Level SchH 1 SchH 2 SchH 3

Points 10 10 10

Weight 650 grams 650 grams 650 grams

The handler must take the basic position in front of the hurdle in such a way that it is possible for the dog to make a clean jump. The dog must remain sitting quietly in basic position until he is given the command "Hopp". The dumbbell is to be thrown far enough so that the dog is able to show a clean return-jump. The command "Hopp" may first be given when the dumbbell is lying still; the command "Bring". is given before the dog picks up the dumbbell.

Alternative: The "Bring" command is given during the outward jump.

Practice jumps before the exercise are not allowed.

Scaling Wall: (Commands "Hopp"/"Jump", "Bring"/"Fetch", "Aus"/"Out", "Fuß"/"Heel")

Trial Level SchH 2 SchH 3

Points 15 pts 15 pts

Weight 650 grams 650 grams

The handler must take the basic position in front of the scaling wall in such a manner as to allow the dog to scale the wall correctly. The dog must sit quietly in the basic position until he is given the command "Hopp". The dumbbell must be thrown far enough that the return jump can also be shown in correct scaling-form. The command "Bring" may be given after the dog has gone over the scaling wall on his way to pick up the dumbbell. Alternative: The command "Bring" is to be given during the scaling of the wall. The remaining procedure is analogous to that described in the exercise "Retrieve on Flat Ground". Practice jumps before the exercise are not allowed.

Scoring:

Dropping of the dumbbell, hesitant picking up, restless behavior, sluggish retrieving, and playing with or mouthing the dumbbell: = deduction up to 4 points.

In the overall scoring of the exercise, special value is to be placed upon calm and firm holding of the dumbbell.

Jumping exercises (hurdle and wall):

A partial score is possible when out of three criteria (outward jump, retrieve, return jump) two are fulfilled.

Clean jumps (both) and faultless retrieve: = 15 pts

Outward and return jump done, no retrieve: = -5 pts

Outward or return jump done, retrieve done: = -5 pts

Hurdle: Scoring:

touching each jump rated "good"

standing-on each jump rated "satisfactory"

Other faulty behaviors must be penalized appropriately.

If the dumbbell falls strongly to one side, the judge may grant the handler a second throw, during which the dog must remain in basic position If the dog fails to release the dumbbell after 3 commands, Part B is to be terminated.

Send-Away: (Commands "Fuß"/"Heel", "Voraus"/"Go Out", "Platz"/"Down", "Sitz"/"Sit")

Trial Level SchH 1 SchH 2 SchH 3

Points 10 10 10

The judge designates the start-position. On a further signal from the judge the handler, with his free-heeling dog, proceeds 10-15 paces straight ahead in the designated direction. At the command "Voraus", the dog must run outward rapidly in a straight line for a distance of at least 30 paces while the handler stands still. While giving the command "Voraus", the handler may raise up one arm. When the dog has reached the required distance, and at least 8 paces before the end of the field, the handler (on his own or on a signal from the judge) will give the command "Platz". If the judge does signal the handler to "down" the dog, the handler must immediately give the "Platz" command. At the command, the dog must lie down immediately. On the judge's signal the handler goes to the dog's right side and, after a 3-second pause, takes the dog into the basic position with the command "Sitz".

10-15 paces

(normal) "Go Out" Minimum of 30 normal paces

Basic Position>------------------------------x-------------------------------------------------------Platz

Scoring:

Repeated raising of arm is not permitted. Sideways deviation, hesitant or premature lying down, and premature standing up of the dog while being picked up will result in a partial score.

Down Under Distraction: (Commands "Platz"/"Down", "Sitz"/"Sit")

Trial Level SchH 1 SchH 2 SchH 3

Points 10 10 10

At the beginning of the obedience routine of another dog, and on the judge's signal, the handler iadownsle his dog from the basic position at a spot designated by the judge. No leash or other article is to be left with the dog. The handler moves away to a distance of 30 paces. In BH and SchH1 & 2 the handler then stands with his back to the dog; in SchH 3 he goes out of sight. In doing this, the handler may not leave the field. During the Down, the dog must remain lying quietly. On the judge's signal, the handler goes to the dog's right side and after a 3-second pause, takes the dog into a basic position with the command "Sitz".

If the dog sits or stands up, or lies restlessly, or moves up to 3 meters from his "Down" spot, a partial score will result. If the dog leaves the "Down" spot by more than 3 meters before the completion of the Flat Retrieve, no partial score will be given. If the dog approaches the handler as he comes to pick the dog up, the exercise will be rated "satisfactory". In the BH test, a partial score cannot be given if the dog leaves the "Down" position prematurely. Whenever possible, bitches are to be placed on the "Down" at a spot separate from where the males are placed.

5. Part C - PROTECTION WORK

A: JUDGING CRITERIA FOR THE PROTECTION WORK:

1) General:

The assessment of the protection work is of the utmost importance for the breeding selection of working dogs. For this reason, the assessment of the protection work has the highest priority. The protection work is especially effective in differentiating natural and useful performance attributes from learned ones.

The most important criteria for the assessment of protection work are:

-Ability to withstand pressure.

-Self-sureness.

-Nerve steadiness.

-Balanced drives.

-Natural aggressive behavior.

-Willingness to take direction (commands).

2.) The Phases of Protection Work:

The protection work is divided into three phases, under which the most variable temperament and drive attributes will be discussed. The phases are divided as follows:

I. Searching and holding exercises (including guarding phases).

II. Fighting sequences.

III. Controllability of the dog (obedience; optimal handler-dog relationship).

Ia) Searching:

In the holding exercises, self-confidence and nerve-steadiness are of the greatest significance next to a natural aggression and drive-structure.

Assessment criteria for the searching:

a) Attentive

b) Goal oriented

c) Goes straight to the directed blind

d) Dog is readily guided and directed

e) Close and attentive running around the blind.

Ib) Hold and Bark (also the guarding phases after the fights):

By means of self-sure, attentive, and above all persistent holding as well as continuous and energetic barking, the dog shows a nerve-steadiness next to his natural and good drive behaviors.

Assessment criteria for the holding phases:

Holding

a) Attentive

b) Close

c) Intense

d) Persistent right up to the call-out

e) Self-sure

Barking

a). Continuous.

b). Energetic/enthusiastic.

II. The Fighting Sequences:

All of the fighting sequences consist of three phases. In these phases the dog shows his determination, self-confidence, and ability to withstand pressure.

The phases of the fighting portions are:

a) Fight- and defense-readiness (defense drive)

b) Pressure phase (ability to take pressure, including during the stationary phase before the "out")

c) Guarding phase

a). Fight- and defense-readiness (defense drive)

(Escape, defense, re-attack (by Helper), counter-attack (by dog)

 

 

Assessment criteria:

a) Determination

b) Self-confidence

c) Energetic, calm and full grip

b) Pressure phase:

The dog must work energetically and confidently in all the pressure phases. He must overcome and be uninfluenced by the effects of the helper™s attack and the stick-hits.

Assessment criteria:

a) Determination

b) Self-confidence

c) Uninfluenced (including maintaining of grip)

Guarding phase:

The dog must guard (hold) the Helper aith intensity, self-confidence and attentiveness.

Assessment criteria:

a) close

b) attentive

III. Controllability:

Under "controllability" belongs the readiness of the dog to show obedience throughout the entire protection work. Controllability is particularly evident in the exercise portions dealing with the blind-search, the transports, the downs, the ihoutslr, and in the guarding phases.

Assessment criteria:

a) Controllability during the reporting-in and during the blind-search

b) Fast "outs"

c) Heeling close in combination with attentive watching of the Helper

Fast response (coming to the handler) on the call-out

The Grip:

The grip has fundamental meaning in the assessment of the protection work. It is especially through evaluation of the grip that the trial judge has the opportunity to discern and emphasize the quality of the dog being judged.

In all phases the grip must basically be full, firm, energetic, calm and steady. The evaluation of the quality of the dog on the basis of his grip-behavior must take place over the entire protection work.

In making this evaluation the Helper's behavior, among other things, is to be taken into consideration. In judging the escape, attention is to be given not only to the fullness of the grip, but priority consideration must be given to the effective hindering of the escape.

4.) Procedure - general:

A. Reporting-in:

The dog-handler must in every instance report in to the trial judge at the beginning of Part "C". If a handler cannot report in with his dog in an orderly fashion, for example the dog breaks and runs into the bark-blind, the handler is allowed three commands to call his dog back. If the dog does not come after the third command, Part "C" is to be terminated.

 

B. Searching for the Helper:

Commands: "Voran": ("Go ahead") or "Revier" ("Search") and "Hier" ("Come"); the command "Hier", or "Come", may be given in combination with dog's name.

From the basic position, the dog will be sent by means of verbal commands and/or visible

signals. The search is to be shown forwards.

C. Hold and Bark:

As soon as the dog reaches the Helper, he must bark at him without gripping. The handler remains standing on the imaginary midline. The dog must, without handler-help, hold the helper attentively and closely, with intensity ans self- confidence, barking energetically and continuously until he is called out. There are no commands allowed in the Hold and Bark. Special merit is placed upon self-

confident and intense behavior shown by the dog. Intense, close circling of the blind is permitted on a limited basis.

Comment on the Hold and Bark:

If the dog leaves the Helper before the handler leaves the midline on the judge's signal, the handler may on the judge's signal send the dog in again. If the dog then stays close to the helper, the Hold-exercise will be rated "insufficient" but the protection work is allowed to continue. If, on the second attempt, the dog fails to go in to the Helper or leaves the Helper again, the protection work is to be terminated. If the dog comes to meet the handler as the handler approaches the blind, a partial score

will result. If the dog leaves the Helper before the judge's signal to pick up the dog, a partial score is likewise given.

D. Back-and Side-Transports:

In the Transports the dog must walk close at heel, watch the Helper attentively, and, when the Transport stops, must sit fast in basic position. In the back-Transport the distance from the handler to the Helper is a maximum of 5 paces. The judge will determine the course of the Transport. Faulty side transport or disarming will receive point deduction from this exercise.

E. Approaching the dog after the "Out":

On the judge's signal, the handler makes a direct approach to his dog at a normal pace. With the command "Sitz" ("Sit") he brings his dog into the basic position. If the dog is already sitting, the position of the dog may be reconfirmed with the command "Sitz". Dogs which are in the "down" position after the "out" may be left in this position. The "down" position may likewise be reconfirmed with the command "Platz" (Down). Before the beginning of the back transport, the dog is to be taken into the basic position with the command "Sitz".

F. Completion of Exercise:

See individual exercises.

The "Out":

After a fighting sequence stops, the dog has to release ("out") independently. The handler has to give the first "out" command, on his own, within a reasonable time. If the dog does not "out" after the first permitted command, the judge signals the handler to give possibly 2 further "out" commands. When giving the command "Aus" ("Out"), the handler must stand quietly, without exerting other influence on the dog. In the evaluation of the ihoutlt, the following factors are to be considered:

-The Helper must stand still on the judge's signal;

-The dog must release immediately (when commanded);

-One "out" command is allowed (without point loss);

-The dog must guard the Helper.

Additional comment:

1. The preceding point deductions are to be used only for scoring the ihoutlg. Other faulty behavior of the dog during the protection work will be scored according to the regular rating system.

2. If a dog fails to iooutli after the 3rd command (2nd extra command) in the following exercises, the protection work will be terminated:

a) SchH 2/IPO 2 "Escape" exercise

b) SchH 3/IPO 3 "Escape" and exercise 5b (courage test/attack out of motion).

In all other exercises the protection work may continue, if the dog releases when the handler comes to pick him up. The handler must however be at a reasonable distance from the dog.

3. Protection work will be terminated if the dog is given a iiPlatzle (down) command in order to make the dog stay with the helper.

4. Protection work will be terminated if the dog will not release except through physical influence by the handler.

5. An exercise will be rated "faulty" if the dog receives the helper-command "Platz" (Down) in order to make the dog release the grip. Additional verbal/visible commands or other influence will lead to termination of the work. Should the name of the dog be used, the will be construed as an additional command.

H. Assement of the natural tendencies shown by the dog:

Assessment criteria:

a) Drive structure

b) Self-sureness

c) Ability to take stress

"Controllability" is specially evaluated with an influence on the total rating, however no written entry about that is made in the performance book.

Assessments for this are:

"pronounced" = a

"present" = vh

"insufficient" = ng

1.) Pronounced

Self-confident, intense, goal-oriented and secure gripping and holding, no negative reactions at the stick-hits, close and attentive watching in the holding and guarding phases. Small deviations from the above statements/opinions will still allow an inalw rating under certian circumstances!

 

2.) Present

Deficiencies for example in the self-confidence, goal-oriented, in the grip and stick behavior, as well as in the guarding phases.

3.) Insufficient

Lacking self-sureness, strong deficiencies with respect to hardness, and disinterest in the Helper.

Leaving the Helper before the judge's signal to the handler to approach the dog will terminate the protection work. If a dog is removed from the trial because of disobedience, it will receive no entry of points and no TSB-assessment. Dogs which are removed from the trial because of faulty drive structure, self-confidence and/or ability to take stress will receive the rating "ng".

5.) Performance Description:

SchH 1 - Protection Work:

Maximum points: 100

Blind Search Hold and Bark Free-heeling Surprise Attack, fight,

to surprise attack with & guarding of

attack guarding Helper

Points 5 10 5 40 40

Commands "Voran"/"Revier" -------- 1 x "Fuß" "So ist brav" "Voran"

"Hierll (may ("Heel") ("Good dog") ("Go Ahead")

combine with "Aus" ("Out") "Aus" ("Out")

dog's name)

Prerequisites:

-At least 1 Helper

-2 blinds (About 40 paces distance from the imaginary midline and set slightly staggered)

-1 blind for the attack out of the blind

A Helper who lives in the same household as one of the handlers may not be used in a trial or competition. In local club-trials, the SchH 3 entries may also be worked using only one Helper. In competitions, elimination and championship trials, 2 Helpers must be used.

Helper-instruction:

The helper works upon the judge's signals.

SchH 2 and SchH 3 - Protection Work:

SchH2 SchH 3

Exercise portion Commands Pts. Exercise portion Commands Pts.

Blind search "Voran/Revier" 5 Blind search "Voran/Revier" 5

Hold & Bark --------------------- 10 Hold & Bark -------------------- 10

Escape "Aus" 10 Escape "Aus" 10

Defense "Aus" 20 Defense "Aus" 20

Back-transport "Fuß" 5 Back-transport "Fuß" 5

Attack "Aus" 20 Attack "Aus" 15

Attack on HF "Bleiben Sie" Attack on HF "Bleiben Sie"

lying in wait srehen; Voranl; 30 lying in wait srehen; Voranl; 20

Defense --------------------- --- Defense "Aus" 15

Side transport "Fuß" --- Side transport "Fuß"

Escape and Defense in Level 2 & 3:

Commands: "Aus" ("Out") and "Fuß" ("Heel")

The handler stands in the blind. The dog must watch the Helper attentively while lying calmly. On the judge's signal, the Helper tries to escape. The dog must effectively hinder the escape by gripping fast, firmly and energetically. On the judge's signal the Helper stops and stands quietly. If the dog has not hindered the escape within 20 meters by gripping and holding firmly, the protection work is terminated. Once the dog has released, the judge signals the Helper to attack. There should be a clear distinction (judge's signal) between the escape and the defense portion. On the judge's signal the Helper commences an attack upon the handler. The dog must immediately counter this attack energetically, with a firm and calm grip.

 

SchH 1 Protection Work:

Reporting-in

The handler reports-in in basic position with his dog on lead. Then he takes the starting position for the blind search and takes the dog off lead.

The blind search: (5pts)

Commands: "Voran"/"Revier" and "Hier" together with dog's name)

On the judge's signal the handler sends his dog to search. The dog must show 2 side-sweeps, one to the right and one to the left. Procedure: See B: The Blind-Search.

Hold and Bark: (10 pts)

(Commands: None) Procedure: See C: Hold and Bark.

The dog is picked up on the judge's command. The handler leashes the dog and goes into hiding. The helper goes into a different blind about 70-80 paces from the exit-point of the handler.

Free-heeling to the Attack from Blind: (5 pts)

(Command "Fuß")

On the judge's signal the handler leaves the blind, takes up the basic position and removes the dog's lead. He puts it in a pocket or hangs it around his shoulder. On a further judge's signal the handler goes with his free-heeling dog in the direction of the Helper-blind. The dog has to heel close. If the dog does not stay with the handler, the judge will direct the Helper to make a premature attack. Five points are deducted for failing to show the ihheel freell. A partial score may be given if the handler and his dog have performed the free-heeling for at least half the distance toward the "attack-blind".

Attack out of Blind: (40 pts)

On the judge's signal the Helper undertakes an attack on the handler and dog, without making intimidating sounds. The dog must immediately defend against the attack, surely and energetically, by gripping firm and full. Once the dog has seized the arm, the Helper gives him two soft-stick hits on the thighs, side-portions or in the area of the withers. The handler is allowed to encourage the dog's defense against the attack by saying "So ist brav" ("good dog"). On the judge's signal the Helper stops the attack and stands still. The dog must release the grip independently or on a one-time command "Aus", and then must guard the Helper. On the judge's command the handler goes to his dog and brings him into the basic position with the command "Sitz". He puts the dog on lead and is given a judge's signal to go into a blind designated by the judge.

Defense Against Attack with lying in wait and guarding of Helper: (40 pts)

(Commands "Voran", "Aus", "Fuß", "Platz", "Sitz", "Fuß")

The handler is called out of the blind by the judge and takes up the designated position. The dog is taken off lead and held firmly by the collar. The dog may not be stimulated (worked up) by the handler and must sit calmly next to the handler. Up to 3 points will be deducted for restless behavior. The Helper leaves the blind into which the judge sent him, at about 70-80 paces away from the handler, and he crosses over the field at a normal pace. That handler orders the Helper to stop by calling out "Bleiben Sie Stehen" ("You there, stop!"). The Helper ignores the instruction and starts a frontal attack upon handler and dog. The judge immediately gives the handler a signal to counter the attack. Upon the judge's signal the handler immediately sends his dog with the command "Voran".

The handler may follow his dog at a normal pace until the dog has reached the Helper.

The dog must counter the attack with intensity and must grip energetically with a firm, full, secure and calm grip. Once the dog has his grip, the Helper pressures the dog briefly (without any stick hits) and on the judge's signal stops resisting. The dog must release by himself or upon a single command ioAusld and must guard the Helper.

On the judge's signal, the handler makes a direct approach to his dog at a normal pace. With the command "Sitz" ("Sit") he brings his dog into the basic position. If the dog is already sitting, the position of the dog may be reconfirmed with the command "Sitz". For dogs which are in the "down" position after the ihoutlo, the ihdownl, position may likewise be reconfirmed with the command "Platz" ("Down").

The handler lets the Helper step back 3 paces and orders him to put his arms up, in order to place the dog in a "down" position. The handler then searches and disarms the Helper. After the search the handler returns to his dog, lets him sit, and puts him on lead. Before beginning the side transport, the handler takes the basic position next to the Helper in such a way that the dog is sitting between handler and Helper. The handler reports-out to the judge. The Helper leaves the field. The judge announces the point-score. The dog is permitted to lie down during the critique.

SchH 2 Protection Work:

Reporting-In:

The handler reports-in to the judge with his dog on lead in the basic position. Then he heels his dog free to the starting position where e takes the basic position.

Blind search (5 pts):

(Commands "Voran/Revier" "Hier"/ with name)

On the judge's signal the handler sends his dog to search. The dog must make six side-sweeps, three to the left and three to the right.

Procedure: See B: Blind search

Hold and Bark (10 pts):

(Commands "Fuß", "Platz")

Procedure: See C: Hold and Bark

On the judge's signal the handler leaves the midline and goes to a point 3-4 paces from his dog. The judge determines the actual position for the call-out. On another signal the handler calls his dog out with the command "Fuß". The dog must quickly come to the handler and sit in the basic position. The handler calls the Helper out, iudownsl. his dog after ordering the Helper to put up his hands (the call-out position of the dog can also act as the "down position" place for the escape). The judge determines the places where Helper and handler will position themselves for the "escape". After the handler's search of the Helper and the blind, the exercise "hold and bark" is completed. If the dog does not come to the handler after the third command, the dog is picked up by free-heeling and the exercise is rated as faulty.

Escape (10 pts):

(Command "Aus")

The handler goes into the blind. The dog must watch the Helper attentively while lying quietly. On the judge's signal the Helper attempt to escape. The dog must effectively hinder the escape by fast, firm and energetic gripping. On the judge's command the Helper stops and stands still. The dog must release on his own or on a single "Aus" command, and then must guard and holding firmly, the protection work is terminated.

Defense (20 pts):

After a definite pause the helper receives a signal to attack the dog. With no influence from the handler, the dog must immediately counter the attack securely and energetically through firm and full gripping. Once he dog has gripped the arm, the Helper gives him two soft-stick hits on the thighs, side-portions, or in the area of the withers. On signal from the judge the Helper stops his resistance and stands still. The dog must release on his own or on a single command, and must guard the Helper. On the judge's signal the handler goes directly to his dog and has him sit in the basic position.

Back-transport (5 pts):

Command "Fuß"

Procedure: See D: Back- and Side-Transports

The handler lets the Helper walk on ahead and follows him at a maximum distance of 5 paces.

Defense against attack (20 pts):

(Command "Aus")

After about a 50-paces Back-transport, the judge signals the Helper to attack the handler and dog out of motion without intimidating noises. The dog must immediately counter the attack securely and energetically through firm and full gripping. On the judge's command the Helper stops and stands still. The dog must immediately release on his own or on a single "Aus" command, and must guard the Helper. On the judge's signal, the handler makes a direct approach to his dog at a normal pace. With the command "Sitz" ("Sit") the brings his dog into the basic position. If the dog is lready sitting, the position of the dog may be reconfirmed with the command "Sitz". For dogs which are in the "down" position after the "out", the "down" position may likewise be reconfirmed with the command "Platz" ("Down").

The handler goes, on the judge's command, into the designated blind with his free-heeling dog.

Defense Against Attack with lying in wait and guarding of Handler: (30 pts)

(Commands "Voran", "Aus", "Fuß")

The handler is called out of the blind by the judge and takes up the designated position. The dog is taken off lead and held firmly by the collar. The dog may not be stimulated (worked up) by the handler and must sit calmly next to the handler. Up to 3 points will be deducted for restless behavior. The Helper leaves the blind into which the judge sent him, at about 70-80 paces away from the handler, and he crosses over the field at a normal pace. The handler orders the Helper to stop by calling out "Bleiben Sie stehen" ("You there, stop!"). The Helper ignores the instruction and starts a frontal attack upon handler and dog. The judge immediately gives the handler a signal to counter the attack.

Upon the judge's signal the handler immediately sends the dog with the command "Voran".

The handler may follow his dog at a normal pace until the dog has reached the Helper.

The dog must counter attack with intensity and must grip energetically with a firm, full, secure and calm grip. Once the dog has his grip, the Helper pressures the dog briefly (without any stick-hits) and on the judge's signal stops resisting. The dog must release by himself or upon a single command "Aus" and must guard the Helper. On the judge's signal, the handler makes a direct approach to his dog at a normal pace. With the command "Sitz" ("Sit") he brings his dog into the basic position. If the dog is already sitting, the position of the dog may be reconfirmed with the command "Sitz". For dogs which are in the "down" position after the "out", the "down", position may likewise be reconfirmed with the command "Platz" ("Down").

The handler lets the Helper step back 3 paces and orders him to put his arms up, in order to place the dog in a "down" position. The handler then searches and disarms the Helper. After the search the handler returns to his dog and lets him sit. Before beginning the side-transport, the handler takes the basic position next to the Helper in such a way that the dog is sitting between handler and Helper. There is a side-transport to the judge. After the reporting-out, the scoring is concluded the dog is put on lead. The Helper leaves the field. The judge announces the point-score. The dog is allowed to lie down during the critique.

SchH 3 Protection Work:

Reporting-In:

The handler reports-in to the judge with his free-heeling dog. Then he goes to the starting position and takes up the basic position.

Blind search (5 pts):

(Commands "Voran/Revier", "Hier" with dog's name)

On the judge's signal the handler sends his dog to search. The dog must make six side-sweeps, three to the left and three to the right.

Procedure: See B: Blind search.

Hold and Bark (10 pts):

(Commands "Fuß", "Platz")

Procedure: See C: Hold and Bark

 

On the judge's signal the handler leaves the midline and goes to a point 3-4 paces from his dog. The judge determines the actual position for the call-out. On another signal the handler calls his dog out with the command "Fuß". The dog must quickly come to the handler and sit in the basic position. The handler calls the Helper out, "down". his dog after ordering the Helper to put up his hands (the call-out position of the dog can also act as the "down position" place for the escape). The judge determines the places where Helper and handler will position themselves for the "escape". After the handler's search of the Helper and the blind, the exercise "hold and bark" is completed. If the dog does not come to the handler after the third command, the dog is picked up by free-heeling and the exercise is rated as faulty.

Escape (10 pts):

(Command "Aus")

The handler goes into the blind. The dog must watch the Helper attentively while lying quietly.. On the judge's signal the Helper attempts to escape. The dog must effectively hinder the escape by fast, firm and energetic gripping. On the judge's command the Helper stops and stands still. The dog must release on his own or on a single "Aus" command, and then must guard the Helper. If the dog fails to hinder the escape within 20 meters by gripping and holding firmly, the protection work is terminated.

Defense (20 pts):

(Command "Aus")

After a definite pause the helper receives a signal to attack the dog. With no influence from the handler, the dog must immediately counter the attack securely and energetically through firm and full gripping. Once he dog has gripped the arm, the Helper gives him two soft-stick hits on the thighs, side-portions, or in the area of the withers. On signal from the judge the Helper stops his resistance and stands still. The dog must release on his own or on a single command, and must guard the Helper. On the judge's signal the handler goes directly to his dog and has him sit in the basic position.

Back-transport (5 pts):

Command "Fuß"

Procedure: See D: Back- and Side-Transports

The handler lets the Helper walk on ahead and follows him at a maximum distance of 5 paces.

Defense against attack (15 pts):

(Command "Aus")

After about a 50-paces Back-transport, the judge signals the Helper to attack the handler and dog out of motion without intimidating noises. The dog must immediately counter the attack securely and energetically through firm and full gripping. On the judge's command the Helper stops and stands still. The dog must immediately release on his own or on a single "Aus" command, and must guard the Helper. On the judge's signal, the handler makes a direct approach to his dog at a normal pace. With the command "Sitz" ("Sit") the brings his dog into the basic position. If the dog is already sitting, the position of the dog may be reconfirmed with the command "Sitz". For dogs which are in the "down" position after the "out", the "down", position may likewise be reconfirmed with the command "Platz" ("Down). The handler goes, on the judge's command, into the designated blind with his free-heeling dog.

Defense Against Attack with lying in wait and guarding of Handler: (30 pts)

(Commands "Voran", "Aus", "Fuß")

The Helper with his free-heeling dog comes out of the blind and takes up the designated position. He lets his dog sit free at heel in the basic position or he holds him firmly by the collar. The dog may not be stimulated (worked-up) by the handler and must sit calmly next to the handler. The dog must hold this position until released with the command "Voran" to counter the attack. Up to 3 points will be deducted for restless behavior.

The Helper leaves the blind into which the judge sent him, at about 70-80 paces away from the handler, and he crosses over the field at a running pace. The handler orders the Helper to stop by calling out "Bleiben Sie stehen" ("You there, stop!"). The Helper ignores the instruction and starts a frontal attack upon handler and dog. The judge immediately gives the handler a signal to counter the attack. Upon the judge's signal the handler immediately sends his dog with the command "Voran". The handler may follow his dog at a normal pace until the dog has reached the Helper. The dog must counter attack with intensity and must grip energetically with a firm, full, secure and calm grip. Once the dog has his grip, the Helper pressures the dog briefly (without any stick-hits) and on the judge's signal stops resisting. The dog must release by himself or upon a single command "Aus" and must guard the Helper.

Defense against attack (15 pts):

(Command "Aus", "Sitz", "Platz", "Fuß")

After a definite pause the Helper receives a signal to attack the dog. With no influence from the handler, the dog must immediately counter the attack securely and energetically though firm and full gripping. Once the dog has gripped the arm, the Helper gives him two soft-stick hits on the thighs, side-portions, or in the area of the withers. On signal from the judge the Helper stops his resistance and stands still. The dog must release on his own or on a single command, and must guard the Helper. On the judge's signal the handler goes directly to his dog and has him sit in the basic position. If the dog is already sitting, the position of the dog may be reconfirmed with the command "Sitz". For dogs which are in the ihdownlg position after the "out", the "down" position may likewise be reconfirmed with the command "Platz" ("Down"). The handler lets the Helper step back 3 paces and orders him to put his arms up, in order to place the dog in a "down" position. The handler then searches and disarms the Helper. After the disarming the handler returns to his dog and lets him sit. Before beginning the side-transport, the handler takes the basic position next to the Helper in such a way that the dog is sitting between handler and Helper. There is a side-transport to the judge. After the reporting-out, the scoring is concluded. The dog is put on lead. The Helper leaves the field. The judge announces the point-score. The dog is allowed to lie down during the critique.

 

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