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SCHUTZHUND TRACKS

Track Laying - Schutzhund I

Tracking on a 300 to 400 paces long track layed by the handler at least twenty minutes
old with two objects on a 10-meter long tracking leash or tracking without the leash.

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1. Tracking
2. Obedience
3. Protection

BH & AD
SchH1
SchH2
SchH3

Watchdog Test
IPO1
IPO2
IPO3

More Schutzhund Info.
Internationally recognized Titles
Track1The track has two 90-degree right angle turns. The judge, by taking into consideration the existing terrain, will determine the course of the track. The start must be properly marked with a sign or marker, which is to be pressed into the ground at the left hand side of the starting point. The handler, after remaining at the starting point for some time, will proceed in the direction as indicated by the judge and places the first article on the middle of the first or second leg of the track without interrupting pace or changing the stride. The second article is to be deposited at the end of the track. The tracklayer will now proceed a few paces straight ahead and move away from the track. The handler has the option of tracking his/her dog freely or with a 10-meter leash. Both methods will be scored identically.


Performance Rules and Regulations
The Handler must show the objects to the judge prior to the laying of the track. Only practical objects which are not greater than the size of a wallet and do not differ in color from the terrain are to be used. So-called search packages are not to be used during the trial, however wallets, eyeglasses cases, etc. can be used. During the laying of the track, the dog must be out of sight. The scent of the track must not be disturbed when an object is placed, that is the tracklayer must not scuff or stop. The object must not be placed next to the track but must be placed onto the track.


The handler then proceeds to the dog and prepares the dog for the tracking exercise. The handler will report to the judge when called upon and advises the judge whether the dog will pick up or point out the objects.

To both pick up and point out the article is faulty. When directed by the judge, the dog is led quietly and slowly to the starting point and placed on the start of the track. Prior to the start of the track and during the entire tracking phase, all force or pressure is to be avoided. At the start of the track the dog must be given sufficient time to absorb the scent. All tendencies of the dog to start the track in an impetuous manner are to be avoided.

The dog must quietly pick up the scent with a deep nose. As soon as the dog begins to track, the handler must stop and let the length of the 10-meter leash glide through his/her hands. The handler now follows the dog and maintains the 10-meter distance even though the dog

Immediately after the dog has found an object it must be either picked up or convincingly pointed out with out being influenced by the handler. During the pickup indication the dog may stop and stand, sit or return to the handler. Forward motion with the object of picking up while lying down is faulty. The point out indication can be accomplished either by lying down, sitting or a standing stay. The handler drops the leash and proceeds immediately to the dog. By lifting the object high into the air, the handler indicates to the judge that the object has been found. It is permissible for the handler to step toward the dog who has picked up the object, however it is faulty if the dog continues with the object. The tracking leash may hang loosely when being held by the handler. The handler and dog continue on the track. The objects are presented to the presiding judge after the completion of the track.

Maximum point score is 100 points. Minimum passing point score is 70 points.

Track Laying - Schutzhund II

Tracking on a 400 to 500 paces long track laid by a stranger at least thirty minutes old with two objects on a 10 meter long tracking leash or without the leash.

track2The strange track has two 90-degree right angle turns. The judge, by taking into consideration the existing terrain, will determine the course of the track. The start must be properly marked with a sign or marker, which is to be pressed into the ground at the left hand side of the starting point. The track layer, after remaining at the starting point for some time, will proceed in the direction as indicated by the judge and places the first article on the middle of the second leg of the track without interrupting pace or changing stride. The second article is to be deposited at the end of the track. The tracklayer will now precede a few paces straight ahead and move away from the track. The handler has the option of tracking his/her dog freely or with a 10-meter leash. Both methods will be scored identically.

Performance Rules and Regulations
The tracklayer must show the objects to the judge prior to the laying of the track. Only practical objects which carry the scent of the tracklayer, are not greater than the size of a wallet and do not differ in color from the terrain are to be used. So-called search packages are not to be used during the trial, however wallets, eyeglass cases, etc. can be used. During the laying of the track the dog and handler must be out of sight. The scent of the track must not be disturbed when an object is placed, that is, the tracklayer must not scuff or stop. The object must not be placed next to the track but must be placed onto the track.

The handler proceeds to the dog and prepares the dog for the tracking exercise. The handler will report to the judge when called upon and advises the judge whether the dog will pick up or point out the objects. To both pick up and point out the article is faulty. When directed by the judge, the dog is led quietly and slowly to the starting point and placed on the start of the track. Prior to the start of the track and during the entire tracking phase, all force or pressure is to be avoided. At the start of the track the dog must be given sufficient time to absorb the scent. All tendencies of the dog to start the track in an impetuous manner are to be avoided.

The dog must quietly pick up the scent with a deep nose. As soon as the dog begins to track, the handler must stop and let the length of the 10-meter leash glide through his/her hands. The handler now follows the dog and maintains the 10-meter distance even though the dog may track without a leash.

Immediately after the dog has found an object it must either be picked up or convincingly pointed out without being influenced by the handler. During the pickup indication, the dog may stop and stand, sit or return to the handler. Forward motion with the object or picking up while lying down is faulty. The point out indication can be accomplished either by lying down, sitting or a standing stay. The handler drops the leash and proceeds immediately to the dog. By lifting the object high into the air, the handler indicates to the judge that the object has been found. It is permissible for the handler to step toward the dog who has picked up the object, however it is faulty if the dog continues with the object. The tracking leash may hang loose when being held by the handler. The handler and dog continue on the track. The objects are presented to the presiding judge after the completion of the track.

Maximum point score is 100 points. Minimum point score is 70 points.

Track Laying - Schutzhund III

Tracking on a 800 to 1000 paces long track laid by a stranger at least fifty minutes old with three objects.

The strange track has four 90-degree right angle turns. The judge, by taking into consideration the existing terrain, will determine the course of the track. The tracks must be of different shapes. It is not recommended that the corners and articles be at the same distance on all tracks. The start must be properly marked with a sign or marker, which is to be pressed into the ground at the left hand side of the starting point. The tracklayer, after remaining at the starting point for some time, will proceed in the direction as indicated by the judge and places the first article after approximately 100 paces and the second article on the middle of the second or third leg without interrupting pace or changing stride. The third article is to be deposited at the end of the track. The tracklayer will now precede a few paces straight ahead and move away from the track. The handler has the option of tracking the dog freely or with a 10-meter leash. Both methods will be scored identically.

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Performance Rules and Regulation

The tracklayer must show the articles to the judge prior to the laying of the track. Only practical objects which carry the scent of the tracklayer, which are not greater than the size of a wallet and do not differ in color from the terrain are to be used. So-called search packages are not to be used during the trial, however wallets, eyeglasses cases, etc. can be used. During the laying of the track, the dog and handler must be out of sight. The scent of the track must not be disturbed when an article is placed, that is the tracklayer must not scuff or stop. The article must not be placed next to the track but must be placed onto the track.




The handler prepares the dog for the tracking exercise. As soon as the dog begins to track, the handler must stop and let the length of the 10-meter leash glide through his/her hands. The handler now follows the dog and maintains the 10-meter distance even though the dog may track without a leash.

Immediately after the dog has found an article it must be either picked up or convincingly pointed out without being influenced by the handler. During the pick up indication, the dog may stop and stand, sit or return to the handler. Forward motion with the article or picking up while lying down is faulty. The point out indication can be accomplished either by lying down, sitting or a stand stay. The handler drops the leash and proceeds immediately to the dog. By lifting the article high into the air, the handler indicates to the judge that the object has been found. It is permissible for the handler to step toward the dog who has picked up the article, however it is faulty if the dog continues with the article. The tracking leash may hang loosely when being held by the handler. The handler and dog continue on the track. The articles are presented to the presiding judge after the completion of the track.

Maximum point score is 100 points. Minimum passing point score is 70 points.