BH-BEGLEITHUNDTranslates to "Companion Dog"
This test was developed as a preliminary character evaluation. It was designed to keep
aggressive, sharp, shy, or nervous dogs from participating in the sport. DVG rules say
dogs of all sizes and breeds are eligible; the minimum age is 12 months. The only
allowable collar is a chain type "choke" collar, and the lead, when used, is attached to
the dead ring. Generally, scores or points are not announced, rather the judge evaluates
whether a handler/dog team have passed. Part A must be passed for the team to do
Heeling off leash (15 points) Singly and within a group.
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The Obedience phase of the BH is eventually the same as the obedience in SchH 1 but without the retrieving exercise.
Obedience exercises should show the bond between thehandler/dog team. The dog should show a willingness to work and pure joy to be out on the field. The obedience exercises are done in groups of twodogs/handlers. Both teams report to the judge and state their name and their dogs name. The judge then directs each team to their appropriate locations. While one team is performing the heeling exercises, the other team is doing the long down. Any exercises on leash should be done with a loose lead. The leash is to be held in the left hand. Attach leash to the dead ring of a choke (fursaver) type collar. Leather and prong collars are not permitted.
Heeling on leash (15 points) Singly and within a group.
The dog must stay close and keep his shoulder blades "level" with the handlers' knees. The dog must not forge ahead, move to the side or lag to the rear. Upon a halt the dog must, on his own, go to the sitting position. The only voice command given should be at the start of exercise and when changing paces.
Starting from the basic heeling position, dog sitting at your left side give one voice command of heel (the dog should willingly follow at this time) proceed forward in a straight line for 40-50 paces without stopping. Do a complete turnabout and come back 10-15 paces. Give the heal command and without hesitation do a running heel for 10-15 paces followed by a slow heel of 10-15 paces. Return to a normal pace for 10-15 more paces. The "fuss" or "heel" command can be given at the beginning of each change of pace. You then make a right turn, heel 20 paces, make another right turn, heel 20 paces, make an about turn, heel 10-15 paces and halt. Heel forward 10-15 more paces and make a left turn. You can then proceed directly to the group. The judge will direct the handler through a group of at least 4 people, who are expected to mingle about. You must make at least 1 left turn and 1 right turn around at least 2 people and halt close to one of the group. (This is basically a figure 8.) You then leave the group, halt (handler may praise dog) and remove the leash.
When requested by the judge, the leash will be removed while in the basic position. The handler moves through the group with the dog freely heeling. After demonstrating at least one halt, the handler and dog leave the group and perform the heeling exercises that were performed on leash. While the dog and handler are performing the off-leash exercises, at least 2 gun shots (6 - 9 mm) are to be fired (not while moving in the group) and the dog must remain indifferent to the noise. Special emphasis is placed on indifference to the gun. If the judge deems the dog to be insecure or should the dog run from the shot, the judge may excuse the dog from further participation.Sit (10 points)
From the basic heeling position the handler and free heeling dog proceed in a straight line. After at least ten paces, the handler issues the voice command to sit - the dog should quickly come to a sit position. The handler shall continue for at least 30 paces without interrupting pace or direction, then stop and turnaround to face the dog. At the direction of the judge, the handler returns to the right side of the dog.Down With Recall (10 points)
From the basic heeling position the handler and free heeling dog proceed in a straight line. After at least ten paces, the handler issues the voice command to down - the dog should quickly come to a down position. The handler shall continue for at least 30 paces without interrupting pace or direction, then stop and turn around to face the dog. At the direction of the judge, the handler shall recall the dog. The dog should come to the handler with a spirited and swift motion and sit close in front. Upon a "heel" command, the dog should quickly come to a sit position next to the handler.Long Down (10 Points) Under Distraction
Prior to the start of the obedience exercises of another dog, the handler commands the dog into a down position at a spot designated by the judge. The handler moves approximately 40 paces away within sight of the dog. The handler remains quiet with his back to the dog. The dog must remain in the down position without additional influences from the handler until the other dog concludes the first 6 exercises. The finish will be like the Go Ahead and Down, abovePart B
This consists of tests to evaluate the dog's ability to function in heavy traffic. These exercises are to be conducted in the open with areas with some traffic, but not inconveniencing the general public. For this reason, only dogs that pass Part A may take this part of the test. It is a time consuming test, and a maximum of 15 dogs per day per judge may be tested. There is no point allocation per exercise; the judge will evaluate the dog's performance and its ability to do the exercises well.Ability to Perform in Traffic.
The handler and judge are instructed to proceed on leash down a designated walkway, street, or roadway. The dog should heel willingly on a loose leash. The dog must act within difference toward pedestrian and other traffic including joggers and pedestrians. After negotiating the traffic on the roadway, the handler and dog proceed to the judge and stop, shake hands, converse. The dog is expected to ignore the judge and may stand, sit, or lay down quietly.Behavior of the Dog Under Extreme Traffic Conditions.
The dog and handler now move through rather heavy and noisy pedestrian traffic. The handler must stop twice the first time ordering the dog to sit and the second time to lay down. The dog must remain calm and undisturbed.Behavior of the Dog Left Alone During Traffic Conditions.
The handler secures the dog to a suitable tie off and moves out of sight of the dog, remaining out of sight for approximately two minutes. Another dog and handler team will pass within five paces of the secured dog which must remain calm during this exercise.AD - Endurance Test (Ausdauerprüfung)General Information
The AD is an endurance test used for show and breed requirements. The dog must run beside its handler for a distance of 20 kilometers (about 12.5 miles.) It will test the dogs physical strength and make sure the dog is physically able to endure a certain amount of physical stress without showing significant fatigue. A short obedience exercise will follow the running test.Requirements for Entry
The dog must be at least 16 months old to trial and dogs more than 6 years old are excused from having to complete this part of the breed survey. All dogs must be registered, and have their score book, pedigree and registration papers on hand the day of trial. The dog must be healthy and in good condition. Sick dogs, weak dogs, bitches in heat, bitches in whelp and nursing bitches are not allowed to participate. The judge and trial secretary will verify that each dog is in good condition. Dogs that present a tired or listless expression are to be disqualified. The handler will conduct him/herself in a sporty manner. Unsportsmanlike behavior can result in disqualification from the examination. All decisions made by the judge are final. Participation in the AD test is voluntary. If during the course of the test, the dog or handler is injured in any way, the United Schutzhund Clubs of America, the SV and the local club cannot be held responsible.Scoring
The AD award is not a training degree but is for show and breed requirements. No points or awards will be given for the examination, only the rating of "Passed" or "Not Passed". Only dogs that pass will receive the AD certification.Terrain
The test should preferably be run on streets or roads of varied terrain such as asphalt or dirt.The Test
A.) The Running Exercise - The dogs will be run a total of 20 kilometers (about 12.5 miles) at an average speed of 12 to 15 kilometers per hour (7.7 to 9.5 miles per hour).
The dog must be kept on leash on the right hand side of the handler and move in a normal trot next to the bicycle. Overly fast running is to be avoided. The leash must be sufficiently long to give the dog the ability to adjust to any changes in speed. Slight pulling or forging is not faulty but continually failing behind is faulty. There will be a 15 minute rest period after the dogs have completed 8 kilometers (5 miles). During the rest period, the judge will examine the dogs for fatigue. Tired dogs will be removed from the test. There will be a 20 minute rest period at the end of 15 kilometers (9.4 miles). The judge will again check the dogs. Dogs that are tired or dogs with sore feet will be removed from the test. Dogs will be allowed to move about freely during the rest periods but should be on leash. The last 5 kilometers will be run and then there will be a 15 minute rest period. The judge will again determine if the dog demonstrates tiredness or sore feet due to the running.
The judge and the trial secretary should accompany the dogs on a bicycle or car. The judge will make notes about the condition of the dogs and all deficiencies will be noted. It is necessary that a car follow the handlers and dogs so that tired or sore dogs can be transported. Dogs that lack the proper spirit and hardness and those that show fatigue and dogs that cannot keep up the required speed or need extra time cannot pass the examination.
B.) Obedience - After the running exercise and when requested by the judge, the handlers will assemble with their dogs in the heeling position. Under the direction of the judge, the handlers and dogs will go through the heeling exercise (on or off leash) according to the Schutzhund rules. No gun shots are to be fired. In addition, the judge must verify the psychological condition of the dogs. The method is left up to the judge.