SCHUTZHUND IITRACKINGTrack Laying
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.
The 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.
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|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.OBEDIENCEHeeling On Leash and Impartiality - 10 points
Starting from the basic heel position, the dog on leash should willingly and out goingly follow the handler upon the voice command to heel (Fuss). At the beginning of the exercise, the handler must proceed in a straight-line 40 to 50 paces without stopping. A turnabout is performed and after 10 to 15 paces a running exercise and a slow exercise, each of at least 10 paces, is to be demonstrated. During a normal pace, at least one right, one left and one turnabout are to be performed. The turnabout has to be performed by the handler as a left turnabout. The dog should always heel close to the left knee of the handler with the shoulder blade next to the handler's knee. The dog must not forge ahead, move to the side or lag to the rear.
The handler is only permitted to use the voice command when starting the exercise or when changing pace. When the handler comes to a stop, the dog should come to the sit position without being influenced by the handler. During the halt, the handler is not permitted to change the basic position and especially must not step sideways toward the dog. The leash must be held in the left hand and must hang loosely with a loop. The judge will direct the handler and dog to proceed through a group of at least four persons and the handler is required to stop at least once in the group. The group is expected to mingle about. A dog lagging behind, forging, moving sideways away, or hesitation by the handler in the turns is faulty.Heeling Off Leash - 15 points
When requested by the judge, the leash will be removed by the handler while still in motion. The handler now hangs the leash across the shoulder or places the leash in a pocket and proceeds with the freely heeling dog into the group and demonstrates at least one halt. After leaving the group the handler and dog briefly assume the basic position and then proceed into the off leash-heeling pattern as performed on leash.
While the dog and handler are performing the off leash heeling exercise, at least two gunshots are to be fired (not while moving through the group) and the dog must remain indifferent to the gun noise. Should the dog demonstrate gun insecurity, the dog must be excused immediately from the trial. If the dog demonstrates a certain aggression toward the gunshot, this must be scored as conditionally faulty as long as the dog remains under control of the handler. The full score can only be awarded to the dog who demonstrates gun indifference.
Special emphasis must be placed upon gun indifference. The shots must be fired from a distance of fifteen paces with two shots fired with a ten second interval. Should the dog run away from the gunshots, the dog is to be excused from further participation? Should the judge detect gun insecurity in a dog it is permissible to test the dog with additional gunshots. The gun shot impartiality test can only be executed during the heeling of leash and long down under distraction exercises.Sit Exercise - 5 points
From the basic heeling position the handler and free heeling dog proceed in a straight line. After about 10 paces, upon voice command, the dog should come quickly to the sit position while the handler does not interrupt his/her pace nor turn towards the dog. After another 30 paces the handler stops and turns around to face the dog. When requested by the judge the handler will return to the dog and assume the basic heeling position on the right side of the dog. Should the dog lay down or remain standing instead of performing the sit exercise, up to five points will be deducted.Down With Recall - 10 points
Upon voice command from the basic position, the handler and free heeling dog proceed in a straight line. After at least 10 paces, upon voice command, the dog must lay down quickly. Without additionally influencing the dog and without turning around, the handler will precede another 30 paces in a straight line and turn around to face the dog and remain motionless. When requested by the judge, the handler recalls the dog. The dog should come to the handler with a spirited and swift motion and sit close in front. Upon the command "heel", the dog should quickly come to the sit position next to the handler. Should a dog stand stay or sit during the exercise but returns on the recall without fault, up to 5 points will de deducted.Retrieving a Dumbbell Weighing One Kilogram on Level Ground - 10 points
The dog sitting freely next to the handler should, when five the voice commands, quickly move toward the object, which have been tosses approximately 10 paces away. The dog must immediately and quickly pick up and retrieve the object to the handler. The dog must sit close in front of the handler and must hold the object until the handler, after a brief pause, removes the object with the command to let go. After the command to heel, the dog should quickly come to the heel position. The handler must remain in the basic position until the dog has assumed the heel position.Retrieving a Dumbbell Weighing 650 Grams Over a 1 Meter High and 1.5 Meter Wide Brush Hurdle - 15 points
The handler assumes a position at an acceptable distance in front of the hurdle while the dog sits freely next to the handler. Upon voice command the dog must clear the hurdle without touching it, pick up the object and sit closely in front of the handler after the return jump has been cleared. The object must be held by the dog until the handler, after a brief pause, removes it with the command to let go. Upon command, the dog must quickly come to the heel position. The command to bring must be given before the dog has reached the object.Climb-Jump Over the Inclined Wall (Height 1.80 Meters and Width at Bottom 1.30 Meter) and Retrieve an Object Belonging to the Handler - 15 points
The handler assumes a position at an acceptable distance in front of the wall while the dog sits freely next to the handler. A dumbbell can be substituted for an article belonging to the handler. Upon voice command the dog must climb the wall to pick up the object and sit closely in front of the handler after completion of the return jump. The object must be held by the dog until the handler, after a short pause, removes it with the command to let go. Upon command, the dog must quickly come to the heel position. The command to bring must be given before the dog has reached the object.Go Ahead and Down - 10 points
When requested by the judge, the handler and free heeling dog proceed in the designated direction a few paces. The command "go out" should be executed by simultaneously lifting of the arm and a stop by the handler. The dog must move at a fast pace in the designated direction for at least 30 paces. The dog must lay down quickly upon the command "down". The handler may hold the arm up facing the designated direction until the dog has laid down. At the request of the judge the handler proceeds to pick up the dog by moving to the right side of the dog and commanding the dog to sit.Long Down Under Distraction - 10 points
Prior to the start of the obedience exercise of another dog, the handler commands the dog into the down position at a spot designated by the judge. The handler moves approximately 40 paces away within sight of the dog without leaving the leash or another object with the dog. The handler remains quietly with his back to the dog. The dog must remain in the down position without additional influence from the handler until the other exhibiting dog has concluded exercise 1 through 7. After completion of exercise 7 and upon direction from the judge, the dog in the down position will be picked up. The exercise will finish like exercise number 8.Maximum point score is 100 points. Minimum point score is 70 points.PROTECTIONConditions
Number of helpers is one. Six blinds are used.Reporting to the Judge
The handler reports to the judge with the dog on leash in the basic position. After reporting in, the handler takes the free heeling dog to the starting point and assumes the basic position.Search for the Helper - 5 points
Upon the direction of the judge, the handler will send the dog to search the blinds. The handler releases the dog with the command to "Search" (Voran or Revier) towards the first blind. It is permissible for the handler to give a signal to the dog by pointing in the direction of the search. The dog's name may be used with the command "Here" (Hier) or "Come". The dog has to search the field 6 times (3 times to the left and 3 times to the right or vise versa).Hold and Bark - 5 + 5 = 10 points
The dog's holding and barking is the same for Schutzhund 1, 2 and 3. On direction of the judge, the handler walks to within 3 - 4 paces of the dog. The judge determines the position of the handler for the call out. When directed by the judge, the handler calls the dog to the basic position with the command "Heel" (Fuss). The dog must follow the command immediately. The handler now orders the helper from the hiding place, give the order "Hands up" and commands the dog into a down position. The judge determines the position for the handler and helper. The handler searches the helper and then goes to the hiding place to search it. At this point the Hold and Bark exercise is finished.
If, for the call out, the dog does not return to the handler after 3 commands, the handler goes to the dog and free heels away from the helper back to the call out position.Escape - 10 points
The handler stands in the hiding place. The dog should watch the helper closely while laying calmly in the down position. The judge will signal the helper to escape. The dog should stop the helper quickly with a firm energetic grip. The judge will signal the helper to stop the escape and stand quietly. The dog should release the grip independently or after one verbal command, and then should guard the helper.
If the dog does not stop the escape within a distance of 20 meters by gripping and holding the helper, the protection will be terminated.Defense - 20 points
After a brief pause, the judge will give the helper the signal to attack the dog. Without influence from the handler, the dog must stop the attack with a firm and full grip. When the dog has gripped firmly, two stick hits with the flexible stick are to be executed. The hits are permitted only on the non-vital parts of the dog's body, such as thighs, flanks, or withers. When directed by the judge, the helper stops the attack and stands quietly. The dog must release the grip independently or on one verbal command and then guard the helper. When directed by the judge the handler goes to the dog and sits the dog into the basic position.Back Transport - 5 points
The handler orders the helper to turn around and to walk forward. The handler orders the dog to heel and follows the helper at a distance of 5 paces.Attack - 20 points
After about 50 paces, on the judge's signal, the helper will attack the dog and handler out of the back transport without making any threatening sounds. The dog has to immediately stop the attack with a firm grip. When directed by the judge, the helper stops the attack and stands quietly. The dog must release the grip independently or on one verbal command and then guard the helper. When directed by the judge, the handler walks to the dog. With the command "Sit", the dog is put into the basic position. If the dog is already in a sitting position, the handler can confirm the dog's behavior with the command "Sit". If the dog is in a down position after releasing the grip, the handler can confirm the dog's behavior with the command "Down" before giving the "Sit" command. Upon direction from the judge the handler walks with the free heeling dog towards a designated hiding place.Defense Against Attack with Lying in Wait and Guarding of Handler - 30 points
The handler steps out of the hiding place with the free heeling dog and goes to the centerline starting position as directed by the judge. There, the handler puts the dog into a sit and holds the dog by the collar. The handler is not permitted to stimulate the dog. The dog has to sit calmly by the handler. The dog is to remain in this position until given the command to stop the attack. If the dog appears restless up to three points may be deducted.
The helper leaves the designated hiding place at a distance of about 70 - 80 paces from the handler and walks across the field in a normal manner. The handler orders the helper to "Stand still". The helper ignores the order and attacks the handler and dog from in front. The judge will immediately signal the handler to release the dog to stop the attack and the handler sends the dog.
The dog has to stop the attack forcefully and has to show an energetic, firm, full, secure and calm grip. When the dog has a grip, the helper will briefly press the dog and then cease the aggression on a signal from the judge. No stick will be applied. The dog should release the grip independently or after one verbal command and then guard the helper.
Upon direction from the judge, the handler approaches the dog and the helper in the most direct route at a normal pace. When next to the dog the handler puts the dog into the sit position with the command "Sit". If the dog is laying down after releasing the grip, this position may also be confirmed with the command "Down". The handler orders the helper to step back three paces from the dog and to raise the arms. Then the handler orders the dog to lay down.
The handler searches and disarms the helper. After the search of the helper, the handler returns to the dog, orders the dog to sit, and free heels the dog to the right side of the helper and assumes the basic position. The side transport to the judge is demonstrated. After the handler has reported out, the leash is put on the dog. The helper leaves the field. The judge will critique and announce the score. The dog may be put in a down/stay during the critique.Maximum point score is 100 points. Minimum passing point score is 80 points.