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SCHUTZHUND III
TRACKING
Track Laying
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.

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1. Tracking
2. Obedience
3. Protection

BH & AD
SchH1
SchH2
SchH3

Watchdog Test
IPO1
IPO2
IPO3

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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.

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 point score to qualify is 70 points.

Phase B- Obedience
Heeling Off Leash - 10 points
The handler reports to the judge with a free heeling dog. The leash must not be visible to the dog. Starting from the basic heel position, the dog should willingly and outgoingly 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, are 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 judge will direct the handler and the 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.

When the dog and the handler are performing the 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 the control of the handler. The full score can only be awarded to the dog who demonstrates gun indifference.

Execution: The heeling off leash exercise is to be demonstrated to the fullest extent. 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 gunshot, 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 impartially test can only be executed during the heeling off leash and long down under distraction.

Sit Exercise - 5 points
From the basic heeling position the handler and free heeling dog proceed in a straight line. After at least 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 fact 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
From the basic position the handler and free heeling dog proceed in a straight line. After at least 10 paces the handler begins to run and after at least another 10 paces, upon voice command, the dog must lay down quickly. Without breaking stride or additional influencing the dog and without turning around, the handler will precede another 40 paces in a straight line and turn around to fact the dog and remain motionless. After about 15 seconds and 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 be deducted.

Stand Stay Out of Motion - 5 points
From the basic position the handler and free heeling dog procees in a straight line. After at least 10 paces and upon voice command, the dog must execute the stand stay while the handler does not interrupt the stride or look about. After an additional 30 paces, the handler stops and turns around to face the dog. When requested by the judge, the handler will pick up the dog. The exercise is considered complete when the handler has stepped to the right side of the dog and upon command; the dog has sat in the heeling position.

Stand Stay While Running - 10 points
From the basic position, the handler runs with the dog in a straight line. After at least 10 paces and upon command, the dog must immediately execute a stand stay while the handler does not interrupt the stride or look about. After an additional 30 paces, the handler stops and turns around to face the dog. When requested by the judge, the dog is recalled by the handler. 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.

Execution: Should a dog sit or lay down after the stand command up to 5 points are to be deducted. The dog moving toward the handler, looking around by the handler and slowing down of the dog during the recall are faulty. Scoring with half points is possible.

Retrieving a Dumbbell Weighing Two Kilograms on Level Ground - 10 points
The dog sitting freely next to the handler should, when given the voice command; quickly move toward the dumbbell, which has been, tosses approximately 10 paces away. The dog must immediately and quickly pick up and retrieve the dumbbell to the handler. The dog must sit close in front of the handler and must hold the dumbbell until the handler, after a brief pause, removes it 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 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 dumbbell and sit closely in front of the handler after the return jump has been cleared. The dumbbell 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 reaches the dumbbell.

Climb-Jump Over the Inclined Wall (Height 1.80 Meters and Width at Bottom 1.30 Meters) 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 dumbbell and sit closely in front of the handler after completion of the return jump. The dumbbell 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 "bring" must be given before the dog has reached the dumbbell.

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 the arm and a stop by the handler. The dog must move at a fast pace in the designated direction for at least 40 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 command the dog to sit.

Long Down Under Distraction - 10 points
Prior to the start of the obedience exercises of another dog, the handler commands the dog into the down position at a spot designated by the judge. The handler, without turning about, precedes out of sight of the dog to a distance of about 40 paces yet remains on the training field. When requested by the judge, the handler will pick up the dog by moving to the right hand side of the dog and command the dog to sit.

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

Phase C- protection
Search for the Helper - 5 point
The dog's search for the helper is the same for Schutzhund 2 and 3.

Upon direction of the judge, the handler will send the dog to search the blind. 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 hold and bark exercise 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, gives 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 escape exercise is the same for Schutzhund 2 and 3.
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 protection will be terminated.

Defense - 20 points
The defense exercise is the same for Schutzhund 2 and 3.
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 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 back tansport exercise is the same for Schutzhund 2 and 3.

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.

Defense Against Attack with Lying in Wait and Guarding of Handler - 15 points
The defense against attack with lying in wait and guarding of handler exercise is the same in Schutzhund 2 and 3.
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 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 the 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 demonstrates. 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.

Defense Out of Attack with Guarding Position - 15 points
The handler leaves the designated hiding place with the free heeling dog and goes to the designated starting position (center line). The dog sits freely on the handler's left side or the handler holds the dog by the collar. The handler is not allowed to stimulate the dog. The dog has to remain calm. The dog has to maintain the sit position until released with the command to stop the attack.

If the dog does not remain calm up to 3 points may be deducted.

The second helper leaves the designated hiding place at a distance of about 70 - 80 paces from the handler and runs across the field. 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 should stop the attack forcefully with 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 hits will be applied. The dog should release the grip independently or after one verbal command and then guard the helper.

Defense - 20 points
Same as Schutzhund 2 and 3 defense after the escape exercise.
The side transport is demonstrated with a free heeling dog. The leash is put on the dog after the handler reports out. The helper then leaves the field. The judge will give a critique and announce the score. The dog may be put in a down/stay during the critique.

Maximum Score is 100 points. Minimum Score to qualify is 80 Points.