2019 IPO Rule Changes

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FEDERATION CYNOLOGIQUE INTERNATIONALE (AISBL)

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 International Utility Dogs Regulations

FOR THE

INTERNATIONAL UTILITY DOG TRIALS

INTERNATIONAL TRACKING DOG TRIAL

INTERNATIONAL COMPANION DOG TRIAL

INTERNATIONAL ARTICLE SEARCH TRIALS

INTERNATIONAL ENDURANCE TRIAL

OF THE FCI

Executed by order of the FCI-Utility Dogs commission:

Wilfried Schäpermeier (D)+

Günther Diegel (D)

Robert Markschläger (A)

Heinz Gerdes (D

Hari Arcon (SLO)

Clemente Grosso (I)

Frans Jansen (NL)

 

 

These Rules were approved by the FCI General Committee in .......on..........2017.
They are effective from January 1st 2019

 

Preamble

For more than 35.000 years, the dog has been the companion of mankind. Through the domestication of the dog, a close social relationship was formed with mankind and is in some respects dependent on him. With this comes a certain responsibility on the part of man to ensure the well-being of the dog.

When it comes to training the physical as well as the psychological health of the dog is top priority.  It is imperative then that the dog be handled in a fair, orderly and humane way. This also should include adequate care of the dog through proper nutrition and water as well as maintaining his health which needs to include regular vaccinations and veterinary examinations. In addition to this there is an additional duty to the dog to properly socialize him and to ensure exercise to meets his needs.

During the course of history, the dog has had various jobs to help man. In the modern day world, many of these duties have been relegated to technology. For this reason, the dog owner has the responsibility to ensure that the dog has other activities due to the loss of past jobs as well as adequate exercise and activities that offer close contact to people. Under this point of view the Companion Test – BH - , the versatility test for the utility dog, the tracking test – FH – and the article search test – StPr – need to be factored in. The dog should be occupied according to his abilities and capabilities.  Besides adequate exercise, he should have intense work with activities that take into consideration his learning ability, his exercise requirements as well as his other abilities.  The various forms of the dog sport provide these excellent venues. Dogs that do not have enough activities stand out and this can lead to public complaints.

A person who trains or does sport with his dog, has to undertake a method of careful training with the goal in mind to achieve the best possible harmony between himself and the dog.  The goal of all training is to convey to the dog what it is we want him to do in such a way that he can understand. The harmonious relationship between man and his dog, regardless of the dog sport one does, is the basis for all activities. To achieve harmony, it is important to honestly look at your dog and understand his abilities.

It remains the ethical responsibility of man to raise and adequately train the dog. The applied methods must meet the standards of behavioural sciences, especially in regards to the breed. In order to achieve the upbringing, training or training effect, it is important to not utilize force and to use positive methods for the dog. Furthermore it is imperative to decline the use of techniques that do not utilize the proper training, raising and training aides. Using a dog for dog sport has to be oriented to his capabilities, his competitive spirit and his willingness. Influencing the dogs training capabilities through the use of medication or animal cruelty must be avoided. One must carefully acknowledge the capabilities of his dog. To demand work of a dog that does not have the capability to do so, contradicts every ethical level of consciousness. Only someone who takes the responsibility to be a true friend to his dog will take a healthy and capable dog to trials, competitions and training.

 

Contents:                                                                                                       Page 3

General abbreviations                                                                                                                   Page 5

Reference/ Validity                                                                                                                         Page 5

General information                                                                                                                       Page 6

Trial season                                                                                                                                        Page 6

Trial Days                                                                                                                                             Page 7

Trial organization/Trial secretary (PL)                                                                                      Page 7

Trial Supervision                                                                                                                               Page 7

Trial Judges                                                                                                                                         page 7-8

Permission to enter a trial                                                                                                            Page 8-9

Anti doping and vaccination regulations                                                                                 Page 9

Social compatibility                                                                                                                          Page 9

Phases per day per Trial                                                                                                                                Page 10

Trial participants                                                                                                                               Page 10

Physically challenged handler                                                                                                     Page 11

Collar requirement/carrying a leash                                                                                         Page 11

Muzzle obligation                                                                                                                            Page 11

Liability                                                                                                                                                 Page 11

Vaccinations                                                                                                           Page 11

Awards Ceremony                                                                                                 Page 11-12

Working Title                                                                                                         Page 12

Scorebook                                                                                                                              Page 12

TSB Evaluation Phase C ( valid for all levels)                                                                    Page 12-13

Commands                                                                                                                             Page 13

International- / Special Rules                                                                                              Page 13

The precursor to the IGP-V                                                                                                  Page 13

World- / Europ Championship                                                                                            Page 13

Disciplinairy Rights                                                                                                                Page 13-14

Disqualification                                                                                                                      Page 14

Termination                                                                                                                           Page 15

Termination due to illness/ injury                                                                                     Page 15

Temperament Evaluation                                                                                                             Page 16-17

Conducting the identity check                                                                                           Page 17

Dogs that do not show gun sureness                                                                                Page 18

Point table                                                                                                                                          Page 18

Calculation of percentage                                                                                                   Page 18

Helper regulations                                                                                                                Page 19-22

Companion dog test with traffic safety part.  BH/VT                                                         Page 22-24

Phase A Tracking / General Rules                                                                                             Page 25-27

Instructions IFH-1, IFH-2 and IGP-FH                                                                                Page 27

Instructions IFH-2 and IGP-FH                                                                                                    Page 27

Tracking grounds                                                                                                                              Page 27

Laying the tracks                                                                                                              Page 27-28

Articles                                                                                                                                                 Page 28

Indicating the articles                                                                                                                     Page 28

Tracking with the tracking leash or free tracking                                                                 Page 29

Check in /check out FH-1, FH-2, IGP-FH                                                                                  Page 29

Working the track                                                                                                                            Page 29

Corners                                                                                                                                                Page 30

Praise                                                                                                                                                    Page 30                                                                  

Termination / disqualification                                                                              Page 30                                 Page 29

Futher evaluation criteria / responsabilities of the Judge                                                Page 30-31

Phase B/ General provisions                                                                                                       Page 31

Commands                                                                                                                                         Page 31-32

Additional commands                                                                                                                    Page 32

Distribution and point values of the excercises in the individual levels                      Page 32-33

Special requirements in the IBGH-3                                                                                          Page 33

Exercises in IGP-V and IGP-ZTP                                                                                   Page 34

Start and End of an Exercise                                                                                                         Page 34

Basic Position                                                                                                                                      Page 34

Bild up / Pick up                                                                                                                                                 Page 34

Recall/ Front / Finish                                                                                                                        Page 35

Praise                                                                                                                                                     Page 35

Incorrect Positions                                                                                                                          Page 35

Releasing the Dumbell upon Command                                                                                 Page 35-36

Dumbell                                                                                                                                               Page 36

Hurdle                                                                                                                                                  Page 36

Scaling Wall                                                                                                                                         Page 36

Heeling on leash and Free heeling                                                                                            Page 36

Gun shots                                                                                                                                           Page 36-37

Heeling Pattern Diagram and execution of the Heeling Pattern                                   Page 37-38

Sit out of motion (all examination levels)                                                                              Page 38

Down with recall                                                                                                                              Page 38-39

Stand while walking ( IGP-2 and IGP-3)                                                                                  Page 39

Stand out of motion ( IGP-3)                                                                                                       Page 39

Retrieve on the Flat                                                                                                                        Page 40

Basic Position in front of the Hurdle and Scalin wall                                                           Page 40

Retrieve over the 1 m Hurdle                                                                                                     Page 40-41

Climbing over the scaling wall ( IGP-1)                                                                                    Page 41

Retrieve over the scaling wall                                                                                                     Page 41              

Send out with Down                                                                                                                       Page 42

Down under Distraction                                                                                                                                Page 42-43

Praise                                                                                                                                                    Page 43

Mandatory Deductions                                                                                                                 Page 43-44

Phase C – Protection / General provisions                                                                           Page 44

Blinds                                                                                                                                                    Page 45

Basic requirements                                                                                                                         Page 45

Extra Commands – Deductions                                                                                                  Page 46

Examination levels IGP-1  -  IGP-3 Exercises and Point values                                       Page 46

Report in                                                                                                                                             Page 46

Search for the helper                                                                                                                     Page 46-47

Hold and Bark                                                                                                                                    Page 47-48

Prevention of an escape of the helper                                                                                   Page 48-49

Defense of an attack from the guarding phase                                                                   Page 50

End of the exercise                                                                                                                         Page 50

Back Transport ( IGP-2 and IGP-3)                                                                                            Page 50

Back Transport ( IGP-3)                                                                                                                 Page 51

Attack on the dog from the Back Transport ( IGP-3 only)                                                                Page 51

Attack on the dog out of Motion                                                                                               Page 51-53

Defence of an attack from the guarding phase with termination Phase C                               Page 53-54

Additional Examinations /IGP-ZTP                                                                                            Page 54

IGP-V                                                                                                                                                    Page 54

Tracking 1-3 ( FPr 1-3)                                                                                                                     Page 57

Obedience 1-3 (UPr 1-3)                                                                                                                               Page 57-58

Protection 1-3 (SPr 1-3)                                                                                                                 Page 58

Working dog test 1-3 (GPr 1-3)                                                                                                   Page 58

Article Indication Trial 1-3 (StPr 1-3)                                                                                         Page 58-60

Enduarnce Test (AD)                                                                                                                      Page 61-62

Diagrams                                                                                                                                             Page 63-71

                                               

General abbreviations:

FCI –    Federation Cynologique International

IGP-       International Utility Dog trial regulations

NGPO- National Utility Dog Trial regulations

LAO – National Organization

PL -    Trial Secretary

AKZ – Training degree   

LR –   Trial judge  

GST-   Basic Position

PO -   Trial regulations

RA -   Judge Instruction

HZ -   Verbal Command

PL -   Trial Secretary                        

HL -    Helper      

HF -    Dog Handler                                                                          

FL -   Track Layer

Reference:

Under the text the designated commands have to be translated into the respective commands of the country.

As soon as this trial ruling takes effect, all previous rules lose their validity. The German text is the official version and binding for translations.

Validity:

These regulations were drawn up by the FCI Utility Dogs Commission and were approved and confirmed by the FCI General Committee in .............on ............2017 They are effective from January 1, 2019 and replace all previous rules.

The regulations were written in the German language and approved by the Commission. In case of uncertainty, the German text takes precedence over other language translations.

The regulations are valid for all FCI members and contract partners.

All international trial events in terms of training and competitions are subject to these regulations.  

General information:

Trial events and competition should serve two purposes.

  1. After passing a test, the individual dog should receive recognition for its’ particular purpose.
  2. Contribute to the overall health, fitness and work ethic of the dog.

The National Organization is encouraged to promote the International Utility Dogs Regulations. (IGP) Especially international competitions should be conducted under the International Utility Dogs Regulations concept. All trials and competitions are subject to proper sportsmanship with regard to the conduct of the participants. These regulations are binding. All participants have to meet the same work performance requirements. The trials are to be made public by advising the place and start time to the members.

Trial events and competitions must correspond with complete trial levels or individual complete phases of the respective trial levels. Only a completed trial level passed in an event will count as a title. The titles must be accepted by all FCI member countries.

In countries where laws prohibit the stick test, these regulations can be implemented without it.

Trial Season:

Trials may be conducted year round if weather conditions are conducive and the well-being of both handler and dog are not at risk. Otherwise, the event cannot be held. This is the sole decision made by the trial judge (LR). The individual national organization can impose restrictions regarding the trial season for their area.

Trial Days:

 a) Saturday, Sunday and Holidays

Trial days are generally on the weekend as well as legal Holidays.

BH/VT tests can also only be done on official trial days.

It is possible to trial for the BH/VT and the IGP-1/IFH-1 tests in tandem with a two day trial (Friday-Saturday), (Saturday-Sunday) at one or 2 different clubs. A waiting time between the BH/VT and IGP-1/IFH-1 does not exist.

Example: Friday Saturday BH, Sunday Saturday IGP-1 or IFH-1

b) Friday Trials

A Friday trial day may only be in tandem with a Saturday trial.

Remark: Friday can only be secured if more dogs are presented on Saturday than can be accommodated. Start time is not before 12:00 noon. The participant number for the IGP/IFH is condensed to half.

For pure BH/VT trials up to 7 dogs may be tested.

A Friday trial in tandem with a Saturday trial secured for IGP/IFH tests must end on Saturday.

Individual dogs may also complete their trial on Friday.

Exception: If participants, who plan on trialing their dogs for IGP-1 or IFH-1 on Saturday / may start on Friday for the BH/VT and then on Saturday they may test for IGP-1 or IFH-1. This does not cause  “overage” in the number of participants. Clubs must be attentive to the event authorization guidelines.

c)            Holiday regulations

On Holidays the above information can be followed.

Trial Organization / Trial Secretary (PL):

The Trial Secretary (PL) is responsible to organize the event. He/she finalizes and supervises all required levels of work to prepare and conduct a trial. He/she must guarantee the orderly execution of the event and must be at the judge’s disposal for the duration of the event.

The Trial Secretary (PL) may not show a dog or accept other duties. He/she is responsible for:

  • Obtaining the necessary event documents
  • Locating suitable tracking fields for all trial levels according to the rules
  • Make arrangements with the property owners of the tracking fields or park ranger
  • Having experienced volunteers available such as helpers for protection, tracklayers, group, etc.
  • Obtaining the event authorization
  • Make available the required equipment and proper protection gear for the helper.
  • Make available the written forms such as judges trial sheets, trial lists for all levels.
  • Have available the scorebooks, pedigrees, vaccination certificates and if necessary proof of insurance.

A minimum of three days in advance, the Trial Secretary (PL) must inform the judge (LR) the location, start times, directions, type of trial and number of dogs entered. Failure to provide this information can result in the judge (LR) declining to officiate.

The event authorization is to be provided to the judge (LR) prior to the start of the trial.

Trial Supervision:

National Organizations (LAO) of the FCI is entitled to supervise. The National Organization (LAO) of the FCI can assign a knowledgeable person to oversee an event to ensure that the event is conducted in accordance with the regulations as stated in the 2019 FCI IGP Regulations.

Trial Judges (LR)

Judges (LR), who are authorized to judge an International Utility Dogs trial/ event, can be invited by the hosting club or as determined by the National Organization (LAO). In regards to world championships, the judges (LR) will be requested through the FCI Utility Dogs Commission. The number of judges (LR) invited for a trial is up to the hosting club. Trial judges (LR) are not permitted to judge dogs that are owned by him or are in his possession, or dogs whose owners reside with him, or dogs that are owned by another person of the same household. 

A trial judge is not permitted to handle a dog in a trial in which he is officiating as a judge.

The trial judge (LR) is not permitted to disturb or influence the work of the dog through his behaviour. The trial judge (LR) is responsible for the compliance and correct adherence to the governing rules. He is authorized to terminate the trial for failure of compliance of the rules and/or his instructions. In such cases, the judge must provide a written report to the appropriate office of the National Organization.

The trial judge (LR) is authorized to disqualify a handler in the event of unsportsmanlike behavior, carrying of motivational articles, non-compliance with the rules, non-compliance with animal rights guidelines, and anything against the local laws.  A premature termination of a trial must be documented in the scorebook. In the event of a disqualification all acquired points will not be recognized.

The judge’s decision is final and incontestable. Any form of criticism concerning the decision, can lead to dismissal from the site and eventually lead to disciplinary measures. In justified cases, not based on factual decisions, rather violations of the rules by the judge (LR), a complaint may be submitted within 8 days of the occurrence. This complaint must be made in writing, whereby the plaintiff and at least one witness signs it and submits it via the trial secretary of the hosting club or the national organization (LAO). Filing a complaint does not automatically lead to a dismissal of the judge (LR)’s decision. The decision concerning a complaint affects the National Committee, who can submit the claim to the FCI Utility Dogs Commission and makes the final determination regarding the complaint.

Permission to enter a trial:

On the day of testing, the dog must have met the minimum age required. No exceptions are permitted. The dog is required to have passed the BH-VT in accordance with the rules set forth by the national organisation (LAO).

The required age limit for BH/VT is to be set by the national organisation, but never can be under 12 months of age.

                                                Needed                                                                               Minimum Age  

AD                                           BH-VT                                                                     16 Months

BGH 1                                     BH-VT                                                                     15 Months

BGH 2                                     BGH 1                                                                     15 Months

BGH 3                                     BGH 2     or Obedience 1 or IGP 1                    15 Months

IGP- V                                     BH-VT                                                                     15 Months

IGP- 1                                     BH-VT                                                                     18 Months

IGP-2                                      IGP-1                                                                      19 Months

IGP-3                                      IGP-2                                                                      20 Months

FH V                                        BH-VT                                                                     15 Months

IFH-1                                       BH-VT                                                                     18 Months

IFH-2                                       IFH-1                                                                       19 Months

IGP-FH                                    BH-VT                                                                     20 Months

IGP- ZTP                                 BH-VT                                                                     18 Months

F. Pr. 1-3                                BH-VT                                                                     15 Months

U.Pr. 1-3                                                BH-VT                                                                     15 Months

G.Pr 1-3                                 BH/VT                                                                     15 Months                            

S.Pr. 1-3                                 BH-VT                                                                     18 Months

Stö.Pr. 1                                 BH-VT                                                                     15 Months

Stö.Pr. 2                                 Stö.Pr . 1                                                                15 Months

Stö.Pr. 3                                 Stö.Pr. 2                                                                 15 Months

The excersises FPr 1-3 take place according to the IGP 1-3 Rules for Phase A, the excersises UPr 1-3 take place according to the IGP 1-3 Rules for Phase B, the excersises SPr 1-3 take place according to the IGP Rules for Phase C. The excersises Gpr 1-3 take place according to the IGP 1-3 Obedience and protection Rules for Phase B&C

These exercises can be tested as single phases, without getting any official certificate (working title).  Trials with only a protection phase are not permitted.

The dog handler can chose in which level of these trials he/she will start without a previously passed lower level.  

Dogs regardless of size, breed or heritage may participate at a trial. The dog must be in physical condition to complete the requirements of the IGP.

Females in heat may participate at all trial events, however, must be shown separately from the other handlers’ dogs. In phase A, they will track with the other dogs entered in the trial, but in the remaining phase / phases they will be shown at the end after all other dogs have completed the trial. Females, who are visibly pregnant or who are nursing or who have puppies with them, may not be trialed.

Sick and dogs suspected of contagious disease are excluded from all trial events.  In case of doubt, the veterinarian will make the final decision.

A separate publication of the FCI and / or the national organization provides information on restricted periods for pregnant and lactating bitches.

 Anti-doping and vaccination regulations:

 A dog registered by his owner for participation in a competition and placed by him or the dog handler in the test ground must be clear of all drugs in his tissues, his body fluids and his excretions on the day of the event to include all substances which are listed on the banned substance list of the FCI.

The list of substances, the procedure for the testing for banned substances, and the possible penalties for infringements are published in a corresponding set of rules of FCI. National organizations can extend these provisions by their own responsibility. The dog must have a rabies vaccination proven by a vaccination certificate.

Social compatibility:

A dog who, at any time during the competition (before, during or after his own performance) bites a person or a other dog, tries to bite, attack or attempt to attack, is disqualified from the competition. All points are withdrawn and the dog is disqualified (DQ), even if the dog has completed all 3 phases. In a two-day event, the disqualification also extends to the second day so that the dog cannot start or continue in the trial.

In cases of dog aggression, immediate disqualification (DQ) occurs. Before the dog may enter another trial, the dog owners / handler have to prove during an examination or at a competition that the team (dog) has again successfully participated in a BH-VT with behavior test. The disqualification shall be entered by the performance judge in all the performance records / score books, pedigree known to him and signed by him.

Entry:                    "Disqualification due to dog aggression, dog must be presented again in a BH-VT with behavioral test.“

Phases per day per Trial level

A  Judge can only judge up to a maximum of 36 individual phases per day (not valid for championships).

FPr,  UPr und SPr,  1-3

equivalent to one phase``

GPr 1-3

equivalent to 2 phases

BGH 1-3

equivalent to one phase

IFH-V /Tracking suitability

equivalent to one phase

IFH-1, IFH-2 und IGP-FH

equivalent  to 3 one phases

Begleithundeprüfung (BH-VT) Companion examination

equivalent to 2 phases

IGP-Vorprüfung (V) / IGP- Suitability

equivalent to 2 phases

IGP- Zuchttauglichkeitsprüfung (ZTP) /

IGP- Breedsuitability

equivalent  to 3 one phases

IGP 1 - 3

equivalent  to 3 one phases

Stöberprüfungen 1-3/Article search1-3

equivalent to one phase

 

For major events scheduled by the National Organization (LAO), special regulations can be established.

The national organization (LAO) submits a proposal to the FCI Utility Dogs Commission, who makes the final determination.

Trial Participants:

The trial participant must meet the entry deadline for the event. The participant also agrees to pay the entry fee upon submission of the entry form. If the participant cannot participate for whatever reason, he/she must advise the Trial Secretary (PL) immediately. The participant is required to provide the vaccination certificate and uphold the animal rights guidelines. The participant must adhere to the instructions of the judge (LR) as well as the Trial Secretary (LR). The handler must present his/her dog in a sportsmanlike manner regardless of the results in any given phase, he is obliged to continue for the remaining phases of the event. The trial ends with the results (awards ceremony) and the return of the scorebook.

The examination (trial) must have a minimum of 4 participants per trial day. The minimum number of participants per day may only be less if for BH / VT examinations these dogs pass and try for a further examination (IGP-1, IFH 1) at the same event. A dog handler may only take part in an examination with the same dog. (A two-day test is considered as an examination event.) A dog handler may enter a maximum of two dogs for an examination at an event. A dog may only acquire one title within a event. Exception: BH / VT in conjunction with another level 1 title.

Prerequisite for entering a trial is that owner and dog handler belong to a club of the national organization which is recognized by the FCI. Exceptions to this can be determined by the national organization only for BH / VT examinations.

 Physically challenged handler (handicapped):

If a dog handler cannot carry out part of an exercise correctly due to a physical handicap, he must inform the performance judge (LR) before the start of the trial. If due to a physical handicap the dog handler can not present the dog on the left side of the dog handler, the dog may be presented in the same way on the right side. The national organizations may also allow further restrictions.    

Collar requirement / Carrying a leash:

Due to insurance liability reasons the handler is to carry a leash with him for the duration of the trial it can be worn around the handler (clasp side away from the dog) or out of sight, the dog must also wear a collar at all times during the trial. The judge, therefore, must visually check all dogs for a properly fitting collar at all times during the trial. The large link chain collar may not have spikes, claws or other hooks. It must be worn loose. So-called flea/tick collars must be removed prior to the trial.

The type of choke collar, a single row, loose fitting large link collar, especially in regards to its weight, may not deviate from the normal marketed products. If suspicion arises, then the judge can request that the collar be changed. This, however, must take place prior to beginning the phase. If suspicion also arises as to fraud in view of a spiked collar or the like, the judge will disqualify the handler from further testing.

The single row, loose fitting large link collar must be worn throughout the trial. The BH / VT allows the use of other types of collars to include leather collar, fabric collar or chest harness. For the IBGH 1 to 3, similar collars to the BH / VT may be used except for the chest harness

Muzzle obligation:

The requirements for having a dog in public are mandated by the laws of the individual countries laws. Handlers (HF), who are bound by these laws, may show their dogs in the BH/VT test with a muzzled dog.

Liability:

The owner of the dog is liable for any personal injury or material damage caused by his/her dog. Therefore, he/she must have adequate coverage for such cases. In the event of an accident during the trial, the handler (HF) is liable for himself/herself and his/her dog. The handler (HF) is to concur with the instructions of the judge (LR) and the organizing club and thereby executes of his/her own free will the instructions at his/her own risk.

Vaccinations:

Proof of vaccinations as performed by a certified authority (vaccination certificate) must be presented to the judge (LR) or the Trial Secretary (PL).

Awards Ceremony / trophies:

Award ceremonies are to be held separately after the various trial phases.

IGP 1 – 3, IFH-1, IFH-2, IGP-FH, BH/VT – Tests

If the same number of points are awarded to more dogs in the IGP level 1 -3 the result (higest score) of the phase C is the deciding factor. If the points awarded here are the same, then phase B is the deciding factor, the awarded points are the same in phase B then the points from phase C are the determining factor. If points result equally for all phases, then all dogs receive the same rating. There will be no discremanation between dogs qualifying in the same level. Generally, all participants are to be present at the awards ceremony. The trial ends officially with the award ceremony and handing out of the scorebooks.

Working Title:

The title “International Working Champion” (CIT) will be granted by the FCI by application of the handler (HF) through the National Organization (LAO).      

The CACIT award and the Reserve CACIT for dogs are provided at competitions that have received permission from the FCI and for dogs which were presented at the highest level (Class 3). All FCI National Organizations (LAO) must be invited to a CACIT event. A minimum of 2 judges (LR) must be invited with one judge being from another National Organization (LAO). The awards are granted upon proposal of the judges (LR). The CACIT and Reserve CACIT can only be awarded to dogs under these recommendations:

  • The minimum show rating “very good” has been achieved at a show event.
  • At the trial the minimum rating of “Very Good” was received. The award is not automatically            
  • linked to the achieved rating.
  • The dog breeds belonging to groups 1, 2 and 3 of the Breeds Nomenclature of the FCI which are subject to a working trial (utility and tracking dogs)

The title “National Working Champion” will be regulated through the National Organization (LAO).

Per Trial there is only to be awarded one (1) CACIT and one (1) reserve CACIT

Scorebook:

A scorebook is mandatory for every participating dog. Issuing of the scorebook is done according to the instructions of the handler’s corresponding National Organization. Important to note, only one scorebook may be issued per dog. This is the responsibility of the issuing organization. The trial results must be recorded in the scorebook under all circumstances by the judge (LR) as well as the Trial Secretary (PL), who is to double check the entry and sign the book.

It is required to make the following entries: Members number, name and breed of the dog, identification of the dog  (tattoo nr. / Chip Nr.) Name and address of the owner of the dog, entry of the total points in Phase A, B and C, qualifications and TSB rating. Name of the judge and his signature.  

TSB Evaluation – Phase “C” (valid for all trial levels):

The TSB evaluation should describe the temperament characteristics of the dog for breeding purposes. The TSB has not influence over the final result of the trial or a placing. To achieve a TSB evaluation, the dog must have been completed at least one gripping exercise.

The ratings pronounced (a), present (vh) and insufficient (ng), the following characteristics are described: Drive, self-confidence and stress-tolerance.

TSB – “pronounced”

Is given to a dog that displays  a strong willingness to work, clear instinctive behaviour, goal-oriented determination in the exercises, self-confident manner, unrestricted attention and exceptional ability to handle stress.

TSB – “sufficient”

Is given to a dog that is restricted in his willingness to work, the instinctive behaviour, in self-confidence, his attention and stress tolerance.

TSB – “insufficient”

Is given to a dog that lacks a willingness to work, lacking instinctive behaviour, lacks self-confidence and insufficient stress-tolerance.

Commands:

The Commands in the examination regulations are considered suggestions. Commands are given as normal spoken words and must always be the same for the same task. When recalling the dog, the name of the dog can be used instead of the command to recall. During the blind search, the name of the dog can be mentioned in addition to the recall command. Otherwise, the name of the dog in conjunction with any other command is considered a double command.

The national organization may make provision for the use of only the national language commands, which are provided by the national organization and published in their rulebook. It is, however, permissible in any case that the commands may be given in the mother tongue of the dog handler.

International Rules:

Special rules:

The national organizations (LAO) of the FCI are authorized to enhance their general regulations, e.g. entry requirements, veterinarian, animal rights, medical regulations or any rules governed through the country. Commands may be given in the country’s language.

The precursor to the IGP (IGP - V) may be used:

  1.  As an approval test for the declaration in the working class.
  2. As a condition for admission to IGP-1, whereby each country‘s organization can decide whether the IGP-V is required as a prerequisite to enter for IGP-1.

World / Europe Championship:

The Specifications for the organization of the various championships of the FCI are valid. The publishing and revision of said specifications are the duty of the Utility Dogs Commission.

Disciplinary rights:

The Trial Secretary is responsible to guarantee order and the safety in the entire trial area.

The judge (LR) is authorized to terminate the trial if the order and safety is compromised in any way. Violations by the handler against the prevailing rules, against the trial rules, against the animal rights laws and against the cultural customs will lead to a termination of the trial.

Disqualification:

If a dog leaves the handler (HF) or the field and does not return after three commands, the dog will be disqualified (DQ). This pertains to tracking, obedience and protection. 

All points awarded up to that point of disqualification (DQ) will be deleted. No points or ratings will be entered into the scorebook. If a judge determines that the dog has faulty temperament, unsportsmanlike behaviour on the part of the handler (e.g. alcohol, carrying motivational objects and/or food), violations of the rules, violations against the animal rights laws or violations against the cultural customs, the team will be disqualified (DQ) from further testing.

If the dog is out of control of the handler (e.g. side/back transport, the dog leaves the handler or the field during the trial and does not return after three commands, the dog does not out; the dog grips the helper anywhere other than the sleeve) the team will be disqualified (DQ) from further testing.

 

Conduct

Consequense

  • Dog picks up the article on the track and will not or can not release it
  • The dog leaves the field and does not return after three commands to return
  • The dog is not under control of the handler (e.g., side / back transport); The dog does not become under control after three commands HZ (one allowed and two additional HZ) or only by active action of the Handler
  • The dog bites (not bumps) the helper anywhere on the helper‘s body other than the protective sleeve provided for the grip.

 

Disqualification for disobedience

  • The dog is not neutral during the impartiality check

Disqualification due to lack of impartiality

  • Unsportsmanlike behavior of the Handler HF (for example, transport of motivation objects and / or food)
  • Suspected attempt of fraudulent intent by use of prohibited training aids 

 

Disqualification for unsportsmanlike behavior

 

Disqualification for unsportsmanlike behavior

 

 

Termination:

In the case of a termination, all points awarded up to then are awarded, also the points of the phases that have been completed so far. The points reached up to the point of termination are entered in the scorebook. If the dog is terminated in phase C, phase C is to be evaluated with 0 points, the points reached in sections A and B are retained.

Reasons for termination:

  • Dog is started on the track 3 x unsuccessfully in the scent pad
  • Dog leaves track by more than one leash length or Handler (HF) disregards the Judge’s (LR's) instruction to follow the dog
  • The dog leaves the helper before the Judge (LR) instructs the Handler (HF) to leave the center line and does not return to helper with one command or leaves the helper again
  • Dog leaves the helper before the Judges (LR) instruction to approach the dog and / or the dog handler gives a command to make the dog remain (stay) with the helper
  • The dog does not find the helper after three unsuccessful commands to direct the dog to the find blind.

Termination due to illness/injury:

If a dog presented for a trial is sick, this is to be handled in the following manner:

If the handler (HF) reports in after having completed a phase with a sick dog, he is to go to the vet and obtain a certificate. Entry in the trial documentation “Terminated due to illness”. If the handler (HF) refuses to go to the vet, then the entry is to be shown as: “Insufficient due to termination”. The certification may be sent retro-actively. If the handler (HF) does not submit this certificate within 4 days, the judge (LR)’s entry in the scorebook remains as Insufficient due to termination”. The scorebook will be returned to the handler (HF). If the handler (HF) refuses to leave the scorebook with the judge (LR), then the entry “Insufficient due to termination” will be immediately recorded. The handler (HF) is responsible for any costs in connection with the return of his scorebook.

Remark: It remains clear that the judge (LR) himself can decide to terminate if he determines that the dog is appearing sick or injured to him. The same applies to older dogs who due to animal rights laws may not be able to continue due to fitness. Entry in scorebook: “ Termination due to injury”.

Temperament test: 

Executing the temperament test

Before the trial starts, prior to the first phase, the judge (LR) has to conduct an impartiality test on the dog. This is to include the identity inspection (e.g.: checking the tattoo or the chip, etc.). Furthermore, dogs that do not pass this part of the test may not participate in the trial and will be disqualified (DQ). Owners whose dogs are microchipped are responsible for having a chip reader available.

In addition to this, the judge (LR) observes the temperament of the dog during the course of the entire trial. The judge (LR) is required to disqualify (DQ) any dog who displays faulty temperament. This must be recorded in the scorebook. Dogs that are disqualified (DQ) due to faulty temperament must be reported to the National Organization in written report.

Temperament Evaluation:

The temperament test is to be conducted throughout the duration of the trial including the awards ceremony. If a dog stands out with a temperament problem, then he cannot pass for this reason even though results up to that point were positive. If a dog fails the temperament test it is to be noted in the records. The dog is disqualified (DQ).

  1. Principles
  1. The temperament test takes place prior to each trial.
  2. The test is to be conducted in a neutral place. In the selection of the place, there should be no close connection to the trial or tracking fields.
  3. Every dog is to be evaluated independently.
  4. The time-frame should be such that the dog is not immediately to start tracking or go on the trial field.
  5. The dogs are to be on leash (short leash – without tracking harness, etc.). The leash is to be held loose. The dog must be led under control.

Following rules are to be adhered to during the evaluation:

A systematic evaluation is not permitted, it is up to the judge to determine the way it is to be conducted,  there are not to be extreme variations in the evaluation and the less a judge (LR) tries to make a point, the smoother and safer the test will run. The evaluation is to be done is a normal everyday setting, the dog is not to be challenged, as otherwise it would invoke a natural reaction, unnatural stimuli are to be avoided.  The identity control is a mandatory part of the temperament test. The temperament test does not only take place at the beginning of the trial, but also during the entire event. If the judge determines a temperament weakness, he has to test it exactly (e.g. gun test). Repetitions are permitted to make a determination.

The BH / VT test does not have the gun shots test. A BH / VT test dog is not allowed to be paired with dogs from the IGP levels because of the gun shots. The BH / VT or BGH may be paired together as a group. (BH / VT and BGH-no gun shots)

Execution of the temperament test:

  1. The temperament test must be performed under normal environmental conditions in a neutral location for the dog.
  2. All participants must present their dogs separately to the judge (LR).
  3. The dog is to be presented with a regular leash attached to a dead ring (not able to choke). The leash must be held loosely during the test .
  4. The judge (LR) must avoid any provocation.

Judging Criteria:

  1. Positive behaviour of the dog: The dog conducts himself in neutral, self-confident, sure, attentive, energetic, impartial manner.
  2. Still acceptable borderline cases: The dog is slightly unstable or slightly nervous, slightly insecure. These dogs are still permitted to trial, but are to be closely monitored for the duration of the trial.
  3. Negative behavior of the dog or faulty temperament: the dog that is shy, insecure, scared, gun-sensitive, out of control, that bites or that is aggressive will be disqualified (DQ).
  1. Results of the temperament test

Positive presentation = passed

  • Dog is self-confident
  • Dog is calm, secure and attentive
  • Dog is lively and attentive
  • Dog is impartial and good-natured

Borderline = requires special attention

  • Dog is unsteady but not aggressive and is balanced throughout the trial
  • Slightly agitated, but gets calmer throughout the trial

Dogs that may not participate in the trial:

  • Insecure and frightened, move away from a person
  • Nervous, aggressive, dogs sounding an alarm, fear biters.
  • Aggressive , biting dogs

Conducting the identity check:

The identity control is a mandatory part of the test. This can be done by either checking the tattoo[C1]  number or using a chip reader for a microchipped dog. Dogs that do not have a pedigree or a tattoo number, must be microchipped. The judges must note in their records that the identity check was carried out.

If tattoo numbers are not easily recognizable, those numbers that are need to be recorded. The tattoo number must coincide with the one entered on the pedigree. If difficulty arise (e.g. unable to read a number), then a remark must be made accordingly.

If chip numbers are not identified through the chip reader, then a remark must be recorded. The dog may compete if it is possible to determine that the dog was correctly chipped in that country (e.g. a corresponding remark is noted in the Registration, Passport or health certificate).

Handlers that had their dogs microchipped in a foreign country, or who have purchased a dog from another country, are responsible that the appropriate microchip reader is made available. Dogs that cannot be definitively identified may not participate in a trial / event.

If the mirochip is not found by the judge, the judge instructs the dog handler to carry out the chip control himself. A subsequent check by the judge is then to be carried out again. It is mandatory that the performance judge check the dog with the chip reader.

Dogs that do not show gun-sureness:

First, it is important to determine that dogs who are gun aggressive, do not fall into this category. The aggressive conduct falls within the temperament evaluation.

If a dog is gun-shy, then he is immediately disqualified (DQ) from the trial. No points will be awarded.

What is the understanding of the the term “gun-shy?

Examples:     -    The dog gets up and shows fear and runs away

  • Runs under the same manner to his handler
  • Shows panic and fear and tries to leave the area or leaves it
  • Shows panic and fear and runs wildly around

During the evaluation, it must be determined if the behavior is due to a training fault or if his getting up is not related to the gun shot.

In dubious cases, the judge (LR) is responsible to determine if it is gun sensitivity by having the handler put the dog on leash. From a distance of about 15 paces, the judge (LR) will request additional shots be fired whereby the dog is to be held on a loose leash.

Evaluation:

The evaluation of the performance is noted with ratings (qualification) and points. The rating (qualification) and the corresponding points must reflect the quality of the respective exercise.

Point table:

Highest points

Excellent

Very good

Good

Satisfactory

Insufficient

5

5.0

4.5

4.0

3.5

3.0 – 0

10

10.0

9.5 -  9.0

8.5 -  8.0

7.5 -  7.0

 6.5 – 0

15

15.0 - 14.5

14.0 - 13.5

13.0 - 12.0

11.5 - 10.5

10.0 – 0

20

20.0 - 19.5

19.0 – 18.0

17.5 – 16.0

15.5 – 14.0

13.5 – 0

30

30.0 – 29.0

28.5 – 27.0

26.5 -24.0

23.5 – 21.0

20.5 – 0

35

35.0 – 33.0

32.5 – 31.5

31.5- 28.0

27.5 – 24.5

24.0 – 0

60

60.0 – 58.0

57.5 – 54.0

53.5 – 48.0

47.5 – 42.0

41.5 – 0

70

70.0 –  66.5

66.0 – 63.0

62.5 – 56.0

55.5 – 49.0

48.5 – 0

80

80.0 – 76.0

75.5 -72.0

71.5 – 64.0

63.5 – 56.0

55.5 – 0

100

100 – 96.0

95.5 – 90.0

89.5 – 80.0

79.5 – 70.0

69.5 – 0

200

200-192

191 -180

179 - 160

159 - 140

139 - 0

300

300 -286

285 -270

269 -240

239 -210

209 -0

 

Calculation of percentage

Evaluation

Awarded percentage

Deduction

Excellent

= at least 96 %

or up to minus 4 %

Very Good

= 90 to 95 %

or minus 5 to 10 %

Good

= 80 to 89 %

or minus 11 to 20 %

Satisfactory

= 70 to 79 %

or minus 21 to 30 %

Insufficient

= 69 % or below

or minus 31 to 100 %

During the evaluation of a particular phase only full points are to be awarded. However with individual exercises, partial points can be given. For final results if points are awarded with partial levels, then they can be either rounded up or down.

In order to be able to go on to the next higher level, the team must score a minimum of 70% of the maximum possible score.

Helper Regulations:

  1. Pre-requisites for employment as a helper in Phase “C”
  1. The guidelines and regulations of the trial rules regarding help work must be followed.
  2. The helper (HL) in phase “C” is the assistant to the judge on the day of the trial.
  3. In view of his personal protection as well as due to insurance liability, the helper, whether in training or on a given trial day or competitions, must wear protective clothing, (protection pants, protection jacket, sleeve, cup, and if necessary gloves).
  4. The helper (HL)’s shoes must be weather-proof and suitable for the ground conditions, secure stance and ensure good traction.
  5. Prior to the trial work in phase “C”, the helper (HL) receives instructions from the judge (LR). He must perform the work in accordance to the judge’s instructions.
  6. The helper (HL) must follow the instructions of the handler (HF) during disarming/search of the helper in accordance with the trial rules. He must give the handler (HF) the opportunity to position his dog in the correct heel position for the side/back transport.
  7. The handler may work with the helper (HL) at club trials. If there are more than 6 dogs, then 2 helpers (HL) are required. For trials at a National level, such as competitions, qualification trails, championships, etc. generally 2 helpers (HL) are mandatory. For all or any of these trials, a helper (HL) living in the same household as one of the handlers (HF) may participate.
  1. Regulations governing the conduct of trial helpers.
  1. General:

During a trial the level of training, the quality of the dog being presented (e.g. his drives, stress-level, self-confidence and obedience) should be evaluated by the judge. The judge (LR) can objectively evaluate what he/she visually and acoustically observes during the course of the trial.

This aspect, particularly maintaining the sportsmanlike character of the trial (i.e. this means offering the same conditions for all participants) ensures that the helper offers the judge (LR) a broad impartial picture to judge.

Therefore, it cannot be left up to the helper (HL) how the phase “C” work is to be structured. Furthermore, the helper must follow definitive guidelines.

The judge (LR) must check that the individual elements of the most important evaluation criteria for phase “C” are met. For example, these are, stress-level, self-confidence, drives, obedience. In addition it is important that the grip quality of the presented dog is properly evaluated.  For the judge to properly evaluate the grip, the helper must give the dog the opportunity to have a “full grip”, and when the stress-level is to be tested, the helper must be able to put proper pressure on the dog. The helper must strive to have the most uniform level of helper work, so that the requirements of the evaluation are met.

  1. “Bark and Hold”

The helper stance (position) standing – he should not be visible to the dog and handler – with a slightly angulated sleeve position motionless and without a threatening body position in the designated blind. The sleeve acts as body protection. At the hold and bark, the dog is to watch the helper, any motivation (help) on the part of the helper is not allowed. The soft stick is held at the helper’s side.

  1. Prevention of an attempted escape of the helper”

After the hold and bark exercise, the handler calls the helper out of the blind, who is to exit in a normal pace and places himself/herself at the designated spot as assigned by the judge (marked spot). The position of the helper must ensure that the handler can place his dog at a distance of 5 paces on the side where the helper’s protection sleeve is at the helper’s designated spot. The flight path must be clearly recognizable for the handler. 

Under the direction of the judge, the helper escapes in a quick and assertive pace in a straight line, without running an uncontrolled or exaggerated manner. The sleeve must remain steady and the dog should be given an optimal grip possibility. The helper may not turn to face the dog at any time, but can keep the dog in his/her field of vision. The helper must refrain from pulling the sleeve away. Once the dog has gripped, the helper continues to run in a straight direction, and while running pulls the sleeve in tight to his/her body.

The judge determines how far the helper needs to escape. Under the direction of the judge, the helper terminates the escape. When the corresponding dynamic work of the helper is carried out, it provides the judge with the optimal opportunity to evaluate the performance. Any type of helper assistance in the way of , excessive offering the sleeve before the grip, verbal agitation, or hitting the soft stick against his pants before or during the escape, limply held sleeve position, reducing the speed of the escape independent termination of the escape, etc., are not permitted.        

Stopping the exercise – see point 8 (valid for all exercises)

  1. Defense against an attack during the guarding phase”

After the guarding phase, the helper makes an attack on the dog at the instructions of the judge. The soft stick is used in a threatening motion above the sleeve without hitting the dog. At the same moment, the dog grips in a frontal and forward movement with corresponding resistance / pressure, without the sleeve being moved to attract the dog. The protection sleeve will be carried tight and in front of the body with the bite bar available to ensure that the dog may get a opportunity for a correct grip. Once the dog has gripped, he is to be placed out of motion to the side and the pressure phase begins in a straight direction (drive). Turning / spinning at the start of the attack in this exercise is not permitted. The helper must drive all dogs in the same direction. It is important that the judge must place himself/herself in such a position so as to observe and evaluate the behavior of the dog during the attack, the pressure phase, the grip behavior, the out and the guarding phase. Driving the dog to the handler is not permitted.

The stick hit pressure tests are to be placed on the shoulder and in the area of the withers. The stick hits are to be executed with the same intensity for all dogs. The first stick hit test is performed after approximate 4 – 5 paces, the second stick hit test after an additional 4 – 5 paces during the pressure phase. After the second stick hit test, additional pressure is demonstrated without stick hits.

The duration of the pressure phase is determined by the judge. Under the direction of the judge, the helper terminates the pressure phase. When the corresponding dynamic work (drive) of the helper is carried out, it provides the judge with the optimal opportunity to evaluate the dogs performance ,drive and temperament. Any assistance (help) given by the helper in the way of offering / attracting the dog the sleeve before the grip, verbal agitation, or hitting the soft stick against his pants before or during the escape, limply held sleeve position after the grip during the pressure phase, inconsistent intensity during the pressure phase and at the stick hits, independent termination by the helper when weakness is determined in the dog etc., are not permitted.

Termination of the exercise – see point 9  

5.“Back transport (Trial levels 2 + 3)”

Under the direction of the handler, the helper demonstrates a back transport over a distance of approximately 30 paces at a normal pace. The judge determines the course of the transport. The helper may not any sudden moves during the transport. The soft stick and the sleeve are to be carried in such a way that it does not stimulate the dog. The soft stick especially has to be carried out of sight. The helper is to move at the same normal walking pace for every dog.

6.”Back Transport (trial level 2)”

At the order of the judge, the helper stops after approx. 30 paces. The dog handler goes to the helper and takes the Soft stick. The dog has to sit in the basic position. Then a side transport to the judge takes place.

7.“Attack on the dog out of the back transport (Trial level 3)”

The attack out of the back transport is performed out of motion and under the direction of the judge. The helper performs the attack by making a dynamic left or right turn and running with purpose, presence and threat towards the dog. The soft stick is to be held above the sleeve and swung in a threatening motion. The dog has to be intercepted (caught) with a flexible position of the protection sleeve, to allow the helper to safely catch the dog without the need to come to a complete halt as long as the helper has the appropriate skill. Upon intercepting (catching) the dog, the helper should – if possible – turn in order to catch the dog to absorb the dogs momentium and flow with his body movement. Additional movement of the sleeve is to be avoided. Once the dog grips, the helper places the dog out of motion to the side and the pressure phase is conducted in a straight direction. The helper must drive all dogs in the same direction. It is important that the judge must place himself/herself in such a position so as to observe and evaluate the behaviour of the dog during the attack, the pressure phase, the grip behaviour, the out and the guarding phase. Driving the dog to the handler is not permitted.

The duration of the pressure phase is determined by the judge. Under the direction of the judge, the helper terminates the pressure phase. When the corresponding dynamic work (drive) of the helper is carried out, it provides the judge with the optimal opportunity to evaluate the performance. Any assistance given by the helper in the way of offering any assistance in the way of, offering the sleeve before the grip, verbal agitation, or hitting the soft stick against his pants before or during the escape, limply held sleeve position after the grip during the pressure phase, inconsistent intensity during the             pressure phase and at the stick hits, independent termination by the helper when weakness is noticed in the dog etc., are not permitted. Termination of the exercise – see point 9

8.“Attack on the dog out of motion”

IGP-1: 30 meter, IGP-2: 40 meter, IGP-3: 50 meter

In IGP-1 and IGP-2, the helper remains where the 1st part was terminated. The dog handler is instructed to take the dog's starting point for this exercise.

In IGP-3, Under the direction of the judge (LR), the helper leaves the assigned blind and moves at a running pace to the centerline without breaking stride and with threatening verbal and gestures attacks the dog and handler with a frontal attack with the soft stick.

The dog must be intercepted with the helper not stopping and presenting an approved trial sleeve. Upon intercepting the dog, the body should – if possible – turn in order to catch the dog and absorb the dogs flow to maintain the momentum. The helper may not in any way run around (side step) the dog.  Once the dog grips, the helper places the dog out of motion to the side and the pressure phase is conducted in a straight direction. It is imperative to avoid overrunning (tripping over) the dog. The helper has to drive all dogs in the same direction. It is important that the judge must place himself/herself in such a position so as to observe and evaluate the behaviour of the dog during the attack, the pressure phase, the grip behaviour, the out and the guarding phase. Driving the dog back towards the handler is not permitted.

The duration of the pressure phase is determined by the judge (LR). Under the direction of the judge (LR), the helper terminates the pressure phase. When the corresponding dynamic work of the helper is carried out, it provides the judge with the optimal opportunity to evaluate the working performance and temperament of the dog. Any assistance given by the helper in the way of offering any type of helper assistance in the way of, slowing down the speed of the attack, intercepting the dog at a stand, side-stepping the dog before the grip, holding the sleeve in a limp fashion after the grip, varying intensity of the pressure phase, independent termination when weakness in the dog is noticed, etc. are not permitted.

9.“Termination of the defence exercise”

Stopping all defence exercises must be conducted in such a manner that the judge (LR) has the opportunity to observe the grip, the out and the guarding phase of the dog (do not turn your back to the judge (LR), maintain visual contact with the judge (LR)). Once stopping the defence exercise, the helper must minimize the resistance towards the dog, he/she has to reduce the stimulation by not definitively moving the sleeve. The sleeve is not to be carried at a high angle, but will be held in the same position during the previous exercise.  The soft stick is held out of sight at the side. No help is to be provided by the helper during the out phase. After the out, the helper is to maintain eye contact with the dog, whereby any additional stimulation or help of any kind is not permitted. In order to maintain eye contact to the dog, the helper is allowed to turn for a dog that circles, but without any sudden movements.

10.“Insecurities and failure of the dog”

A dog that does not grip during a defense exercise, or releases the grip in a pressure phase and outs, must be driven (continued to be pressured) by the helper until the judge (LR) terminates the exercise. In such instances, the helper may not give any help to the dog or stop the exercise independently. Dogs that do not release, the helper may not use the soft stick in movement to get him to out. Dogs that have a tendency to leave the helper during the holding phase may not be stimulated by the helper to stay with the helper. In all or parts of any exercise the helper must present himself/herself active or neutral in accordance with the trial rules. If the dog bumps or grips during the holding phase, the helper must avoid making any defensive motions.

Provisions on the individual tests:

Companion Dog test with traffic safety part BH-VT

 All dog owners who provide evidence that they have successfully passed the written examination if required by the regulations of the national organizations or those who have proof of a locally issued certificate. Dogs of all breeds and sizes are accepted. The minimum age of the dog is determined by the National Organization LAO, but may not be less than twelve months.

Dogs which do not reach the required 70% of the points in Part A ("Obedience") are not taken for examination in Part B ("Traffic Portion") The test was passed if 70% of the points to be reached in Part A and all exercises of part B were considered sufficient by the performance judge. It is up to the judge (LR), at the request of the hosting club, to place the participants at the awards’ ceremony. The BH-VT is a prerequisite for entry into all further examinations. Each Examination result must be entered in the official trial paperwork and the scorebook regardless of the outcome of the examination.

Examination description : Companion Dog test with traffic safety part BH-VT                                    

The BH / VT test does not check the gun sureness of the dog.

Exercise requirements similar to the exercises described in the general part

Heeling on leash                                                                                                               15 Points 

Heeling off leash                                                                                                              15 Points

Note: Special provision for BH-VT in the general section

Sit Exercise                                                                                                                         10 Points

Note: Special provision for BH-VT in the general section

Down with recall                                                                                                              10 Points

 Note: Special provision for BH-VT in the general section

Down under Distraction                                                                                                               10 Points

 Examination in traffic

General Information
The exercises listed below are conducted in a suitable public area outside of the training field. The judge

and the trial secretary determine where and how the traffic exercises will be conducted (streets,

walkways or squares). Public traffic may not be interfered with. The implementation of this part of the examination requires a considerable amount of time because of its nature. The performance requirements must not be impaired by the superficial acceptance of many dogs. Points are not given for the individual exercises of part B. During Part B the overall impression about the dog moving in the traffic / public area is most important. The exercises described below are suggestions and can be modified individually to the local conditions by the performance judge. The performance judge is entitled to repeat or vary in case of doubt in the assessment of the dog exercises.

Examination procedures (The following exercises represent a minimum requirement and can be extended by the national organizations.)

Encounter with group of persons:

At the order of the judge, the dog handler, with his dog, walks on the sidewalk. The performance judge follows the team at a reasonable distance. The dog is to follow on the dog handler's left side on a loosely hanging leash - with the shoulder at the knee height of the dog handler. The dog has to be indifferent to the pedestrian and driving traffic. On his way, the dog handler is stopped by a passing stranger. The dog has shown itself neutral and unimpressed. The dog handler and the dog continue through a relaxed group of at least 6 persons, in which a person responds to the dog handler and greets them with a hand shake. The dog has to sit or lie beside the dog handler and has to keep quiet during the short conversation.

Encounter with Bicyclists:

The dog is walking along a path with his dog handler and is overtaken by a bicyclist from behind who rings a bell. After a good distance, the cyclist turns to meet dog handler and dog. There will be another bell ring. The passing has to be done in such a way that the dog is between the dog handler and the bicyclist passing by. The dog has to see the bicyclists.

 Encounter with Cars:

The dog handler walks past several cars with his dog. One of the vehicles is started. In another car, a door is shut. While the dog handler and the dog go on, a car stops next to them. The window is rolled down and the dog handler is asked for information. The dog has to sit or lie down by the dog handler's instructions. The dog has to be quiet and unimpressed with cars and all traffic noises. 

Encounter with joggers or inline skaters:

The dog handler walks along a quiet path with his dog. At least two joggers pass him without slowing down their speed. When the joggers have gone, joggers come back to the dog and dog handler and run past them without lowering their speed. The dog does not have be in correct heel position, but he must not bother the passing joggers. It is permitted to have the handler place his dog in a sit or down position during the encounter. Instead of the joggers, one or two inline skaters can also pass and meet the dog instead.

Encounter with other dogs:

In the case of passing or encountering another dog and his handler, the dog is to remain neutral. The handler may give and repeat the command “Fuss/Heel” or place the dog in a sit or down position.

Behavior of the tethered dog, which is left alone in the short term and behavior towards animals

At the order of the performance judge, the dog handler, with a dog, is walking along the sidewalk of a moderately busy street. After a short distance, the dog handler stops at the order of the judge and attaches the leash to a fence, wall or something similar. The dog handler goes out of sight into a store or a house. The dog may be standing, sitting or lying. During the absence of the dog handler, a passer-by (pedestrian) passes the dog with a dog at a lateral distance of about five paces away from the test dog. The dog left alone has to be quiet and calm during the absence of the handler. The dog (no dog agrresive dogs are to be used) passing by has to pass without the test dog showing agrresion (strong pulling on the leash, continuous barking). After the direction from the judge, The dog is picked up again.

Note:

It is up to the judge (LR) to decide whether to carry out the individual exercises with each dog at the same location, or to have all the test dogs complete only a few exercises and then to go to another location and proceed there as well.

 Phase A – Tracking:

General Rules:

 

IGP 1

IGP 2

IGP 3

IFH  V

IFH 1

IFH 2

IGP FH

 

Track Layer

Handler

Stranger

Stranger

Handler

Stranger

Stranger

Stranger

 

Minimum Length

300
Paces

400
Paces

600
Paces

600
Paces

1200
Paces

1800
Paces

2 x 1800 Paces  2 Different places, 2 different track layers. On 2 different days for the test.

 

Legs

3

3

5

5

7

8, of which 1 is a semicircle with 30m Radius

8, of which 1 is a semicircle with 30m Radius

 

Corners

2

2

4

4, of which 3 are right angles, the last angle is executed as an acute angle

6

Right angles

7 of which at least 2 acute angles   (30-60 degrees)

7

of which at least 2 acute angles   (30-60 degrees)

 

Distance between the corners

Minimum
50  Paces

Minimum
50  Paces

Minimum
50  Paces
 

 

 

Minimum
50  Paces

Minimum
50  Paces

Minimum
50  Paces

Minimum
50  Paces

 

Articles

 

Point values

3
(Handler uses own articles)  

3 x 7 Points each

3 (Stranger’s articles) 

3 x 7

Points each

3
(Stranger’s articles) 

3 x 7

Points each

3
(Stranger’s articles) 

3 x 7

Points each

4
(Stranger’s articles) 

3 x 5, 1 X 6

Points each

7
(Stranger’s articles) 

7 x 3

Points each

7
(Stranger’s articles) 

7 x 3

Points each

 

Placing the Articles

1st on the first leg, 2nd on the second leg and 3rd at the end

1st on the first leg, 2nd on the second leg and 3rd at the end

1st on first or second leg but a minimum of 100 paces from start, 2nd on the instruction from the judge, 3rd at the end.

1st on first or second leg but a minimum of 100 paces from start, 2nd on the second or third leg, 3rd at the end.

1st a minimum of 100 paces from the start, 2nd and 3rd according to the track Layer sketch, 4th at the end.

1st a minimum of 100 paces from the start, 2nd – 6th according to the Track layer sketch (2 articles on one leg is permissible), 7th at the end.

1st a minimum of 100 paces from the start, 2nd – 6th according to the Track layer sketch (2 articles on one leg is permissible), 7th at the end.

 

Dimensions of articles in CM

L: 10
W: 2-3
H:    0,5-1

L: 10
W: 2-3
H:       0,5-1

L: 10
W: 2-3
H:        0,5-1

L: 10
W: 2-3
H:           0,5-1

L: 10
W: 2-3
H:           0,5-1

L: 10
W: 2-3
H:        0,5-1

L: 10
W: 2-3
H:             0,5-1

 

Ageing Time

20 Min.

30 Min.

60 Min.

90 Min.

120 Min.

180 Min.

180 Min.

 

Working Time Maximum

 

15 Min.

15 Min.

20 Min.

20 Min.

30 Min.

45 Min.

45 Min.

 

Cross track timing

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30 minutes before the start

30 minutes before the start

30 minutes before the start

 

Prerequisite

BH /VT

IGP  1
 

IGP  2
 

BH/VT

BH/VT

IFH  1
 

IFH  2

 

 

 

IGP V

IGP ZTP

 

Handler lays the Track

Handler lays the track

Minimum Length

200 Paces

300 Paces

Legs

2

3

Corners (Right angles)

1

2

Ageing Time

Work the Track Imediately- no age

20 Minutes

Working Time Maximum

10 Minutes

15 Minutes

Articles

2 Belonging to the Handler

3 Belonging to the Handler

Dimensions of articles in CM

Length            10 cm
Width           2-3 cm
Height         0.5-1 cm

Length          10 cm
Width          2-3 cm
Height       0.5-1 cm

Rating:

Working the track: 79 Points

Articles:  21 Points

Working the track: 79 Points

Articles:  7 Points Each

Prerequisite

BH-VT

BH-VT

 

 

 

Instruction: Only IFH 1, IFH 2 , and IGP FH:

The crosstrack shall not be laid within 40 paces before or 40 paces after a corner, or across the first or last leg. It must be laid so that the track is not crossed below a 60 degree angle and must cross the track twice. The dog is allowed to check crosstracks if he does not leave the actual track. If the dog changes from the track to the crosstrack and follows more than one leash length, the track work must be terminated.

Instruction: Only  IFH 2 and IGP FH:

The dog handler is allowed to ask the Judge to briefly interrupt the trackwork if he believes that he or his dog needs a short break due to physical condition and weather conditions (e.g., high heat). The pause taken shall be counted towards the available time to work the track. The dog handler is allowed to clean his head, eyes and nose during a break or while at an article. For this purpose, the dog handler can carry a wet cloth or a wet sponge. The cloth or sponge must be shown to the judge before the start of the track. No other tools are allowed.

Tracking Grounds:

Tracks may use all natural soils such as e.g. Grass, plowed dirt and forest floor. In all trial levels adaptation of the tracks to the available tracking-grounds is possible.

Laying the Tracks:

The performance judge or the Tracking Coordinator shall determine the course of the track depending on the existing terrain. At IFH-1, IFH-2, IGP-FH, the track layer receives a track sketch from the judge or the tracking coordinator. It includes terrain features (e.g., trees, wire poles, huts, etc.). The judge / tracking coordinator supervises the laying of the tracks and instructs the track layers. The tracks can be laid differently; corners and articles must not be at the same position or at equal distances for each track. The scent pad of the track must be marked by a sign which is placed directly into the ground to the left of the scent pad. The track layer stays briefly at the scent pad and goes in natural stride with normal steps in the directed direction. When laying the track, make sure that they are placed in natural gait. The corners are also set in normal gait, whereby it must be noted that a continuous track work must be possible. (See sketch). Help by the track layer by unnatural gait, scuffing or stomping is not permitted in the entire area of ​​the track. Articles are not to be placed within 20 paces before or after the corner and must be on the track. After dropping the last article, the track layer must continue at least 10 paces in a forward direction.

The handler and dog must not be able to watch the track being laid.

 The order of the participants is done with a draw after laying the tracks in the presence of the Judge LR.

Articles:

Articles may not differ significantly in color from the terrain. The Articles must be shown by the dog handler (IGP-V, IZTP, IGP-1, IFH-V) track layers (IGP-2, IGP-3, IFH-1, IFH-2, IGP-FH) before laying the track to the performance judge or tracking coordinator. Only articles that the tracklayer (FL) has carried for a minimum of 30 minutes may be used.

Within a track the articles must be made of different materials (e.g., leather, textiles, wood). In the case of Championships and FH examinations, the articles must be numbered. These numbers must be the same as the track number. 

Indicating the Articles:    

Indicating:

The indicating out can be done sitting, lying down and standing, or alternating. The articles must be indicated convincingly without the help from the dog handler. Once the dog has indicated the article, the dog handler drops the tracking line or puts it down, goes directly to the dog, picks up the article and displays it to the judge. This can be done either on the left or on the right side of the dog. The dog must be calm in this position. The indicating must be done in the direction of the track. Slightly crooked lying down, sitting or standing to the article is not faulty. The article must lie directly in front of, or between the front paws. The dog must remain calm in the position until restarted on the track. Articles that are found with strong help of the Handler HF are considered to be overrun. After the articles are displayed, a re-start is made with a cammand to track.

Pick up/ Retrieve:

The presentation of the retrieved article also effects overall indication of the articles. The dog may stop after picking up, sit down or retrieve the article. Picking up the article and laying down is faulty, as well as going forward with the article. During the retrieve of the article, the handler must stay at the end of the leash. The restart occurs where the dog handler removes the article.

 If an article not shown can not be found by the track layer, there is no point deduction here. In the event that several articles are not found, the dog handler is offered a re-track. If he does not accept this, the articles not found are considered to be overrun.

This regulation does not apply to IGP-1, IGP-V, IGP-ZTP and IFH-V where the handler lays the track. In these cases when an article is not found by the dog or by the dog handler on the ground, no points are earned for these articles.

Track with a tracking line or free track:

Tracking line:

 The dog can track on a 10 m long line. A check of the line length, the collar or the harness by the Judge must be carried out before the start of the track work (at the latest, at the time of reporting in). Flexible Leashes are not permitted. The track line can be over the back, on the side of the dog or between the front and / or rear legs. It can either be attached directly to the loose fitting collar or to the attachment ring of the harness (chest or Böttger harness without additional straps). If a harness is used, make sure that the back strap does not extend beyond the last rib of the dog. The tracking line may sag during the track, but the required distance from the dog must not be seriously shortened. Ground contact of the line is not faulty.

Free Tracking:

When tracking off leash, the distance of at least 10 meters must be kept.

Report in/ Report out:

When the team has been called, the handler report in prepared for tracking (the line has to be run out and if a harness is to be used it  must be on the dog) in the basic position at the judge and indicates whether his dog retrieves or indicates the articles. The dog is allowed to be on a short line up to about 2 meters before the start.  All compulsion is to be avoided before and during the entire track. At the instruction of the judge the dog is led to the scent pad and started. A short sit of the dog in front of the scent pad (approx. 2 meters away) is permitted so the tracking line can be brought to the position desired by the handler (attachment of the harness, line between front and/or rear legs). After completion of the track work, the articles found must be shown to the judge. Playing or feeding after indicating the last article, before checking out and receiving the score is not permitted. The checking out must take place in the basic position. After this, the short line can be put on the dog.

Working the Track:

The dog must be given a verbal command to track at the scent pad. The handler has a Maximum of 3 commands to start his dog. The second and third attempts lead to a deduction in the evaluation of the first leg. The dog must take the track with a deep nose and then work the track with a deep nose, high tracking intensity, consistently and even speed. The search speed is not a faulty criteria if the dog is tracking in a convincing and intensive manner. The start (also when restarting after the finding of the articles) has to be done with the handler giving a verbal command to track and the handler standing upright. A certain amount of slack in the leash is permitted in using the line. The scent pad is not time-dependent, but the judge must pay attention to the behavior of the dog at the beginning of the first leg as to how intensly he orients himself to the track and taking the scent. If the dog is caught in the tracking line, the handler may ask the judge to be able to untangle the dog, the command to restart is given from the end of the tracking line. There is no deduction.

 Only IFH-1 / IFH-2 / IGP-FH:

 If the handler has the impression that the dog has not correctly taken the track, he is free to recall the dog and restart again. This is only possible once and only if the handler has not left the scent pad yet. This is subject to a mandatory deduction of -4 points.

Corners:

The dog must work out corners confidently. Circleing at the corner is faulty. A head check without leaving the track is permitted. After the corner, the dog must continue with the required high intensity and at the same speed. Through the corner, the handler must maintain the prescribed distance. He does not necessarily have to follow the track. However, the handler is not permitted to leave the track until the dog has changed direction and is committed to the next leg.

Praise:

An occasional praise on the track is at all trial levels permissible, excluding IGP-3, IFH-1, IFH-2 and IGP-FH, but not in the corners (dogs body length before and after the corner). In addition, a short praise at the article is permitted in all levels. This can be done before or after the display of the article, but not both.

Termination / Disqualification:

 If the dog leaves the track and is held back by the dog handler, the judge will instruct the handler to follow the dog. If the judge’s instruction is not followed, the track work must be terminated. If the end of the track is not reached within the maximum allowed time, specified in the individual levels, the track work is terminated by the Judge. This does not apply if the dog is on the last leg of the examination stages FH 1, FH 2 and IGP FH. The performance shown until termination is evaluated. If the dog quits tracking (stays in the same place without working, lifting its head etc), the track can be terminated even if the dog is still on the track and the available time for the working the track has not yet expired.

If during the tracking work wild game appears, and the dog follows his hunting instinct, the handler may attempt to prevent the dog from following by giving the dog the command to down.  On the judge's signal, the tracking work will continue with the handler giving the command to track from the end of the tracking line. If the dog fails to continue tracking the dog is to be disqualified. Rating: Disqualification for disobedience.

Further evaluation criteria / responsibilities of the Judge (LR):

 The assessment of each leg depends on the length, the terrain and the weather conditions, and is based on the title. The judge (LR) and all accompanying persons may not be in the tracking area where the dog and handler (HF) have the right to track (10 meters radius around the handler and 10 meters distance to the next track), the dog must not be disturbed by either the track layer or the judge.

The performance judge (LR) must not only look at the dog or the dog handler, but must also take into account the terrain, the weather, possible distractions and the time. The judge (LR) must base his assessment on the totality of all influencing variables. The assessment is to be carried out taking into account the following criteria.

  • Tracking (eg, motivated behaviour of the dog with constant intensity and consistent speed before and after the corners, as well as before and after indicating the articles).
  • Training level of the dog (eg hectic approach, stressed behavior, avoidance behavior)
  • Handler (HF) carrying aids that are not permitted
  • Difficulties in working out the tracks:
    • Tracking conditions (vegetation, sand, terrain changes, manure)
    • Wind conditions
    • Wild game
    • Weather (heat, cold, rain, snow)
    • Weather changes

The performance judge (LR) must assess the desire, the confidence, working temperament, the sureness or uncertainty of the dog in his work.

For all examination levels:

  • If the dog stops tracking by falsely indicating and article and the dog handler (HF) does not go to the dog but gives an extra command at the end of the tracking line “Such" -> -2 points. In IFH-2 / IGP-FH   - 1 point
  • If the dog stops tracking by falsely indicating and article  and the dog handler (HF) does go to the dog, and gives the tracking command at the side of the dog  "Such" -> -4 points. In IFH-2 / IGP-FH  - 2 points
  • Wondering, urinating or deficating, circles at the corners, continuous encouragement, line or verbal help in the track or at the articles are faulty and deducted accordingly.

Phase B –Obedience:

General Provisions:

Basic requirements

  • Attitude
  • Self Confidence
  • Outgoing, Motivated work
  • Concentration/Attention
  • Harmony of the Team

Technical correctness

  • Position
  • Willingness / Execusion

Before the start of the Obedience Phase (B), the Judge must check the field and the equipment to be used during the trial (Examples: Jump, Wall, Dumbbells and field markings) to ensure they meet the requirements in the IGP regulations.

When assessing each exercise, the dog's behavior must be carefully observed, starting with the basic position until the end of the exercise.

Commands:

 If a dog does not perform an exercise after the third given command, the exercise must be terminated without evaluation, 0 pts. When recalling, the name of the dog can be used instead of a recall command. The name of the dog in connection with any command is considered as a double command.

The reaction of the dog to the command:

The dog should perform the exercise quickly and without stress on the handler’s command. Any behavior of anxiety or stress deprecates the exercise. 

Additional Commands:

 If the dog does not execute an exercise after the second additional command, the exercise will be rated with 0 points. If the dog executes an exercise with two additional command, the exercise is rated max high Insufficient.

1st Additional Command:        ”Satisfactory” for that part of the exercise               
2nd Additional Command:    “Insufficient” for that part of the exercise

5 Points for partial exercise:

1st Additional Command:    “Satisfactory” rating from that portion of the exercie = -1.5 points

2nd Additional Command:   “Insufficient” rating from that portion of exercie = -2.5 points

If the dog executes an exercise without a command, the partial exercise is to be rated “Insufficient”.

Distribution and Point values of the exercises in the individual levels

Exercise

IGP-1

IGP-2

IGP-3

Heeling

15 Points       

15 Points     

15 Points

Sit out of motion

10 Points        

10 Points

5 Points

Down with recall

10 Points,  From a Walk              

10 Points,    From a walk

10 Points From a Running Pace

Stand out of motion

 

5 Points

From a Walk with pick up

10 Points  

From a running pace with Recall

Retrieve on the Flat

15 Points      

10 Points

10 Points

Retrieve over the 1 Meter Jump

 15 Points

15 Points                       

15 Points                     

Climbing over the Scaling wall

15 Points 

A climb without retrieving

15 Points

Climbing both ways with retrieve

15 Points

Climbing both ways with retrieve

Send Out with Down

10 Points

10 Points

10 Points

Down under Distraction

10 Points

10 Points

10 Points

 

Total

100 Points

100 Points

100 Points

 

Exercise

IBGH-1

IBGH-2

IBGH-3

Heeling on Leash

30 Points

 

20 Points

 

 

Free heeling

30 Points

 

20 Points

 

20 Points

 

Sit out of Motion

15 Points

 

15 Points

 

10 Points

 

Down out of Motion

15 Points

 

15 Points

 

10 Points

 

Stand while walking

 

 

10 Points

 

Retrieve on the Flat

 

10 Points

 

15 Points

 

Retrieve over the Scaling Wall  (140 cm)

 

 

15 Points

 

Send Out with Down

 

10 Points

 

10 Points

 

Down under Distraction

10 Points

 

10 Points

 

10 Points

 

Total

100 Points

100 Points

100 Points

Special Requirements in the IBGH 3

The order of exercises 2 through 6 are decided by the performance judge from the following 5 Options:

Option 1 :

Exercise 2, 4, 5, 6, 3

Option 2 :

Exercise 4, 3, 6, 2, 5

Option 3 :

Exercise 6, 4, 5, 3, 2

Option 4 :

Exercise 3, 2, 6, 5, 4

Option 5 :

Exercise 5, 6, 3, 2, 4

All participants must perform exercises 2 to 6 in the same order

Excercises in IGP-V and IGP-ZTP

Exercise

IGP- V

IGP- ZTP

Heeling on Leash

30 Points

25 Points

Free heeling

20 Points

 

Sit out of Motion

 

15 Points

Down with recall

15 Points

20 Points

Retrieve on the Flat

15 Points

20 Points

Jump over a hurdle (80 cm)

10 Points

10 Points

Down under Distraction

10 Points

10 Points

Total

100 Points

100 Points

Note:

At the beginning of Phase B (Obedience) the handler report in with his dog to the performance judge. This is done with a dog on leash, except in IGP-2, IGP-3 and IBGH-3.

Start and end of an exercise:

The judge gives the instruction for starting an exercise. Everything else during the exercise, such as turns, stops, pace changes etc. are executed without instruction. The specified time intervals, approx. 3 seconds, must be observed. For instance, into the final basic position, holding – outing the dumbbell, praising the dog and reset for beginning a new exercise. If the dog handler misses an exercise, the handler is asked by the judge to restart and show the missing exercise. There is no point deduction. Omission of or partial exercises result in deductions.

Basic Position:

 Each exercise begins and ends in the basic position. The basic position may be taken only once in the forward direction before each exercise. In the basic position the dog must be attentive to the dog handler and sit with shoulder blade at knee height to the left of the handler and parallel (straight along side) of the handler. In the basic position, the dog handler must not have a splayed leg stance and both arms must be loosely hanging at the side of the body.

Buildup:

The buildup (development) is carried out from the basic position during the exercises "Sit out of motion", "Down out of Motion", "Stand out of motion" (IBGH 3) "Standing while walking" and "Send out with down". It must be at least 10, but no more than 15 paces, before the command is given to perform the exercise.

Pick Up:

During the exercises in which the dog is picked up again, the dog handler can approach the dog from the front, or from behind.

Recall / Front / Finish:

When recalling the dog, the name of the dog can also be used instead of a recall command. The name of the dog in connection with a command is considered a double-command. The dog must be confident, fast, purposeful and direct to recall, and must sit tightly and straight in front of the handler. The dog has to go directly to the final basic position upon the command for the basic position. This can be done by the dog pivoting into basic position or by the dog going around behind the handler into basic position.

Exception for IBGH-1 to IBGH-3: When recalling, the dog does not have to show a front position, but may come directly into the basic position..

Praise:

Praise is only allowed in the basic position after each completed exercise. If this is also the new starting position for the next exercise, a 3 second pause must be observed.

Incorrect Positions:

In the case of all “out of Motion” exercises (sitting, downing, standing), in addition to further mistakes, the entire exercise will be depreciated by 50% in the case of a position error. (Example: Standing during the Sit out of Motion exercise)

Releasing the Dumbbell upon command:

If the dog does not release the dumbbell after the third command, the dog is disqualified (DQ) for disobedience and does not proceed to complete any additional exercises or phases.

Dumbbell:

For the retrieve exercises only dumbbells which are provided by the organizers of the examination are to be used.

Exception: in the IBGH 2 and IBGH 3 examinations, a dumbbell belonging to the handler may be used.

All participants must use the same dumbbells.

The following provisions must be met by the dumbbells:

  • The dumbbell must be made of wood.
  • The predetermined weights must be correct.
  • The distance from the dumbbell bar to the ground must be at least 4 cm

 

IBGH-2

IBGH-3

IGP-1

IGP- 2

IGP-3

On the Flat

Handler’s own dumbbell

Handler’s own dumbbell

650 Grams

1000 Grams

2000 Grams

Hurdle

 

 

650 Grams

650 Grams

650 Grams

Scaling Wall

 

Handler’s own dumbbell

No Dumbbell

650 Grams

650 Grams

 

IGP –VO

IGP- ZTP

 

 

 

On the Flat

Handler’s own dumbbell

650 Grams

 

 

 

Hurdle:

The hurdle has the following dimensions:  height 100cm, width 150cm. The hurdle must be a "pendulum hurdle". The lower part, from the ground to a height of 79 cm, is fixed. The upper part, 20 cm, must be be able to pivot. In the case of Championships, this hurdle must be used. A 3-year transition period is allowed for local club trials to give local clubs time to rebuild the hurdles.

Practice jumps are not allowed during the examination.

Scaling Wall:

The scaling wall consists of two climbing walls, 150 cm wide and 191 cm long, connected at the top. On the ground, these two walls are spread apart so that the vertical height is 180 cm to the peak. The entire surface of the inclined wall must be covered with a non-slip material. On both sides of the wall, 3 cleats 24/48 mm are attached in the upper half. All dogs in a test must climb the same obstacles. Practice jumps are not permitted during the examination.

In IBGH-3, the scaling wall is set up with the base spread further apart to create a height of 140 cm at the peak.

Exercise descriptions:

Heeling on Leash and Free Heeling:

The dog has to follow his dog handler out of the basic position with a verbal command to Heel, the dog must walk attentively, confidently with purpose, without stress and concentrated to the handler, and always remain with his shoulder at the knee on the handler’s left side and parallel (straight) along the side of the handler. The pattern of the heeling is done according to the diagram below. The dog handler (HF) must take basic position at the starting point at the same time as when the second dog handler assumes the basic position for the exercise "down under distraction". On the first straight line, two shots a (caliber 6 mm) are fired at a time interval of 5 seconds apart with the first one after at least 15 paces, to check the gun sureness of the dog. (In the test stages BH-VT, IBGH-1 to IBGH-3 there are no gun shots fired). The dog must be indifferent to the gunshots. If the dog is gun shy he will be disqualified and all the points already acquired will be removed. If the response of the dog is not clear, the judge can check the gun sureness of the dog separately with additional shot.

The gun shots are only fired in the exams IGP- V, IGP- ZTP and IGP-1  -  IGP-3.

About-turns are to show with the handler pivoting left. The dog may run around the back of the handler on the right hand side or remain in correct position on the left side and even with the knee of the dog handler. The running pace and the slow pace must be a distinct change of pace and clearly stand out from the normal pace. The speed change is carried out without intermediate paces.

Walking through a group of people that are moving is to be shown in the on leash heeling and the free heeling (IBGH-1 and IBGH-2). The dog handler must circle a person to the right and circle a second person to the left (eg in the form of an 8) and stop at least once in the group with the dog performing an automatic sit near a person. The performance judge (LR) is allowed to request a repeat exercise. At the order of the performance judge (LR), the dog handler (HF) leaves the group with his/her dog and takes the final basic position. The dog's praise is only allowed in the final basic position after leaving the group..

Free Heeling is also to be shown when moving between the exercises. When picking up the dumbbells, the dog must be kept in the correct heeling position as described above.

Special Requirements BH-VT: The on Leash is carried out according to the heeling pattern. In the free heeling, go out straight 50 paces, about turn, the dog handler will walk 10 to 15 paces into the running pace, show 10 to 15 paces of the fast pace, then go without transition paces in a slow paces and after another 10 to 15 paces again Normal pace. The exercise ends with a final basic position.

Heeling Pattern Diagram: coming soon - I have to add the picture (sorry)

Execution:

The Handler (HF) checks In to the performance judge (LR) on leash in levels IGP-1, IBGH-1 and IBGH-2, IGP-V and IGP- ZTP and off leash in levels IGP-2 and 3, as well as IBGH-3. The handler (HF) checks in with the judge (LR) with his dog sitting in basic postion in front of the Judge (LR).

After checking in with the judge (LR), when told to the dog handler (HF) goes to the start position at all levels (except BH-VT, IBGH-1 and IBGH-2) off leash. On further judge's (LR) instructions, the dog handler (HF) begins the exercise. From a straight, quiet and attentive basic position, the dog follows the Handler’s (HF) command to "heel", without stress, confident, with purpose, straight and fast. With the dogs shoulder even with the handler’s knee and parallel to the handler (HF) and must sit quickly and straight when stopping without a sit command.

At the beginning of the exercise, the handler (HF) goes 50 paces straight out without stopping. After the left about turn and another 10 to 15 paces, the handler (HF) will show the fast pace and the slow pace (10 - 15 paces each) with the "heel" command at each change of pace. The transition from the running pace to the slow pace must be carried out without transition paces.

The beginning basic position is also the place of the final basic position.

In the group, the dog handler (HF) must turn around one person on the left and one person on the right, and stop once in the group close to a person.

 Evaluation criteria:            

 Forging, heeling wide, lagging, slow or hesitant sits, additional commands, handler help, errors in the initial position, inattentiveness, lack of motivation, stress and pressured behavior of the dog, are faulty and lead to a corresponding deduction.

Sit out of Motion (all Examination levels):

1st part:. Beginning basic position, Buildup, Execution of Sit Command 50% of points

2nd part: Leaving the dog, attention and approaching of the dog handler, final basic position. 50% of the points

After a buildup of 10 to 15 paces the dog must sit Imediately upon the verbal command straight, without the dog handler (HF) changing his motion or looking back. The dog must remain calm and with attention to the dog handler (HF). In all test levels, the dog handler (HF) moves away 15 paces. On the judge's (LR) instructions, the dog handler (HF) returns to his dog.

Special provision for BH-VT: After the buildup, the dog handler (HF) may stop and give the command for sitting before he walks away from the dog.

Evaluation criteria:

Slow sitting, restless and inattentive sitting is devalued in addition to other misconduct. If the dog stands or downs, the exercise is rated “Insufficient“ mandatory -5 points (in IGP- 3 mandatory -2.5 points).

Down with Recall:

1st part:. Beginning basic position, Buildup, Execution of down Command 50% of points

2nd part: Leaving the dog, Attention, Recall of the dog, front position, final basic position. 50% of the points

The buildup of 10 to 15 paces is carried out in the levels IGP-1 and IGP-2, IGP- V, IGP-ZTP and IBGH 1-3 in the normal Pace. In the IGP-3, the handler (HF) then proceeds additionally for 10-15 paces in a run. On the verbal command for downing, the dog must immediately down, straight in the direction without the handler changing his motion or looking back. The dog handler (HF) walks or runs at least 30 paces at the IGP-3, and turns directly to his dog. The dog must remain calm and attentive to the handler (HF) until the  command.  At the direction of the judge (LR), the handler (HF) recalls his dog with a recall command or the "dog's name". The dog must be fast, without stress, purposeful and come directly, sit close and straight in front of the dog handler. The dog has to go directly to the final basic position upon the command to finish.

Special provision for BH-VT: After the buildup, the dog handler may stop and give the command for downing before he walks away from the dog.

Evaluation criteria:

 Slow downing, restless or inattentive, slow non-purposeful recall, Handler help, e.g. splayed leg position, lead to corresponding deductions in addition to other misconduct. If the dog is sitting or standing, the exercise is „insufficient“ mandatory -5 Points.

For a dog that does not come on the second extra command, the exercise is to be evaluated Insufficient 0 Points. In this case, the dog may be picked up and Continue in the examination Level.

Stand while Walking IGP-2 and IBGH-3:

1st part:. Beginning basic position, Buildup, Execution of Stand Command 50% of points

2nd part: Leaving the dog, Attention and approaching of the dog handler, final basic position. 50% of the points

After a buildup of 10 to 15 paces the dog must stand imediately upon the verbal command straight, without the dog handler (HF) changing his motion or looking back. The dog must remain calm and with attention to the dog handler HF) while the dog handler moves away 15 paces and turns to face his/her dog. On the judge's (LR) instructions, the dog handler (HF) returns to his dog, stands on the right side and commands the dog into the basic position.

Evaluation criteria:

Not immediately standing, restless or inattentive standing, and handler help lead to corresponding deductions in addition to other mistakes. If the dog sits or downs the exercise has a mandatory deductions of -5 points in IBGH-3 and - 2.5 points in IGP-2.

Stand out of Motion (IGP-3 Only):

1st part:. Beginning basic position, Buildup, Execution of Stand Command 50% of points

2nd part: Leaving the dog, Attention, Recall of the dog, front position, final basic position. 50% of the points

After a Buildup of 10 to 15 running paces the dog must stand imediately upon the verbal command  straight in the direction without the handler changing his motion or looking back. The dog handler runs at least 30 paces and turns directly to his dog. The dog must remain calm and attentive to the handler until the command. At the direction of the judge (LR), the handler (HF) recalls his dog with a recall command or the "dog's name". The dog must be fast, joyful, purposeful and coming directly, sit close and straight in front of the dog handler. The dog has to go directly to the final basic position upon the command to finish.

Evaluation criteria:

Not stopping and standing immediately. Restless or inattentive standing, not fast and purposeful on recall, handler help, e.g. splayed leg stance, lead to a corresponding deduction in addition to other mistakes. If the dog sits or downs, the exercise will be evaluated „insufficient“with a mandatory -5 points. For a dog that does not come on the second extra command, the exercise is to be evaluated Insufficient 0 Points. In this case, the dog may be picked up and continue in the examination Level.

Retrieve on the Flat:                                                      

From a straight basic the handler (HF) throws the dumbbell approx. 10 meters away. If the handler's outside foot moves in order for the handler (HF) to throw the dumbbell no point loss as long as it does not affect the dog. If the leg is moved during the throw a 3 second pause must be shown after returning to basic position.

The verbal command “Bring” may only be given when the dumbbell has stopped moving. On the verbal command for bringing the dog has to run directly to the dumbbell, pick it up immediately, turn directly and return to his handler (HF) directly. The aim is to show motivated and determined returns. During the presentation of the dumbbell and also during the retrieving portion, the dumbbell must be held firmly and calmly until the dog handler (HF) commands the dog to release the dumbbell after about a 3 second pause in front. The dog must present the dumbbell to the handler (HF). After outing the dumbbell and approx. 3 second pause, the dog is to be commanded to the basic position. The dumbbell is to be held in the right hand with the arm straight down at handler’s side. The dog handler must place the dumbbell back on the stand.

Evaluation criteria:

 The dog is slow, showing stress, unmotivated, not purposeful on the way out and/or return, faulty pick-up, dropping the dumbbell, playing with or mouthing the dumbbell, splayed leg stance by the handler, mistakes in the presentation, front and in the basic positions (for example, restless behavior) result in deductions as well as any handler help. 

Basic Position in Front of the Hurdle and scaling wall:

The distance for basic position of the dog handler (HF) in front of the jump and scaling wall must be at least 4 meters.

Retrieve over the 1m hurdle IGP-1,  IGP-2 and IGP-3:

The handler (HF) takes the basic position with his dog at least 4 meters in front of the hurdle. The dumbbell will be made of a straight piece of wood (weight 650 grams) over a 100 cm high hurdle.  The handler (HF) is allowed to move one foot when throwing. After the leg is returned to basic position, a pause of approx. 3 seconds is required. The dog should sit freely and quietly next to his dog handler (HF). On the command for jumping, the dog has to carry out the jump, during the jump the command is given for retrieving. The dog has to go quickly and directly to the dumbbell, pick it up immediately and return over the hurdle directly. The dog has to carry out the entire exercise without stress in a motivated way and show powerful smooth jumps without touching the hurdle. During the presentation and during the retrieving process, the dumbbell must be held firmly and calm until the dog handler (HF) gives the command to release the dumbbell after a 3 second pause in the front position. The dog must present the dumbbell to the handler (HF). After outing the dumbbell and approx. 3 second pause, the dog is to be commanded to the basic position. The dumbbell is to be held in the handlers (HF) right hand with the arm straight down at handler’s side. The dog handler (HF) must place the dumbbell back on the stand.

Evaluation criteria:

The dog is slow, stressed, unmotivated, not purposeful on the jump out and/or jump back, faulty pick-up, dropping the dumbbell, playing with or mouthing the dumbbell, splayed leg stance by the handler, mistakes in the presentation, front and in the basic positions (for example, restless behavior) result in deductions as well as any handler help.

A partial score for the exercise is only possible if the three parts (going- out jump - return - Retrieve) at least one jump and the "Retrieve" portion is completed.

For a jump not shown, there is a mandatory deduction of -5 points, in addition to other mistakes.                                

Dog does not jump one direction, either out or back, dumbbell retrieved flawlessly:  10 points      

Dog jumps perfectly out and back but does not retrieve the dumbbell:                            0 points

If the dog knocks the hurdle over at the jump, a mandatory deduction of 5 points is required. The exercise is repeated. In the repeated exercise only the return jump, front, hold, out and final basic position are judged. If the dog (IGP-1 – IGP-3) touches the jump one point is deducted per jump, stepping on it,then 2 points are deducted per jump.

Climbing over the scaling wall (IGP-1 Only):

The dog handler (HF) takes the basic position in front of the scaling wall. After the command to sit, he goes to the other side and stands at a distance of at least 4 m to the scaling wall. On the judge's (LR) instructions, the handler (HF) calls his dog with the commands for jumping and coming. The dog must come with powerful climbing to his dog handler and sit straight and close in front. After a 3 second pause, the handler (HF) gives the command for the dog to go into the final basic position.

Evaluation criteria:

Mistakes in the basic position, hesitant, stress or powerless climbing, mistakes in front position, finish to basic position and handler help lead to deductions.

Retrieve over the scaling wall:

 The handler (HF) takes the basic position with his dog at least 4 meters in front of the scaling wall. The dumbbell will be made of a straight piece of wood (weight 650 grams) over a 180 cm scaling wall.  The handler (HF) is allowed to move one foot when throwing. After the leg is returned to basic position, a pause of approx. 3 seconds is required. The dog should sit freely and quietly next to his dog handler (HF). On the command for jumping, the dog has to carry out the climbing, during the climbing the command is given for retrieving. The dog has to go quickly and directly to the dumbbell, pick it up immediately and return over the hurdle directly. The dog has to carry out the entire exercise in a motivated way without stress and show powerful smooth climbing. During the presentation and during the retrieving process, the dumbbell must be held firmly and calm until the dog handler gives the command to release the dumbbell after a 3 second pause in the front position. The dog must present the dumbbell to the handler. After outing the dumbbell and approx. 3 second pause, the dog is to be commanded to the basic position. The dumbbell is to be held in the right hand with the arm straight down at handler’s (HF) side. The dog handler (HF) must place the dumbbell back on the stand.

Evaluation criteria:

 The dog is slow, unmotivated, stressed not purposeful on the jump out and/or jump back, faulty pick-up, dropping the dumbbell, playing with or mouthing the dumbbell, splayed leg stance by the handler, mistakes in the presentation, front and in the basic positions (for example, restless behavior) result in deductions as well as any handler help.

A partial score for the exercise is only possible if the three parts (going- out climb - return - Retrieve) at least one jump and the "Retrieve" portion is completed. For a jumps not shown, there is a mandatory deduction of -5 points, in addition to other mistakes.

Send out with Down:

1st Part: Basic Position, Buildup, execution of the send out portion. 50% of the points

2nd Part: after instruction from the Judge, Downing, final basic position. 50% of the points

If the dog does not go the minimum distance or can not be stopped with 3 commands, the exercise will be rated „insufficient“ 0 points. 

The dog handler (HF) goes 10-15 paces in the build up, gives the command to „go out“, raises his arm and stops his forward movement imediately. Then the dog has to go a minimum of at least 30 paces in the direction shown, straight forward, and in fast pace. At the direction of the judge, the dog handler  (HF) gives the command for the dog to down, which the dog has to down immediately. The dog handler (HF) is allowed to hold the arm up in the direction of the exercise until the dog has downed. At the direction of the judge (LR), the dog handler (HF) goes to his dog and stands right next to him. At the instruction of the judge (LR), the handler (HF) gives the command for the dog to sit. The dog must sit quickly and straight in the basic position.

Evaluation criteria:

Mistakes in the buildup, slow, unsure or without pupose going forward, slow to down, restless while down and mistakes in the pickup and final basic position all lead to deductions.

Dog stops on first command but does not down, downs immediately on second command      -1.5 Points.

Dog stops on first command but does not down, downs immediately on third command          -2.5 Points. 

Dog stops on first command but does not down on third command.                                               -3.5 Points.

Dog does not stop on first command,stops and downs immediately on Second command        -2.5 Points.

Dog doesn’t stop on 1st or 2nd command, stops and down immediately on 3rd command       -3.5 Points.

Dog cannot be stopped with 3 commands.                                                                                                   0   Points. 

Dog downs directly on the first command, but after the judge's (LR) instructions to go pick up the dog, the dog breaks, the dog can be stopped by 50% of the distance to the handler (HF).           Rating up to -5 Points.

Additional Mistakes are also deducted. Errors in the buildup, slow, unsure going forward, delayed stopping, slow to down, restless down as well as mistakes in the pick up, basic position lead to the additional deductions.

Down under Distraction:

During the performance of motion obedience exercises of the other dog, the down exercise is shown under distraction. In doing so, the dog is placed on a position assigned by the judge from the basic position with the command to down.

The dog handler then has to take the position on the instructions of the judge according to the examination level:

IGP-1, IGP-2, IGP-V, IGP-ZTP and IBGH 1-3, the dog handler (HF) is at least 30 paces away in sight of the dog (but with the handler’s back turned towards the dog).

IGP-3: Dog handler (HF) is at least 30 paces away and out of sight of the dog

The dog must lie quiet and calm without the influence of the handler while the other dog is working.

 Evaluation criteria:

Mistakes in the basic settings, restless behavior, stress, handler help, premature standing up, standing or sitting, leaving the designated area all lead to appropriate deductions. When leaving the down position by more than three meters, the following rules apply to allow a partial evaluation of -50% plus other mistakes:

IGP-1: Partial points are possible if the other dog has completed the third exercise.

IGP-2: Partial points are possible if the other dog has completed the fourth exercise.

IGP-3: Partial points are possible if the other dog has completed the fifth exercise.

IBGH 1: Partial points are possible if the other dog has completed the third exercise.

IBGH 2: Partial points are possible if the other dog has completed the fourth exercise.

IBGH 3: Partial points are possible if the other dog has completed the fifth exercise.

IGP-V: Partial points are possible if the other dog has completed the fourth exercise.

IGP- ZTP: Partial points are possible if the other dog has completed the fourth exercise.

If the dog goes to the handler when is approaching for the pick up, up to 3 points are deducted.

 Praise:

Praising is allowed after each completed exercise in the basic position. After this, the dog handler can take a new basic position, or pause for 3 seconds.

Mandatory Deductions:

 

IGP-1

IGP- 2

IGP- 3

Sit out of Motion
does not sit

- 5 Points

- 5 Points

- 2.5 Points

Down out of Motion
Does not down

 

- 5 Points

- 5 Points

- 5 Points

 

Retrieve on the Flat

Dog does not bring

Motivate the dog, Handler leaves basic to get the dog to retrieve

0 Points

Insufficient

0 Points

Insufficient

0 Points

Insufficient

Retrieve over 1m hurdle

Just one direction jump

No Jumps

Does not complete Retrieve
 

- 5 Points

- 15 Points

- 15 Points

 

-  5 Points

- 15 Points

- 15  Points

 

-  5 Points

-15 Points

-15 Points

Climbing over scaling wall (only one direction)

No climb over

 

-15 Points

Only climb 1 direction with retrieve

-5 points

No retrieve

 -15 points

Only climb 1 direction with retrieve

-5 points

No retrieve

 -15 points

Send Out with down

See exercise description

 

 

 

 

 

Down under Distraction

See exercise description

 

 

 

Phase C - Protection  (IGP 1-3):

General Provisions:

In all Protection exercises, the dog must only grip the protection sleeve provided for this purpose. Biting other unprotected body parts of the helper leads to imediate disqualification (DQ).

 The implementation of the stick hits are left to the local organizations. Stick hits are allowed only on the shoulders and in the area of the withers. In all periods of stress, the dog has to behave unimpressed, and to show a full, calm energetic and above all consistent firm grip during the entire exercise.

Field Markings:

The field markings must be clearly visible to the dog handler, the Judge (LF) and the helper:

  • Position of the dog handler for the call out from guarding in the blind
  • Position for the helper to start the escape and the distance (20 paces) that the dog must be engaged by. (See sketch page 51 )
  • Arc marking to position the dog behind during the setup for escape. (See Sketch)
  • Marking for the dog handler for the exercise "Attack on the dog out of motion“ (IGP3 Only)

Blinds:

 In a suitable location 6 blinds (3 blinds on each side) are staggered on each side of the field (see sketch). All 6 blinds places must be set up in all examination levels (IGP 1-3).

Basic requirements:

Assessing the instinctive behavior, self-confidence, ability to cope with stress, grip performance and obedience is done over the entire protection routine. The dog has to show self confidence and power any time when searching for the helper.

Evaluation criteria:

Restrictions on the following important evaluation criteria to be observed:

  • The dog is not confident and unimpressed while responding to attacks, and has a less than a full, hard and calm grip until the release.
  • The dog shows a lack of confidence during the exercise.
  • The dog is not dominant, close, powerful while guarding the Helper HL.

Deduction of One Catagory

  • slightly inattentive guarding and / or slight bothering in the guarding phase

Deduction of Two Catagories

  • Very inattentive guarding and / or a lot of bothering in the guarding phase

Deduction of Three Catagories

  • the dog does not guard the Helper HL, but remains with the helper

Insufficient

  • The dog leaves the helper to go to Handler during approach

Termination

  • the dog does not withstand the pressure from the Helper HL and comes off the sleeve and backs up
  • the dog leaves the Helper HL before the Judge’s instruction for the handler to approach or the dog handler gives a command for the dog to stay with the helper HL.

Extra Commands – Deductions:

If the dog does not release after the first command, the dog handler (HF) receives the instruction from the judge (LR) for up to two additional commands to out the dog.

Slow to Out

1 Extra Command with Immediate Out

1 Extra Command with Slow Out

2 Extra Commands, Immediate Out upon second command

2 Extra Commands, with slow Out upon second command

No Out after second extra command

0.5 – 3.0

3.0

3.5 – 6.0

6.0

6.5 – 9.0

Disqualification

 

Examination Levels IGP-1 to IGP-3 (Exercises and Points Values)

Exercises

IGP-1

IGP-2

IGP-3

Search for the Helper

5

5

10

Hold and Bark

15

15

15

Prevention of Attempted Escape

20

15

10

Defense against an attack from the guarding phase

30

20

15

Back transport

5

5

Attack on the dog out of the back transport

 -

15

Attack on the dog out of motion

30

20

15

Defense against an attack from the guarding phase

20

15

Total Score

100

100

100

 Report in

The dog handler (HF) report in, in the basic position at the judge (LF). In the level of the IGP-1, IGP -V and IGP-ZTP with a dog on leash, in the level of IGP-2 and IGP-3, the dog handler (HF) reports with the dog off leash. Protection starts when the dog handler (HF) for the exercise "Search for the helper" is in basic position in the direction of the judge and the hand raised to acknowledge to the judge (LF) that they are ready to begin the search.

Search for the helper:

The start must take place in the basic position facing downfield to the Judge, after acknowedgeing the judge (LF) a new basic is taken in the direction of the first blind.

IGP-1  1 Blind

IGP-2  4 Blinds

IGP- 3   6 Blinds

The dog is heeld, on leash, to the starting position on the center line even with blind 6, The handler assumes a basic position there and removes the leash. The handler raises an arm showing his willingness to start the exercise. After the judge signal the dog is sent directly to blind 6.

The dog is heeled, off leash, to the starting position on the center line even with blind 3, The handler assumes a basic position there. The handler raises an arm showing his willingness to start the exercise. After the judge signal the dog is sent to start the search exercise.

The dog is heeld, off leash, to the starting position on the center line even with blind 1, The handler assumes a basic position there. The handler raises an arm showing his willingness to start the exercise. After the judge signal the dog is sent to start the search exercise.

With a verbal command and a hand signals with the right or left arm for direction, the dog is sent to search the blinds. The dog has to run fast and directly at the blinds, it must go around them closely and attentively. After going around into the blind, the handler (HF) calls the dogs name and gives a voice command to "Come" toward him, then gives a verbal command and points to the next blind for searching. The dog handler (HF) moves in the normal pace on the imaginary center line, which he must not leave during the blind search. When the dog has reached the helper’s blind, no further commands or hand signals are permitted, and the dog handler must stop as soon as the dog enters blind 6 and remain standing until he receives an instruction from the judge (LR) to approach the dog for the call out or pickup.

Evaluation criteria: If the dog is not calm in the basic position at the beginning of the exercise, if the dog is barking or vocal during the search, if the dog receives additional commands or hand signals, if the handler (HF) leaves the imaginary center line during search, the handler (HF) does not move at a normal pace, the dog circles the blind wide, the dog is acting independently and not on the handler’s commands, If blinds are not circled or not attentively circled, the dog is difficult to control, these faults are deducted accordingly.

If the dog handler (HF) has his dog come into the basic position during the blind search (the dog stops the search and comes to basic position), the exercise is evaluated with zero points. The protection can be continued, if the dog can be sent on again, if he comes back to the basic position a second time, protection must be terminated.

If the dog does not find the helper on the first command, the handler (HF) has two more commands to try to get his dog into blind 6. If the dog does not find the helper on the 3rd command then protection is terminated.

Hold and Bark (10 points for Hold and 5 points for Barking):

The handler (HF) waits for instructions from the judge for retrieving the dog.The dog must confront the helper confident, actively, dominant, attentively and bark continuously. The barking duration is approx. 20 seconds before the judge (LR) signals for the handler (HF) to approach. The exercise ends as follows:

IGP-1

IGP-2

IGP-3

The Judge instructs the handler when to go to the marked position 5 paces away from the helper.

On the judge's instructions, the handler calls his dog into the basic position or, alternatively, moves up to his dog, takes him to the basic position with a command to sit, then puts the leash on and heels to the marked position and takes the basic position.

The dog may also be kept off leash when heeling to the marked position.

The Judge instructs the handler when to go to the marked position 5 paces away from the helper.

On the judge's instructions, the handler calls his dog into the basic position

The Judge instructs the handler when to go to the marked position 5 paces away from the helper.

On the judge's instructions, the handler calls his dog into the basic position

Evaluation criteria:

Weakness or Limitations in dominance, continuous barking and confidence while holding the helper until the command to call out is given, are evaluated accordingly. During the exercise, the dog must not be distracted by the performance judge (LR) or by the dog handler (HF).

Weak, inconsistent, not dominate, non-energetic unfocused barking

Dog does not bark, but actively guards the helper

Satifactory to Insufficient
 

Insufficient

Bothering the Helper by pushing, Bumping, etc.

The dog bites the sleeve and only releases after approach and a command

Rated accordingly as low as Insufficient

Insufficient – 14 Points

If the dog leaves the helper before the dog handler leaves the center line after the judge's instructions.
 

If the dog does not go back into the blind or leaves the helper again

The dog can be sent in again one time. If the dog remains with the helper, phase C can be continued. Low Insufficient rating for hold and bark.

Termination
 

If the dog leaves the helper during the handler's approach,

or if the dog comes out from the helper before the command

Rated as Insufficient

 

Rated as Insufficient

If the dog is biting the sleeve in the blind and does not release on his own, the dog handler is instructed to go to the callout position. The handler is allowed to call the dog with a command to „out“ and a “here, heel“ command, which must be said in a one word manner.

If the dog comes out to basic position- Insufficient -14

If the dog does not release or come to basic with one command - Disqualification

Prevention of an attempted escape of the helper:

Commands for the Escape and Out

On the judge's (LR) instructions, the handler (HF) asks the helper to step out of the Blind. The helper goes at a normal pace to the starting point for the escape.

The handler (HF) heels his dog to the marked position for escape

IGP-1:

The dog is either heeled on leash or off leash to the designated starting position for the escape. In doing so, the dog must be under control, attentive and concentrated, as well as in the correct position at the knee of the handler (HF). In the basic position, if the exercise is shown onleash, the leash is removed and then the dog is given the command to down. At the command the dog must lie down directly and quickly and must be calm, sure and attentive to the helper in the position. The distance between helper and the dog is 5 paces. The handler returns to the blind and remains there with a view on the dog and the judge.  The judge (LR) signals the helper to escape.

IGP-2 and IGP-3:

The dog will be heeled to the designated starting position for escape and has to take a basic position there. In doing so, the dog must be under control, attentive and concentrated, as well as in the correct position at the knee of the handler. At the command the dog must lie down directly and quickly and must be calm, sure and attentive to the helper in the position. The distance between helper and dog is 5 paces. The handler goes back to the Blind and remains there with visual contact to the dog and judge. The judge (LR) signals the helper to escape.

Attempte Escape  (IGP-1 – IGP-3):

After the judge's instructions, the helper attempts to escape. At the same time the handler gives a command for the dog to prevent the escape. The dog must without hesitation try to prevent the attempted escape with high determination, attempting to slow or control the helper with an explosive and powerful attack. From the lockup of the helper to the out, the transitional phase is about 1 sec. After a transitional phase, the dog must out (let go). The handler (HF)  may give a command to out within an appropriate time (about 3 seconds). The following guarding phase before the Defense is approximately 5 seconds.

Evaluation criteria: (IGP-1 – IGP-3):

The dog does not react with a firm, fast, energetic and powerful grip and engagement and/or effective prevention of the escape. The dog does not remain quiet, calm and/or full on the grip until the release, not attentive, not dominant or bumping during guarding of the helper are deducted accordingly.

If no command to go (release) is given, the exercise is rated one catagory lower.

If the dog remains in the escape setup position, or if the helper is not caught (engaged) within 20 paces, protection is terminated.

Defense of an attack from the guarding phase (IGP-1 – IGP-3):                  

Commands: 1 Commands for outing and 1 command for the basic position

After a guarding phase of approx. 5 seconds, the helper attacks the dog. The dog must defend itself without the influence of the handler by explosive and powerful strike with a firm and calm grip. The dog is to be pressured in the drive with stick threats by the helper. Particular attention must be paid to the dog‘s self-assurance, power, and a full, calm grip. Two stick hits are to be applied during the drive. At the order of the judge (LR), the helper stops the drive and pressure. After the helper has locked up, the transition phase must be displayed for approximately 1 sec after the helper has stopped. After the transition phase, the dog must release (out). The handler (HF) can give a command for the out in an appropriate time (1-3 seconds) on their own, additional commands to out will be directed by the judge. During and after the release (out) the helper has to stand still. After out the dog must guard the helper with powerful, attentive, showing confidence with high dominance.

End of the exercise (handler (HF) picking up the dog):

IGP-1:

The handler (HF) follows the judge's (LR) instructions to approach the dog, he does so directly in a normal gait, the handler (HF) stands next to his dog and returns him to the basic position with a command of Sit. The padded stick is not taken from the helper. The handler (HF) then heels the dog on leash down field to set up for the long attack. The dog may also be heeled down field off leash.

IGP-2 and IGP-3:

The handler (HF) follows the judge's (LR) instructions to approach the dog, he does so directly in a normal gait, the handler (HF) stands next to his dog and returns him to the basic position with a command of Sit. The padded stick is not taken from the helper.

Evaluation criteria: (IGP-1 – IGP- 3):

The dog does not react with a firm, fast, energetic and powerful engagement and/or effective prevention of the attack. The dog is not quiet, calm and/or full on the grip until the release, the dog is not attentive, dominant or bumping during guarding of the helper are deducted accordingly.

Back Transport  IGP-2:

 Commands: Heel or Transport 

The exercise begins with the end of the exercise "Defense against an attack from the guarding phase". The transport is carried out over a distance of 30 paces. A corner is not mandatory. The judge (LR) determines the course of the transport. The handler (HF) asks the helper to step back and move out and follows him with his dog, which is intensively attentive to the helper, at a distance of about 8 paces. This distance must be maintained during the entire back transport. The helper stops and stands still on the order of the judge. The handler (HF) goes to the helper with his dog who is attentive to the helper, stands beside the helper and takes the padded stick. The dog must sit in the basic position. Thereafter, a side transport to the judge is shown over a distance of about 20 paces. A command for the transport is allowed. The dog has to go between the helper and the handler. The dog must be attentive to the helper. However, he is not allowed to press, bump or grip the helper. At the end of the transport, the handler (HF) takes a basic position with his dog in front of the judge (LR), hands over the padded stick to the judge (LR) and announces the first part of protection is complete.

 

 Back transport IGP-3:

Commands for the Transport

The exercise begins with the end of the exercise "Defense against an attack from the guarding phase". The transport is carried out over a distance of 30 paces. A corner is not mandatory. The judge (LR) determines the course of the transport. The handler (HF) asks the helper to step back and move out and follows him with his dog, which is intensively attentive to the helper, at a distance of about 8 paces. This distance must be maintained during the entire back transport.

Evaluation criteria:

If the dog shows pressure or stressed behavior, if the dog is not attentive to the helper, if dog is not in correct position with the handler (HF) or incorrect paces from helper. The exercise will be deducted accordingly.

Attack on the dog from the Back Transport. IGP-3 Only:

Commands: 1 Commands for outing and 1 command for the basic position

During the back transport and without stopping, at the direction of the judge, the helper attacks the dog without the intervention of the handler and without hesitation, the dog must engage the helper with a confident, powerful attack with a full firm and calm grip. After the grip the dog is to be pressured by being driven and threatened by the helper. Particular attention must be paid to the dog‘s self-assurance, power, and a full, calm grip. At the order of the judge, the helper stops the drive and pressure. After the helper has locked up, the transition phase must be displayed for approximately 1 sec after the helper has stopped. After the transition phase the dog must release. The handler can give a command for outing in an appropriate time independently. During and after the release the helper has to stand still. After outing the dog must guard the helper powerfully, attentively, confidently and with high dominance. On the judge's (LR) instructions the handler (HF) goes to the helper with his dog who is attentive to the helper, stands beside the helper and takes the padded stick. The dog must sit in the basic position. Thereafter, a side transport to the judge is shown over a distance of about 20 paces. A command for the transport is allowed. The dog has to go between the helper and the handler. The dog must be attentive to the helper. However, he is not allowed to press, bump or grip the helper. At the end of the transport, the handler (HF) takes a basic position with his dog in front of the judge (LR), hands over the padded stick to the judge (LR) and announces the first part of protection is complete.

 Evaluation criteria (IGP-3 Only):

The dog does not react with a firm, fast, energetic and powerful engagement and/or effective prevention of the attack. Not quiet, calm and/or full on the grip until the release, not attentive, dominant or bumping during guarding of the helper are deducted accordingly.

Attack on the dog out of Motion:

Commands: out, Sit and Transport.

The helper yells and threatens the dog in all levels. The first yells are given when the helper HL turns up field to run towards the dog. The final yell and threat is when the dog is preparing to engage the helper.

IGP-1.  30 meters

The helper will stop where the previous exercise has ended. After the "Defense against an attack from the guarding phase", the dog handler (HF) takes his dog, on leash or off leash, about 30 meters away from the helper. The dog must be in the correct position on the knee of the dog handler (HF). After reaching the position for the set up, the handler stops and turns around. The dog is brought into the basic position with the command to sit. The dog, sitting calmly and attentively to the helper, can be held on the collar. He must not be stimulated by the dog handler (HF). At the order of the judge (LR), the helper attacks the dog frontally with yelling and making strong threatening motions. On the judge's (LR) instructions, the handler immediately releases his dog with the command to go. The dog must without hesitation engage of the helper with high dominance and determination.  After the grip the dog is to be pressured by driving and threats with the padded stick by the helper.  Particular attention must be paid to the dog‘s self-assurance, power, and a full, calm grip. The handler (HF) is not allowed to leave his place. At the order of the judge (LR), the helper stops the drive and pressure and places the back of the dog towards the handler (HF). After the helper has locked up, the transition phase must be displayed for approximately 1 sec after the helper has stopped. After the transition phase the dog must release. The handler (HF) can give a command to out in an appropriate time (1 – 3 seconds) independently additional commands to out will be directed by the judge. During and after the release the helper has to stand still. After outing the dog must guard the helper with powerful, attentive, confidence with high dominance. On the judge's instructions (LR), the handler (HF) goes to his dog, returns him into the basic position with to sit and puts the leash him on. The padded stick is removed from the helper. The handler (HF) may disarm the helper any way he/she wants as long as the dog and handler remain together during the disarm. Then a new basic position is taken next to the helper and a side transport, either with the dog on leash or off leash, to the judge (LR) over a distance of about 20 paces. A command for heeling or transport is allowed. The dog has to remain between helper and the handler. The dog must be attentive to the helper during transport. However, he is not allowed to press, jump or grip the helper. If the dog leaves the position between the helper and handler the transport must stop and the handler (HF) has 3 commands to get the dog back to position between the handler and helper so the transport may continue. At the end of the transport, the handler takes a basic position in front of the judge, hands the padded stick to the judge (LR) and reports that protection is complete. The handler (HF) goes with his dog on leash, at the direction of the judge (LR), under control to the position for the critique.

Evaluation criteria:

The dog does not react with a firm, fast, energetic and powerful engagement and/or effective prevention of the attack. The dog is not quiet, calm and/or full on the grip until the release, not attentive, dominant or bumping during guarding of the helper are deducted accordingly.

IGP-2:  40 meters

The helper will stop where the previous exercise has ended. After the side transport at the end of the exercise “Back Transport ", the dog handler takes his dog, on leash or off leash, about 40 meters away from the helper. The dog must be in the correct position on the knee of the dog handler. After reaching the position for the set up, the handler stops and turns around. The dog is brought into the basic position with the command to sit. The dog, sitting calmly and attentively to the helper, can be held on the collar. He must not be stimulated by the dog handler. At the order of the judge, the helper attacks the dog frontally with yelling and making strong threatening motions. On the judge's (LR) instructions, the handler (HF) immediately releases his dog with the command to go. The dog must without hesitation engage of the helper with high dominance and determination.  After the grip the dog is to be pressured by driving and threats with the padded stick by the helper.  Particular attention must be paid to the dog‘s self-assurance, power, and a full, calm grip. The handler (HF) is not allowed to leave his place. At the order of the judge (LR), the helper stops the drive and pressure and places the back of the dog towards the handler (HF). After the helper has locked up, the transition phase must be displayed for approximately 1 sec after the helper has stopped. After the transition phase the dog must release. The handler (HF) can give a command for outing in an appropriate time (1-3 seconds) independently additional commands to out will be directed by the judge. During and after the release the helper has to stand still. After outing the dog must guard the helper with powerful, attentive, confidence with high dominance for approximately 5 seconds.

Evaluation criteria:

The dog is not reacting with a firm, fast, energetic and powerful engagement and/or effective prevention of the attack. The dog is quiet, calm and/or full on the grip until the release, not attentive, dominant or bumping during guarding of the helper are deducted accordingly.

IGP-3:  50 meters 

The handler (HF), after the side transport at the end of the exercise "Attack on the dog from the back transport" he takes his free heeling dog to the marked place on the center line even with the first Blind. The heeling has to show attention to the handler, stressfree and intensity from the dog. The dog is straight, right at the knee of the handler. After reaching the position for Long Attack the handler (HF) stops and turns around. With the command sit, the dog is brought into the basic position. The straight, quiet and attentive to the helper sitting dog can be held by the collar, but may not be stimulated by the handler. At the order of the judge (LR) the helper with a padded stick comes out of a blind and runs to the center line. After reaching the center line the helper turns up field and runs towards the handler (HF) and attacks, without interrupting his running pace, while yelling and making strong threatening motions. As soon as the helper is about 50 meters from the handler, on the judge's (LR) instructions, the handler (HF) immediately releases his dog with the command to go. The dog must without hesitation engage the helper with high dominance and determination.  After the grip the dog is to be pressured by driving and threats with the padded stick by the helper. Particular attention must be paid to the dog‘s self-assurance, power, and a full, calm grip. The handler (HF) is not allowed to leave his place. At the order of the judge (LR), the helper stops the drive and pressure and places the back of the dog towards the handler (HF). After the helper has locked up, the transition phase must be displayed for approximately 1 sec after the helper has stopped. After the transition phase the dog must release. The handler can give a command for outing in an appropriate time independently ( 1-3 seconds) additional out commands will be directed by the judge. During and after the release the helper has to stand still. After outing the dog must guard the helper with powerful, attentive, confidence with high dominance for approximately 5 seconds.

Evaluation criteria:

The dog is not reacting with a firm, fast, energetic and powerful engagement and/or effective prevention of the attack. Not quiet, calm and/or full on the grip until the release, not attentive, dominant or bumping during guarding of the helper are deducted accordingly.

Defense of an attack from the guarding phase, with completion of phase C IGP-2 and IGP- 3:

Commands: Out, Sit and Transport

After the exercise "defense against an attack out of motion", the helper on the judge's (LR) instruction undertakes an attack on the dog.. The dog must defend itself without the influence of the handler (HF) by explosive and powerful strike. The dog is to be pressured in the drive with stick threats by the helper. Particular attention must be paid to the dog‘s self-assurance, power, and a full, calm grip. Two stick hits are to be applied during the drive (IGP-3 Only). At the order of the judge(LR), the helper stops the drive and pressure. After the helper has locked up, the transition phase must be displayed for approximately 1 sec after the helper has stopped. After the transition phase, the dog must release. The handler can give a command for outing in an appropriate time (1-3 seconds) independently additional out commands will be directed by the judge. During and after the release the helper has to stand still. After outing the dog must guard the helper with powerful, attentive, confidence with high dominance.

On the judge's (LR) instructions, the handler (HF) goes to his dog, returns him into the basic position with the command to sit. The padded stick is removed from the helper. The handler (HF) may disarm the helper any way he/she wants as long as the dog and handler remain together during the disarm.

Then a new basic position is taken by the handler (HF) and dog next to the helper and a side transport,  with the dog off leash, to the judge over a distance of about 20 paces. A command for heeling or transport is allowed. The dog has to stay between helper and the handler. The dog must be attentive to the helper during transport. However, he is not allowed to press, jump or grip the helper. At the end of the transport, the handler takes a basic position in front of the judge, hands the padded stick to the judge and reports that protection is complete. The handler must free heel 5 paces away from the judge before taking a basic position and putting the leash on. The handler goes with his dog on leash, at the direction of the judge, under control to the position for the critique.

Evaluation criteria:

The dog is not reacting with a firm, fast, energetic and powerful engagement and/or effective prevention of the attack. Not quiet, calm and/or full on the grip until the release, not attentive, dominant or bumping during guarding of the helper are deducted accordingly.

Additional examinations:

IGP-ZTP

The exercises in Phases A and B are based on the general regulations.

Phase C shall be carried out as follows:

Exercise 1 : Hold and Bark                                                                                                                             15             Points 
Exercise 2 : Advance and attack on the Handler HF                                                                           10/30       Points
Exercise 3 : Attack on the handler and his dog                                                                                     40             Points
Exercise 4 : Transport to the Judge                                                                                                              5             Points
Gesamt                                                                                                                                                                                100           Points 

General information:

Only stick hits on shoulders and the area of the withers are allowed. The dog may only grip the protective sleeve on the Helper HL.

Execution

Search for the Helper:
The helper is located about 20 paces away from the handler and his dog, not visible to the dog, in a blind. At the direction of the judge, The handler unleashes his dog and sends him with a command to search and / or raise the arm and point to the blind.

Hold and Bark   - 15 Points

 Command: search

The dog must actively, attentively, and persistently bark at the helper. The dog is not allowed to touch or grip the helper. The handler immediately goes to the dog at the direction of the judge and holds him on the collar. After the helper leaves the blind, the dog is leashed and taken into the blind in the basic position.

Heeling and attack on the Handler HF - Heeling 10 points - attack 30 points - Commands "heel" or "transport", "move" or "forward", "out", "sit"

At the direction of the judge the handler goes to the marked position 30 paces before the blind and removes the dog’s leash.The leash is to be put away. At the direction of the judge the handler heels with his dog off leash in the direction of the blind. The dog must heel. At the direction of the judge the helper makes an attack with verbal threats on the handler and dog, when the handler and the dog are 10 paces before the blind. The dog must immediately, confidently and energeticly attack with a full calm confident powerful grip. When the dog is on the sleeve, he receives 2 stick hits from the helper with a padded stick.

During the command for outing, the handler must stand still, without affecting the dog. At the direction of the judge the handler goes directly to the dog in normal gait, and returns him to the basic position with the command to sit.

The dog is held on the collar, but can not be stimulated by the dog handler. At the direction of the judge the helper goes away in a normal pace from the handler and dog. After about 40 paces, the helper turns to the handler and attacks the handler and his dog frontally with yelling and violent threatening movements. On the instructions of the judge, the handler HF will release his dog at a distance of about 30 paces with the command to "go". The dog has to defend the attack without hesitation by energetic and powerful attack. He may only attack the helper‘s protective sleeve. The dog handler is not allowed to leave his place. At the direction of the judge the helper stops. After the helper stops, the dog must immediately release. The dog handler can give a command to "release" in an appropriate time independently. 

During the verbal command to "out" the handler must stand still without influencing the dog. After the release, the dog must remain close to the helper and guard intensely and powerful. At the direction of the judge the handler directly to his dog in a normal pace and returns him to the basic position with the command to sit. The handler puts the leash on his dog. 

Transport to the Judge (LR)  - 5 Points  - Commands  HZ „Heel“ or „Transport“

Then follows a side transport of the helper to the judge over a distance of about 10 pacess. A command HZ "heel" or "transport" is allowed. The dog has to go to the right side of the helper so that the dog is between the helper and the dog handler. The dog must be attentive to the helper during transport. However, he is not allowed to press, jump or grip the helper. At the end of the transport, the handler takes a basic position in front of the judge, and reports that protection is complete.

IGP-V :

The IGP-V (Pre-IGP-1 test) has been developed by the Commission for FCI. This test can be used:
1. as prerequisite for admission in the working class.
2. as a prerequisiste for admission to IGP-1, each National organization LAO can decide for themselves whether to require this test in their country.

Phase A                                                                                                                                                                                100 Points
Phase B                                                                                                                                                                                100 Points
Phase C                                                                                                                                                                                100 Points
Total:                                                                                                                                                                     300             Points 

General Information:

On the day of the examination, the dog must have reached the minimum required age. No exceptions may be made. Prerequisite for the entering is a successful BH / VT according to the national rules of the national organization.

 Conditions

The exercises in Phases A and B are based on the general regulations.

Phase C shall be carried out as follows:

Exercise 1 : Hold and Bark                                                                                                                             15 Points
Exercise 2 : Prevention of Attempted Escape                                                                                      30 Points
Exercise 3 :  Attack on the Handler HF and his dog                                                                             50 Points
Exercise 4 : Transport to the judge LR                                                                                                      5 Points
Total                                                                                                                                                                  100                Points

General provisions:

There is no TSB evaluation. The helper uses a padded stick to threaten the dog, but without striking.

Hold and Bark - 15 points – Commands "search"

The helper is located about 20 steps away from the handler and his dog, not visible to the dog, in a blind. At the direction of the judge, The handler unleashes his dog and sends him with a command to search and / or raise the arm and point to the blind. The dog must actively, attentively, and persistently bark at the helper. The dog is not allowed to touch or grip the helper. The handler immediately goes to the dog at the direction of the judge and holds him on the collar. 

Prevention of Attempted Escape - 30 Points –Command "out“

While the handler is holding his dog by the collar, the helper steps out of the blind and makes an escape attempt. On the order of the judge, the dog handler releases his dog. The dog must without hesitation try to prevent the attempted escape with high determination, and by a explosive and powerful attack. From the lockup of the helper to the out, the transitional phase is about 1 sec. After a transitional phase, the dog must let go. The handler may give a command to out within an appropriate time. 

During the command for the “out" the handler must stand still without influencing the dog. After the release, the dog must remain close to the helper and guard this carefully. At the judge’s direction The handler goes directly to his  dog and holds him by the collar .

Attack on the Handler and his dog - 50 Points – Commands: "Heel", "Out", "Sit", "Heel or Transport"

The dog is held on the collar, but can not be stimulated by the dog handler. At the direction of the judge the helper goes away in a normal pace from the handler and dog. After about 20 paces, the helper turns to the handler and attacks the handler and his dog frontally with yelling and violent threatening movements. The handler HF will release his dog with the command to "go". The dog has to defend the attack without hesitation by energetic and powerful attack. He may only attack the helper‘s protective sleeve. The dog handler is not allowed to leave his place. At the direction of the judge the helper stops. After the helper stops, the dog must immediately release. The dog handler can give a command to "release" in an appropriate time independently. 

During the command to "out" the handler must stand still without influencing the dog. After the release, the dog must remain close to the helper and guard him attentively. On the judge’s direction, the handler goes directly at a normal pace, to his dog  And takes him into the basic position with command to sit.

Transport to the judge (LR) - 5 Points -  commands as "Heel" or "Transport“

Then follows a side transport of the helper to the judge over a distance of about 10 pacess. A command HZ "heel" or "transport" is allowed. The dog has to go to the right side of the helper so that the dog is between the helper and the dog handler. The dog must be attentive to the helper during transport. However, he is not allowed to press, jump or grip the helper. At the end of the transport, the handler takes a basic position in front of the judge, and reports that protection is complete.

Tracking 1 – 3 (FPr 1 – 3)

The tracking examinations in levels 1 to 3 consist only of the "A" Phase of the coresponding examination Levels of IGP-1 to 3. They can be completed to supplement the trial entries if at least four participants in the divisions BH-VT / IGP or IFH start . It is up to the handler, at which stage his dog is presented.

A training title in the sense of the show requirements, the breeding regulations and the "Breed survey" will not be awarded.

Maximum Points

Excellent

Very Good

Good

Staisfactory

Insufficient

100

100 – 96

95 – 90

89 – 80

79 – 70

69 - 0

The tracking examinations do not need to be performed in the order 1 to 3.

Obedience 1 – 3 (UPr 1 – 3)

The Obedience examinations in levels 1 to 3 consist only of the "B" Phase of the coresponding examination Levels of IGP-1 to 3. They can be completed to supplement the trial entries if at least four participants in the divisions BH-VT / IGP or IFH start. It is up to the handler, at which stage his dog is presented.

A training title in the sense of the show requirements, the breeding regulations and the "Breed survey" will not be awarded.     

Maximum Points

Excellent

Very Good

Good

Satisfactory

Insufficient

100

100 – 96

95 – 90

89 – 80

79 – 70

69 - 0

The Obedience examinations do not need to be performed in the order 1 to 3.

Protection 1 – 3 (SPr 1 – 3)

The Protection examinations in levels 1 to 3 consist only of the "C" Phase of the coresponding examination Levels of IGP-1 to 3. They can be completed to supplement the trial entries if at least four participants in the divisions BH-VT / IGP or IFH start. It is up to the handler, at which stage his dog is presented. A training title in the sense of the show requirements, the breeding regulations and the "Breed survey" will not be awarded.

Note: Protection Only Trials (Only Phase C) are not permitted.

Maximum Points

Excellent

Very Good

Good

Satisfactory

Insufficient

100

100 – 96

95 – 90

89 – 80

79 – 70

69 - 0

The Protection examinations do not  need to be performed in the order 1 to 3.  

Working dog test 1 to 3 (GPr 1-3):    

Maximum Points 200

The GPr 1 - 3 examinations only consist of Phases B and C of the coresponding examination Levels of IGP 1 - 3. Track work is not shown during these examinations. 

A training title in the sense of the show requirements, the breeding regulations and the "Breed survey" will not be awarded.     

Maximum Points

Excellent

Very Good

Good

Satisfactory

Insufficient

200

200 – 192

191 – 180

179 – 160

159 – 140

139 - 0

Article Indication Trial 1 – 3 (StPr 1 – 3) : 

  1. Test levels for the Article Indication Test

The requirements are set at different levels and reflect the individual testing levels.

Level

Indication Area              

Articles                                

Points

Execution Time

 

1

 

20 x 30 m

2 Handler Articles       

     Size: 10 x 3 x 1 cm                                                Material = same type permitted

  1 article left, 1 article right               

 

10 / 10

 

10 minutes

2

20 x 40 m

4 Stranger Articles  

 Size: 10 x 3 x 1 cm                           

Material = different                                                    

        2 articles left, 2 articles right

 

5 / 5 / 5/ 5

 

12 minutes

3

30 x 50 m

5 Stranger Articles

  Size: 5 x 3 x 1 cm                            

Material: Different                                                      Placed at discretion

 

4 / 4 / 4 / 4 / 4

 

15 minutes

  1. General Requirements:

In order to take this Examination, the dog must be a minimum of 15 months old and has passed the FCI-BH/VT test or has passed a national BH/VT test.

The handler reports in with his name and his dog’s name in a sportsmanlike manner and advises the judge which level of test he is undertaking. Thereafter, he goes with his dog on leash to the designated start position and assumes the basic position.

The dog is taken off leash for the indication work. The handler must keep the leash with him.

Any force or punishment is to be avoided.

Slightly going out of the boundaries is not faulty.

Spectators are to be a reasonable distance away from the indication field.

  1. Type of area for the Indication Work:

Terrain: all natural ground (grass, plowed field, wooded area). Tree stumps are also permitted. (avoid any opportunity for visual indication, so avoid short grass or other similar areas.)

Prior to laying out the articles, the indication area should be crossed by people several times, so that no one track is indicated.

Markings may be placed around the indication area.

  1. Articles:

Material: Wood, leather, artificial leather, textile

Placed articles may not differentiate themselves in color to the terrain and should not be visible.

Handler and dog must remain out of sight while the articles are placed.

There is no waiting time to begin. The dog may begin to search immediately after the articles are placed.

  1. Deploying the dog to locate:

The imaginary center line and the bordering sides of the indication area will be made known to the handler by the judge.

At the beginning a short preperation of the dog to start working at the imaginary center line of the indication area is permitted.

The handler moves within the imaginary center line. He may only leave this to retrieve the article. Thereafter the dog is restarted from the center line to locate the remaining article(s). Both verbal and visual commands are permitted.  The command “lost” may be supported with the “search” command.

Locating the article(s) with a “high Nose” is not faulty.

The indication area may be repeatedly searched.

  1. Behaviour at the articles:

Articles must be convincingly indicated and may not be touched by the dog. The articles may be indicated by sitting, standing or lying down or in varying styles. A command to indicate is not permitted and leads to the article being evaluated as “not found”.

No commands are permitted to get the dog to indicate the articles. If the dog has indicated an article, the handler goes to his dog and shows the judge the article by raising it up, then he returns to the center line and restarts his dog to continue the article indication work.

The lying down position for the articles is not stipulated. The located article must however be in the immediate area of the dog’s front paws.

The handler always approaches his dog from the side and may not stand in front of the dog. Praising the dog after the article is shown is permitted.

After the dog has located the last article, he is placed on leash. Thereafter, the handler shows the article and reports out to the judge.

7. Rating:

The maximum number of points for StPr 1 – 3 is 100 points. A minimum of 70 points must be achieved.

The evaluation criteria for all 3 levels:

(A)  the dog's tenacity is 20 points

       (Following the instructions/ hand signals of the handler)

(B)  the dog’s intensity of work is 20 points

       (determination and work ethic)

C)  Stamina 10 points

      (Never stopping the detection drive until the article is found)

D)  Behavior of the dog handler 9 points

      (Affecting the dog)

E)  Finding the articles 41 points

     (Convincing, confident, steady indication)

Maximum Points

Excellent

Very Good

  Good

Satisfactory

Insufficient

100

100 – 96

95 – 90

89 – 80

79 – 70

69 - 0

8. General Regulations:

The exercise starts with the basic position at the edge of the search field and ends with the dog/handler team checking out to the judge. The articles found by the dog are to be shown.

Performance Requirements:

Consistent, quiet and fluent working, quick release from the dog handler, immediate response to verbal commands, persistant and purposeful working of the dog, wide side impacts of the dog.

Evaluation Criteria:

Picking up an article by the dog. Objects which are displayed with strong handler help are considered not found.

Touching the article 1 - 3 points deduction

Premature breaking indication position, 1 - 3 points deduction

Handler leaves the imaginary center line 2 - 5 points deduction

Mice catching, urinating or deficating, etc. 4 - 8 points deduction

Wondering, work lacks intensity, focus or determination 4 - 8 points deduction

The work must be terminated after exceeding the predetermined running time. The points reached to that time are evaluated.

Other negative evaluation criteria are:

Restless behavior when searching, barking, handler help, extensive overshooting of the search area  boundaries by the dog.

 

       
 
 
   

 

 

 

 

StPr 1

Field Size 20 x 30 m

 

 

StPr 2

Field Size 20 x 40 m

 

StPr 3

Field Size 30 x 50 m

ENDURANCE TEST (AD):

A. General information:

 Purpose

The endurance test is intended to provide proof that the dog is capable of a physical effort, without considerable fatigue shown subsequentltly. The dogs structure and physical condition must be able to hold up throughout the requirements of the entire examination. The examination places increased demands on the body and internal organs, especially the heart and lungs. But also examines other properties, such as temperament and hardness. The effortless management of the performance must be seen as proof of the physical health and the presence of the required drives.

Before the test starts, the identity of the dog must be verified.

The same provisions apply to the event approval as for the other examinations determined by the national organization. The result must be entered in the scorebook, or on the pedigree.

When applying for an event authorization, the organizer accepts the responsibility to carry out the endurance test during the summer months only in the early morning or late afternoon hours. The outside temperature should not exceed 22 degrees Celsius (72 F).

Participation in an endurance test is voluntary. In the course of an endurance test, If the handler or his dog should be injured, neither the organizer nor the judge can be held liable.

Admission of dogs:

The minimum required age is 16 months. A maximum of 20 dogs are allowed per day with one judge. If there are more than 20 dogs then a second judge must be used. For safety reasons, each handler is allowed to show only one dog. The dogs must be fully and well trained. Ill, weak, overheated, pregnant or nursing bitches must not be allowed to start. At the beginning of the examination, the handler checks in with the judge. The judge has to be sure the dog is in good shape. Dogs that appear to be tired or unhappy are to be excluded from participation. If a dog shows excessive fatigue symptoms or other impairments during the test, the dog has to terminated in the examination.

All decisions by the judge are not contestable.

Rating:

Points and ratings are not awarded, only "Passed" or "Not passed".

Terrain:

The Examination will be held on roads and paths of various possible surfaces. For example: asphalt or unpaved streets, grass or dirt paths.

Performance of endurance test:

The Examination is a distance of 20 kilometers (12.4 Miles) in length at a rate of 12 to 15 kilometers per hour (7.5 to 9.3 MPH).

Running exercise:

The handler takes his dog to the starting position for the examination. The dog has to run (according to the traffic regulations) on the right side of the handler in a normal trot beside the bike. Avoid having the dog runto fast. The leash must be kept longer so that the dog has the possibility to adapt to any tempo. Connection devices ("Springer") are allowed. Slight pulling on the leash is not faulty, but the dog should not be constantly dragging and choking himself. After the first 8 km (5 miles), a break of 15 minutes is required. During this time the Judge must watch the dog for any signs of fatigue. Fatigued Dogs Shall be terminated from the  examination.

After the break, 7 km (4.5 miles) more are to be covered, then a break of 20 minutes.

During this break, the dog is given the opportunity to move freely and without constraint.

Shortly before the return to the final running portion the judge must check the dogs for fatigue or injury to their paws. Fatigued dogs or dogs whose paws are injured must be terminated. After completion of the final running portion, a 15 minute break must be inserted. During the break, the dog must be given the opportunity to move freely and without constraint. The judge must determine whether the dog shows signs of fatigue or injury to the paws.

Judges should accompany the dogs on the bike if possible, if not they should follow in a car. The results must be entered in the scorebook. It is necessary for the Hanldler/dogs to be accompanied by a motor vehicle so that dogs that can not continue, can be loaded into the motor vehicle and transported back to the start.

Dogs that show exceptional signs of fatigue or are unable to withstand the minimum speed of 12 km/h (7.5 mph) can not pass the examination.

Diagrams:

• Track shapes

• Step sequence

• Placement of articles

• Dumbbells

• Marking points

• Jumpers

Track shapes:

The tracking sketches are examplesand can also be placed in mirror image.

IGP-1 and IGP-2

Track shapes

The tracking sketches are examplesand can also be placed in mirror image.

                                                                     IGP- 3

IFH-V

Possible tracks for IFH-V

IFH-1

IFH-2 and  IGP-FH; possible tracks 

                   

 

                 

 

                                     

Angle to the right                                                                            Angle to the left             

                             

Laying the article                                                                                 alternative way of laying the article

                                                           

Sharp angle to the right                                                                               Sharp angle to the left

                                 

Sharp angle                                                                                                                           Cross track

                                                          

Additional information for IGP (international utility dogs regulations)

 Blind Search

Revieren

Setup for Prevention of an Escape

Pendel Hurdle

The fixed part of the hurdle is 79 cm, the upper, free moving part of the hurdle is 20 cm.

 

 

           

Scaling wall:

schrägwand

The scaling wall consists of 2 sides joined at the top and must be 150 cm wide and 190cm high. At the bottom both sides stand apart so that there is a peak height of 180cm The entire area of the scaling wall must be covered with anti skid material. At the upper part of the sides 3 cleats  24/48mm must be fixed. All dogs must jump the same obstacles.

 

Test jumps are not permitted during the Examination.

 

 Dumbbells

 

IGP-1  

IGP-2  

IGP-3  

On the flat

650 gr

1.000 gr

2.000 gr

Jump

650 gr

650 gr

650 gr

Scaling wall

650 gr

650 gr

650 gr

 

Dimensions of the Dumbbells

For the retrieve exercises only dumbbells are allowed. The dumbbells provided by the hosting club/ organizer must be used by all participants. Dog Handler‘s own dumbbells are not permitted except in IBGH-2 and IBGH-3. The sketch of the Dumbbell above is merely a sample. It is important that the weights are correct and that the bars are made of wood and that the bars are at least 4 cm from the ground.


 [C1]General remark. Is tattoos still acceptable as a means of identification or has it now been decided that only Micro chips are acceptable.