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Working Dog Registry and Titling program for protection, obedience & tracking
 
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Protection Sport 1 (PS1)

 

Obedience Exercises

Points

Protection Exercises

Points

Reporting to the Judge

5

 

 

Long Down

10

Search for Helper

15

Heeling off Leash

Or

On leash

25

Hold and Bark

15

Sit out of Motion

15

Jump Out Attack

35

Down & Recall

15

Courage Test

35

Retrieves (10 points each)

30

 

 

TOTAL POINTS

100

TOTAL POINTS

100

 

General Rules for the PS1

A.  Eligibility: To perform the PS1 routine a dog must have earned an FO title or higher title. Must be 12 months old.

B.  Collar: Only one collar is allowed on the dog for the both phases. Single collars include the following: flat, choke chain, fur saver or similar types of slip collars, all used on a dead ring.

C.  Leash and leash option: The PS1/PSOB1 allows handlers the option of performing any exercise in the obedience phase of the class off leash except where a leash is required. However, exercising this option does not earn any additional points. The Sit out of Motion and Down Out of Motion and Recall exercises must be performed off leash. The leash is to be held in the left hand when heeling. Whenever the leash is removed, the handler must put it away, or hang it around their shoulder or waist with the clasp positioned on the right side of the handler’s body.

A dog must be leashed when:

1.   First reporting to the Judge or Steward

2.   When doing the long down honoring exercise;

3.   End of class as soon as all the exercises have been completed;

4.   Whenever a Judge is critiquing the score;

5.   Whenever the Judge instructs the handler to place a leash on the dog.

6.   When re-attaching the leash any time while on trial field it is to be on a dead ring.

 

D.  Praise: When reporting to all assigned areas, teams are required to maintain formal heeling with mild praise permissible once arriving at the start position for the next exercise.

E.  Call name: A handler may use the dog’s name prior to any command.

F.   When heeling is required: For the Obedience Routine, dog/handler teams are required to perform formal heeling when reporting to all designated areas.

G.  Heeling & hands: The dog should always heel close to the left knee of the handler and the shoulder blade of the dog should be aligned next to the handler’s knee. The dog must not forge ahead, move to the side or lag to the rear. A dog that demonstrates positive, energetic, attentive behavior toward the handler is very desirable. The handler should walk freely with both arms moving freely as if the dog wasn’t there.  All exercises begin and end in the basic position.

H.  Left about turns: Are to be performed as either the (German turn) where the dog circles around the handler, or back up in place (FCI International/military) where the dog stays in heel position as the handler turns left. The handler and dog must execute the same turn throughout the obedience phase.

I.     Neutrality test: During its entire performance, a dog is under the neutrality test. A dog that shows extreme aggression, fear, shyness or whose demeanor gives the Judge reason to believe that the dog may not safely be judged may be given a non-qualifying score and excused from the ring and further participation in that trial.

J.   Judge’s instructions: Any place these rules state “Judge’s Instruction” the Judge or Steward can give the instruction.

K.  Qualifying score PS1 title:

1.   PSOB1 title. A qualifying score in the Obedience Phase of the PS1 class requires the passing of the Obedience phase with a score of 70 points or more. Passing the PS1 Obedience Phase qualifies the dog to earn the PSOB1 title.

2.   PS1 title. A qualifying score for the PS1 Title requires the passing of the PS1 Obedience Phase with a score of 70 points or more and passing the PS1 Protection phase with a score of 70 points or more at the same trial.

L.   Scoring note: The score sheet for each exercise has multiple listed features that the Judge is required to assess to determine point deductions. However, the Judge must also assess major or minor imperfection deductions that are not listed on the score sheet for any other deviations from the ideal performance.

M. Acknowledging the Judge and critique: For the PS1 exercises all handlers are responsible for acknowledging the Judge for instructions on when to report and when concluding the routine. The Judge shall instruct all dog/handler teams where and when to report to receive a critique of the performance and the announcement of the score.

N.  Judge’s note for all evaluations: The Judge will be evaluating the handler and dog on the basis of an ideal performance. All of the listed reasons for deductions are given as a guide for handlers to have some idea of what is expected. The Judge must assess deductions for other behavior that is not covered or that takes away from the ideal performance. In addition, the Judge will be assessing the dog’s attitude, attention to the handler and the willingness to perform the required exercises. Dogs that display an energetic attitude and are attentive and responsive to their handler will receive the most points.

O.  Knowledge of the routine is scored: The Judge/Steward will announce the exercise to be performed and will then indicate to the handler to start the exercise.

1.   Handlers are required to know all exercises and will lose points if performed incorrectly. The point loss will be proportionate to the error and circumstance. This loss can be .5 to 1.5 for minor to as much as 2 to 4 points for major. 

2.   Because improper use of equipment can be a safety issue or even an advantage, 1/2 of that exercise’s points will be deducted for reporting with the wrong equipment. The equipment will be corrected prior to continuing. Point deduction will be taken upon handler entering the trial field with wrong equipment.

 

P.  Knowledge of the routine is scored: The Judge/Steward will announce the exercise to be performed and will then indicate to the handler to start the exercise. Handlers are required to know all exercises and will lose points if performed incorrectly. The point loss will be proportionate to the error and circumstance. This loss can be .5 to 1.5 for minor to as much as 2 to 4 points for major. Because improper use of equipment can be a safety issue or even an advantage, 1/2 of that exercises points will be deducted for reporting with the wrong equipment. The equipment will be corrected prior to continuing. Point deduction will be taken at finish of hand shake in reporting to judge and after the handler acknowledges the Judge for all other exercises.

Q.  Pulling a dog from participating in the PS1 Protection phase: When a dog has passed the PS1 Obedience Phase, the handler has the option to continue to the protection phase of the class or pull the dog from competing in the protection phase. The handler should inform the Event Secretary of their decision to pull the dog before the dog is scheduled to run. The dog will be marked “Absent” by the Judge for the protection phase on the Trials Results Form/Judge’s Book.

Note: All other general rules on our “general rule page” also apply.  See that page here. General Rules

Obedience Routine of the Protection Sport Dog 1 (PS1)

1.   Reporting to the Judge Exercise. The primary purpose of this exercise is to show that the dog/handler team can demonstrate proper heeling and control of a dog while reporting to the Judge. In addition, this exercise is used as a starting point for evaluating temperament and for determining whether the team is suitable for performing the evaluation. Dogs that display extreme shyness or extreme aggression will be excused from further participation.

a)   Judge’s Instructions. The Judge indicates to the handlers when and where to report, when to begin the exercise, where to report for the heeling exercise and where to report for conducting the long down.

b)  Exercise Instructions. The Obedience phase starts with two dog/handler teams reporting to the Judge. The handlers report with their dogs on leash, demonstrating proper heeling. Once reaching the Judge, each handler halts with the dog automatically sitting and maintaining a sit throughout the introduction. Handlers are responsible for a formal introduction that includes introducing themselves, giving the dog’s name, stating the type of class for which they are reporting, whether the dog’s heeling exercises will be performed on or off leash and what type of finish the dog performs. On the dog’s score sheet, the Judge notes the handler’s heeling choice and type of finish, after which time the handler shall be committed to the heeling choice as accepted by the Judge. After the introductions, the Judge indicates which team reports for the heeling exercise and which team reports for the long down or honoring exercise.

c)   Scoring the Reporting to the Judge Exercise. This exercise is evaluated primarily on the ability of the dog/handler team to perform a formal introduction to start the routine. The Judge evaluates heeling, introduction procedure and the dog’s behavior during introductions. The dog should display neutral, well-mannered behavior toward the Judge and the other dog/handler team.

Note: If a dog is ruled extremely shy or aggressive, unruly or out of control, the Judge may excuse the dog and handler from performing any additional exercises.

1)   Non-qualifying (Zero) Score. The following must be given a zero on this exercise.

a.   Dog is ruled out of control;

b.   Dog receives more than three commands to sit during the introductions and instructions;

c.   Handler forcing the dog to sit; or

d.   Rough treatment of a dog by a handler.

2)   Imperfections may be judged as major or minor depending on the extent of the following:

a.   Dog is very slow to sit;

b.   Incomplete sit (hovering/space between butt and ground);

c.   Handler gives an extra command;

d.   Improper heeling approaching or leaving the Judge;

e.   Dog’s heeling could be better;

f.     Dog is dull and needs more enthusiasm;

g.   Dog moves slightly during the sit; or

h.   Dog sits crooked.

 

2.   Long Down or Honoring Exercise. The primary element of this exercise is to demonstrate the honoring dog’s ability to remain in the down position while distracted by the presence of the other dog/handler team.

a)   Judge’s Instruction. The Judge indicates where to perform the long down, when the exercise begins, when to re-sit the dog from the down, when the exercise is finished and where to report.     

b)  Exercise Instructions. The long down or honoring exercise starts after the handler reaches the designated area. After acknowledging the Judge, the handler with a single voice or signal command (not both) commands the dog to down. The handler remains beside the dog holding the leash or may drop the leash by the dog and stand on the end; the leash must remain loose and not restrain the dog. The dog must remain in its assigned position while the other dog handler/team performs their routines. After the other dog/handler team completes the retrieve exercises, the handler acknowledges the Judge and on the Judge’s order, the handler verbally commands the dog to sit. Once again, the handler acknowledges the Judge and waits for Judge’s order to report.

c)   Scoring the Long Down or Honoring Exercise. The honoring exercise is primarily evaluated on the ability of the dog to demonstrate a long down while the other dog/handler team performs their required exercises. The exercise evaluation begins when the handler acknowledges the Judge to start the exercise. The dog should down quickly and remain calm and stationary.

1)   Non-Qualifying (Zero) score. The following must be given a zero on this exercise.

a.   Dog refuses to down after three commands;

b.   Handler pushes or touches the dog to make it down;

c.   Handler uses leash to make the dog down; or

d.   Dog moves substantially or stands up before the other dog/handler team has completed half of their routine.

2)   Imperfections may be judged as major or minor depending on the extent of the following:

a.   Dog needs a double command to down;

b.   Handler uses too much body language when giving the down command;

c.   Dog is very slow to down;

d.   Dog moves a substantial distance by creeping or crawling;

e.   Dog refuses to re-sit;

f.     Dog is slow to down;

g.   Dog moves slightly;

h.   Dog whines or barks excessively;

i.     Dog’s re-sit is slow;

j.     Incomplete sit (hovering/space between butt and ground); or

k.   Dog’s performance is dull or sluggish.

 

3.   Heeling on or off Leash Exercise. The primary purposes of these exercises are to demonstrate the ability of the dog and handler to work smoothly as a team and the ability of the dog to stay in the heel position.

a)   Judge’s Instructions. The Judge indicates where to start, when the handler is to remove the leash when to start, when to restart after each halt, when to leave the markers and when the exercise is complete.

b)  Exercise Instructions. The handler and dog (on leash) report to the correct area as specified by the Judge. Handler removes the leash and puts it away if the exercise is going to be performed off leash. The heeling exercise starts with the handler acknowledging the Judge and the dog in the basic position. The dog should willingly and freely follow the handler upon the voice command to heel. At the beginning of the exercise, the handler must proceed in a straight line 40 to 50 normal paces without stopping. A left turn about is performed and after 10 to 15 paces of normal heeling, a running exercise and a slow exercise, each of at least 10 to 15 paces are to be demonstrated. The handler must go directly from the fast pace to the slow pace and then back to normal pace. Each change of pace allows the handler to give a single heel command. After the slow pace, the handler resumes normal pace and continues another 10 to 15 paces and then performs a right turn for 10 to 15 paces and then another right turn and continues forward for another 20 paces and then performs a left turn about and continues another 10 to 15 paces and halt. At this time, the handler acknowledges the Judge and continues another 10 to 15 paces and performs a left turn and then continues heeling toward a set of markers (obstacles) where the handler must perform a heeling pattern around the markers. The markers shall be rubber cones or similar objects placed on the corners of a rectangle approximately eight to ten square feet. When entering the markers, a right and left turn must be demonstrated, after the turns, the handler halts and the dog sits (in the basic position) within the group of markers. The handler acknowledges the Judge, continues heeling back to the original starting position, and performs a halt. The handler then acknowledges the Judge for concluding the exercise.

Additional instructions for this exercise concern the actions of the handler. The handler is only permitted to use voice commands when starting the exercise and when changing pace. When the handler comes to a stop, the dog should sit in the basic position without being influenced by the handler. During the halt, the handler is not permitted to change the basic position and must not step sideways toward the dog.

c)   Scoring the Heeling on or off Leash Exercise: The Judge is evaluating the correctness of the heeling position and the behavior of the dog. Dogs that display positive, energetic attitudes and attentiveness to the handler are most desirable.

1)   Non-qualifying (Zero) scores. The following must be given a zero score on this exercise:

a.   Handler giving the dog constant or repeated extra commands or signals;

b.   Handler slapping the leg or snapping fingers repeatedly;

c.   Handler continually adapting pace to dog;

d.   Unqualified heeling; or

e.   Dog breaks or leaves the handler’s side and cannot regain its composure and resume heeling.

2)   Imperfections may be judged as major or minor depending on the extent of the following:

a.   Handler moving forward and then giving a “heel” command shall be penalized a major imperfection;

b.   Handler gives a signal command to heel;

c.   Handler giving extra commands or signals;

d.   Dog moves out of the basic heel position before a command from the handler;

e.   Dog anticipating command;

f.     Dog crowding the handler, forging, heeling wide, heeling in an improper position, lagging, poor sitting on the halts, sniffing and any other additional heeling imperfections;

g.   Dog fails to stop and sit automatically in the proper basic position each time the handler is required to “Halt”;

h.   Incomplete sit (hovering/space between butt and ground);

i.     Failure to change pace by the dog or handler during the fast or slow portion of the heeling exercise;

j.     Dog sniffs a Steward or marker; or

k.   Lacks natural smoothness.

 

4.   Sit Out of Motion Exercise. The principal purpose of this exercise is to demonstrate the dog’s ability to perform heeling and upon a verbal command from the handler, perform a stationary sit while the handler proceeds in straight line without stopping, turns to face the dog and returns to the dog at the end of the exercise.

 

a)   Judge’s Instruction. The Judge indicates where and when to start, when to return to the dog after the sit, and when the exercise is complete.

b)  Exercise Instructions. The dog/handler team reports to the designated area as indicated by the Judge. The handler will acknowledge the Judge, remove the leash (if attached) and from the basic position, the handler and a free heeling dog will proceed in a straight line for a minimum of 10 or maximum of 15 paces, and upon voice command by the handler, the dog should move quickly into the sit position while the handler does not interrupt their pace nor turn about. After another minimum of 10 or maximum of 15 paces, the handler stops and turns around to face the dog. When instructed by the Judge, the handler will return to the dog and assume the basic position on the right side of the dog. The handler will then acknowledge the Judge for concluding the exercise. A period of approximately 3 seconds is observed prior to the Judge’s orders for returning to the dog and another approximate 3 seconds is observed when the handler returns to the dog’s side before acknowledging the Judge for concluding the exercise.

c)   Scoring the Sit Out of Motion Exercise. Scoring of this exercise starts after the Judge acknowledges the handler to start. The Judge is evaluating proper heeling, response to the sit command, handler’s actions and the behavior and performance of the dog. Dogs that demonstrate positive, energetic, attentive behavior toward the handler and perform with quick responses will receive the most points.

1)   Non-qualifying (Zero) score. The following must be given a zero score on this exercise:

a.   Handler gives more than two extra commands to sit;

b.   Dog moves a substantial distance away from the place where it was sitting;

c.   Dog does not sit but continues with the handler; or

d.   The handler totally interrupts their pace or comes back to sit the dog directly after giving the command to sit.

2)   Imperfections may be judged as major or minor depending on the extent of the following:

a.   Dog doesn’t sit but stands or lies down;

b.   Dog doesn’t maintain proper heeling position;

c.   Dog sits extremely slowly;

d.   Dog lies down before the exercise is complete;

e.   Handler gives any kind of body language when giving the sit command;

f.     Handler turns and looks back at the dog when the sit command is given or while leaving the dog;

g.   Dog moves prior to the heel command;

h.   Dog sits slowly or moves slightly;

i.     Incomplete sit (hovering/space between butt and ground);

j.     Dog whines or barks;

k.   Handler doesn’t acknowledge the Judge when starting and finishing the exercise;

l.     Dog shows pressure when the handler returns; or

m. The overall performance is not well executed.

 

5.   Down with Recall Exercise. The primary purpose of this exercise is to demonstrate that a dog/handler team can perform formal heeling, a down out of motion, a recall, front and finish or a straight to finish exercise.

a)   Judge’s Instructions. The Judge indicates to the handler where to start, when to start, when to recall the dog and when the exercise is finished.

b)  Exercise Instructions. The Down with Recall exercise starts with the dog/handler team reporting to the original starting position assigned by the Judge. The handler reports with their dog in the basic position and acknowledges the Judge. The dog/handler team then demonstrates normal pace off leash heeling in a straight line for minimum of 10 or maximum of 15 paces without stopping, and upon voice command, the dog is commanded to down. The handler proceeds walking in a straight line a minimum of 40 paces turns and faces the dog. Upon the Judge’s instructions, the handler will recall the dog. The dog should come to the handler and perform a front and finish or a straight to side finish; the type of finish must be the same as indicated to the Judge when the team reported. When the dog performs a front, the handler should wait approximately three seconds and then command the dog back into the basic position. The handler then acknowledges the Judge. The Judge’s evaluation of the down and recall exercise ends once the handler acknowledges the Judge.

c)   Scoring the Down and Recall Exercise. Scoring this exercise starts after the handler acknowledges the Judge. The Judge is evaluating formal heeling, performance of the down and the recall exercise. The Judge is also evaluating the overall smoothness of the entire exercise.

1)   Non-qualifying (Zero) score. The following must be given a zero score on this exercise:

a.   Handler gives two extra commands or signal to “stay” after leaving the dog;

b.   Dog refuses to come to the handler;

c.   Dog follows the handler when leaving the dog in the down position; or

d.   Handler moves from the stationary position on the recall.

2)   Imperfections may be judged as major or minor depending on the extent of the following:

a.   Improper heeling throughout the routine;

b.   Dog moves a substantial distance in the down by crawling or creeping;

c.   Dog stands prior to recall;

d.   Dog anticipates the recall;

e.   Dog is very slow coming to the handler;

f.     Dog does the wrong finish;

g.   Handler gives extra commands;

h.   Handler gives the down command with body language;

i.     Dog heels improperly for part of the routine;

j.     Attitude of the dog is dull and not attentive to handler;

k.   Slow down;

l.     Creeping or moving slightly;

m. Dog could come faster;

n.   Incomplete sit (hovering/space between butt and ground);

o.   Overall routine could be smoother; or

p.   Handler doesn’t acknowledge the Judge.

 

The agility equipment requirements are listed on equipment page.   Equipment

The hurdle and A frame will be set to the side of field in line and along with other jumps used for the other classes.

 

1.   Flat Retrieve. The principal purpose of this exercise is to demonstrate the willingness of dog to retrieve an object thrown by the handler.

a)   Judge’s Instruction.  The Judge indicates where and when to start the exercise and when the exercise is complete.

b)  Exercise Instructions. The exercise starts by acknowledging the Judge with the dog in the basic position and off leash. The dog/handler team demonstrates proper heeling and control as they report to a designated area where the handler obtains the object to be retrieved by the dog. The handler should heel the dog to within 2 paces of the location of the object and place the dog in a sit. The handler leaves the dog in the sit position, obtains an approved object, returns to the dog and demonstrates heeling to the designated area for performing the flat retrieve exercise. (The trial host shall provide a wooden dumbbell approved by the Judge. However, each handler may bring their own object which should be their own wooden dumbbell, wallet, small purse, retrieving bumper, jute roll or other type of similar object which must have first been approved by the Judge) Once reaching the designated area, the handler acknowledges the Judge and then throws or pitches the object a minimum of 10 paces away from the dog. The dog remains in the sit position until the handler gives the command to retrieve. The handler allows a three second pause between the time the object comes to rest and when the command to retrieve is given. Upon a single voice command, the dog leaves the handler’s side and goes directly to the object, retrieves it and returns to the handler performing a front sit position where the handler can easily take the object from the dog without moving. The dog’s speed going to and coming from the retrieve should be the same. The dog holds the object in its mouth while maintaining the sit position for at least 3 seconds before the handler commands the dog to release the object and takes it from the dog. The handler secures the retrieved object by putting it away or placing it under either armpit; the handler then commands the dog back into the basic finish position. After the dog returns to the basic position, the handler acknowledges the Judge for concluding the exercise.

c)   Scoring the Flat Retrieve Exercise. Scoring of this exercise begins when the Judge acknowledges the handler to start. The primary area the Judge is evaluating for obtaining the most points is the willingness of the dog to retrieve the object and the control the handler displays over the dog. The Judge awards the most points to a dog that demonstrates eagerness, willingness, speed and enthusiasm to retrieve the selected object.

Note: Mouthing the object slightly is not a fault and excessive mouthing will have a maximum one-point deduction providing the dog does not drop the retrieved object prior to the handler taking it from the dog.

1)   Non-qualifying (Zero) Score. The following must be given a zero score on this exercise:

a.   Dog refuses to go out on the second command;

b.   Dog does not retrieve the object;

c.   Handler moves from the stationary position when the object is thrown;

d.   Dog refuses to release the object; or

e.   Handler uses any form of rough correction to get the dog to release the retrieved object.

2)   Imperfections may be judged as major or minor depending on the extent of the following:

a.   Handler gives extra verbal or signal command(s);

b.   Dog is very slow or reluctant in performing the exercise;

c.   Dog leaves the handler’s side prior to giving the command to retrieve;

d.   Dog sits too far back from the handler to comfortably take the object from the dog;

e.   Dog is very slow in releasing the object or a double command is given; or

f.     Dog drops the object prior to the handler taking it from the dog’s mouth.

g.   Dog demonstrates pressure or reluctance to perform the exercise;

h.   Speed of the retrieve going and coming is significantly different;

i.     Mouthing the object to a point the object is difficult for the handler to retrieve from the dog;

j.     Dog is slow in its release or the object must be pulled slightly;

k.   Dog sits crooked or returns to the basic position;

l.     Handler help or assistance that deviates slightly from the ideal;

m. Dog’s pick-up of the object is slow; or

n.   Dog doesn’t go directly to the object and return directly to the handler with the object. The deduction depends on the degree of deviation from the most direct route.

 

2.   Retrieve over the Hurdle. The principal purpose of this exercise is to demonstrate the willingness of dog to retrieve an object thrown by the handler over a hurdle.

a)   Judge’s Instruction. The Judge indicates where and when to start the exercise and when the exercise is complete.

b)  Exercise Instructions. The exercise starts by acknowledging the Judge with the dog in the basic position and off leash. The dog/handler team demonstrates proper heeling and control as they report to a designated area. Once reaching the designated area, the handler acknowledges the Judge and then throws or pitches the object a minimum of 10 paces away over the hurdle. The handler allows a three second pause between the time the object comes to rest and when the command to jump is given. The dog remains in the sit position until the handler gives the command to jump. On a single voice command to jump, the dog leaves the handler’s side and goes directly over the hurdle, while in air the command to bring/fetch is given. The dog’s speed going to and coming from the retrieve should be the same. The dog must jump without touching the hurdle, retrieve object, jump back over the hurdle and sit in front of its handler holding the object in its mouth for at least 3 seconds before the handler takes it on the command “out”.  The handler secures the retrieved object by putting it away or placing it under either armpit; the handler then commands the dog back into the basic finish position. After the dog returns to the basic position, the handler acknowledges the Judge for concluding the exercise.

c)   Scoring the Retrieve over the Hurdle Exercise. Scoring of this exercise begins when the Judge acknowledges the handler to start. The primary area the Judge is evaluating for obtaining the most points is the willingness of the dog to jump and retrieve the object and the control the handler displays over the dog. The Judge awards the most points to a dog that demonstrates eagerness, willingness, speed and enthusiasm to jump and retrieve the selected object.

Note: Mouthing the object slightly is not a fault and excessive mouthing will have a maximum one point deduction providing the dog does not drop the retrieved object prior to the handler taking it from the dog.

1)   Non-qualifying (Zero) Score. The following must be given a zero score on this exercise:

a.   Dog refuses to go out on the second command;

b.   Dog does not retrieve the object;

c.   Dog dose not jump the hurdle at least one direction;

d.   Handler moves from the stationary position when the object is thrown;

e.   Dog refuses to release the object; or

f.     Handler uses any form of rough correction to get the dog to release the retrieved object.

2)   Imperfections may be judged as major or minor depending on the extent of the following:

a.   Dog only jumps one direction;

b.   Handler gives extra verbal or signal command(s);

c.   Dog is very slow or reluctant in performing the exercise;

d.   Dog leaves the handler’s side prior to giving the command to retrieve;

e.   Dog sits too far back from the handler to comfortably take the object from the dog;

f.     Dog is very slow in releasing the object or a double command is given; or

g.   Dog drops the object prior to the handler taking it from the dog’s mouth.

h.   Dog demonstrates pressure or reluctance to perform the exercise;

i.     Speed of the retrieve going and coming is significantly different;

j.     Mouthing the object to a point the object is difficult for the handler to retrieve from the dog;

k.   Dog is slow in its release or the object must be pulled slightly;

l.     Dog sits crooked or returns to the basic position;

m. Handler help or assistance that deviates slightly from the ideal;

n.   Dog’s pick-up of the object is slow; or

o.   Dog doesn’t go directly to the object and return directly to the handler with the object. The deduction depends on the degree of deviation from the most direct route.

 

3.   Retrieve over the A frame. The principal purpose of this exercise is to demonstrate the willingness of dog to retrieve an object thrown by the handler over an A frame.

a)   Judge’s Instruction. The Judge indicates where and when to start the exercise and when the exercise is complete.

b)  Exercise Instructions. The exercise starts by acknowledging the Judge with the dog in the basic position and off leash. The dog/handler team demonstrates proper heeling and control as they report to a designated area. Once reaching the designated area, the handler acknowledges the Judge and then throws or pitches the object a minimum of 10 paces away over the A frame. The handler allows a three second pause between the time the object comes to rest and when the command to jump is given. The dog remains in the sit position until the handler gives the command to jump. On a single voice command to jump, the dog leaves the handler’s side and goes directly over the A frame, while on top of the A frame the command to bring/fetch is given. The dog’s speed going to and coming from the retrieve should be the same. The dog must scale the A frame, retrieve object, scale back over the A frame and sit in front of its handler holding the object in its mouth for at least 3 seconds before the handler takes it on the command “out”.  The handler secures the retrieved object by putting it away or placing it under either armpit; the handler then commands the dog back into the basic finish position. After the dog returns to the basic position, the handler acknowledges the Judge for concluding the exercise.

c)   Scoring the Retrieve over the A frame Exercise. Scoring of this exercise begins when the Judge acknowledges the handler to start. The primary area the Judge is evaluating for obtaining the most points is the willingness of the dog to scale the A frame retrieve the object and the control the handler displays over the dog. The Judge awards the most points to a dog that demonstrates eagerness, willingness, speed and enthusiasm to scale the A frame and retrieve the selected object.

Note: Mouthing the object slightly is not a fault and excessive mouthing will have a maximum one point deduction providing the dog does not drop the retrieved object prior to the handler taking it from the dog.

1)   Non-qualifying (Zero) Score. The following must be given a zero score on this exercise:

a.   Dog refuses to go out on the second command;

b.   Dog does not retrieve the object;

c.   Dog does not scale the A Frame at least one direction;

d.   Handler moves from the stationary position when the object is thrown;

e.   Dog refuses to release the object; or

f.     Handler uses any form of rough correction to get the dog to release the retrieved object.

2)   Imperfections may be judged as major or minor depending on the extent of the following:

a.   Dog only scales the A frame in one direction;

b.   Handler gives extra verbal or signal command(s);

c.   Dog is very slow or reluctant in performing the exercise;

d.   Dog leaves the handler’s side prior to giving the command to retrieve;

e.   Dog sits too far back from the handler to comfortably take the object from the dog;

f.     Dog is very slow in releasing the object or a double command is given; or

g.   Dog drops the object prior to the handler taking it from the dog’s mouth.

h.   Dog demonstrates pressure or reluctance to perform the exercise;

i.     Speed of the retrieve going and coming is significantly different;

j.     Mouthing the object to a point the object is difficult for the handler to retrieve from the dog;

k.   Dog is slow in its release or the object must be pulled slightly;

l.     Dog sits crooked or returns to the basic position;

m. Handler help or assistance that deviates slightly from the ideal;

n.   Dog’s pick-up of the object is slow; or

o.   Dog doesn’t go directly to the object and return directly to the handler with the object. The deduction depends on the degree of deviation from the most direct route.

 

Concluding the obedience routine for both dog/handler teams. The obedience routine is complete when both dog handler/teams have completed all required exercises. The Judge indicates a location for both dog/handler teams to report for their score and critique. The handlers report with their dogs on leash and halt with their dogs maintaining a “sit” in the basic position, handlers should then command their dogs into a “down” position while waiting for their score and critique. Dogs should display proper control during the critique and when exiting from the field. As much as a two point deduction can be assessed for dogs that display lack of control during the critique or when entering or leaving the field.

Note: The Judge’s score is final. Respect and good sportsmanship must be displayed by all parties at all times.   

Protection Phase of the Protection Sport Dog Level 1 (PS1)

General Rules

The helpers will use a sleeve in this title.         

A.  Protection Phase of the PS1. Benefits of this class include: identifying outstanding dogs for possible breeding stock, properly introducing protection training and preparing dog/handler teams for advanced competition training.

B.  Evaluating Grips and Courage-Drive. The Judge is evaluating grips and courage drive on the following criteria: the dog demonstrates a strong desire to engage the helper. The grip should be full as possible and should be maintained in the same location. Dogs that grip full initially but lose part of the grip due to shaking and pulling are not faulty; dogs that display this type of behavior may actually earn points and be rewarded for demonstrating courage drive and strong willingness to engage the helper. However, if a dog loses part of the grip due to shaking or pulling, the dog should re-grip as soon as the opportunity presents itself. Dogs that take full grips but don’t display courage drive or strong desire to challenge the helper must not receive full points. In addition, dogs that hackle up, growl excessively, show any form of avoidance, loosen their grip while being challenged by the helper or take shallow canine grips are faulty. Judge awards full points to dogs that clearly demonstrate firm gripping, courage drive and overwhelming enthusiasm and commitment to engage the helper.

C.  Outs. Only 3 out commands are allowed per gripping exercise (escape with reattack would be two separate grips so would allow 3 commands each). If the dog does not release the grip on the third command, the Judge shall instruct the handler to quickly go to and control the dog. If after handles reaches dog and gives another command to out and dog will not release the helped should remove the sleeve. Handler will then take the dog off the field. The dog is excused from further participation. A 3-point deduction shall be given for any extra commands to “let go” used during the exercise.  If handlers do not run the name and command immediately together, the name may also count as a separate command.

Protection Exercises for PS1

1.           Search for the helper exercise. The primary element of this exercise is to demonstrate the handler’s ability to direct the dog through a set search pattern of blinds. The dog follows the instructions of the handler and to acknowledge the handler when a new command is given.

a)   Judge’s Instructions. The Judge indicates where and when to start the exercise, when the handler may approach the dog for the call off, when the exercise is complete and where to report for the next exercise.

b)  Exercise Information. Ideally the protection field is approximately 100 paces long and 50 paces wide with six hiding places for the helper or a minimum of 60 paces long and 30 paces wide with six hiding places for the helper. The hiding places (blinds) should be spaced out in a manner that allows the dog to search from one side of the field to the other. Three hiding places (blinds) are on each side of the field evenly spaced. The helper is placed in a designated hiding place while the dog and handler are reporting to a designated area to start the search.

c)   Exercise Instructions. The handler heels the dog on leash to the middle of the field near the first hiding place, once reaching this location the handler removes the leash and acknowledges the Judge to start the exercise. The exercise begins once the handler sends the dog to the first hiding place; the handler remains in the same location that the dog was sent from. The dog should move quickly away from the handler upon receiving voice and arm commands. The dog quickly and intensively searches the field one time to the left and one time to the right or vice versa. When the dog has searched the first area and has been called to the handler, the dog must return to the handler for the command to search the next area. When recalling the dog, the handler may use the dog’s name and recall command. After the dog searches the first hiding place the handler recalls the dog and sends the dog to the next hiding place containing the helper; the handler then walks toward the hiding place until reaching a designated area ten paces back from the last hiding place; no further commands are allowed.

Note: When the dog has been called back to the handler, the dog may return to the basic position or to within two to three paces of the handler and then sent to the final blind. Searching without acknowledging the handler is faulty. Also, extreme wide searches are faulty. After directing the dog to the area containing the helper, the handler follows the dog to a designated location ten paces back from the hiding place. The handler remains there until instructed by the Judge to report to a location to conduct a call off of the dog from the helper. On the Judge’s signal, the handler calls the dog back to the basic position. When dog is in basic position and the Judge says, exercise finished, the handler may reattach the leash/tab for the next exercise.

d)  Scoring the Search for the Helper Routine Exercise. The main criteria for evaluating the Search for the Helper is the dog’s eagerness to search and the handler’s control of the dog while directing the search. Displaying high enthusiasm and responding properly to the handler’s commands are the main characteristics of the dog the Judge is evaluating in order for the dog to earn full points.

1)   Non-qualifying (Zero) scores. The following must be given a zero score on this exercise:

a.   Dog doesn’t search but goes directly to the final blind area containing the helper;

b.   Handler uses excessive commands;

c.   Dog can’t be directed to the hiding place containing the helper; or

d.   Handler runs toward the hiding place when giving the dog the search command.

2)   Imperfections may be judged as major or minor depending on the extent of the following:

a.   Dog doesn’t complete the required search pattern;

b.   Dog is given extra commands;

c.   Dog doesn’t respond or acknowledge the handler when giving a command;

d.   Lack of speed and precision displayed by dog during the search is faulty;

e.   Handler doesn’t maintain proper positions; or                                        

f.     Handler fails to follow the instructions of the Judge.

2.           Hold and Bark. The primary element of this exercise is for the dog to demonstrate close guarding of the helper once the helper has been located. In addition, the dog should display loud repeated barking that would indicate to the handler where the helper is located. However, the dog must not bother the helper with any physical contact.

a)   Judge’s Instructions. The Judge indicates to the handler where to perform the call off and when to call the dog away from the helper.

b)  Exercise Instructions. The hold and bark exercise begins once the dog rounds the blind at the last hiding place containing the helper. The dog must hold and bark continuously at the helper. The dog should neither try to grip nor jump on the helper. At the Judge’s signal, the handler walks within four paces directly behind the dog or to the specific location indicated by the Judge. The dog remains with the helper and should not turn away or leave the helper. Upon direction from the Judge, the handler calls the dog to basic position.

Note: The Judge will allow the dog to guard for approximately eight to ten seconds before signaling for the handler to report for the call off exercise. The Judge starts counting the seconds when the dog rounds the blind.

c)   Scoring the Hold and Bark Exercise. The Judge is evaluating the dog’s intensity, quality of the bark and the attention displayed while guarding.

1)   Non-qualifying (Zero) score. The following must be given a zero score on this exercise.

a.   Dog leaves the helper and returns to the handler and will not return to guarding;

b.   Dog grips the helper the entire time of the exercise; or

c.   Dog is ruled out of control.

2)   Imperfections may be judged as major or minor depending on the extent of the following:

a.   Dog lacks proper barking;

b.   Dog bothers the helper;

c.   Dog lacks intensity and confidence;

d.   Dog leaves the helper before being called off;

e.   Dog receives extra commands from the handler;

f.     Dog is unruly and lacks control; or

g.   Handler doesn’t follow the instructions of the Judge.

 

a)   Jump out Attack. The primary element of this exercise is for the dog/handler team to demonstrate two legs of heeling prior to intercepting an attack by a hidden helper coming out of the blind to engage the team and the dog is to defend with a grip.

b)  Judge’s Instructions. The Judge indicates when and where to heel the dog to start the heeling requirements, the pattern of the heeling requirement, when the helper will attack, when the helper ceases challenging the dog, when the handler can approach the dog for the dismissal exercise, when the helper is excused and where to report for the next exercise.

c)   Exercise Instructions. After the dog is called to the basic position from the Hold and Bark, the handler has the option of using a tab for the jump out attack. If the handler elects to use a tab, it is attached at this time. The exercise begins by the handler ordering the helper out of the blind. Once the helper is out from the blind, the Judge signals the handler to heel the dog to a position inside the blind to obstruct the dog’s view of the helper. Once the helper is out of the dog’s view and hidden, the Judge will instruct the handler where to heel his or her dog for starting the heeling pattern; after the handler reaches this position and has the dog in basic position, the handler acknowledges Judge for starting the two leg heeling pattern that the Judge has specified. The dog/handler team will then perform the two legs of heeling and on the second leg of the pattern the Judge will order the attack out of the blind by the helper. This attack should occur when the dog and handler team are approximately 10 to 12 yards from where the helper is hiding. The dog should demonstrate proper obedience and control during the heeling and then immediately engage the helper when the helper attacks the handler. The dog may recognize the attack and engage immediately, or the handler may command the dog to engage.

The helper is expected to perform the jump out attack in a very adversarial manner which includes charging directly at the dog using verbal and physical threats. Once the dog has engaged the helper, the helper will challenge the dog with an attack style form of driving and will apply two stick hits with a padded stick. The stick hits could come at any time after the dog has taken the grip. The stick strikes should be delivered in a firm manner and across the dog’s withers. The helper will also drive the dog while applying the strikes. Once the sticks hits have been applied and the dog has been driven approximately 8 to 10 yards from the point of engagement, the Judge will order the helper to cease the attack. The helper should cease the attack and stand still. The dog should then release the grip on its own or when given the command to release; this command should be given approximately three seconds after the helper freezes up or when the Judge orders the release command. Once the dog releases the grip, the dog is expected to perform some form of guarding such as hold and bark, sit stare or down stare. The dog should remain guarding until the handler is beside the dog and the dog is commanded back into the basic position. Upon the Judge’s instructions, the handler approaches the dog, commands the dog into the basic position, tells the helper to step back. The handler will now hold the dog by its collar (remove tab if used) to perform the courage test.

d)  Scoring the Jump Out Attack. The Judge is primarily evaluating the control the handler displays over the dog and the willingness of the dog to engage the helper during the attack. The intensity of the dog during the gripping phases and the control displayed over the dog by the handler are the major areas the Judge is assessing. Dogs that display a good quality of control, extreme intensity during the gripping phase and respond well to handler commands will receive the maximum points for this exercise.

1)   Non-qualifying (Zero) scores. The following must be given a zero score on this exercise.

a.   Dog does not grip the helper during the attacks on the handler;

b.   Dog comes off the grip and refuses to re-engage the helper;

c.   Dog is unruly or mostly out of control; or

d.   Handler uses too many commands or corrections to control the dog.

2)   Imperfections may be judged as major or minor depending on the extent of the following:

a.   Dog’s heeling is not correct;

b.   Dog lacks intensity during the gripping phases of the exercise;

c.   Dog comes off the grip while being challenged;

d.   Handler gives extra verbal or physical commands;

e.   Dog shows avoidance during the stick hits by the helper;

f.     Dog’s response to the release command is slow

g.   Handler doesn’t execute the routine in an orderly manner;

h.   Smoothness of the routine could be better; or

i.     Dog lacks attitude or intensity.

3.      Courage Test. The primary element of this exercise is to demonstrate a dog’s willingness and ability to engage a helper from a long distance away from the handler. This exercise is designed to test the courage of the dog as it approaches a helper making direct threatening gestures. The dog should display a strong desire to engage the helper and a willingness to respond to commands by the handler from a distance. The dog will be required to perform one release command from a fairly long distance.

a)   Judge’s Instructions. The Judge indicates where and when to start the exercise, when the helper turns to challenge the dog, when the helper ceases challenging the dog, where the transport is to be performed, dismissal of the helper, when the exercise is over and where to report for the score or critique of the performance.

b)  Exercise Instructions. The Judge signals for the helper to run in a straight line away making threating gestures. When the helper has gone about 50 paces, handler will send dog after him, and must remain at spot from where dog was sent. Judge signals the helper when to turn and run towards the dog in a very adversarial manner which includes charging directly at the dog using verbal and physical threats. When the helper is approximately five yards from the dog the helper shall present the sleeve with a direct frontal threat using both verbal and stick threats; The dog must immediately grip firmly. When the dog has gripped, the helper drives the dog. Upon the Judge’s signal the helper will cease resisting. The dog must release the grip and continue guarding. The command to “let go” by the handler is permitted. The handler remains in a stationary position until signaled by the Judge to approach the dog for performing a disarm exercise.

The disarm & transport exercise consists of the handler positioning the dog into a down position approximately three to four paces from the helper; the required distance can be obtained by heeling the dog to the proper distance or instructing the helper to move to the necessary location. After the helper is in the correct location for performing a disarm exercise, the handler commands the helper to place his/her arms up.  The handler then leaves the dog, goes to the helper to obtain any weapon, returns back to the dog, commands the dog to sit, attaches the leash or tab, and then instructs the helper to move out to the Judge. Any type of transport and checkout is acceptable (WDA, IPO, KNVP, etc.), but must be performed correctly. Same style transport must be use throughout all exercises. A transport of about fifteen paces to the Judge should be performed. Also, after conducting the search, the handler may call the dog to the heel position three paces directly behind the helper, then attach the leash or tab and start the transport.

In the WDA style transport the handler performs a close back transport of about fifteen paces to the Judge; the handler and dog should follow the helper at a distance around three to five paces. Once the helper reaches the Judge, the handler commands the helper to halt and turn and face the dog. The handler then commands the dog into a down position; leaves the dog and presents the weapon to the Judge. The handler then returns to his or her dog, picks up the leash or tab, commands the dog to sit and, if a tab was used, the leash would be attached after the sit. The handler remains with the dog in the basic position while the Judge dismisses the helper. The handler acknowledges the Judge and waits for instructions on where to report for hearing the score or critique of the performance. The dog is expected to exit the field under control.

c)   Scoring the Courage Test Exercise. The Judge is primary evaluating the courage instinct displayed by the dog during the entire routine. Dogs that display superior courage drives, firm grips and spirited enthusiasm should receive the most points. In addition, the dog’s responses to handler’s command are very important for receiving maximum points.

Note: Dogs that display energetic attitude, eagerness to engage the helper and courage to grip should receive the maximum points. Regarding the “grip” - Dogs that take initial full grips but lose part of the grip due to the extreme pulling and shaking should be rewarded; however, the dog should re-grip as soon as the opportunity presents itself. Displaying eagerness or strong willingness to engage the helper are the main characteristics the Judge is evaluating to determine the courage drive and intensity displayed by the dog.

1)   Non-qualifying (Zero) scores: The following must be given zero score on this exercise.

a.   Dog doesn’t grip the sleeve.

b.   Dog comes off the grip and doesn’t re-grip.

c.   Rough treatment by the handler to make the dog follow commands.

2)   Imperfections may be judged as major or minor depending on the extent of the following:

a.   Extra commands (verbal or physical);

b.   Dog lacks intensity to make contact with helper;

c.   Dog lacks intensity during the gripping phases of the routine;

d.   Dog lacks speed and power displayed during the courage test;

e.   The response of dog to obedience commands by the handler;

f.     The attitude or demeanor the dog displays throughout the routine;

g.   Handler’s ability to demonstrate proper knowledge of the routine; or

h.   Overall smoothness of the routine.

 

Concluding the Routine: The Judge will inform the handler where to report for critiques and announcement of the score. The handler reports with dog on leash and halt with dog maintaining a “sit” in the basic position, handler should then command their dog into a “down” position while waiting for their score and critique. Dog should display proper control during the critique and when exiting from the field. As much as a two point deduction can be assessed for dogs that display lack of control during the critique or when entering or leaving the field. The Judge will have the option of providing a detailed critique, a short summary, or simply announcing the score of the performance of each handler and dog team. Handlers may request an individual critique or review of the performance with the Judge if a critique is not provided and time allows. The Judge will determine the time and place for any individual reviews.

Note: The Judge’s score is final. Respect and good sportsmanship must be displayed by all parties at all times