Administrator & Alpha Bitch of the Wild Bunch
Join Date: Dec 2001
Location: Michigan, USA
Re: Schutzhund Commands - When Are They Used
With the exception of the blind search command, none of the the ones in red would be used at a SchH trial. Handlers used to be able to use a bite command, but are no longer allowed to. Even on the long bite when the dog is sent across the field to engage the helper, no bite command is allowed any longer.
A blind search command, usually revier or voran, is used for searching the blinds in protection.
If pursuing the separate article search titles (STP) an article search command, as opposed to a track command, would be appropriate. But those are a separate set of titles, not SchH. No article command is allowed on the articles on the tracks in SchH.
As far as a focus/watch command, this is used in training, but is not allowed in trial. People often do it as a handler help (and there will be a point deduction if the judge hears). And it can be used to get the dog's attention during the down time in between exercises. But as far as actual commands used in trial, focus is supposed to be a natural part of heeling, and only the heel command is allowed. To say both focus and heel as commands when on the clock would result in a point deduction for a double command or handler help.
Several of the others on the list also would not be used in an actual trial, but are of course an important part of training.
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