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TitleK9 Schutzhund training: a manual for IPO training through positive reinforcement
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Table of Contents
Introduction: The IPO Trials
Phase A Tracking
	1 Tracking Basics
	2 The Different Parts of Tracking
	3 Training with Tracking Equipment
	4 Tracking with Treats
	5 Tracking with Toys
Phase B Obedience
	6 Obedience Basics
	7 Obedience Exercises
	8 Basic Position and Off-leash Heeling
	9 Sit, Down, and Stand Exercises
	10 The Retrieving Exercises
	11 Send Out and Down Under Distraction
Phase C Protection
	12 Protection Work Basics
	13 The Different Parts of Protection Work
	14 Advanced Decoy Techniques
	15 Raising Dogs for Protection Work
	16 Training without a Decoy
	17 Building Up Protection Work
About the Authors
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“Bring” to the exercise. When your dog takes the dumbbell fi rmly
in her mouth and sits in front of you, ask her to “Bring” and then
click or say the cue word before giving her a reward.

Once your dog understands that she must keep the dumbbell
fi rmly and calmly in her mouth until the click sounds (or cue
word is given), you can progress to working with a toy under your
chin. Ask your dog—dumbbell in her mouth—to “Sit,” and then
take one step back and say “Bring.” She should step forward—
dumbbell still held quietly in her mouth—at which point you
ask her to “Sit” again. Click, or say the cue word, and then drop
the toy you are holding under your chin. When you hold the toy
under your chin, you compel your dog to focus on your face and
the toy, which encourages her to concentrate while holding the

Use a clicker during training
to encourage your dog to
hold the dumbbell quietly
and calmly.

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When this toy-under-chin exercise is working out well, change
things up. For example, ask your dog to lie down and then put
the dumbbell behind her, wait a couple of seconds, then ask her
to “Bring.” As always, click and reward if she has done what you
asked of her. Next, put the dumbbell in front of your lying dog, wait
a second, and say, “Bring.” Vary the manner in which you expect
your dog to bring the dumbbell: sometimes ask her to “Bring” and
“Sit” in front of you; other times, allow her to run through your
legs and then sit, teaching her to move quickly and sit close to you.
Command her to “Out” after she runs through your legs, and she
should drop the dumbbell. Click the clicker and reward her with
the ball. (You will have already taught your puppy the command
“Out” when playing ball together. When your puppy fi rst released
the ball during play, you said, “Out,” then clicked and rewarded
her. Later, you added the command “Out” to the game when she
released the ball.)

While training, make sure your dog knows all the steps that are
required for a proper retrieve. Work out all the steps with the two
toys to begin with, and then exchange the toys for a dumbbell and
a ball. If you have laid a solid training foundation and began by
playing and giving positive reinforcement, your dog will be highly
motivated to do well in the retrieving exercises.

Obedience Retrieve
The second method you can use to teach your dog to retrieve
is called Obedience Retrieve. Start out by teaching your dog to
hold the dumbbell calmly in her mouth, using a clicker and a
food treat. Have her sit in front of you as you sit in a chair with
the treat (some cheese, perhaps) in your mouth and the dumbbell
in your hands. As soon as your dog shows interest in the dumbbell,
click and reward her by spitting a piece of cheese over to her. The
next time, your dog will come closer to you and the dumbbell;
again, click and reward. Soon, your dog will take the dumbbell
in her mouth, and again you should click and spit some bits of

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A B O U T T H E AU T H O R S 241

In 1979 they started the Dutch Rescue Dog Organization in the
Netherlands. With that unit, they attended many operations res-
ponding to earthquakes, gas explosions, and, of course, lost per-
sons in large wooded or wilderness areas. In 1990 Ruud and Resi
moved to Austria, where they were asked by the Austrian Red
Cross to select and train operational rescue and avalanche dogs.
They lived for three years at a height of 6,000 feet (1800 m) in
the Alps and worked with their dogs in search missions after ava-

With their Austrian colleagues, Ruud and Resi developed a new
method for training search-and-rescue dogs. This way of train-
ing showed the best results after a major earthquake in Armenia
(1988), an earthquake in Japan (1995), two major earthquakes in
Turkey (1999), and the big earthquakes in Algeria and Iran (2003).
Ruud and Resi have also demonstrated the success of their unique

The authors would like to thank Markus, Lydia, and
Patrick Mohr from Austria, and their very successful
Malinois Blade von gelben Jewel, for their support in
writing this book.

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training methods for tracking dogs as well as search-and-rescue
dogs at the Austrian, Czech, Hungarian, and World Champion-
ships, where both were several times the leading champions.

Resi and Ruud have held many symposia and master classes
all over the world on their unique training methods, which are
featured in their books:

• K9 Scent Training: A Manual for Training Your Identifi cation,
Tracking and Detection Dog

• K9 Search and Rescue: A Manual for Training the Natural Way

• K9 Professional Tracking: A Complete Manual for Theory and

• K9 Personal Protection: A Manual for Training Reliable
Protection Dogs

• K9 Complete Care: A Manual for Physically and Mentally
Healthy Working Dogs

• K9 Working Breeds: Characteristics and Capabilities

• K9 Fraud: Fraudulant Handling of Police Dogs .

With Simon Prins they wrote: K9 Behavior Basics: A Manual
for Proven Success in Operational Service Dog Training ; and with
Dr. Adee Schoon, Ruud wrote K9 Suspect Discrimination: Train-
ing and Practicing Scent Identifi cation Line-Ups . All of these books
were published by Detselig Enterprises Ltd., Calgary, Canada
(now Brush Education Inc.).

Ruud and Resi now live in the Netherlands. They are training
directors and international judges for the International Red Cross
Federation, the United Nations (OCHA), the International Rescue
Dog Organisation (IRO), and the Fédération Cynologique Inter-
nationale (FCI).

At the moment, Ruud and Resi are still successfully training
their dogs as detector dogs for search and rescue, drugs, explosives,
and in IPO Schutzhund. You can contact the authors by e-mail at
[email protected] .

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