2004 Begleithund (BH) Test Rules
owners are permitted to participate who can produce proof that they have already
successfully performed the special knowledge test at a sanctioned event of the
VDH comparable to the regulations of the VDH Handlers' License, or who produce
the official certificate of knowledge. Entrants who are first time participants
in the VDH-BH test and cannot furnish the appropriate certificate of knowledge
must successfully pass the written test of verification of their knowledge on
the day of the event before they may be tested in the practical part. Dogs of
all breeds and sizes are permitted. The minimum age for dogs to participate in a
BH test is 15 months.In order to be able to hold a BH test, there must be a
minimum of 4 dogs participating in the trial. If the BH test is combined with
other types of titles, there must be a minimum of 4 participants (for example,
participants in VPG [Schutzhund], BH, etc.). The number of participants allowed
to be judged in a single trial day varies from 10 up to 15 and is governed by
the total number of the parts being judged, which may not exceed 30 [parts]. (BH
tests combined with the written test on theory counts as 3 parts. Without the
test on theory, the BH test counts as 2 parts.)
Impartiality [Temperament] Test
to the BH test, all dogs entered are to undergo a temperament test, in which the
identity of the dog is confirmed through checking of the tattoo number and/or
chip number. Dogs that are not identifiable are not entitled to start in a
trial. Evaluating the dog's temperament also occurs during the entire trial.
Dogs that do not pass the temperament test are prohibited from further
participation in the trial. If, during the course of the trial, a dog shows
defects of character, even if it passed the first temperament test, the judge
may disqualify the dog from the trial and enter into the scorebook the note,
'Temperament Test/Behavior Test failed".
Dogs which do not achieve
70% of the required points in Part A will not be permitted to participate in the
Traffic Portion of the test.
At the end of the trial no point score is given by the judge but rather only a
rating of Passed or Failed. The trial is passed if 70% of the attainable points
are earned in Part A and in Part B the judge considers the exercises as
The BH title is not a training title in the sense of the breed, show and breed
selection regulations of a member organization of the VDH. A BH test may be
repeated at any time. The outcome of each trial is recorded in the scorebook
irrespective of the outcome.
Begleithund Test on the training Field. Total Points:60
Each individual exercise begins and ends with the basic position.
The dog sits directly next to its handler on the left side with its right
shoulder at the handler's knee. Assuming the basic position is allowed only once
at the beginning of each exercise. The handler is to stand in the basic position
in a sportsmanlike manner. Standing straddle-legged is not permitted. The basic
position at the end of an exercise can be the start position of the following
exercise. Handler help is not permitted and if used, results in point
deductions. Carrying something to motivate the dog, such as a toy, is not
permitted. If a handler cannot perform an exercise correctly because of a
physical disability, the judge must be informed of this prior to the beginning
of the trial. If a handler's disability doesn't allow the dog to heel on the
left side, the dog may heel in a comparable position on the handler's right
The judge gives the command to begin each exercise. Everything else, such as the
turns, halts, changes of pace, etc., is carried out without direction from the
judge. However, it is permitted for the handler to request these directions from
Praising the dog is permitted at the end of each exercise. Afterwards, the
handler may take a new basic position. Between praising the dog and new start
there should be a distinct pause (about 3 seconds). The dog must remain at heel
1. On Lead
Heeling (15 points). Command:" Heel" ("Fuss")
the basic position at the command "Heel" ("Fuss"), the on-lead dog, wearing an
animal rights approved collar or harness, follows the handler gladly. The lead
may not be on the live ring of the collar.
At the beginning of the exercise, the dog and handler walk 40 to 50 paces
straight ahead without stopping, perform an about turn and after 1 0 to 15
paces, show the fast and then slow paces of a minimum of about 1 0 paces. At a
normal pace, they are then to execute a minimum of a right, a left and an about
turn. The dog must stay with its shoulder at knee level on the left side of the
handler. It must neither forge, lag or go sideways. The about turn is to be
shown by the handler as a left about turn.
The command "Heel" ("Fuss") is permitted only when starting from the basic
position and at the changes of pace. When the handler halts, the dog should sit
quickly without help from the handler. The handler may not at this point change
the basic position and especially may not move to the dog if it's sitting apart
from the handler. During the heeling routine, the lead should be held in the
left hand and must hang loose. At the direction of the judge, the handler and
dog go through a group of a minimum of 4 people. The handler must halt at least
once in the group. The group is to move randomly. Lagging, forging or deviating
to the side by the dog while heeling, as well as pausing on the turns by the
handler, is incorrect.
through the moving group is to be shown both on and off lead. While heeling in
the group, a minimum of once around a person to the left and once to the right
(for example, in the form of a figure "8") is to be performed. Once during each
pass through the group, the handler must halt near a person. The judge may
require the handler to repeat the exercise. Praising the dog is permitted only
in the final basic position after leaving the group.
of about turns are permitted, but they both must performed as left about turns.
When carrying out the about turn, the dog can either go around the handler or
the about turn is performed with the handler as a left turn. (The dog stays on
the left side of the handler.)
Off Lead Heeling (15 points). Command:" Heel" ("Fuss")
direction of the judge, the lead is removed while the dog is in the basic
position. The handler hangs the lead over the shoulder or sticks it in his/her
pocket. (In both cases, the lead goes on the side opposite from the dog, either
over the left shoulder with the snap on the right side or in the right side
pocket.) The team returns immediately through the group with the dog off lead,
halting at least once in the group. After leaving the group, the handler briefly
takes the basic position and then begins the off-lead heeling routine comparable
to Exercise 1.
The Required Trial Heeling
Pattern may be worked
with the turns in the opposite direction
3. Sit Out
of Motion Exercise (10 points). Command: "Sit" ("Sitz")
From the basic
position and with the dog heeling off lead, the handler walks straight ahead.
After a minimum of 10 paces and on the command "Sit" ("Sitz"), the dog must
quickly sit, without the handler pausing or looking back. After an additional 30
paces, the handler stops and immediately turns towards the dog. At the direction
of the judge, the handler returns to the dog and takes the basic position on the
right side [of the dog]. If the dog stands or lies down instead of sits, there
will be a deduction of 5 points.
Basic Position ---------------------------------- X
10-15 paces normal minimum 30 paces normal
4. Down Out
of Motion With Recall (10 points)
From the basic
position the handler gives the command "Heel" ("Fuss") and walks straight ahead.
After a minimum of 10 paces and on the command “Down” (“Platz”), the dog must
quickly lie down. Without other influence on the dog and without turning around,
the handler walks straight ahead another 30 paces, turns immediately towards the
dog and stops. At the direction of the judge, the handler calls the dog. The dog
should run to the handler quickly and happily and sit in front. At the command,
"Heel" ("Fuss"), the dog sits next to the handler.
If the dog stands or sits, but the recall is perfect, 5 points will be deducted.
Basic Position ---------------------------------- X
10-15 paces normal minimum 30 paces normal
Under Distraction(10 points). Commands: "Down"("Platz"),"Sit"("Sitz")
beginning of the obedience performance of the other dog, the handler downs the
dog from the basic position at a place designated by the judge without leaving
the lead or any type of article with the dog. The handler goes 30 paces away and
stands at this distance with his/her back to the dog. During the Down, the dog
must remain lying calmly. At the direction of the judge, the handler goes to the
right side of the dog and at another judge direction, brings the dog into the
basic position with the command "Sit" ("Sitz"). If the dog sits, stands or is
restless, only partial points will be awarded. If the dog moves more than its
own body length from the down position, the exercise is failed.
Restless behavior on the part of the Handler, as well as other hidden help is
Bitches are to be downed separately, if possible.
A dog which does not earn a minimum of 70% (42 points) in exercises 1 through 5
is dismissed from further participation in the trial.
B. Test in
following exercises take place outside of the training field in a suitable
environment. The judge along with the trial chairman determines where and how
the exercises in the public traffic area (streets, avenues or squares) will be
carried out. Public traffic may not be impeded.
Because of their character, implementation of these parts of the test requires a
considerable amount of time spent on them. The performance requirements may not
be impaired by the superficial testing of too many dogs.
No points are awarded for the individual exercises in Part B. In order to pass
these parts of the test, the total impression of the dog as it moves through
traffic/the public is relevant.
The exercises described in the following are suggestions and can be modified by
the judge to fit the local conditions. If the judge is unsure in the rating of
the dog, he is authorized to repeat the exercises or to alter them.
1. Encounter With a Group of People
the direction of the judge and with the dog on lead, the handler walks along an
assigned section of a street on the sidewalk. The judge follows the team at an
The dog should follow willingly on the handler's left side on a loose lead with
its shoulder at the handler's knee.
The dog must be indifferent to the pedestrian and motor traffic.
On the way, a jogger (someone assigned to do this, not a stranger) crosses the
handler's path. The dog should appear neutral and indifferent.
The handler and dog walk further and enter a loose group of a minimum of 6
people, in which one person speaks to the handler and greets himlher with a
handshake. At the handler's command, the dog must sit or lie next to the handler
and behave calmly during the brief conversation.
With a Bike Rider
the dog on lead, the handler walks along a street and is next overtaken from
behind by a bike rider who rings a bell while passing. At some distance away,
the bike rider turns around and comes towards the dog and handler. Beside the
team, the bike rider rings the bell again. The traffic pattern should be set up
in such a way that the dog is between the handler and the passing bike rider.
The dog should be indifferent to the bike and rider.
With the dog heeling on lead, the handler and dog walk past
several cars. One of the cars starts up and as they pass one of the other cars,
a door is slammed. As the handler and dog walk on further, a car stops next to
them. The driver rolls down the car window and asks the handler for information.
At the same time the handler commands the dog to sit or lie down. The dog must
appear calm and unaffected by the cars and all traffic noises.
Encounters With Joggers or Inline Skaters
With the dog
on lead, the handler and dog walk along a quiet road. A minimum of two joggers
overtakes them, without decreasing speed. Once one jogger passes, another jogger
comes towards the handler and dog and runs past them without slowing down. The
dog does not have to stay in heel position but may not bother either the jogger
overtaking [them from behind] or the one coming towards them. During the
encounters with the joggers, the handler is permitted to put the dog in a sit or
Instead of the joggers, one or two inline skaters can overtake the handler and
dog [from behind] and again coming towards them.
With Other Dog
overtake by or meeting another dog with its handler, the dog has to behave in a
neutral manner. The handler may repeat the command "Heel" ("FuB") or put the dog
in the sit or down position during the encounters.
of the Dog when Tied Out Briefly and Left Alone; Behavior With Regard to Animals
direction of the judge and with the dog on lead, the handler walks along the
sidewalk of a moderately busy street. After a short distance and at the judge's
instruction, the handler stops and attaches the lead to a fence, tie-out or
similar. The handler goes out of sight into a business or entrance to a house.
The dog may stand, sit or lie down.
During the absence of the handler a passerby (someone assigned to do this) walks
by with a dog on lead to the side of the dog being tested, at a distance of
about 5 paces.
The dog that has been left alone must remain quiet during the absence of the
handler. It must allow the dog being walked by to pass without acting
aggressively (without pulling strongly on the lead or persistent barking). At
the judge's direction, the dog is picked up.