Short Escape – What is Expected During a Trial

Short Escape - What is Expected During a Trial

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After you call your dog from Hold and Bark into the Basic Position, you will wait for the signal from the judge to proceed.

You will then ask the Helper to step out of the blind. At this time, the dog should focus on the Helper. The Helper will go to his designated place for the Escape. Once he arrives there, you will ask your dog to Heel. At this time, the dog must pay attention to you. These are little details that are overlooked in training.

You will heel to the marked area (see picture below) and tell your dog DOWN. The dog should be right behind the line. Not on top or ahead of it. After the dog is in the DOWN position, you return to the bind. You do not have to go behind it. Just be right by it. The dog must pay attention to the Helper

In IGP1 you can choose to heel with the dog on leash to the Escape position. The leash must be removed before the command DOWN is given. You may also choose off-leash heeling. In IGP2 and 3, everything is done off-leash.

The judge will give the Helper a signal to begin the Escape. At the moment the Helper moves you must give the dog a release command. Most of the time, it is so quick, it looks like the command and the dog’s movement are at the same time.

The dog must without hesitation try to prevent the Helper from escaping. The attack should be powerful and the dog should be trying to stop the Helper’s movement.

Once the Helper comes to a stop, you will OUT the dog. The command must be given under 3 seconds from the lock-up.

After the OUT, the dog must go into the guarding phase. If the dog is doing a silent guard, he must look intense and actually guard the Helper.

Guarding is 5 seconds.

Point Deductions:

  • If the dog is placed on the line (not past the elbows) – 1 point.
  • If the grip is not powerful, firm or full.
  • If the dog is not trying to stop the Helper.
  • If the dog vocalizes before the release.
  • If the dog is not focused on the Helper.
  • If the dog bumps the Helper (also called “being dirty”).

    1 Category Deduction:

    If the dog is on the line past his elbows. You will have to reposition the dog.
    If you do not give a release command.

    Termination – if the dog does not leave the Down position or the Helper is not caught before he reaches 20 paces. In general, a 20 pace location should be clearly marked.

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