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Welcome to Central Oregon Schutzhund Club

Here at Central Oregon Schutzhund Club we strive to provide a safe and welcoming learning enviroment for you and your dog. We are a like minded group of people that just enjoy working with dogs. We work as a group to add valuable feedback and input to help you reach your training goals. Wether you have competed in Schutzhund or new to the sport, we welcome you and your dog.

Who Is CO Schutzhund Club

Our Philosophy
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What is Schutzhund/IPO?

Schutzhund or IPO is a dog sport originating in Germany. Schutzhund was the original test used for German Shepherds to prove their breed worthiness. It is still used for this purpose to this day. Schutzhund is a three phase sport including Tracking, Obedience and Protection. Each dog must score a minumim number of points to proceed to the next phase and complete all three phases to earn each respective title.


Tracking is where the dog follows a scent laid by a track layer for a certain length. Each schutzhund title is earned in succesion and starts at a IPO1, then IPO2 and finally an IPO3. IPO1 tracks are 300 paces, two turns and two articles, IPO2 tracks are 400 paces, two turns and two articles, IPO3 tracks are 600 paces, four corners and three articles. Each track is aged or let set, longer then the previous title. Articles are pieces of either wood, leather or carpet set in the middle of the track and at the end of the track. A flag marks the start of your track and is on the handlers left side.The handler and dog approach the start flag on the left side. The handler gives the dog a track or search command and lets the ten meter leash run through his hands and then follows the dog down the track. No other handler help of any kind may be given. The handler then follows the dog at a length of 10 meters. Approaching the dog only when he indicates an article. When the dog finds the article dropped on the track by the tracklayer, the dog must lie down with the article between his front paws. He must remain there while the handler picks up the article and shows it to the judge. The handler then picks up the line and gives a track command. The handler waits for the entire ten meter leash to run through his hands before he begins to follow the dog.Points are deducted for such things as; missing articles, not indicating the start scent pad, missing corners, losing the track, inconsistant speed, and losing the scent and lifting their head.Tracks are generally laid on grass or dirt.

Tracking harnesses may be used but generally the tracking line is attached to the dead ring on a fur saver collar.


Obedience is a pattern the handler and dog follow, which includes retrieves, recalls, down stays and in motion exercises. The pattern is a set series of movements for each respective title. Each pattern includes a sit stay, where the handler commands teh dog to sit and walks away. A down command while the handler continues walking, followed by a recall from a down stay. The pattern also includes two about turns and two right turns. Heeling through a group. Retrieving a dumbell on the flat, retrieve over a jump and retrieve over an A-frame. And finally a send out where the dog runs straight down the field at the handlers command and downs on the far side of the field.

Points are deducted for such things as; lack of focus, heeling out of place, slow responses to commands, mouthing the dumbell, refusal to follow commands, and extra commands given by handler.

Obedience is done off leash except for first half of BH routine. Dog is on a fursaver and leash is either wrapped around handlers body or placed in pocket. Dogs can be trained in any language as long as commands stay consistant throughout pattern.


Protection is meant to show the dogs ability to protect his handler from a threat of an attack. In the protection phase the dog is sent to search blinds, once he finds the helper or “bad guy” in the final blind, he is to stop and bark until the handler appraoches. This is called a bark and hold. The helper is then asked by the handler to step out of the blind, the dog is left by the handler on a down stay. When the helper attempts to escape, the dog must stop him with as much power and speed as he can. The handler gives a release command, and the helper will then reattack the dog. The handler again commands the dog to out, the handler disarms the helper and escorts the helper to the judge. Depending on which title you are going for there is a rear trasport where the handler and dog follow the helper from behind and after a certian amount of steps the helper tries to attack the handler. The dog must stop the attack. There is also the side transport where the dog is between the handler and helper and the helper is escorted to the judge. The final test is the courage test. The dog is taken to the end of the field and the helper comes from the far end of the field in a menacing stance and the dog must attack the helper, leaving the handler. And again must release when commanded.

Points are deducted for such things as; not releasing the bite when commanded, not having a full grip on the sleeve, repeated commands from handler, not running all the blinds.

Dogs are off leash and wearing a fur saver, handler has leash around body or in pocket.

Protection is often the most exciting phase to watch and is also one of the hardest. It tests the dog’s ability to not only be couragous and strong but to be responsive to commands and stay under control.

We welcome all breeds of dogs and handlers at all skill levels.

We train obedience and protection Saturday Mornings at 9am and Track Sunday mornings. Locations: Neumond K9 Training Facility 14140 SE Winchester Loop Prineville OR 97754

Schutzhund Club Training Fees:

First visit is always free

$20 Member

$30 weekly (visitor)

Club Rules:

  1. No more than 2 dogs on the field at a time, or 1 dog while tracking
  2. Dogs MUST be crated or in vehicle until their turn.
  3. Dogs MUST be under the handlers control at all times.

Great video describing IPO


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