Columba, if you are really interested you can watch security dog exams online, there are a number of videos out there, for instance if you google ipo1 Schutzdienst you can watch a number of dogs taking this exam. To see the higher levels just replace the number 1 with a 2 or 3. There are also Unterordnung videos, that's the obedience routine. To see them google ipo 1 (2 or 3) Unterordnung or Abt B - there are three parts to IPO exams, the first or Abt A is tracking, B is obedience and C is the Schutzdienst. By the way, if you look closely you will see the helper isn't actually hitting the dog with his stick, he is just threatening him.
Good luck all runners, hope it isn't too hot for you - I'm concerned about the triathlon tomorrow, we currently have 34c with a forecast of 36c tomorrow!
Aquarius, what Charlie is doing is only security level 1, Nemo has passed levels 2 and 3, in 2 the dog has to run round 5 hides before reaching the bad guy, in the top level 3, he has to round 6! There are also additional elements in both 2 and 3. There are some dogs that cannot cope with these exams but pretty well all Shepherds, seem able to perform to a high standard if properly trained - it's a game to them.
John's training seems to be going pretty well, thanks.
TE - yes indeed, the dog's speed helps considerably to swing him around.
I am still swimming regularly and running about 5km most days. Sprint triathlon on Saturday.
Columba, no, I've never seen a dog grab any other part of a helper (that's what the man playing the baddie is called). The helper wears a padded protective suit too. All beginner dogs start out on a long leash secured to a post or fence and the helper throws a padded sausage-shaped toy to him but just out of reach and pulls it away quickly.If the dog is really young the helper will use a leather duster. After several goes, the helper will throw it close enough to let he dog grab it. To progress, at the next session the dog will be allowed to run around with the item. Next step will be to let him run around with the arm sleeve. Most dogs take to it very quickly, it's a game to them. Once they have got that far, then the next step is to have the helper back away holding out the arm and let the dog free. He will charge at the helper who holds the arm out for the dog to bite.Once the dog is trained on the arm he will be allowed to run off the field with the arm, it's his reward. Fully trained dogs like Charlie and Nemo are not controlled on a leash by their handler, they perform free of restraints. Both of my dogs will let go of the arm without a command once the helper stands still. You are right, it is a complex exam for any dog. Last night at training Charlie did very well. I have played the part of the helper myself a couple of times, it's quite difficult especially managing the "long flight" from the other end of the field, you have to judge it just right so when the 40 kilo dog reaches you at full speed he can grab the arm and you swing hm off the ground in a circle with his momentum and land him behind, pulling your own arm out of the sleeve so the dog can run off with his trophy!