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Okay, I am starting to get nervous. We are going to Georgia on Saturday to do Rommels BH. I just suddenly this morning started getting really nervous! I havent even been concerned about it all. NOW I AM! Everything bad that could happen is running through my head...haha.

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Go on BIB you can do it, and if you not, Rommel can! Trust your dog, he is good in training as well so why won't he this weekend!!

We all think about you this weekend, so it must be okay:jonkel: Try to relax a little, normal nerves is allright, you will see as soon you enter the field everything goes perfect!
 

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Performance anxiety is natural, but how could your handsome boy NOT do well? We'll all have our fingers crossed for you and Rommel!
 

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Amanda I'll let you drive - this way your mind will be/should be on the road and all the idiots out there with us instead of being nervous- worked for me:) Rommel is very intuned to Amanda's emotions, more so then I've seen any other dog before......if Amanda's happy - Rommel tries his darndest to keep her that way........hmmmmmm kinda like Scott:)
 

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Hey, cut it out. Your making me nervous and we don't even have a show scheduled. :largegr:
Seriously, I'm sure you will do fine, and at a minimum, learn something along the way. Just remember to have fun.

Best wishes!

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I just got a PM wondering what the BH was...So I figured I would try to explain it.

The BH is the first test in Schutzhund. The dog has to be 15 months old to do it. It is basically a temperament/obedience test. They want to make sure that the dog is under control on and off leash, before you can move on to SchH I, II & III.

There is 2 dogs/handlers on the field at a time. Its a field about the size of a football field, maybe a little smaller. One dog is put in a "long down" to the side of the field, the handler has to remove the leash and walk away, and the dog has to stay there while the other dog is on the field doing the obedience portion. Ideally, the dog will keep their eyes on the handler. (Rommel however...thinks that he is a spectator..and likes to watch the other dog...who knows, maybe he will learn something...hopefully it will be something good :))

After the other dog is finished, they come and put their dog in a long down, and you start your obedience portion.

Here is the heeling diagram, all "halts" are automatic sits. Being that your dog must sit without a command to sit.


You do the whole routine, on leash. Then you heel through the crowd (4 people) bring your dog out of the crowd, take the leash off, and start over. First with the crowd...you heel through the crowd, then do the whole heeling diagram again, just without a leash.

After that, you go back to the basic position, to do the "out of motion" exercises. From the basic position (start position) you take 20 steps and while walking...you tell the dog to sit, he has to sit with no hesitation, as you continue walking...30 paces. You stop turn around, look at the dog, the judge gives you the signal, you go back to your dog...tell the dog to heel, go another 20 paces, then do the same thing, but you tell the dog to "down" again, the dog goes down with no hesitation while you continue walking, turn face the dog...recall the dog, the dog comes to the front position. The judge signals you, you give the heel command and the dog comes around to the heel position, and that is the "finish" You leash the dog....

Then...you just pray for mercy. The judge will give you a critique in front of god and everyone. :)

Then you do the traffic portion... (This part I copied from Big Sky Schutzhund Club Website...it varies from judge to judge)

The traffic portion of the test varies from one judge to the next, and each judge has their own method. The rulebook calls for the test to be conducted in a public traffic area, but also allows for the judge to conduct it at the trial field under simulated traffic conditions. Generally, the club will provide a bicycle with a horn or bell and a rider; a car and driver; a jogger; a tie-out post on which to tie the dog and a barrier such as a car or the corner of a building for the handler to hide behind.

The judge will direct the dog and handler to walk on a loose lead up and down a road with cars driving by, and bicyclists and joggers passing at a distance of 10 feet. however I have never gotten around to adding some of the many different things I've seen judges do. Dropping metal food pans on concrete behind the dog, 12 people crowding around the dog in a tight circle and staring silently...


The End. (I'm still nervous)
 

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Trust your dog and you will be fine, remember your not alone, your best friend is with you for moral support. He is your love and won't let you down
 

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He is your love and won't let you down
I honestly, dont think he will. He is a good boy. :) But thanks for reminding me, its easy to get wrapped up in everything else.

Really......Its ME I am worried about! Haha.
 

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You will be fine. Good luck and remember it is supposed to be fun too (easy for me to say here in NJ.) Have an excellent time!
 

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Don't worry, take a deep breath before and during and you and Rom will do fine. But ******* and I will have our paw's and fingers crossed just in case.
Good information on the BH...thanks.
 

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Hey, cut it out. Your making me nervous and we don't even have a show scheduled. :largegr:
Seriously, I'm sure you will do fine, and at a minimum, learn something along the way. Just remember to have fun.

Best wishes!

Phil
BiB pull your self together NOW!!(see you've made an old guy shout at you)I'm with Phil on this,the more nervous you are it will transmit down the lead to Rom,i know it is hard, but you have to go with the intent to enjoy yourself,relax,and watch the lad do magic!! EASY
 

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BIB Calm and confidence--Rommel will sense it. Have fun--your next meal does not depend on it. Maybe Rommels` but not yours. Just kidding. I`m rooting for you. Goooooooooooooo team.:dancing_b
 

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you will do fine and nervers are normal. If you blow it you blow it......... try again another day. Remember, this stuff is FUN dammit - LOL!!
 

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Just put in your fake teeth and go for it!! Anyone who is brave enough to wear those things all day at the beach can get through a BH without nerves!! You guys are going to do GREAT!!
 

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Just put in your fake teeth and go for it!! Anyone who is brave enough to wear those things all day at the beach can get through a BH without nerves!! You guys are going to do GREAT!!
Now THAT is an idea.....that would for sure keep Rommel watching me! He would wonder who the hell I was...but he would look! Hahahah

Thanks everyone :) Just keep your fingers crossed for us!
 

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Everything will work out BIB. Trust in him and he will do the work for you. All the time you put in will pay off. Remember to just have fun. Oh. And don't forget the camera or you might be nervous to get back on here.:anicam:
 

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BIB -
I just finished reading "Remembering to Breathe: Inside Dog Obedience Competition" by Williard Bailey. The author put an OTCH on his Golden and through the hundreds of trials still had to remind himself to relax and "breathe". Best of luck! Cant wait to hear how it goes.
 
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