|Zucht = breeding, Tauglichkeits
= fitness, Prufung = Trial
|THINGS YOU NEED FOR STARTER ZTP:
- copy of the pedigree
- letter sent to the DV that you want to participate
at the ZTP
- HD-result from Germany or from DV recognized
country. if you dont have a HD-result at the
time when the ZTP takes place then you can parttake,
but the ZTP will be taken away from you if your
dog doesnt get at least HD-2
- dog needs to have at least BH
- the parents need to have a HD-result, no
matter if German or not, copies of the results
have to be sent to the DV
At a STARTER ZTP Dog owners from any country
except Germanyare allowed to take part. German
owner is not allowed to take part at the Starter
ZTP, because dogs with Starter ZTP are not
allowed to be used in Germany for breeding,
just their children.
THINGS YOU NEED FOR NORMAL ZTP:
- The purpose of ZTP is to ascertain those Dobermanns
which are, according to the breeding standard,
suitable for breeding, and to eliminate unsuitable
dogs from the selection.
- ZTP's can only be judged by breed judges.
The judge and the helper are to be named by
the club's official committee.
- ZTP's can only be held if they are authorized
by DV (Dobermann Verein) and the event has been
made public. Also, ZTP's should only be held
if there are at least 10 dogs enrolled. The
maximum number of dogs to be judged in one day
- ZTP applications to DV must include the name
and address of the club which is orginizing
the trial, as well as the name of the ZTP trial
chairman, the name of the judge, and the deadline
for entries. The exact location and start time
of the ZTP trial shall also be included.
- ZTP's are independent events. They cannot
be held in conjunction with conformation shows
or Schutzhund trials. The ZTP can only be carried
out, if on the day of the trial, the judge is
presented with at least 8 dogs, and if the trial
location is considered suitable for the trial.
The ZTP judge is responsible for determining
the suitability of the trial location.
- All Dobermanns which have been bred according
to the breeding requirements of the DV and have
been properly X-rayed for hip-displaysia, can
participate in the ZTP. The results of the X-ray
have to be submitted on the day of the trial.
Furthermore, all dogs have to have the BH (trial
of obedience). Foreign bred Dobermanns, whose
owners have their permanent residence in Germany,
have to have proper transfer papers. Foreign
bred Dobermanns can participate in any ZTP,
as long as all DV requirements have been met.
The minimum age for dogs participating in a
ZTP is 14 months.
- Dogs which have been "Held-Back" (did not
pass) at an earlier ZTP, can only be re-entered
once their waiting period has expired. Dogs
which do not pass the ZTP the second time they
are judged, cannot be entered again.
- The trial chairman checks the required documents
and prepares the trial papers. She/He is also
responsible for the uninterrupted completion
of the entire trial, as well as the availability
of all equipment necessary for the trial. A
suitable Schutzhund helper has to be available.
- There has to be an insurance for this trial.
All dogs in the trialing location have to be
kept so as not to disturb the trialing in any
way. Prong collars are not permitted on dogs,
during any part of the trial.
1. Examination for the conformation
2. Temperament trialing - Reasons for elimination
of a dog are further discussed: aggressive,
shy or fearful dogs are
to be excluded from
3. Determination and announcement of ZTP Ratings
- If the ZTP is held the day before a conformation
show with the same judge, and the same dog is
entered in both ZTP and conformation show, then
the ZTP rating will be announced the day of
the conformation show.
- Dogs will be judged first, followed by bitches.
The observations of the judge shall be entered
in the ZTP papers and signed by the trial chairman.
The decisions of the judge and his conformation
and temperament ratings are indisputable. Objections
regarding formal errors must be brought to the
trial chairman's attention on the day of the
trial. If a resolution cannot be achieved, the
matter is to be presented to DV committee for
- The ZTP rating is applicable during the dog's
breeding age, unless revoked by a DV committee,
because of newly discovered or earlier concealed
genetic faults. This revocation of a ZTP rating
must be made in writing to the owner via a registered
letter. Dogs owned by the judge or his close
family cannot participate in the trial judged
by him. After conclusion of the trial, the results
are to be given to each dog's owner, co-owner
or handler. A duplicate has to be sent to DV
within 3 days following the trial. Another duplicate
shall be given or sent to the officiating judge.
All financial matters shall be settled immediately.
|JUDGING RULES AND PERFORMANCE
Prior to the start of the ZTP,
the judge briefly explains to all competitors
the purpose of the trial, and the exercises
involved. At the start of trialing the competitor
and his dog report to the judge. The trial chairman
checks the authenticity of the dog's pedigree
with the help of the dog's tattoo. The handler
informs the judge about the training, care and
possible changes in ownership of the dog in
The conformation evaluation
is done according to the guidelines set forth
by the governing club, its rules and regulations
and breed standard. Special attention should
be paid to faults which would affect working
ability, such as a weak muzzle, long weak back,
faults of front and rear legs as well as bad
movement. Deviation in body dimensions by more
than 2 cm have to be judged by reduction of
conformation ratings. Greater deviations are
leading to exclusion of breeding. Dogs with
faults of their dentition - such as less than
42 teeth, deviations in the tooth pattern, or
overshot/undershot bites, are to be deemed unsuitable
for breeding purposes. The behavior of the dog
during the examination of the mouth is to be
specially noted, as it may be serve as an indication
for certain temperament problems.
Minimum Rating Required for Males: Very Good
(because a male is more used in breeding)
Minimum Rating Required for Females: Good
After the evaluation of confirmation the
judge will instruct the handler to lead
his dog in different directions over the
trialing area for a duration of about 300
paces, with the dog's leash being held loosely.
During this walk, the dog/handler team has
to encounter 4 to 6 persons who are either
moving or stationary. After this, those
4 to 6 persons will form a group. The group
formation should not be in any particular
stiff and rigid pattern. Here the judge
is encouraged to vary the procedure: he
can make the group move towards the handler/dog,
or he can have handler/dog move towards
the group. When these two parties encounter,
it is important to create situations which
are as natural as possible and similiar
to everyday situation (i.e. meeting a stranger
and shaking hands, dropping of items, opening
of an umbrella, etc.). During this exercise
it is particularly important not to show
any threat towards the dog - this is strictly
being used to evaluate the dog's self-confidence,
fearlessness, temperament, obedience and
nerve threshold. After this the judge directs
the handler and his dog to the previously
determined location, where the handler ties
the dog without the use of obedience commands
such as "Down" or "Platz", and goes out
of dog's sight. During the time the dog
and the handler are walking to the tie out
location, two gunshots are to be discharged
from a distance of about 15 paces, using
6mm ammunition. Gun-shy dogs are unsuitable
for breeding; gun-sensitivity is to be strictly
distinguished from gun-shyness.
The tie-out location is to be freely accessible
from all sides (i.e. away from walls, fences,
etc.). The dog has to be left alone for
about 5 min. The judge shall approach the
dog from a distance of about 5 to 8 steps,
and either pass him or walk around him at
a distance of approximately 2 to 3 steps,
without threatening him in any way. He stops
in front or beside the dog, drops an exercise
book or something similar. The behavior
of the dog in the absence of it's handler
is to be specially observed. After this,
the handler shall return to his dog and
take him out of the trialing area.
At the direction of the judge the helper
shall proceed to the hiding place.
The judge will direct the handler to walk his
dog into a specific direction. The dog
shall be on leash. At the direction of the judge,
the helper will now come out of the hiding place
and attack the handler and dog from the front.
The dog should show his protective instincts
and protect his handler. The helper starts threatening
the dog only after he has engaged in the fight.
During the fight the dog will be threatened
verbally and physically, but does not receive
any stick-hits. Upon order from the judge, the
helper stops the attack.
Notes for Part 1:
It is very important that the helper wears a
protective suit consisting of pants and jacket.
The stick used for threatening, shall not be
too bendable. The helper must carry insurance
for this trial-work. The hiding place shall
definitely be variable so that no pattern training
of local club dogs can be done. Cars, corners
or recesses of walls or tree/shrub groups can
be selected for this purpose. The helper can
only work upon order from the judge, in other
words, the attack and the end-position are determined
by the judge. The attack will always be done
towards the front of the handler, not the dog.
If the dog engages in the fight, the helper
will turn to the dog and threaten him verbally
and physically. The stick can be used only as
a threat, but never to actually hit the dog.
The dog is allowed to bite the helper in locations
other than the arm.
The helper now turns away, and starts running
a distance of about 50 paces. The handler holds
the dog by his collar only, first shouting at
the helper tostop, then sending the dog. The
helper flees first, but at the direction of
the judge turns and attacks the dog, when he
has gotten as close as approximately 8 to 10
steps. The helper tries to threaten the dog
again, however even here there shall be no stick-hits
used. The handler may, at his discretion encourage
the dog verbally. Upon order from the judge,
the helper shall stop the attack. The handler
shall return to the dog, place him back on leash,
and report back to the judge.
Notes for Part 2:
The helper must absolutely go to about 50 paces
distance. The judge will instruct the helper,
as to when to launch the attack on the dog,
at which time the helper must threaten the dog
verbally and physically. The stick will again
be used as threat only.
|There are four possible classifications:
- Unsuitable for Breeding
Dogs which are overall correct. "1A" can only
be awarded to a dog which gives a completely sure
and correct impression in the static as well as
the fighting periods of the trial.
Dogs which are overall sufficient. "1B" will be
awarded to a dog which performs acceptable in
the static periods of the trial and which shows
some protective and fighting drives.
Dogs must be rated "Held-Back" if there is sufficient
doubt about the dog's behavior as it relates to
soundness of temper and breed-suitability. A dog
with this rating may not be shown to another judge,
until the expiration of a 3 months waiting period.
A dog can only be rated "Held-Back" one time.
Unsuitable for Breeding
Shy, nervous, timid dogs can not be rated suitable
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