Canine Good Citizen® Becomes a Title!

As of January 1, 2013, Canine Good Citizen® will become an official AKC title that can appear on the title records of dogs registered or listed with AKC. Dog owners may list the suffix, “CGC” after the dog’s name.

Since the program began in 1989, CGC has been considered an “award,” meaning that it has not been listed on a dog’s title record.

As a result of frequent requests for AKC to include CGC as a title, this exciting change will begin January 1, 2013.

Frequently Asked Questions About CGC as a Title:

1. How Do I Get the CGC Title for my Dog?

As of January 2013, when your dog passes the CGC test, you will be able given an option on the CGC form (that you receive when your dog passes the CGC test) to select either of these two options:

 1) CGC as an official title listed on your dog’s record. The fee for a title is $20. You will receive the CGC certificate and you may use the suffix “CGC” after the dog’s name. Your dog must be registered or listed with AKC (an AKC number, PAL, or AKC Canine Partners), OR,

 2) CGC certificate only. The fee for the certificate is $8.00. CGC will not appear on the dog’s title record.

 2. What if My Dog Already Passed the CGC Test-Can We Get the Title?

 Yes. There will be a grandfathering procedure for the new title. Owners of dogs who are on record as having already earned the CGC (e.g., you got a CGC certificate) after January 1, 2001 will be able to apply to have the CGC listed on the dog’s title record.

 WE WILL NOT START THIS PROCESS UNTIL JANUARY 2013. Watch the CGC web page for updates.


 3. I was going to have my dog take the CGC test before January. Should I wait?

 If you have an opportunity to take the CGC test between now and January, we suggest that you go ahead and do this, but HOLD YOUR PAPERWORK UNTIL JANUARY. (Put it in a safe place so you don’t lose it).

 In January 2013, an application form will be available that you can attach to your CGC form and send it in to receive CGC as a title. You can check the CGC web page for updates.

 4. Finding CGC Training or a CGC Evaluator in Your Community

To find a CGC instructor or an Approved AKC CGC Evaluator in your community, see:

5. How to Get an AKC Number (AKC number, PAL, or AKC Canine Partners)



Trial Dates

The Full Grip Schutzhund Club will be hosting its first trial on September 21st.  This will be mock trial and helper seminar.

Please contact us if you are interested in entering this trial.  We are looking for a few more participant entries.

On September 22nd and 23rd we will host the actual trials.  Please contact us for information on times and registration.

The judge will be certified SV Judge Mike West and helper will be national level helper Matt Wharton


The Heat is On

Watch for Stress

Hot weather brings the risk of heat stroke. Dogs’ sweat glands are not well-developed. While training, dogs will primarily cool themselves by evaporation through panting. As temperatures and humidity increase, evaporation slows and a dog’s cooling mechanism also slows. Body temperature rises as the dog trains. High body temperature can harm the circulatory and respiratory systems and, if left unchecked, may even lead to death.

As you train with your dog watch for signs that indicate a dog is becoming stressed. Signs of heat stress include less tail action, decreased overall body animation, and a concerned, or lethargic facial expression. When these signs are present, a dog should immediately be cooled and allowed to rest. An overheated dog should be given small amounts of cool water, but not allowed to drink too much water any time after training. Splash cool, but not cold, water on its belly, ears and genital areas as an aid to cooling. A garden hose or a small kid’s pool can be helpful in cooling the dog. If signs persist, get your dog to a vet as soon as possible.

Heat stroke can be fatal and is a real concern as temperatures rise. It is caused by exposure to hot temperatures and high humidity during training sessions. Signs of heat stroke include excessive panting, a blank, staring, anxious expression or lethargic facial expression, lack of comprehension of commands, high fever, and a rapid heartbeat. If heat stroke occurs, cool the dog immediately by immersing or drenching it in cool water. Then seek veterinary attention.

Provide Plenty of Water

Dogs not properly watered will be more stressed during a workout and can become overheated, or dehydrated. Water often is considered one of the most important parts of a conditioning program. When conditioning in hot weather, dogs should be watered every 10 to 15 minutes. Small, frequent water breaks are recommended as a safer way of keeping your dog hydrated.

A small athletic bottle works well to squirt water into a dog’s mouth. When your dog pants heavily, call him and squirt some water in his mouth. Allowing a dog to gulp water when it is hot may cause bloat, a potentially fatal condition. Squirting water into a dog’s mouth helps rinse away saliva and cools the tongue.

Stick to plain water as the safest refresher for your dog. Electrolyte drinks should be avoided. When you put these solutions in your dog, its body responds by diluting that solution with more water, resulting in drawing more water out of the pet’s body than replacing it.

Nutrition During Conditioning

At the beginning, your dog’s food intake during the first four to six weeks of conditioning will increase. Be sure to slowly increase the quantity of food you give your dog. Additionally, remember that small meals are better than one large one. Food intake should level off and possibly decline slightly. The decline in food intake is due to increased digestive efficiency as a result of conditioning. Avoid feeding dogs one hour before and after working out to help avoid the risk of problems, such as bloat. Quality dog food goes a long way to the overall health of your pet.

Tips to Avoid Heat Illness:

Take advantage of cooler temperatures by exercising in early morning or late evening.

  • Take advantage of shade areas, out of direct sun
  • Always have fresh water handy
  • Never leave a dog in a car during warm weather. When the outside temperature is 78 degrees Fahrenheit, a closed car parked in the shade will reach 90 degrees in five minutes and 110 degrees in 25 minutes. Even when air conditioners are on, dogs should never be left alone in the car as the car can stall or air could fail
  • Before training with your dog make sure your dog is properly hydrated
  • Always pay attention to what your dog is displaying during training. You are your dog’s primary defense against heat stroke and  other injuries

Walter R. Nasert


2012 DVG American National Championship

October 25 – 28, 2012

Hosted by South Metro Atlanta Schutzhund Club, Winston,GA

Contact: Rhonda Southern, 7071 Shell Road, Winston,GA  30187


New IPO Rules 

General Information

  • There will no longer be “SchH or VPG” titles, only IPO
  • The former WH title is gone!
  • A minimum score of 80 in protection is no longer required to move on to the next level. A minimum of 70 points is sufficient for the dog to go to the next level
  • A Judge may judge up to a maximum of 36 parts in one day
  • Note: It is still OK to present multiple scorebooks

BH and BH/VT

  • Sit Exercise – Handler stops after 10 to 15 steps and gives Sit Command while in Basic Position, then leaves 15 steps
  • Down with Recall Exercise – Handler stops after 10 to 15 steps and gives Down Command while in Basic Position, then leaves 30 steps
  • BH/VT is for the first time Handler and includes the “theoretical examination” and the training/behavioral tests. DVG America is exempt and still does not require this test
  • Leather collars are permissible at this level!

Various Titles:

  • IPO A 1, IPO A 2, & IPO A 3 (Utility Dog Title) The phases B/C are carried out for levels 1-3, similar to the old SchH A, but allowing a level 2 and 3 to be earned
  • FPr- 1-3: Tracking tests only phase A (BH required but can skip levels)
  • UPr-1-3: Obedience tests only phase B (BH required but can skip levels)
  • SPr-1-3: Protection phase C can only be given when in conjunction with a FPr 1-3 or a UPr1-3. (BH required but can skip levels)
  • IPO ZTP: International Breed Suitability Test (Clubs are not required to offer this title in trials)
  • I.P.O. V: International Preliminary working test (Clubs are not required to offer this title in trials)
  • IPO 1-3: International Working test levels 1-3
  • FH1 : Tracking test (1 track-1 day)
  • FH2 : Tracking test (1 track-1 day)
  • IPO-FH: International tracking test (2 FH 2 tracks, performed on 2 days, same judge allowed for Club trials, 2 judges for Championships)
  • STp 1-3: Article search indication test


  • Only major change is the articles are now worth 21 points—–no more “Good” rating without indication!

Obedience – Main Changes:

  • IPO 1 will report in to the judge on leash. IPO 2 & 3 removes the leash before entering the field and report in off leash.
  • For the jumps, the dog must do at least 1 jump and complete the retrieving portion in order to receive any points at all
  • In all Out of Motion exercises WITHOUT RECALL Handlers only need to (and should) PROCEED 15 paces after executing the command to Sit or Stand! (In all exercises that the dog is RECALLED the Handler still goes 30 paces away)
  • All Dumbbell re-throws; The dog must stay in place at SIT! (If the dog follows the Handler past the equipment, exercise is over, “M” 0 points) If the dog leaves the SIT, but does not go beyond a partial score will be given

Protection – Main Changes and Comments

Reporting in:

  • IPO 1 reports in on lead and proceeds to the start position of the search on lead, and then the lead is removed
  • IPO 2 and 3 reports in off lead and heels off lead to the start position for the search


  • Escape is to be done with a command such as “Voran”, “Go.
  • The Escape exercise is now properly executed by the Handler giving a “go” command at the same time as the Helper is directed by the Judge to go. Failure to give the command is faulty


  • Defense exercise remains the same

Back Transport

  • Back Transport must be at least a minimum distance of 30 paces and does not have to have a corner

Long Bite

  • Attack on Dog out of Motion (Long Attack, Courage Test) for all levels the Handler / Dog Team are positioned at the end of the field between blinds 1 and 2.
  • The Helper will always come out of blind six and will run further up field for the IP01 and IPO 2 before the dog is released. Distance is Full field for IP03
  • For IPO1 the Helper must run down field and the dog is released at about 30 -40 paces from the Helper
  • IPO2 the dog is released at about 40-50 paces from the Helper
  • IPO 3 the dog is released about full field after the Helper has turned and threatened the dog
  • The Helper runs out of the Blind to the midline of the field and turns to attack the dog for all levels of the long attack in IPO 1-3
  • Verbal threats are given 2 times, once after Helper turns towards the dog, and once more just prior to contact with stick threat
  • After reporting out the Handler is required to free heel their dog a distance away from the Judge and Helper. (3 to 5 paces in all levels)


  • After the helper stops, there MUST be a TRANSITION phase from fight to out

Protection – General Rules

  • Rules state that for more than seven dogs in a level, an additional helper is required. For DVG/USA Club Trials this rule will be waived to allow smaller clubs with only one helper to hold trials
  • All dogs in the same level must be worked by the same helper unless there are special circumstances where a helper is also entered in the trial. This must be discussed and approved by the judge
  • Six blinds are always set upon the trial field regardless of whether there any IPO 2 or 3 dogs. This is done to show control of the IPO 1 and 2 dogs
  • One Helper may work front and back half SchH3 at club level