The Phases of Protection Work -The protection work is divided into three (3) phases, under which the most variable temperament and drive attributes will be discussed.
Search and hold exercises (including guarding)
Engagement with the Helper(fighting, pressure, grip, transition)
Controllability of the dog (obedience, optimal handler-dog relationship)
In addition to a pointed score for the protection routine, every dog will be given a courage, hardness and fighting instinct rating. This evaluation serves the purpose of describing two general aspects of a dog’s character trait that are demonstrated throughout the Phase C exercises. The first, “courage”, describes the dog’s willingness to engage the Helper during the exercises. The second, “hardness”, describes the dog’s strength in its defense against the Helper’s attacks and pressure. The purpose of this rating is to more carefully show a dog’s breeding suitability and character traits.
It is the responsibility of the judge to observe overall attributes of the dog. The overall picture should be one of intensity and self-confidence. The dog must show dominance in the hold and guard phase. Only when a dog demonstrates these characteristics along with a sense of physical and psychological strength can a 10 be awarded.