United Kingdom Belgian Shepherd Working Dog Association


IPO VO Lite Tracking, Obedience & Protection phases as per UKBSWDA rules & can be obtained from the working director Michael Mc Cann or see below.

A2. Before dogs are allowed to participate or train in any aspect of the Sport, they must be of good physical fitness and free from infectious ailments, be approved by the relevant Club Trainer as being suitable for the sport.

If the trials manager or trials judge sees a dog limping or unfit they will ask the handler to remove the dog from such trials.

The handler must be a member of a recognized SchH / IPO association and provide evidence, in instances of participants taking part who are not members of the UKBSWDA -WDB, a 50% premium on top of the advertised entry fee may be charged this will be at the discretion of the hosting club.

A3. Dogs entered for competition MUST be tattooed or micro-chipped (it will be the trials manage responsibility to provide a suitable microchip scanner in this instance we use the HALO scanner which will detect if a dog has been reported as lost or stolen & if such evidence is found the participant will be removed from the trial & the handler reported to the relevant authorities). It is the Trial Manager’s responsibility to ensure compliance & any dog not having this will be excluded from said trial.

A4. Training on the Trials Helpers on the Trials field during the period of the Trial is at the discretion of the Trials Manager or the Judge & must not interfere with the trial or other competitors.

A5. Training on the Trials field at every event will be controlled by the Trials Manager and dogs will be allowed only with a loose fitting chain collar.

A6. Only fully paid up members of the UKBSWDA - WDB or member of any other WUSV/FCI member club will be eligible to enter UKBSWDA -WDB trials. It is not necessary for spectators at Trials or Seminars to be members of the UKBSWDA. 

A7. Non UKBSWDA -WDB handlers may enter although they may be subject to an entry fee increased by 50% of the advertised entry fee this will be at the discretion of the hosting club.

A8. Helpers must not wear hats when working in Trials.

A9. Helpers must not wear metal studded footwear when working in Trials and must be checked by both the trials manage & trials judge.

A10. Only UKBSWDA -WDB licensed Helpers or foreign Helpers who are qualified by experience or qualification from a IPO organisation shall be used at any trial with their respective status recognised & helpers book must be presented for inspection.

A11. Only UKBSWDA -WDB licensed Tracklayers or foreign Tracklayers who are qualified by experience or qualification from a IPO organisation shall be used at any trial with their respective status recognised & track laying booklet presented to the trials manager for confimation.

A12. The UKBSWDA –WDB working director Michael Mc Cann shall be responsible for confirming the current status of all visiting foreign Judges and helpers before they are allowed to participate in UKBSWDA -WDB Trials.

A13. In the event a club wishes to use a non UKBSWDA -WDB helper or tracklayer, he or she must be approved by the UKBSWDA -WDB committee no less then 14 days prior to the event.

A14. Prior to the Trial start time and in order to comply with the FCI regulations, all handlers must present all relevant documents (i.e UKBSWDA, UKDA or equivalent Record book from any other WUSV/FCI member club) to the Trial Secretary.

A15. UKBSWDA -WDB members, who own an imported dogs and wishing to compete in any UKBSWDA -WDB trial, must first acquire and present a UKBSWDA Performance Record Book.

A16. Any UKBSWDA -WDB Branch Club hosting a Club event will have the right to refuse entry to any individual in accordance with UKBSWDA rules.

A17. The hosting club must notify all other clubs secretaries by either mail or email of the upcoming trial at least 21 days prior to the closing date.

  • Hosting club will cover judges flight/meals/transport and fees according to the prior arrangements with the selected judge
  • Entry fee £25 per handler per dog. This money is payable to hosting club to cover their expenses (judge/helper) in order to help clubs in raising funds towards future trials. Any profit from food /drinks etc. stays with the organizing club.
  • Hosting club is responsible for sourcing suitable helper for trial (see notes from UKBSWDA – may be useful to include no studs/hats etc. And also specify what expenses are covered. 
  • Club secretary applies for trial to be registered and advertised on UKBSWDA sites to the working branch manager (M McCann) with proposed dates of the trial. However, I strongly suggest that dates of the qualifiers or any major events are decided by end of each year.
  • Any hosting club will have the right to refuse entry to any individual that may be known to causing trouble or has caused trouble in the past or who has been refused UKBSWDA membership and will be removed from such events without reasoning.
  • The hosting club must notify all other clubs secretaries by either mail or email of the upcoming trial at least 21 days prior to the closing date.
  • Trials should be suitably advertised i.e. Social media pages with consent from the working director, UKBSWDA main website in order to promote the IPO sport and UKBSWDA.
  • Admin fee for trials payable to UKBSWDA working branch is £25 This fee will be put towards future working branch events/nationals/ qualifiers.
  • There is to be no filming unless the individual has received consent from the trials manager due to the nature of such events where members of the public is permitted & any individual seen filming who has not received consent will be asked to leave such event
  • Privacy: by virtue of the European Convention on Human Rights and the Human Rights Act 1998 everybody has a right to a respect for their private and family life, their home and their correspondence. The Court has held that “wrongful disclosure of private information” and “misuse of private information” would breach an individual’s right to respect for their private life, and, in certain circumstances, publication of an image of the relevant individual would amount to the misuse of private information. 
  • The Data Protection Act 1998 applies to any person or company “processing” anything within the definition of “personal data”. The Court has confirmed that storing, developing and printing photographs amounts to “processing” so by extension recording and exploiting video footage is also likely to be caught within the definition. “Personal data” is defined as anything relating to living individuals who can be identified from either that data itself or from that data and other information which the data processor holds or could have access to.

  • 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. 
  • 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.


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 40-50paces 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.

General Rules Protection

  • 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.