Training Titles

The following titles are given to German Shepherd dogs who compete in Schutzhund Trials. Schutzhund Trials are a sporting event used to determine if the dogs are suited to be proper working dogs. Schutzhund means “Protection Dog”. Located further down on the page are working dog titles.


(The first SchH abreviates the German title for protection dogs and the second IPO abbreviates the title used by the International Kennel Club – they are essencially the same) This title is for dogs who have passed obedience, protection, and tracking examinations.  Titles 1, 2, and 3 denote how advanced the training tests were. A minimum of SchH 1/IPO 1 is required to be breed surveyed.

AD (Ausdauerpruefung)

This title denotes a dog who passed an endurance test by gaiting for 12.5 miles at around six miles per hour with a ten minute rest at the halfway point, followed by a light obedience exam to finish. A requirement for a breed survey. 

BH (Begleitungshund)

Begleitungshund translates to “Companion Dog”

The BH is a companion dog test and the first step towards pursuing Schutzhund titles. A dog must earn the BH before competing for the Sch1, IPO1, IGP1 titles (All the same exam, just new acronyms as times change). The principle focus of a BH is the temperament test; however, the dog must pass obedience before proceeding to the temperament portion of the BH exam.

WB (Wesensbeurteilung)

The WB is a temperament examination performed between the ages of 9 and 13 months. This allows the licensed judge to see the true character of the dog before being influenced by training.

Working Dog Titles

AD (Ausdauerpruefung)

Endurance Test, Approximately 12 Mile Run with Obedience Test At the End

BH (Begleithund)

Companion Dog, Temperament and Obedience Examination, Must Preceed Sch Title

Sch (Schutzhund)

Includes 3 Levels (Sch1, Sch2, Sch3) of Diciplines in Obedience, Protection, and Tracking

IPO/IGP (International Prufung)

Includes 3 Levels (IPO1, IPO2, IPO3 comparable to Sch Titles using International Rules)

HGH (Herdengebraucgshund)

Herding Dog Title

PH (Polizei Hund)

Police Dog

FH (Fahrtenhund)

Advanced Tracking Title

BIH (Blindehund)

Guide Dog for the Blind

ZH (Zollhund)

Customs Dog

DH (Diensthund)

Service Dog