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2010-07-28

KNPV background and description of exercises


The Background of the KNPV and a

description of exercises and scoring

Presented by Siam Crown Kennel

There are very few articles or publications in English that really describe the KNPV program.

We hope that this article will give you a general understanding of the program. KNPV dogs

are recognized throughout the world for the quality of character and training. At Siam Crown

Kennel we have a number of KNPV dogs, we prize these dogs for their outstanding qualities

and very much enjoy our training practices with them. We hope that you will also develop an

interest in KNPV.

K.N.P.V. Stands for the: "Koninklijke Nederlandse Politiehond Vereniging which means Royal

Dutch Police Dog Association.

The K.N.P.V. was established in Holland in 1907. The Headquarters of the K.N.P.V. is in

Amersfoort, Utrecht. There are KNPV offices and local boards in each of the eleven provinces

of The Netherlands. There are over 500 KNPV clubs in Holland. During the months of May,

July and October the K.N.P.V. holds trials for Dog certification tests where KNPV titles are

awarded. The Board of the K.N.P.V and the board of each province organizes these trials.

Judges and Decoys participating at the trial must be KNPV certified and designated for the

trial. They should not be from the province where the trial is held.

On an annual basis around the first weekend of September, the national championship is held

for PH 1 dogs titled in that year. Dogs are represented for each province by competitive

selection.

Contemporaneous to this the PH 2 championship is also held. Both trials take place in

Eindhoven.

The trials for the KNPV allow for the awarding of a number of titles. The entry level is Basic

Certificate, this is a recent addition to entice people to enter the program. PH 1 (police dog 1)

is the standard title and is also awarded with with met lof (honors) for scores above 402. PH 2

is a more advanced title after PH 1 is passed and is also available with met lof. Object

guarding is a title that includes a portion of the PH 1 exam with more concentration on object

guarding and without water work. There is also a separate Speurhond (tracking title) that

includes search exercises and scent discrimination.

The section below sets out the KNPV score sheets and scoring system as well as exercises.

KNPV I Score Sheet & Certificate

Abbreviations for Dog Breeds

MH: Mechelse Herder (Malinois), HH: Hollandse Herder (Dutch Shepherd)

BV: Bouvier (Bouvier), DH Duitse Herder (German Shepherd), DOB Doberman, GRD(Belgian

Sheepdog) Groendale

Sex: reu - Male, teef - female

E.O.: Additional Exercise, CA: Certificate A, a certificate that is only valid for 2 years, C:

Certificate, CL: Certificate met lof (With Honors)

In PH I, a perfect score is 440.

perfect score for PH II is 455

A perfect score in Objectbewkingshond (Object Guarding) is 356.

KNPV PH I Score Sheet

Part I Afdeling I Points

a. Heeling on Leash a. Aangelijnd Volgen 5

b. Heeling without a leash, right/left b. Onaangelijnd Volgen 5

c. heeling next to a bicycle c. Volgen naast the fiets 5

d. Down Stay d. Blijven Liggen 5

e. Refusal of presented and thrown

food

e.Weigeren van aangeboden en toegeworpen

voedsel 5

f. Refusal or found food f. Weigeren van gevonden voedsel 5

g. To be silent g. Stil zijn 5

h. Free jump over a hedge h. Vrije sprong over een haag 5

i. Jump over a wall i. Klimsprong over een schutting 5

j. Jump over a ditch j. Breedtesprong over een sloot of kuil 5

k. Searching and retrieving small

articles

k. Opzoeken en apporteren van kleine

voorwerpen 15

1. Manner of searching 1. Wijze van zoeken 6

2. Way of retrieving small articles 2. Wijze van apporteren van kleine voorwerpen 9

Total Points Part I Totaal Afd. 1 65

Part II Afdeling II Points

a. Swimming across a canal a. Overzwemmen

1. Waiting & obeying command 1. Afwachten en opvolgen commando 5

2. Way of swimming 2. Wijze van overzwemmen 5

b. Retrieving a large object out of the

water

b. Groot voorwerp aan de oever brengen

1. Waiting & obeying command 1. Afwachten en opvolgen commando 5

2. Way of retrieving 2. Wijze van aan de oever brengen 5

Total Points for Part II Totaal Afd. II 20

Part III Afdeling III

a. Guarding the article a. Voorwerp bewaken

l. Way of guarding 1. Wijze van bewaken 5

2. Sharpness during the guarding 2. Scherpte bij het bewaken 5

b. searching for a large object hidden

in the woods

b. Revieren naar een groot voorwerp

l. Waiting & obeying command 1. Afwachten en opvolgen commando 5

2. Way of searching 2. Wijze van revieren 5

3. Barking 3. Blaffen 5

4. Guarding 4. Bewaken 5

5. Non biting in the object 5. Niet bijten in het voorwerp 5

c. Searching for a person hidden in

the woods

c. Revieren naar en persoon

l. Waiting & obeying command 1. Afwachten en opvolgen commando 5

2. Way of searching 2. Wijze van revieren 5

3. Barking 3. Blaffen 5

4. Guarding 4. Bewaken 5

5. Non biting in the person 5. Niet bijten 5

d. Transport of a prisoner d. Transport van een arrestant

l. Way of transportation 1. Wijze van transporteren 5

2. Non biting during the transport 2. Niet bijten tijdens het transport 5

3. Retrieving of a dropped metal

article

3. Apporteren van een gevallen metalen

voorwerp 5

e. To stop a person, who defends

himself with a stick

e. Tot staan brengen van een zich met een stok

verwerende man

l. Waiting & obeying command 1. Afwachten en opvolgen commando 5

2. Way of pursuit 2. Wijze van achtervolgen 5

3. Way of stopping 3. Wijze van tot staan 5

4. Firmness regarding the stick 4. Stokvastheid 5

5. Out 5. Loslaten 5

6. Non biting 6. Niet bijten 5

7. Guarding 7. Bewaken 5

f. Refusing to obey commands given

by a stranger

f. Weigeren commando's van vreemden op te

volgen

1. Refusing commands 1. Weigeren van commando's 5

2. Out 2. Loslaten 5

3. Non biting 3. Niet bijten 5

4. Guarding 4. Bewaken 5

g. transport followed by stopping the

fleeing person

g. Transport gevold door het tot staan brengen

van de vluchtende man

1. Way of transportation 1. Wijze van transporteren 5

2. Non biting during the transport 2. Niet bijten tjdens het transport 5

3. Way of stopping 3. Wijze van tot staan bregen 5

4. Out 4. Loslaten 5

5. Non biting 5. Niet bijten 5

6. Guarding 6. Bewaken 5

h. To stop a person who flees on a

bicycle

h. Tot staan brengen van een op een fiets

vluchtende man

l. Waiting & obeying command 1. Afwachten en opvolgen commando 5

2. Way of pursuit 2. Wijze achtervolgen 5

3. Way of stopping 3. Wijze van tot staan brengen 5

4. Out 4. Loslaten 5

5. Non biting 5. Niet bijten 5

6. Guarding 6. Bewaken 5

I. xxxxx

I. Het tot staan bregen van een vluchtende

verdachte

1. xxxxx 1. De wijze van het tot staan brengen 5

2. xxxxx 2. Het loslaten 5

3. xxxxx 3. Het niet bijten 5

4. xxxxx 4. Het bewaken 5

J. To stop a person who shoots with a

gun

J. Tot staan brengen van een man die met een

vuurwapen schiet

1. Waiting & obeying command 1. Afwachten en opvolgen commando 5

2. Way of pursuit 2. Wijze van achtevolgen 5

3. Way of stopping 3. Wijze van tot staan brengen 5

4. Firmness regarding the shooting 4. Schotvastheid 5

5. Out 5. Loslaten 5

6. Non biting 6. Niet bijten 5

7. Guarding 7. Bewaken 5

K.Testing the dog regarding the

thrown objects at the dog

K. Onderzoek naar werpvastheid van de hond

l. Firmness regarding the throwing of

the objects

1. Werpvastheid 5

2. Out 2. Loslaten 5

3. Non biting 3. Niet bijten 5

4. Guarding 4. Bewaken 5

L. Transport followed by defending

the handler

L. Transport gevolgd door het verdedigen van

de geleider

1. Way of transportation 1. Wijze van transporteren 5

2. Non biting during the transport 2. Niet bijten tijdens het transport 5

3. Way of defending 3. Wijze van verdedigen 5

4. Out 4. Loslaten 5

5. Non biting 5. Niet bijten 5

6. Guarding 6. Bewaken 5

M. Recall of the pursuing M. Terugroepen van de achtervolgende hond

1. Waiting & obeying commands 1. Afwachten en opvolgen commando 5

2. Way of pursuit 2. Wijze van achtervolgen 5

3. Way of coming back 3. Wijze van terugkerenn 5

NO LONGER OPTIONAL THIS IS NOW PART OF THE SCORE

N. To stop a fleeing person who

surrenders in time, followed by a

transport (Hold & Bark)

N. Aanhouding van de gevluchte doch tijdig

stilstaande man, gevolgd door transport

(schijnaanval)

1. Waiting & obeying command 1. Afwachten en opvolgen commando 5

2. Way of pursuit 2. Wijze van achtervolgen 5

3. Non biting 3. Niet bijten 5

4. Guarding 4. Bewaken 5

5. Way of transportation 5. Wijze van transporteren 5

Total Points Additional exercise Totaal extra oefening 25

Total Points Part III Totaal Afd. III 335

Sumary Recapitulate

Part I Afdeling I 65

Part II Afdeling II 20

Part III Afdeling III 335

General Outlook of Dog Algemeen appel 10

General Outlook of Handler Wijze van voorbrengen 10

Totaal 435

Penalty Points Af: Strafpunten a.

...........................b.

Total Totaal

Grand Total ..........................Eindcijfer 440

Police Dog 1 exercise descriptions

Part 1 Morning program

Exercise A. Heeling on a leash (5 points).

Handler and dog on lead follow a course pattern, which is demarcated by cones. (This

is the only exercise where the dog is on a leash)

Exercise B. Heeling without a leash, right/left (5 points).

Handler and dog follow a course pattern, which is demarcated by cones. At the first

diagonal marker the dog is commanded to heel from the left to the right side of the

handler. At the second diagonal marker cone the dog is commanded to heel back to

the left side.

Exercise C. Heeling next to a bicycle (5 points).

While riding a bicycle the handler with the dog heeling next to the bike follow a pattern

which is plotted by cones.

The dog is not allowed to walk either in front or behind or too far away from the

handler during any of the heeling exercises.

Exercise D. Down Stay (5 points).

The handler instructs his dog to stay down at a place designated by the judge and

upon the judges signal downs his dog for three minutes in a stay position.

Exercise E. Food Refusal( 5 points).

The handler upon instruction of the judge commands his dog to stay and leaves the

dog.

A decoy arrives with food and twice attempts to give the dog food. He then walks

backwards and throws a third piece of food towards the dog from a distance of two to

three meters.

Exercise F. Food Refusal (5 points).

A reasonable amount of food is scattered over the area where obedience work takes

place. The dog must not take the food.

Exercise G. Silence (5 points).

The handler and dog are positioned at a spot instructed by the judge. An argument

will take place between some nearby people followed by a gunshot, The dog remain

silent.

Exercise H. Free jump over an obstacle (5 points).

The handler instructs his dog to jump over an obstacle, which is 1 meter high. The dog

must jump back and forth over the obstacle without touching the obstacle.

Exercise I. Jump over a wall (5 points).

Jump over a 1.75m high straight wall with a sloping side on the opposite side of the

jump.

Exercise J. Jump over a ditch (5 points).

Jump over and jump back across a 2.25 wide ditch.

Exercise K. Searching and retrieving three small articles (3 x 5 points)

In a 14 sq meter field, covered in short grass, three small objects (house keys, rings,

coins or similar) are hidden. The dog has seven minutes to retrieve these objects and

bring them to the handler. Three minutes receives all 15 points, thereafter points are

deducted.

Part 2 of the morning program

Exercise A. Swimming across a canal (10 points)

The dog should swim across a canal (minimum width 15 meters) upon command of the

handler. The dog should then wait on the other side of the canal and should swim

back to its handler upon command.

Exercise B. Retrieving a large object from the water (10 points)

When commanded by the handler the dog should retrieve an object, which floats

approximately seven meters from shore, from the water and bring it ashore to the

handler.

Part 3.

Exercise A. Guarding an object (2 x 5 points)

The handler positions his dog at a location designated by the judge near an object that

will be guarded. At a signal given by the judge the handler leaves the dog in a stay for

three minutes. A Decoy passes the dog at a two meter distance. After he has passed

the dog by 10 meters he turns around, walks towards the dog and the object and tries

to pick up the object. The dog should not allow the object be picked up or taken away,

and should accomplish this by biting the decoy when he is within 2 meters. Upon the

decoy backing up approximately 2 meters, the dog should release and return to the

object and continuing guarding until the handler returns.

Exercise B. Searching for an object (barking on the box) (5 x 5 points)

The dog has to search for a box (measuring 45cm x 30cm x 15cm), which has been

hidden by the judge prior to the exercise. This takes place in an area measuring 150m

x 75m. When it has found the box, the dog should bark continuously until his handler

comes to him and brings him away. The dog has seven minutes to find the box,

however, if it has not found the box within three minutes points are deducted.

Exercise C. Searching for a missing or hiding person (5 x 5 points)

The dog has to search for a person, who is hiding in an area measuring 150m x 75m.

When it has found the person, the dog should guard the person and bark continuously

until his handler arrives and leads the dog away.

After approximately 10 barks, the person will attempt (by shouting) to stop the dog

from guarding him. The dog should continue to bark until his handler joins him and

leads the dog out. The dog has seven minutes to find the person, however, if it has not

found the person within three minutes points are deducted.

Exercise D. Transport of a prisoner (3 x 5 points)

The dog and its handler should transport a decoy over a distance of 70 meters.

After 20 meters the decoy drops a set of keys, which the dog should pick up and give

to its handler. The handler instructs the decoy to halt, receives the keys from the dog

and continues the transport. After a further 20 meters the decoy walk like he is drunk

for a distance of 20 meters. He will then continue walking the last ten meters in a

normal fashion.

Part 3.

Exercise E. Stopping a person armed with a stick (7 x 5 points)

When the decoy comes to the end of the field and raises his stick, the handler calls out

‘halt, police!’ twice. The decoy will then start to run towards the handler and the dog.

The dog is then commanded to attack the decoy.

When the dog is approximately 25 meters away from the starting line the judge will fire

a gunshot. This shot is also a sign for the handler to follow his dog. Following the

shot he will fire another shot.

This shot is also a sign for the handler to follow his dog.

Following the gun shot the decoy will disappear from the view (either on the left or

right side of the field) of both the dog and the handler.

When the dog has reached a distance from the decoy of approximately 25 meters, the

decoy will turn around quickly and try to stop the dog from attacking by yelling and

attempting to hit the dog with the stick. The dog should bite the decoy on the shoulder

or leg and ignore any hits or threats. The dog should stop biting upon command of the

handler.

Exercise F. Refusing to obey commands given by a stranger (4 x 5 points)

When the dog has released its bite, the decoy will yell commands, the dog is allowed

to bite but does not have to bite.

Exercise G. Transport followed by stopping an escaping person (runaway) (6 x 5

points) The handler and dog transport the decoy for a distance of approximately 25

meters.

The decoy will then turn around and run away from the handler and the dog.

The dog should attack and bite the decoy immediately.

If the dog does this correctly the decoy will flee for another 5 to 7 meters, otherwise he

will continue to run away.

When the decoy stands still the handler will instruct the dog to let go, pick him up and

lead him away (without a leash) for 25 meters.

Exercise J. To stop a person who shoots a gun (7 x 5 points)

When the decoy comes onto the field he will fire a gun in the direction of the handler

and the dog.

The handler will shout ‘halt, police!’ twice and command his dog to attack.

When the dog is 25 meters away from the starting line the decoy run in a direction

diagonal to his previous direction.

When the dog has approached the decoy at approximately 25 meters, the decoy

will fire another shot in the dog’s direction.

The dog should attack, bite and stop the decoy who may then walk a further 5 to 7

meters to show the dog has a grip on him.

Exercise K. Testing the dog regarding the throwing of objects at the dog (4 x 5 points)

At the judges signal the decoy will pick up an object to throw at the dog such as a

piece of plastic or rubber hose. The dog should immediately attack the decoy.

The decoy will then throw the object against the dog’s back.

This is repeated twice, after which the decoy stops the assault and remains still.

The handler will command his dog to let go and will walk towards his dog who is now

guarding the decoy.

Exercise L. Transport followed by protecting the handler from an attack (6 x 5points)

When the handler reaches the dog he will begin to transport the decoy.

After 25 meters the decoy will attack the handler.

The dog should respond to this immediately by attacking the decoy and defending the

handler.

After a short fight the decoy will cease the attack, the handler will stand 2 meters away

from him and will instruct the dog to let go.

He will then stand behind so that the judge can observe the dog’s guarding methods.

Exercise M. Recalling the dog during an attack run (3 x 5 points)

The dog is commanded to attack a decoy that is running away.

The handler will remaining standing or will walk towards

But not past the first field marker, which is positioned 10 meters away.

When the dog has passed the final marker at a distance of 60 meters the handler

should recall the dog from attack

The dog should cease pursuit immediately and return directly to its handler.

Exercise H. Stopping a suspect who flees on a bicycle (6 x 5 points)

The decoy will walk into view of both the dog and its handler.

The handler will shout ‘halt, police!’ once, the decoy will get on his bicycle and will ride

away in view of the dog and handler.

The handler will shout ‘halt, police!’ once more and command the dog to pursue and

attack the decoy on the bike.

When the dog is 25 meters away from the start line the decoy will move in a diagonal

direction.

When the dog has reached a distance from the decoy of around 5 to 7 meters, the

decoy will increase his speed. The dog should attack and bite the decoys leg.

If the dog stops the decoy correctly he will cycle for another 5 to 7 meters to see if the

dog has a proper grip.

The handler, who has followed his dog and who is now approximately 30 meters away

upon seeing the decoy dismount the bike, will instruct his dog to let go.

Exercise I. Stopping a fleeing suspect (4 x 5 points)

At the judges signal the decoy will run away from the handler.

A dog will attack and bite and stop the decoy within 5 to 7 meters of the start point.

The decoy will then stand still and the handler will instruct his dog to let go.

He will then walk towards the dog, which is now guarding the decoy, and heel the dog,

without a leash to a distance of 25 meters away from the decoy.

Exercise N. Arresting a fleeing suspect who has stopped running (false attack) (5

x5 points)

When the decoy walks into view at the end of the field and raises his stick, the handler

calls out ‘halt, police!’ twice.

The decoy will immediately start running, after which the dog is given the command to

attack the decoy. When the dog is 25 meters away from the start point the decoy will

run at a diagonal direction.

When the dog has approached the decoy at approximately 40 meters, the decoy will

turn around quickly and will stop fleeing.

The decoy will stand still, cross his arms and face the approaching dog.

When the dog has approached it should not bite the decoy, or the exercise will be

terminated and the dog won’t receive any points.

The dog should guard the decoy.

At the judged signal the handler will walk the dog until they are two meters behind

the decoy.

He will then signal the decoy to commence transport.

During transport the handler and the dog will remain at a distance of two meters

behind the decoy. After a distance of 25 meters the judge will instruct the handler to

halt the transport.

The handler will distance himself from the decoy and will walk the dog, without a leash,

for a further 25 meters.

This article is intended to give a general overview of the KNPV program. We have not

described the PH 2 program or object guarding in the same level of detail, but have

attempted via the PH 1 program to give a basic outline. More information is available

directly from the KNPV.