Puppy school

It depends on the dog owner what the dog grows into.

A puppy school is especially necessary for a person who has a first dog. The dog owner is taught how to make good contact with the dog. In addition, the puppy school is good for socializing. Puppies learn to communicate with their peers (different breeds, different body languages, different situations) and strangers. Learning takes place in a playful, friendly environment.

For those who want to do some sports in the future, a puppy school is a prerequisite.

Facebooki group 'Training for dogs and dog owners' can help you find a suitable dog school.

KK - Obedience training

Hovawart Custos Liminis Aragon (Armi)

Obedience training rules kodulehelt.

Obedience training is an area of ​​training practiced only in Estonia.

In the first stage, the dog must walk next to the owner's left leg, both with and without a leash; be in permanent lying down; remain on the order to sit and lie down when the owner himself moves away; come to; go there; Bring the item and jump over the barrier. If the dog has achieved a "satisfactory" grade in the first stage, it can compete in the second stage, with the addition of a gunshot test, to which the dog must not react. The elements to be performed have also become more complex and the distances longer (for example, the object must now be brought to the owner by jumping over the barrier). In the third level, the dog has to work even longer distances - the dispatch takes place from a distance of 40 steps; the object must be brought to the dog by a barrier more than 1 meter and permanent lying is performed without seeing the owner.

In the picture you can see Madi Nõmm and Armi - Estonian Training Area Champion (EST KK CH) and have come third at KK EMV twice. For two years, he has been second in the KK category of the best sports dogs of the year.

SK - Obedience

Rules and guidelines for obedience kodulehelt.

Obedience is an international field of training.

There are four levels of difficulty in the competition: primary class (national class), SK1, SK2 and SK3. Dogs at least 10 months old can take part in obedience competitions. In the SK primary class, the dog must be able to walk, lie down, sit, stand, approach, stay still and cross a low barrier. Higher classes include bringing an object, remote control (the dog is instructed to "sit", "lie" at a distance), choosing the right object from three objects, standing or lying on the approach, and other more difficult tasks.

RK - Rally obedience

Rally obedience rules and signs kodulehelt.

Dog sports based on joy, communication and cooperation.

A relatively new and gaining popularity in Estonia, where the main emphasis is not on accuracy, but on communication and cooperation between the dog and the dog handler. 

Rally obedience is a combination of elements of obedience, dog dancing and agility. A track with different techniques will be posted on the square, the techniques are written on the so-called numbered command signs. Before crossing the track with the dog, the dog handler can get acquainted with the track (command signs) independently.

The handler may communicate with the dog on the track, including constant oral praise and encouragement (eg clapping). Commands can be verbal, handwritten, or a combination. It is forbidden to adjust the dog by pulling it from the leash or touching it with your hand (eg pushing it into position), as well as punishing the dog, fighting it and not adversely affecting it at all.

Rally Obedience is divided into four different classes according to difficulty (RK1, RK2, RK3 and RK4). RK1 class consists of 12-15 shots (command label), RK2 class 13-17, RK3 class 15-18 and RK3 class 18-20 shots.

BH-Begleithundprüfung or “traffic-sure companion dog test”

BH Test Rules (International Service Dog Test Rules Pages 20-27) kodulehelt .

In many countries, the BH test is a prerequisite for a dog to be able to take part in competitions or exams at all. In Estonia, passing the BH test is required when participating in international service dogs and tracking dogs, but the BH test is well suited for young dogs starting their competition for the first official test. The dog participating in the BH test must be at least 15 months old.

The test consists of three parts: the A-obedience part, the B-district and the C-theory exam (optional). Part A consists of a sidewalk with or without a strap; a group of people must pass; staying seated; lying and accessing. The dog must also lie down in a disturbed situation while the other dog is performing. The purpose of Part B is to find out the dog's attitude towards people and other animals and his confidence in his surroundings. The dog's attitude towards the group of people, cyclists, cars, runners, skaters and other dogs is examined.

PJK - Field tracking test

Hovawart Tallivahdit Meerjungfrau and owner B-e Hellman.

Field test rules kodulehelt.

Põllujäljekatse on Eesti rahvuslik dressuuriala, mis koosneb kahest osast: jäljetöö ja kuulekus.

Both parts are evaluated separately and the points obtained for both areas are added together to get the dressing result. The minimum age for participating dogs is 12 months.

Jäljetöö –  Esimeses astmes teeb jälje koerajuht, vähemalt 300 sammu, 3 sirget, 2 nurka (umbes 90 kraadi), 2 koerajuhile kuuluvat eset, vähemalt 20 minutit vana, jälje läbitöötamiseks aega 15 minutit. Teises ja kolmandas astmes teeb jälje võõras inimene ja jälg on vanem ning pikem.
Obedience - sidewalk, sitting, lying, standing, approaching, lying still, bringing an object (including jumping over a barrier and climbing over a slope), forwarding and lying, and not reacting to a gunshot.
In order to get a dressage result, you must collect at least 70 points out of a possible 100 in both tracking and obedience.


Hovawart Nicky vom Hause Luka and owner Greta Rüütel.

IFH ja IGP-FH rules kodulehelt.

IFH is an international field of study in which the BH test is required.

The trace is made in the usual steps on grass or soil fields. The trail can also overcome natural obstacles - eg ditches, hills, paths, etc. The trail begins with the trail pile and ends with the object. The dog must follow the trail independently, the handler must be at a distance of 10 m from the dog during the whole trail, unless the dog shows objects. The special trail has three levels of difficulty:
IFH-V - a trail made by the handler himself, 90 minutes old and 600 steps long, followed by 3 objects.
The IFH-1 trace is made by a stranger, is 120 minutes old and has a minimum length of 1,200 steps, and consists of seven straight and six right angles. An intersecting trace is made of 4 objects on the trail and over the trail.
The IFH-2 trace is made by a stranger, is at least 180 minutes old and has a minimum length of 1800 steps. There are 7 objects on the trail and a cross is also made over the trail. In this step, right angles and an arc are added to the right angles.

To achieve the result, the dog must receive at least 70 points out of 100. The dog's willingness to work, staying on track, showing objects is assessed.

The IGP-FH is a two-part competition and consists of two tracks of IFH 2 severity, which the dog must run on two different days and, if possible, one on the soil and the other on the grass. To achieve the result, the dog must receive at least 70 points for both traces. If the score for one track is lower, the dog will not score.

In the photo you can see Greta Rüütel and Nicky - Estonian champion in FH 2014 94 p, 2nd place at EMV 2015 (92/97), 2nd place at EMV 2016 (92/91), 2nd place at EMV 2018 (96/97). The last two times the same score with the first place dog. Greta and Nicky have competed in three World Championships, two of them successfully. Nicky is Estonian FH CH and PJK CH.

IGP ehk Internationale Gebrauchshund Pruefung

Hovawart Tallivahdit Meerjungfrau and owner B-e Hellman.

FCI working test rules kodulehelt.

IGP is an international training obedience.

The competition consists of three parts: trace (A), obedience (B) and defense (C). The dog must receive at least 70 points out of a possible 100 in each section. There are three levels of severity in IGP: IGP-1, IGP-2, and IGP-3. The minimum age at first instance for participating dogs is 18 months.

In the first step of the IGP trace (A), the dog must trace a 350-400 step trace made by the owner. There are two items left that the dog must notify the owner of. In the second and third degree, the imprint is made by a stranger and the imprint is older and longer. The obedience part (B) of the IGP is similar to obedience training, with the addition of bringing the object over the oblique barrier, or barrier A, and forwarding. Part (C) of the protection consists of searching for shields, guarding and barking the sleeve man, preventing the fleeing sleeve man.

IPO-R and VP, Rescue trainings

Hovawart Polarfact Utta Ginny (Lola)

IPO-R ja VP rules kodulehelt.

IPO - R is a very practical field of training and as the dog 's sense of smell is his most powerful and highly developed mind, he is a great help in people' s search for the forest, the landscape and the collapsed buildings .

VP is water rescue. Training is a good way to teach a dog how to behave by and in a body of water and a great opportunity to spend time with the dog.

Estonian Search Dogs Club kodulehel  and Dog Sports Club Delta kodulehel.


Hovawart Lola in the picture has VP1 level.

Guide Dog

Polarfact Ulaf Arcturus (Arti)


It is true that due to its temperamental and self-conscious nature, the Hovawart is more suitable for active hobbies, but we have the Hovawart Guide Dog in Estonia, who can do his job very well.

Although the training of guide dogs was started with a German Shepherd, who still account for 10% of all guide dogs in Finland, for example, in most countries it has been concluded that a Labrador Retriever is best suited as a guide dog. 

More information about the School of Guide and Assistance Dogs koduleheltYou can also find information about training on the same page.

See also Help Dog Center facebook page.