Rakaaz Rottweilers

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Gallery 5 - Carting
Gallery 6 - Tracking
Gallery 7 - photo shoot

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Klubsieger & IFR 2007 Gallery

as published in the On Guard magazine December 2007

The 100th anniversary of the Rottweiler was too tempting to ignore, and we, along with 32 other Australians headed off to Rottweil for the celebrations.

After arriving in Frankfurt, the delightful town of Rottweil was a complete contrast. I’m not sure what we expected, but it exceeded anything we could have hoped for. Rottweil is one of the oldest towns in Germany, has been untouched by war, and every corner you turn is a picture postcard. The pride in the town was evident in the upkeep of all the buildings, and the 100th Rottweiler celebrations were the talk of the town, with tourists and dogs alike made to feel very welcome, even to the point of having dog water bowls out the front of every shop in town.  1Rottweil

1 Even the taxi company got into the swing of things with their people-mover painted with Rottweilers.
We arrived at the Stadium in Rottweil early, and spent Friday wandering about, meeting people and seeing dogs we had only ever seen on the net, there was an alleyway of stalls leading up to the sportsground, with all sorts of dog paraphernalia which all Australians made great use of!
With an entry of 627 dogs, 6 rings being judged at once, the challenge was on to try to see as many dogs as possible, and many Aussies made a deal that we would share all our photos, to try to capture as many dogs as possible. A huge thrill for Mick Svaljek, John and me was having the honour of helping show our friends dogs at the show, something we didn’t expect, and to achieve a V2 and V8 in classes of over 70 was a great result.
1The Aussie contingent & friends Sunday many of us decided first thing in the morning to setup camp in front of the working dog class, as many top dogs would be in it, and usually the Klubsieger comes from this class. It was a good choice as it was a very exciting class to watch, particularly towards the end with the top dogs doing way more laps than we usually have to do.
From what we saw the standard of handling in Australia stands up to Europe very well, we saw so many poor changeovers, and deadlinks on loose collars with at least one dog backing out of his collar and running free. Also the manners and friendliness of the Australian contingent was far in front of some others who attended.
The Klubsieger & Klubsiegerin came from the Working Dog class.
After the Klubsieger many Aussies took advantage of the few days break before the IFR to tour around. We were kindly invited by John Lynne & Rachel McDonald & Julie Howard to head off on a National Lampoons Vacation in their Winnebago to Lake Constance, and on to Eagles Nest, near the Austrian border, a major highlight of our trip. Standing on Eagles Nest - awesome!1
1 We were back in Rottweil in time for the big party in the town centre, to celebrate the unveiling of the Bronze Rottweiler statue, which now guards the entrance to the Rottweil museum.

Leading up to the IFR there were demonstrations of the ZTP, the Korung, and other countries mental tests. The Austrian Military put on an impressive display of the types of work their dogs do, including drug detection and apprehending criminals. The Swiss search & rescue team did a very interesting demonstration of finding people and how they train their dogs to go out and over difficult obstacles to find a person, kind of like extreme agility.
Then part two of the 100th anniversary – the IFR World Championships. Many Aussies stayed on for this and had an unforgettable time. The opening ceremony was like an Olympic opening, with the competitors entering the stadium grouped in their countries, carrying their countries sign & flag.
Early Saturday morning we took advantage of the free buses put on by the friendly taxi company to take us to watch the Tracking 30 kms from the town. As ANKC tracking people it was very interesting to see this different style of tracking, observe the differences and appreciate how many facets of working our breed can excel in. The tracking that day was very rocky dirt terrain, unfortunately we didn’t see any of the perfect score tracks that were achieved that weekend, but it was still great to see.  1Tracking dog indicating article
12nd place getter doing obedience Then we headed off back to the stadium to see the obedience & protection components.
It was quite warm (low 30’s) for both days, with 49 dogs competing from all over Europe.

Sunday morning was abuzz with talk of the Swedish bitch who had scored 100 the previous day in tracking, apparently this was her least strong component, so hopes were high for her. Also the German dog Pascha vom Scheldetal who won the previous year had scored the perfect hundred tracking that morning – these were the main contenders for the 1st place.
When the Swedish bitch Masati’s Nora scored 99 for protection we knew there was no beating her, we all had goosebumps and tears in our eyes for her and her owner. He was overcome with joy, picking her up and hugging her, and the whole stadium gave him a standing ovation.  We had heard that he lived a very long distance away from anyone else to train with, and did all the work on his own – an amazing achievement to work at that level.  1Masati's Nora and her owner

First 3 placegetters at the award ceremony
The closing ceremony was again on Olympic lines, with the most stunning trophies, incidentally ALL competitors received a trophy, no matter what their score was. I suppose they figure that they all deserve recognition to have achieve this working level.

All in all a fantastic trip which we will never forget, many memories and funny stories we will treasure.

Susie Baird