One of the most common handler errors is incorrect reporting in/out. In most cases, this won't cost you points, but it is a matter of formal trial etiquette that shows respect for the judge and the sport. Additionally, it creates a positive first impression when done correctly. When done poorly...well, worst case scenario is a disqualification if you leave training equipment on your dog, if your dog bites the judge, if the dog engages the other dog upon check-in/out in obedience, etc.
This tip sheet walks you through what to do and what to say for properly reporting in and out in each phase. The content originally appeared in my Handler Etiquette article, published in Schutzhund USA magazine's Jan/Feb 2017 issue. It's been given a new look, plus a few extra handling tips!