Advanced Outdoors

Advanced Outdoors - Club Championship

. Dog Walks to Heel without Lead

The steward will be looking for good rapport between dog and handler, for relaxed walk, prompt response to commands and accurate positioning of the dog at every stage.

Dog and handler will cover an area as instructed by the steward with the dog walking to heel and off the lead. The exercise will include Fast, Normal and Slow paces Left, Right and About Turns and Halts when the dog may be left in the Sit, Down and Stand positions on the instruction of the steward.

Points will be deducted for the dog being more than eighteen inches from the handler when walking to heel, for failure to obey commands or late compliance, for inaccurate positioning and for more than one command per task from the handler.

2. Retrieve Handler’s Article

The steward will be looking for the dog’s prompt response to the command, for a speedy return, for the dog presenting the article without dropping it or mouthing it and for a neat return to heel.

The dog will Sit to Heel off the leash and the handler will throw the article at least five metres away. On the direction of the steward the handler will send the dog to retrieve the article. The retrieve should be executed at a fast trot or gallop and the dog should return to front and sit to present the article to the handler without playing with it, mouthing it or dropping it. After delivery the handler will instruct the dog to return to heel.

Points will be deducted for the dog anticipating the command to retrieve, for slow return, for not giving a correct presentation, mouthing, playing with or dropping the article and for a sloppy return to heel.

3. Two Minute Sit Stay Out of Sight

The purpose of this exercise is to test the dog’s obedience and trust in its handler.

The steward will instruct the handler to leave the dog in the Sit position and move out of sight of the dog for two minutes. The steward will tell the handler when to return to stand two metres in front of the dog and when to move to the dog’s side. The dog must not move until the handler is standing by its side and the steward has announced that the exercise is complete.

This is not an elimination test. Points will be deducted if the dog moves during the two minutes or before told to do so at the end of the exercise.

4. Recall

The steward will be looking for prompt and accurate positioning by the dog in each return to the handler. The order of the tests will be specified by the steward and will be the same for all handlers. Each test will start with the dog in the Sit position.

The steward will instruct the handler to walk away and to call the dog while continuing to walk forwards. The dog must catch up and walk to heel until told to stop.

The steward will instruct the handler to recall the dog from a distance of 15 metres so that the dog comes to sit squarely in front of the handler. On command the dog will go round behind the handler to sit at heel.

The steward will instruct the handler to recall the dog from a distance of 15 metres, commanding the dog to stop approximately half way across that distance. The dog will remain in the stop position (of the handler’s choice) until the handler returns to the dog.

5. Distance Control

The steward will be looking for close attention by the dog to the handler and for accurate and prompt exercise of the tasks.

The steward will instruct the handler to place the dog at a distance of ten metres from him/herself. The steward will then instruct the handler to tell the dog to Sit, Down, and Stand in any order and at least twice for each command. The dog will then remain in position until the handler returns to it.

Points will be lost for the handler giving more than one command per task, and for the dog failing to comply or being slow to do so and for moving forward more than half its own length while carrying out any position change.

6. Send Away

The steward will be looking for the dog’s prompt and accurate response to the command and ability to remain in position until the handler returns to it and releases it.

The steward will instruct the handler to send the dog away to a designated point (to a barrier, fence, bushes or object) which will be the same for all dogs in the test and between ten and fifteen metres away. When the dog reaches the mark the handler will stop it in the Sit, Down or Stand position and the dog must remain in that position until the handler returns to it and gives it permission to move.

Points will be lost for a slow send away, for additional commands, for the dog not going to the exact designated spot and for moving before given permission.

7. Ten Minute down Stay out of Sight

The purpose of this exercise is to test the dog’s obedience and trust in its handler.

The steward will instruct the handler to leave the dog in the Down position and move out of sight of the dog for ten minutes. The steward will tell the handler when to return to stand two metres in front of the dog and when to move to the dog’s side. The dog must not move until the handler is standing by its side and the steward has announced that the exercise is complete.

If the dog moves from its position before receiving permission, it will be eliminated and fail the whole test.

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