Titles Overview

“Pre-levels” 1 – 3: (TEAM1p; TEAM2p; TEAM3p)

These are optional titles that handlers may choose prior to submissions for levels one, two and three.

The exercises should be taken from the relevant level. For example, if a person attempts a Pre-Level 1 title, they will attempt exercises from the Level one program.

Handlers must attempt at least six exercises and they are welcome to attempt all of them!   A passing score will require at least five successful (passing) exercises.

Exercises that are judged as a NY will receive a judges comment explaining where the exercise has not met criteria.

Once the relevant pre-level is completed, the title “TEAM1P” “TEAM2P” or “TEAM3P” may be added after your dog’s name.

TEAM Levels 1 – 3:  (TEAM1, TEAM2,TEAM3)

Levels 1,2 and 3 are designed to test important foundation skills for teams who wish to pursue many types of dog sports including obedience, rally obedience, tricks, freestyle and others. Dogs that can demonstrate these core skills will be in an excellent position to learn advanced exercises and prepare for competition. Details for Levels 1, 2 and 3 are located on the individual level pages.  All levels may be completed in the same, familiar location.  Once each level is completed, the title “TEAM1”, “TEAM2” and “TEAM3” may be added after your dog’s name.

Here’s a fun “sneak preview” of what it looks like – three levels in three minutes!

TEAM Levels 1-3+: TEAM “Plus” Titles (TEAM1+, TEAM2+, TEAM3+)

To move to Level 4 (TEAM4), you must complete each of the first three levels (TEAM1,2, and 3)  in a novel location. Those are called the “Plus” levels.  Each “plus” title submission must be in a different location that has never been used to film before.  Teams may complete each “+” level in conjunction with the original level or may choose to complete them after successfully finishing the first three basic levels.  For example, a team might choose to do TEAM 1, 2 and 3 followed by TEAM 1+, 2+, 3+ OR the team might do TEAM 1 and then TEAM 1+; TEAM 2 and then 2+ etc.   Once completed, the TEAM “+” title may be added after your dog’s name at the appropriate level.  Completion of the Level 3+ (or Level 3h) is necessary to continue on to the Levels 4-6.

TEAM Levels 1 – 3h:  TEAM “Honors” Titles (TEAM1h, TEAM2h, TEAM3h)

The optional “honors” series requires the skills of Levels 1,2 and 3 to be completed in a novel location other than that used for Levels 1,2 and 3.   Teams that have a “Plus” title for that level may reuse that location.   The Honors level requires that the only rewards allowed are those that are specified within the individual exercises as reset rewards or distraction rewards.  Details for Levels 1, 2 and 3 are located on the individual level pages.  Teams may complete each “h” level in conjunction with the original level or may choose to complete them after passing all of TEAM 1,2, 3 or TEAM 1+,2+,3+ titles.   Teams may opt to go directly to the Honors Level versus the Plus Level if they choose.   Once completed, the TEAM “h” title may be added after your dog’s name at the appropriate level.  Completion of Level 3h OR Level 3+is necessary to continue on to Levels 4-6.

“Visual” representation of moving up through the levels:

 

TEAM Levels 4 – 6: (TEAM4, TEAM5, TEAM6)

Dogs that have earned a TEAM3+ or TEAM 3h are eligible for Levels 4 – 6.

Levels 4-6 apply the basic skills from Levels 1,2 and 3 and create challenging, unique chains of behavior that emphasize reduction of reinforcement, use of novel locations, cue discrimination, and greater formality.  Details for Levels 4, 5 and 6 are located on the individual level pages. Once each level is completed, the title “TEAM4”, “TEAM5” and “TEAM6” may be added after your dog’s name.

Check out this video featuring levels 4 – 6!:

TEAM Levels 4-6+: TEAM “Plus” Titles (TEAM4+, TEAM5+, TEAM6+)

The TEAM “Plus” title series combines the skills in Levels 4, 5 and 6 with the requirement that each of these “plus” levels must be tested in a new location that has not been used before in a passing video submission.  Once completed, the TEAM “+” title may be added after your dog’s name at the appropriate level.

TEAM Levels 4 – 6H:  TEAM “Honors” titles (TEAM4h, TEAM5h, TEAM6h)

The TEAM “Honors” title series combines the skills in Levels 4, 5 and 6 with the requirement that each of these levels must be tested in a new location that has not been used before in a passing video submission AND each level must be completed without any food or toy reinforcers.  Teams that have completed the Plus title for the level may reuse that location for honors at that level.    At the end of the round, the handler must demonstrate that the dog wants the distraction by having the dog either eat the reward or play with the toy.  Once completed, the TEAM “h” title may be added after your dog’s name at the appropriate level.