Level Five

Click for TEAM Level Five PDF Summary  –  for convenience only.  Please review the website exercise pages for details, examples and judging criteria.


Base Level – All exercises may take place in your regular training area.

Maximum video length:

9 minutes

Excellent (+) Level – All exercises must take place away from home and must not be a location used in any earlier trial videos submitted for a passing level.

Honors Level – All exercises must take place away from home.   Teams may opt to reuse the location used for the Excellent Level.

Retrieve object, high jump, broad jump, cones (x4)

Optional: Target/platform/box, distraction bowl

Cues may be verbal and/or signal unless specified differently in the described exercise.

Base & Excellent Levels – Two external reinforcers (including one distraction reinforcer) located off the handler’s body:  handler may use external reinforcers to reward the dog’s behavior for up to two exercises.  The reinforcer (food or toy) may NOT be kept on the handler’s body and must be located within the video testing area. In exercises where a visible distraction is required, then the distraction, when given to the dog, IS counted as one of the external reinforcers. The reinforcer MUST be the same food or toy that is used in any distraction work. One reinforcer = one food reward OR ball toss/toy play up to 10 seconds. Reinforcement may only be given in between exercises.

Honors Level – No reinforcement may be given during the round.  Upon completion, Teams are required to demonstrate that the dog wants the distraction reinforcers utilized in the round by either feeding the treat to the dog or playing with the toy.

Sample Video

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Note:  Final exercise judged as Questionable as handler did not wait the required pause times between throwing and taking the retrieve item on the retrieve over jump portion.

Exercise 5-1

Heelwork in a triangle pattern
Using four cones, the team will demonstrate a heeling pattern that includes normal, slow and face pace, a halt, two small circles and a send around a cone.
Video examples, details and judging criteria

Exercise 5-2
Directed send around 3 cones
Three cones are set up in a line.  The dog is directed to circle each one in turn, returning directly to the handler after each repetition.
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Exercise 5-3
Broad jump with position changes, a distraction and return to handler
After being positioned in front of a distraction, the dog will demonstrate two position changes, a send over a broad jump, circle a cone (optional) and return directly to handler.
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Exercise 5-4
Moving stand, stand for exam, send around cone and return to handler
After executing a moving stand, the handler will examine their own dog, leave the dog again, and cue a reverse go-around a cone so the dog returns to the handler.
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Exercise 5-5
Send to a target at 35 feet (10.6 m), return to moving heel, moving drop, circle left, pick up dog, heel to next exercise
After being sent to target, the dog will hold a “stay” while the handler returns and circles the dog.  Team then heels forward, dog drops on cue, handler returns to the dog and team proceeds to the next exercise.
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Exercise 5-6
Retrieve on the ground and retrieve over high/bar jump with formal presentation
After cueing a retrieve on the ground ending with a formal retrieve presentation, the team will perform a retrieve over the high/bar jump with a formal retrieve presentation.
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