L5 Exercise 3: Video Examples, Details and Judging Criteria

Exercise 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.

Purpose:  Demonstrate stimulus control and cue discrimination with distractions.

Equipment:  Broad jump (length is handler’s choice).  Distraction (toy or open food bowl with treats).  Cone (optional).

Exercise set-up:  The exercise begins when the dog is placed in a “sit-stay” at an appropriate distance facing the broad jump.  A distraction (toy or open food bowl with treats) is placed on the ground 2 feet (0.6 m) behind the dog.   The handler will then stand on either side of the jump 2 feet (0.6 m) back from the edge of the last board.  Handler will then give a single verbal OR signal cue for two different positions of handler’s choice.  The dog is then sent (with one verbal OR signal cue) over the jump, around a cone (optional), and then must returnl automatically to the handler and offer a front or automatic finish. Handler may pivot to face the dog once the dog has cleared the jump.  The exercise ends when the dog is released, either toward the distraction or the handler may pick up the distraction and play with or feed the dog.

Scoring: Pass/Not Yet!

Non-qualifiers:  Dog does not hold the “sit-stay”.  Dog takes the distraction before the end of the exercise. Dog does not complete the two changes of position.  Dog does not clear the jump or cuts the corner of the jump.  Dog requires multiple cues for any portion of the exercise.  Video does not permit the exercise to be adequately judged.

Tips:

None

Video Example:


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Scoring: Pass/Not Yet!

Reasons to not qualify:

Tries to take the distraction before the end of the exercise.  Does not clear the jump or cuts the corner of the jump.  Requires multiple cues for any portion of the exercise.