L5 Exercise 5: Video Examples, Details and Judging Criteria

Exercise 5:  Send to a target at 35 feet (10.6 m), return to moving heel, moving drop, circle left, pick up dog, proceed to next exercise
After being sent to target, 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 heels to the next exercise.

Purpose:  Demonstrate distance work and stimulus control with handler movement.

Equipment:  Target (optional)

Exercise set-up:  The exercise begins when the handler cues their dog with a verbal and/or signal to go forwards 35 feet (10.6m) to an optional target (vertical or ground) and cues any single position with a “stay”. Handler then approaches dog, goes around behind the dog and moves directly (or with a momentary pause) into heeling (a single verbal and/or signal to cue heeling is acceptable) for a distance of approximately 10-15 feet (3-4.5m).   At that point, the handler will cue a verbal OR signal “drop” or “down” to the dog while continuing to move forwards (with no pause) for an additional 10 feet (3 m). The handler will then again circle behind the dog and go directly into heeling (pause optional) and may proceed with either formal heeling or moving engagement to the start position of the next exercise.  If handler chooses to heel to the next exercise, a single verbal and/or signal to cue the heeling is acceptable.

Scoring: Pass/Not Yet!

Non-qualifiers:  Dog fails to respond appropriately to any single cue.  Handler does not continue normal forward motion when cueing the dog to drop.  Video does not permit the exercise to be adequately judged.


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