L1 Exercise 5: Video Examples, Details and Judging Criteria – updated July 1, 2017

Exercise 5:  Back up minimum distance two feet

Handler cues dog to back up 2 ft (0.6 m).  Back up target is optional.

Purpose: Backing up prevents anticipation and creeping forward.

Equipment: Optional: Back up target.

Exercise set-up:

Back up: Handler stands facing the dog and cues the dog to back up. A continuous cue is acceptable.  A backup target is optional.  Handler may not move his/her feet.  The exercise begins when the handler gives the back up cue and ends when the dog has backed up continuously for 2 ft (0.6 m).   

Scoring: Pass/Not yet!

 Handler moves toward the dog when cueing the back-up behavior. Handler is unable to get the dog to move backwards. Dog moves forward toward handler before backing up the required distance. Dog sits or lays down anywhere within the required 2 ft (0.6 m) distance. Dog deviates by more than 45 degrees when backing up. Video does not permit the exercise to be adequately judged.

1.  Do not walk towards your dog during the back up!

2.  While a continuous back up cue is fine, the dog must not stop and start – the dog must back up the entire time, at any speed (or combination of speeds)

Video example of backing up:

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