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!

Non-qualifiers:
 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.

Tip:
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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