L1 Exercise 6: Video Examples, Details and Judging Criteria

Exercise 6 – Nose touch to vertical target placed 5 ft (1.5 m) away 
Handler cues the dog to any vertical target placed 5 ft (1.5 m) away.  Sustained nose touch is not required.

Purpose:  Distance behaviors can be taught and refined with nose targeting.

Equipment: Object such as a stanchion, pole, piece of tape on a wall, upright target stick, etc.

Exercise set-up: The exercise begins when the handler cues the “touch” behavior with a verbal and/or hand signal.  Dog may start in any position with the handler (between legs, left or right side).  The exercise ends when the dog touches the target with his/her nose or is less than 1/2 body length away from target.

Scoring: Pass/Not yet!

Non-qualifiers:  Dog requires multiple cues to go and approach or touch the object. Handler moves feet at any time.  Object is less than 5 feet (1.5 m) away from dog’s starting point. Dog stops more than 1/2 body length away from target.  Dog makes an arc around the object rather than moving directly towards the object.  Video does not permit the exercise to be adequately judged.

Tip:  The exercise ends when the dog is close (less than 1/2 body length) to the target; it is your choice to ask for a position, call the dog back, send the dog around, or go to your dog – nothing is judged after the dog reaches the target.

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