Level Six

Click for TEAM Level Six PDF Summary  –  for convenience only.  Please also review the website exercise pages for extra details, examples and judging criteria.

Location:
Base Level – All exercises may take place in your regular training area.

Excellent (+) Level – All exercises must take place away from home and must not be a location used in any earlier trial videos submitted for a passing level.

Honors Level – All exercises must take place away from home.   Teams may opt to reuse the location used for the Excellent Level.

Equipment:
Retrieve object, jump (high or bar), scent articles (x6), glove

Optional: Target/platform/box, distraction bowl

Cues:
Cues may be verbal and/or signal unless specified differently in the described exercise.

Reinforcement:
Base & Excellent Levels – Two distraction reinforcers (only one will be given), located off handler’s body.  Reinforcers must be located within the video testing area. The reinforcer MUST be the same food or toy that is used in any distraction work. One reinforcer = one food reward OR ball toss/toy play up to 10 seconds.

Honors Level – No reinforcement may be given during the round.  Upon completion, Teams are required to demonstrate that the dog wants the distraction reinforcers utilized in the round by either feeding the treat to the dog or playing with the toy.

Full Length Sample Videos will be added here as they are submitted

Exercise 6-1

Heelwork with send (seek back), search and retrieve
Team will heel a T-Shaped pattern which includes change of pace while handler drops an object.  Upon returning to the starting point, the dog will be sent to retrieve the object (and search for it, if necessary), and deliver object to handler.
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Exercise 6-2
Stand-stay, drop on recall, front or finish

Handler leaves dog in a stand-stay, walks away then cues a drop on recall, followed by front or finish.
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Exercise 6-3
Send out 40 feet (12 m), perform trick, and recall with distractions and handler movement  

Handler places distractions beyond send out point, and behind dog.  Handler cues dog to target, then cues a trick (see Definitions FAQ for details), followed by handler movement before calling the dog back to front or heel position.
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Exercise 6-4
Throw retrieve object, recall, retrieve, front or finish, hold (two different repetitions) 

Handler will throw a retrieve object, move directly behind the dog and either recalls the dog first and then sends for the retrieve, or dog is cued to retrieve object while handler stands behind dog.  Both repetitions require a 2-second hold and return to handler in front or heel position.
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Exercise 6-5
Heeling, send over jump to retrieve, return to moving heel, halt 

Handler throws a glove over a high/bar jump, heels with the dog before sending the dog to retrieve the glove, after which the dog catches up to handler and continues to heel before handler takes glove.
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Exercise 6-6
Sit stay, directed scent discrimination, directed glove retrieve

The dog will be left in a “stay” in any position while the handler sets up for this exercise.  Six articles (including one scented) and a single glove are placed in opposite directions.  Dog finds the correct scented article and returns it to handler, then retrieves the glove and delivers it to handler.
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