L6 Exercise 1: Video Examples, Details and Judging Criteria

Exercise 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.

Purpose:  Demonstrate heeling with distractions and a retrieve.

Equipment: One retrievable object.

Exercise set-up:  The team will heel a T-shaped pattern with a minimum distance of 25 feet (7.6 m) for each straight section. The dog is set up in heel position (either sit or stand in heel is acceptable) on the bottom of the “T”.   Handler will carry an object (example: glove, toy, retrieve object) while heeling which will be dropped anywhere along the top portion of the T pattern.  The exercise beings when the team starts to heel forward 25 feet (7.6 m).  The team will then turn either left or right and heel forward another 12.5 feet (3.8 m), show an about turn and heel forward for 25 feet.  Within that 25 foot stretch at the top of the “T,” the handler will drop the object and continue heeling at a normal pace.  The team will then proceed to finish the t-shaped heeling pattern.   Somewhere within the heeling pattern the team must demonstrate at least 5 steps of slow pace and fast pace, an about turn in each direction (left about and right about) and a halt with a sit.  At the end of the pattern the dog should be in the same location and direction as in the starting position.  The dog is then sent to retrieve the object with a verbal and/or hand signal.  The dog must go directly to the object or actively search for it until it is found, and then return it to the handler.  Handler must not move until the object is delivered to hand. Formal front or finish is not required.

Scoring: Pass/Not Yet!

Non-qualifiers:  Dog does not heel with the handler or requires additional cues to stay with the handler.  Dog leaves the handler to retrieve before directed.  Handler does not stand still and wait until the dog is within touching distance to take the object.  Dog requires additional cues to fetch. Dog does not deliver the object to hand.  Handler does not  complete the heeling pattern as directed.  Video does not permit the exercise to be adequately judged.



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