L3 Exercise 1: Video Examples, Details and Judging Criteria

Exercise 1: Moving engagement followed by formal set up for heeling
Handler maintains the dog’s focus while moving informally (not heeling) in a circle of about 10-15 ft (3-4.5 m) in diameter, followed directly by setting up for the heeling exercise.

Purpose:  Demonstrate informal engagement prior to beginning structured work.

Equipment: None

Exercise set-up: Handler moves with the dog informally in a circle of about a 10 – 20 ft (3 – 6 m) diameter.  The exercise begins when the handler begins to interact and move with the dog on a circle. The handler may play with the dog, move backward,  have dog on opposite side,  talk to the dog, ask the dog to do tricks, pet the dog, etc.  The team must maintain their connection as they make one full circle together. At the end of the circle, the handler will ask the dog to set up in the specified default heel position (sit or stand).  The exercise ends once the dog is in heel position.   Exercise #2 immediately follows this exercise.

Scoring:Pass/Not yet!

Non-qualifiers: Dog leaves or attempts to leave the handler.  Handler uses formal heeling to move the dog.  Dog refuses to set up in heel position at the end of the circle.  Video does not permit the exercise to be adequately judged.

Keep Moving!   Make sure the video angle clearly demonstrates the full circle.  The idea of this exercise is to test how to give the dog a mental and physical break while moving between exercises.  The dog should not look like it is heeling regardless of the handler’s behaviour.

Video Example:

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