Level Two

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

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Location:
Any familiar location, such as the house, yard or regular training area. All exercises off leash.

Equipment:
Target, distraction bowl, jump, retrieve object, scent articles
Optional: Distance platform, Nosework oil

Cues:  All cues in this level may verbal and/or hand signals.

Reinforcement:
Eight external reinforcers:  the handler may use external reinforcers to reward the dog’s behavior for up to eight exercises. The reinforcer (food or toy) must be kept in a pocket (no bait bags) and out of sight while the dog is performing an exercise. In exercises where a visible distraction is required, then the distraction, when given to the dog, IS counted as one of the external reinforcers.   Food reset tosses do NOT count, and are allowed during the exercise when specified as an option.   The reinforcer MUST be the same food or toy that is used in any distraction work. One reinforcer = one treat OR ball toss/toy play  for up to 10 seconds. Reinforcement may only be given on the completion of the exercise.

Maximum video length:

7 minutes

Sample video:


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Exercise 2-1
Moving engagement with no visible reinforcers

Handler maintains the dog’s focus while actively moving around for 15 seconds.
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Exercise 2-2
Heel pivots without foot target

Dog and handler pivot together on a single spot, turning 360° to the left and right, without the aid of a foot target.
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Exercise 2-3
Recall 6 feet (1.8 m) and “front” with formal finish

Dog demonstrates a formal 6 foot recall with a front and a finish.
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Exercise 2-4
“Stand”, “Sit” and “Down” in heel position with handler marching in place

Handler starts by “marching” in place and  then cues a “stand”, “sit” and “down” in any order.
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Exercise 2-5
Send to target, hold a single sustained position then demonstrate one additional position
Handler sends the dog to a target 10 ft (3 m) away where the dog must hold the first position for five seconds (cued or not), followed by a second cued position of the handler’s choice.
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Exercise 2-6
Attention to handler followed by a forward “mark” 

The handler must demonstrate that the dog can (A) give one to two seconds of eye contact in the presence of a food bowl, target object or toy, and (B) “mark” (focus forward) towards the same distraction or target for an additional one to two seconds.  Exercise may also be done in reverse order.
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Exercise 2-7
High or broad jump (height or width must be minimum 1/2 of dog’s height)

Without moving, the handler must cue the dog to jump either a high/bar or a broad jump while standing either next to the dog, in front of the jump, or beside the jump.
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Exercise 2-8
Hold or retrieve an object  

Dog must hold an object for a minimum of one second.
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Exercise 2-9
Identify correct article (out of four) by scent
Dog correctly indicates the handler’s scent (or Nosework scent) from among four objects.
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Exercise 2-10
Remain in position in the presence of a distraction with handler’s back to dog
Dog must demonstrate a 15 second “sit-stay”, “down-stay” or “stand-stay” with a  distraction bowl behind the dog and the handler’s back to the dog.
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