L2 Exercise 10: Video Examples, Details and Judging Criteria

Exercise 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 placed behind the dog and the handler’s back to the dog.

Purpose:  Demonstrate impulse control in the presence of a distraction and without eye contact from the handler.

Equipment: A distraction bowl with food or a desired toy.  Target or mat optional.

Exercise set-up:  Dog is placed in a “sit-stay”, “down-stay” or “stand-stay”, with or without a mat/target. The exercise begins when the handler cues the dog to the position – a formal “stay” or “wait” cue after the position cue is optional. The handler then places the distraction on the ground approximately 1 ft behind the dog. The handler then walks approximately 10 ft (3 m) forwards without looking back at the dog, and waits 15 seconds with his/her back to the dog. The fifteen second count begins as the handler walks away from the dog. The dog must not change position or turn around during this time (looking back at the distraction is acceptable). The handler then returns to the dog and stands in heel position for 1 – 2 seconds. The exercise ends at the end of the 1-2 second count in heel position. The dog may be then be released to eat the food, or the handler may pick it up and give it to the dog. If a toy is used, the handler may play with the dog at this time.

Scoring: Pass/Not yet!

Non-qualifiers:  Dog requires multiple cues to start the exercise.  The dog breaks the “stay” for any reasons at any time during the exercise.  Handler looks back at the dog during the 15 second interval.  Video does not permit the exercise to be adequately judged.


  1. You must remain facing away from your dog for the full 15 seconds; no looking back even as you walk away!
  2. The exercise does not end until you return to heel position and stand for one to two seconds – stay silent until you arrive back in position.

Video Example:

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