L2 Exercise 3: Video Examples, Details and Judging Criteria

Exercise 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.

Purpose: Recalls, fronts and finishes are basic obedience skills.

Equipment: None

Exercise set-up: Dog starts in heel position in a sit or down position. The exercise begins when the handler gives the dog a verbal cue and/or hand signal to stay. The handler will walk at least six feet away, stand normally, pause for a minimum of 1-2 seconds, and then call the dog to front with a verbal and/or signal.  After another minimum 1-2 second pause, the dog will be cued with a verbal and/or signal to finish to heel position. The dog must go directly to heel position and sit or stand within 30° of correct heel position at the handler’s side. The finish may be either left, right, or between the legs and to heel position.  The exercise ends when the handler releases the dog from heel position.

Scoring: Pass/Not yet!

Non-qualifiers: Dog does not stay, recall or finish on a single verbal/signal cue.  Dog is too far from the handler in front position.  Dog is crooked in heel position (greater than 30° from correct heel position). Handler uses excessive body language to get the dog into position. Handler does not stand normally when calling the dog, or moves at any time during the exercise. Angle of the video makes it impossible to judge the dog’s position or any part of the exercise.


Face the camera in this exercise, so that your front and finish can be judged accurately.  If the judge cannot see if your dog is straight then you will not pass the exercise.

Video Example:

Cant see video?  Click here