L2 Exercise 5: Video Examples, Details and Judging Criteria

Exercise 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.

Purpose: Demonstrate basic control at a distance and ability to hold positions and respond to additional cues.

Equipment: A target

Exercise set-up: Handler places the dog in heel position or goes to the dog’s side. The exercise begins when the dog is given a verbal cue and/or hand signal to go 10 ft to a target.  Once at the target the dog may maintain and hold its original position OR the handler may cue a single position of his/her choice.  One optional, single cue to begin holding position (“wait”, “stay” etc.) is allowed. The dog must hold the first position for five seconds.  After five seconds the handler will cue a second position of his/her choice. The exercise ends as soon as the dog takes the second cued position, at which point the handler may release the dog.

Scoring: Pass/Not yet!

Non-qualifiers: Dog anticipates the cue to go to the target. Dog does not hold first position at the target for five seconds, or moves before released. Dog does not perform the cued position after the five second stay. Handler uses multiple commands or moves after the exercise begins.  Video does not permit the exercise to be adequately judged.


Know your dog! Consider using your dog’s most stable position for the five second stay.

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