Level Four

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

Location:
All exercises must take place away from home and must not be in a location used in any earlier videos submitted for a passing score.

Equipment:
Retrieve object (2), broad jump, scent articles (4)
Optional: Target/platform/box, distraction bowl (2)

Cues:

Cues may be verbal and/or signal unless specified differently in the described exercise.

Reinforcement:
Four external reinforcers (including two distraction reinforcers) located off the handler’s body: handler may use external reinforcers to reward the dog’s behavior for up to four exercises. The reinforcer (food or toy) may NOT be kept on the handler’s body and must be located within the video testing area. In exercises where a visible distraction is required, then the distraction, when given to the dog, IS counted as one of the external reinforcers. The reinforcer MUST be the same food or toy that is used in any distraction work. One reinforcer = one food reward OR ball toss/toy play up to 10 seconds. Reinforcement may only be given in between exercises.

Sample video:

Full Length Sample videos will be added here as they are submitted

Exercise 4-1
Hand signals or verbals at 30 feet (x3) and signal recall with distractions
Handler sends their dog 30 feet between distractions and then cues “stand”, “down”, “sit” (in any order) followed by a signal recall.
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Exercise 4- 2
Call to heel followed by a Figure 8 around distractions and 360 degree right pivot circle
Dog will demonstrate a “call to heel,” followed by a Figure 8 heeling pattern around distractions and ending with a 360 degree right pivot circle and a halt.
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Exercise 4-3
Retrieve one of two objects thrown on the ground

Handler throws an object at least 15 feet (4.5m) forward. Handler and dog then pivot 180 degrees and handler throws a second object 15 feet (4.5m) forward.  Handler and dog do the opposite pivot 180 degrees back to face first object. Dog is then sent to fetch the object.
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Exercise 4-4
Moving “stand”, “drop” at 20 feet (6 m) distance, handler return to heel
Handler cues a moving “stand”, leaves dog and then cues a “drop” followed by the handler returning to heel position.
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Exercise 4-5
Backup, change of position and recall over broad jump 

With the dog in front of a broad jump, the dog must back up and change position before being recalled over the jump and return to handler.
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Exercise 4-6
Scent discrimination with retrieve

Dog must retrieve a scented article from among four choices at a distance of 10 feet (3 m).
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