L4 Exercise 4: Video Examples, Details and Judging Criteria

Exercise 4:  Moving “stand”, “drop” at 20 ft. (6 m) distance, handler returns to heel

Handler cues a moving “stand”, leaves dog and then cues a “drop” followed by the handler returning to heel position.

Purpose:  Demonstrate ability to stop promptly while heeling and response to cues at a distance.

Equipment: None

Exercise set-up:  Handler will start with the dog in a “sit” or “stand” in heel position.  The exercise begins when the handler cues the dog to heel.  After heeling for 10 feet (3 m), the handler will cue the “stand” while the handler continues forward alone for an additional 20 feet (6 m) at which point handler pivots to turn and face the dog.  Dog may take no more than one or two steps before stopping (less than full body length). After a three second pause, the dog will be given a single verbal and/or hand signal to “drop” in place.  Dog may take no more than one or two steps before dropping (less than full body length).  The handler will then return to heel position and stop while the dog remains down for one additional second.  The exercise ends when the handler releases the dog from the down position.

Scoring: Pass/Not Yet!

Non-qualifiers:  Dog does not heel with handler.  Dog does not stop in the “stand” position within a full body length after being cued.  Dog continues to move towards the handler after stopping (no further forward movement is allowed).  Dog does not drop in place (within one body length) when cued.  Dog drops before being cued.  Dog does not remain in the “down” position while the handler returns to heel position and releases the dog.  Handler gives additional cues.  Video does not permit the exercise to be adequately judged.


Take advantage of both verbal and hand signals to help your dog!

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