Exercise Updates

The following updates have been made to clarify language and interpretation within the exercises.  We anticipate minor changes as we observe teams working through the levels.  See individual exercise pages for the full text of the exercise.

June 15, 2017

Updates have been made to Level One and will be effective for any video submissions beginning July 1, 2017. The updated level information may be found HERE.

October 26, 2016

Level 3 exercise one and exercise two:  Language clarified to specify the heel setup at end of exercise one (engagement) which leads into exercise two (heeling) should be the default heel position (sit or stand) that is specified on the video submission.

August 19, 2016

The TEAM program is thrilled to announce the addition of the new “TEAM2-Pre” title, for those who have completed level one and want to get try Level2 without completing the full level.  TEAM2-Pre exercises are the same as level 2, but the team must only pass 5 out of the 10 exercises, and must attempt at least six.  Teams must complete at least one exercise without using external reinforcement (food or toy).

The TEAM program is thrilled to announce the addition of the new “TEAM3-Pre” title, for those who have completed Level 2 and want to try Level 3 without completing the full level.  TEAM3-Pre exercises are the same as level 3, but the team must only pass 5 out of the 8 exercises, and must attempt at least six.  Teams must complete at least one exercise without using external reinforcement (food or toy).   This level requires that reinforcers (food or toy) may NOT be kept on the handler’s body, will be kept in one location, 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 the external reinforcer.

August 18, 2016

Level 3 retrieve:  Language has been clarified to state that the distraction must be held level with the dog’s nose or lower, and be obvious to the dog.

August 11, 2016

Level 3 Reinforcers:  Language has been clarified to state that reinforcers must be kept in one location in addition to off the body.

August 8, 2016

Exercise L1, Ex 1 – Exercise clarified to permit (optional) use of a front foot target or platform for the focus in heel portion of the exercise.

August 6, 2016

Exercise L2, Ex 10 – Changed the time required to stand at heel position after returning from the stay from 2 seconds to 1 to 2 seconds.

August 6, 2016

Exercise L2, Ex 4 –  Clarified to start the exercise when the handler begins to march, rather than at the point of cuing the first position.

August 1st, 2016

Exercise L1, Ex 5 – Clarified to add that moving your feet after sending around the cone is a NY.  The handler must be still after sending and until the dog circles the cone.

July 25th, 2016

The TEAM program is thrilled to announce the addition of the new “TEAM1-Pre” title, for those who want to get their feet wet at Level1 without completing the full level.  TEAM1-Pre exercises are the same as level 1, but the team must only pass 5 out of the 10 exercises, and must attempt at least six.

July 15, 2016

Level 1, Ex 2 – language clarified to understand starting position for the exercise.  “Handler and dog start in stationery heel position with dog on target or platform. Handler will repeat this exercise three times (right angle, left angle and send straight ahead) using either a cookie toss or send-around-cone to send the dog away. The handler must be stationery with a neutral body position with hands at sides OR heel side hand may be held at the waist with elbow close to the body as the dog begins the return path. ”

Level 1, Ex 3 – language clarified to understand starting position for the exercise.  “The exercise starts with the dog in front position on the target/platform/box.   Handler will repeat this exercise three times (right angle, left angle and send straight ahead) using either a cookie toss or send-around-cone to send the dog away.  Handler must be stationery with a neutral body position with arms at sides as the dog begins the return path.”

July 13, 2016

Level 1, Ex. 1 (heel set-up after engagement) the duration of contact has been changed from “two seconds” to “one to two seconds”.

Level 1, Ex 2  – language clarified to understand allowable amount of reinforcement.   “The handler may verbally praise their dog between each repetition of the “find” heel behavior.  Any external reinforcement (excluding reset food toss) may only be given at the completion of all three angles.”

Level 1, Ex 3  – language clarified to understand allowable amount of reinforcement.   “The handler may verbally praise their dog between each repetition of the “find” front behavior.  Any external reinforcement (excluding reset food toss) may only be given at the completion of all three angles.”

July 8, 2016

Level 2, Ex. 7 (jumping) the handler does not have to face the dog when cuing the jump.

Level 2, Ex. 6 (mark) the duration of contact has been changed from “two seconds” to “one to two seconds”.  Exercise clarified that it may be done using focus forward first and then focus to handler.