TEAM Rules

Official Rules & Exercise Descriptions for each Level

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Exercise 1-5: Back Up

Back up minimum distance of 2 ft.
Handler cues the dog to back away at least 2 ft. (0.6 m).  Back-up target is optional.

Exercise 1-5: Back Up

Back up minimum distance of 2 ft.
Handler cues the dog to back away at least 2 ft. (0.6 m).  Back-up target is optional.

Purpose: Backing up prevents anticipation and creeping forward.

Equipment: Optional: Back-up target.

Exercise set-up: Back up: Handler stands facing the dog and cues the dog to back up. A continuous cue is acceptable.  A back-up target is optional.  Handler may not move his/her feet.  The exercise begins when the handler gives the back-up cue and ends when the dog has backed up continuously for 2 ft. (0.6 m).   

Scoring: Pass/Not yet!

Non-qualifiers:
 Handler moves toward the dog when cueing the back-up behavior. Handler is unable to get the dog to move backwards. Dog moves forward toward handler before backing up the required distance. Dog sits or lies down anywhere within the required 2 ft. (0.6 m) distance. Dog deviates by more than 45 degrees when backing up. Video does not permit the exercise to be adequately judged.

Tips:
1.  Do not walk towards your dog during the back up!

2.  While a continuous back-up cue is fine, the dog must not stop and start — the dog must back up the entire time, at any speed (or combination of speeds).

Video example of backing up:

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About Team

TEAM is a virtual titling program that focuses on excellent training progression. 

Each level adds complexity for the dog-handler team, presenting them with a wide range of interesting skills to master right from the start.

There’s no reason to hold back on distance work or jumping exercises while teaching your dog to heel!