TEAM Rules

Official Rules & Exercise Descriptions for each Level

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Exercise 6-3: Distraction send, Trick, Recall

Send out 40 ft. (12 m), perform trick, and recall with distractions & handler movement. 

Handler places distractions beyond send-out point, and behind dog.  Handler cues dog to target, then cues a trick (see Rules & Judging section for definition), followed by handler movement before calling the dog back to front or heel position.

Exercise 6-3: Distraction send, Trick, Recall

Send out 40 ft. (12 m), perform trick, and recall with distractions & handler movement. 

Handler places distractions beyond send-out point, and behind dog.  Handler cues dog to target, then cues a trick (see Rules & Judging section for definition), followed by handler movement before calling the dog back to front or heel position.

Purpose: Demonstrate ability to work moving towards and away from distractions.

Equipment: Two distractions, target (optional).

Exercise set-up: Place optional target 40 ft. (12 m) away from dog.  Place the first distraction 3 ft. (0.9 m) past target. Place the second distraction behind dog.  Handler stands with dog in heel position (sit or stand at heel is acceptable but must be consistent throughout the exercise).  The exercise begins when the handler sends the dog to the target at 40 ft. (12 m).  An additional cue to position at target is allowed but optional. The dog will then be cued to perform one trick at the target (handler’s choice) at 40 ft. (12 m) — verbal and/or signal allowed— followed by a stay in any position at the target while the handler moves 10 ft. (3 m) either right or left.  An additional cue to stay at the target is acceptable.  The dog is then recalled directly into front or heel position. One additional cue is allowed as the dog approaches within 10 ft. The dog will then be released to the distraction in either location, or the handler may pick up one of the desired distractions and play with/feed the dog.  The remaining distraction may be put away or left out for further use.

Scoring: Pass/Not yet!

Non-qualifiers: Dog does not go out to the target.  Dog does not perform a trick on cue. Dog does not stay at the target.  Dog does not recall when cued or does not return to within handler’s reach.  Dog goes to either distraction during the exercise.  Handler gives multiple cues for any of the steps.  Video does not permit the exercise to be adequately judged.

Tip: None.

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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!