TEAM Rules

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TEAM Level 4 – General overview

General overview

Location: Any familiar location, such as the house, yard or regular training area.  All exercises off leash.

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

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

Reinforcement: Four external reinforcers (food or toy), 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 may NOT be kept on the handler’s body and must be located within the video testing area. In exercises where a distraction is required, then the distraction, when given to the dog, IS counted as one of the 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.

Maximum video length: 9 minutes

Sample video:

Exercise 4-1: Send, Positions & Recall

Hand signals or verbals at 30 ft. (x3) and signal recall with distractions.
Handler sends their dog 30 ft. between distractions and then cues stand, down, and sit (in any order) followed by a signal recall.
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Exercise 4-1: Send, Positions & Recall

Hand signals or verbals at 30 ft. (x3) and signal recall with distractions.
Handler sends their dog 30 ft. between distractions and then cues stand, down, and sit (in any order) followed by a signal recall.
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Exercise 4-2: Heeling with Distractions

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 4-2: Heeling with Distractions

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: Directed Retrieve

Retrieve one of two objects thrown on the ground.
Handler throws an object at least 15 ft. (4.5m) forward. Handler and dog then pivot 180 degrees and handler throws a second object 15 ft. (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 4-3: Directed Retrieve

Retrieve one of two objects thrown on the ground.
Handler throws an object at least 15 ft. (4.5m) forward. Handler and dog then pivot 180 degrees and handler throws a second object 15 ft. (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, Heel

Moving stand, drop at 20 ft. (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 4-4: Moving Stand, Drop, Heel

Moving stand, drop at 20 ft. (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: Back up, Positions, Recall & Jump

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 returning to handler.
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Exercise 4-5: Back up, Positions, Recall & Jump

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 returning to handler.
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Exercise 4-6: Scent Articles

Scent discrimination with retrieve.
Dog must retrieve a scented article from among four choices at a distance of 10 ft. (3 m).
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Exercise 4-6: Scent Articles

Scent discrimination with retrieve.
Dog must retrieve a scented article from among four choices at a distance of 10 ft. (3 m).
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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!