TEAM Rules

Official Rules & Exercise Descriptions for each Level

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Pre-Levels (Optional)

Pre-Levels are optional titles that some handlers may choose to attempt prior to submitting for Levels 1-3. The exercises are the same as for the corresponding level (ex: Pre-Level 1 uses exercises from Level 1). Handlers may opt to attempt any or all of the exercises but MUST attempt a minimum of any six from the listed level exercises. A passing score will need five successful exercises. Please see each pre-level below for specific details for that level.

Exercises that are judged as “not yet” will receive a judge’s comment explaining where the exercise has not met criteria.

Pre-Level 1

This is an optional title that handlers may choose prior to submission for Level 1. For Pre-level 1, a handler may attempt all of the exercises listed under Level 1 but MUST attempt a minimum of six of the 10 listed exercises. A passing score requires five passing exercises.

Once this level is complete, the title “TEAM1P” may be added after your dog’s name.

Pre-Level 2

This is an optional title that handlers may choose after completion of Level 1 and prior to submission for Level 2. For Pre-level 2, a handler may attempt all of the exercises listed under Level 2, but MUST attempt a minimum of six of the 10 listed exercises. A minimum of one exercise must be completed without using an external reinforcer (food or toy).

A passing score requires five successful exercises.

Once this level is complete, the title “TEAM2P” may be added after your dog’s name.

Pre-Level 3

This is an optional title that handlers may choose after completion of Level 2 and prior to submission for Level 3. For Pre-level 3, a handler may attempt any of the exercises listed under Level 3 but MUST attempt a minimum of six exercises. A passing score requires five successful exercises.

Teams must complete at least one exercise without using an external reinforcer (food or toy). This level requires that all 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.

Once this level is complete, the title “TEAM3P” may be added after your dog’s name.

 

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!