Companion Dog

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Schedule and Description of Exercises

Maximum marks                                100

Minimum qualifying marks              80

Group 1 – Control             Group marks 65        Minimum qualifying marks 46

Heel on Lead, 10 marks

The dog will heel naturally on leash moving at normal, fast and slow paces, around obstacles and people. The exercise, held in the open, will include left, right and about turns and halts.

Heel Free, 10 marks

The exercise as Heel on Lead, except the dog will be off the lead.

Recall to Handler, 10 marks

Dog in the “Sit” or “Down” position and is recalled from a distance of approximately 20 m.

Send Away, 15 marks

Handler will send the dog to an object 20 m away and when there commanded to stop in the “Sit,” ”Stand” or “Down” position. This is followed by a recall to the handler.

Retrieve a Dumbbell, 10 marks

Exercise is the same as in Beginners Class. The dumbbell should be visible to the dog.

Down Stay – 10 minutes, 10 marks

Dogs will be tested for steadiness while a helper will move amongst them at a steady pace once during the exercise.


Group 11 – Agility                        Group marks 20        Minimum qualifying marks 14

Scale “A” Frame, 10 marks

Before beginning the exercise the handler will tell the judge which position (“Stand,” “Sit” or “Down”) the dog will take when the far side of the “A” frame is reached. The handler can give the command of choice to the dog when the far side of the “A” frame is reached. While in that position the dog can be tested for steadiness by someone walking around the dog.

Upon orders the handler will be commanded to move as directed to within sight of the dog and then instructed to call his dog to “Heel.”

Clear Jump, 5 marks

The handler and dog moves forward at pace of choice, off lead, in “Heel.” The dog is commanded over the jump. As the command is given the handler will halt and await the judge’s order to re-join the dog. A command to the dog to “Stay” in any position when over the jump is permitted.

Long Jump, 5 marks

This jump is done in exactlythe same manner as the clear jump.


Group 111 – Nose-work             Group marks 15       Minimum qualifying marks 11      

An area of ground 15 m X 15 m is foiled by letting the handlers and dogs walk all over it. An (1) article with the handler’s scent is placed, unseen by the handler and the dog, in the area. The handler must send his dog to retrieve the article while remaining outside the area.

Time allowed for the exercise is two (2) minutes.


Dimensions     Beginners CD       

Dogs height at Withers         Clear jump      Long jump     “A” Frame

Under and including 25 cm      25 cm             60 c m                 1 m

Over 25cm including 45 cm      35 cm            1.2 m                  1.5 m

Over 45 cm CD                             60 cm            1.4 m                  1.6 m


Dimensions Companion Dog and other Stakes

Dog’s height at Withers             Clear Jump         Long Jump         “A” Frame

Under and including 25 cm             30 cm                   60 cm                  1 m

Over 25 cm including 45 cm            45 cm                    1.2 m                   1.5 m

Over 45 cm CD                                      70 cm                    1.4 m                   1.6 m

Over 45 cm TDI,II & PD                       80 cm                    2 m                      1.8 m



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