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SCHEDULE OF EXERCISES FOR OBEDIENCE CLASSES

 

BEGINNERS

NOVICE

CLASS A
CLASS B
CLASS C

Beginners Class

Eligibility

Handlers or dogs that have qualified in this Class twice at Championship Shows, scoring at least 95% on each occasion, are not eligible to compete in any Beginners Class again. Handlers or dogs that have qualified in Novice Class or any higher Class are not eligible to compete in any Beginners Class.

 

Exercise                                                                                  Max. Marks

1 Heel on lead……………………………………………………….30

 Heelwork is done on the lead only. It is to include no more than

three right, left and about turns and up to four halts all at normal

pace. Talking to the dog by the handler, snapping of the fingers

slapping of the sides and stamping of the feet are allowed.

2 Recall………………………………………………………………10

Sit-stay and handler moves to a position directly in front and

facing the dog before ordered to recall the dog. Dog must come

and sit in front of handler and then told to heel.

 

3 Retrieve handler’s article…………………………………………..30

An own article is thrown to the required distance. Upon command

the dog is sent to retrieve the article and sit in front of handler,

give the article when told so and heel when commanded.

4 Sit Stay – one minute – handler in sight facing dog……………….10

Handlers must not talk, signal or touch dog when returning to

the dog before exercise is ended.

5 Down Stay – two minutes – handler in sight facing dog…………..20

100

Marks needed to qualify………………………………………..95 – 100

 

No physical disciplining of dog in or outside the ring.

No food to be offered to the dog in the ring.

No food to be carried by the handler in the ring.

No pinch collars.

No talking or signals during stay exercises.

No practice or training in the ring.

Handlers will be penalised for touching their dogs and for moving their

feet once they have assumed a position required by an exercise.

Special Beginners: As above but without the retrieve.

 

 NOVICE CLASS OBEDIENCE TEST

Eligibility

Dogs that have won twice in Novice Class at a Championship Show are not eligible to compete in any Novice Class or lower Class again.

Exercise                                                                        Max. Marks

1 Heel on Lead……………………………………………………………..15

Heelwork includes moving at normal, fast and slow pace with halts,

left and right turns at the halt and on the move. Halts and turns to be

done at normal pace only. Handler may tell dog to heel and halt.

2 Heel free……………………………………………………………………20

Same as above but off lead. The heel exercises test the ability to work as a team.

3 Recall………………………………………………………………………..10

Sit in heel position. “ Leave your dog, normal pace, halt, about turn, call your dog, finish.”

4 Retrieve handler’s dumbbell…………………………………………………25

Dumbbell is thrown to the required distance. Upon command the dog

is sent to retrieve the dumbbell and sit in front of handler, give article

when told to do so and to heel when commanded.

5 Sit stay – one minute – handler in sight……………………………………..10

Handler must not talk, signal or touch dog when returning or move again until the exercise is ended.

6 Down stay – three minutes –handler in sight ……………………………….20

100

Marks needed to qualify…………………………………………………90 – 100

Handlers will not be penalised for extra commands/signals or for encouraging their dogs except when the dogs are left for the stay exercises.

Handlers will be penalised for touching their dogs and for moving their feet once they have assumed a position required in an exercise.

Handlers will face away from or towards their dogs in exercises 5 and 6.

CLASS A: OBEDIENCE TEST

Eligibility

Dogs that have won twice in Class “A” at a Championship Show are not eligible to compete in any Class “A” or lower Class again.

Exercise                                                                                              Max. Marks

1 Heel on lead…………………………………………………………………20

Heelwork is the same as for Novice Class except that now the dog must sit smartly at the halt without being commanded to do so. After the halt it is permissible to give the command to heel. Halts and turns are at any pace.

2 Heel free…………………………………………………………………….25

Same as above but off lead.

3 Recall………………………………………………………………………..15

The order to recall the dog to heel can now be given at any time after the handler has left the dog and while the handler is moving in any direction except towards the dog. The handler continues to move until ordered to stop.

4 Retrieve handler’s dumbbell…………………………………………………25

Same as for Novice class. The dog must retrieve promptly.

5 Sit Stay – one – minute – handler in sight…………………………….……..10            Same as for Novice Class.

6 Down Stay – five minutes – handler out of sight…………………………….25

7 Scent discrimination……………………………………………………….…30

The handler selects the article and scents the article, which is then placed with tongs between other articles. Dumbbells may not be used.                 ____ 150

Marks needed to qualify…………………………………………………135 – 150

A single command and/or signal is permitted. If both are used they must be simultaneous. In the heel exercises one command and/or signal is permitted to commence after a halt. Extra commands/signals and any other communication such as touching the dog or moving of feet etc. will be penalised.

CLASS B: OBEDIENCE TEST

Eligibility

Dogs, which have won 3 times in class “B” at a Championship Show, are not eligible to compete in any Class “B” or lower Class again.

Exercise                                                                                              Max. Marks

1 Heel free……………………………………………………………………30

This exercise is the same as for on lead except that the dog is off lead.

Leads are left at the judge’s table. It is permissible, before moving again

after each halt, for the handler to give the command to heel. Handler and dog will also be required to negotiate a figure of eight at normal pace.

2 Send away – drop and recall………………………………………………..30

When commanded the handler will send his dog forward about 20m to a marker and “down” the dog. The handler can now be ordered to recall the dog or to move and while moving to recall the dog.

3 Retrieve Judge’s article……………………………………………………..30

The judge’s article may be of any substance except glass or food.

4 Stand stay – one minute – handler in sight…………………………………..5

5 Sit Stay – two minutes – handler out of sight……………………………….20

6 Down Stay – ten minutes – handler out of sight…………………………….20

7 Scent discrimination…………………………………………………………35

The handler is given one or two (at his choice) similar cloth articles for

scenting. The second article (if required) will be used to give scent to the

dog. A single decoy cloth article will be placed in position. 200

Marks needed to qualify…………………………………………………180 – 200

A single command or signal is permitted.

In exercise two (Send away – drop and recall) a simultaneous signal may be given with the command to send the dog away.

CLASS C: OBEDIENCE TEST

Eligibility

Once a dog has competed in Class “C” at a Championship Show he may not compete in a lower Class again.

Exercise                                                                                                      Max. Marks

1 Heel free including Advance Stand, Sit and Down………………………………60

At some time in the exercise the handler will be required, while walking at normal pace, to leave his dog in the stand, sit and down positions. The handler will continue forward alone as directed until ordered to pick up the dog when both shall continue together.

2 Send away – drop and recall………………………………………………………40

As for Class B but now the dog will be sent, not to a marked area, but to a spot discreetly marked so that it is readily visible to the handler but not easily identifiable by the dog.

3 Retrieve – one article provided by the judge……………………………………..30

4 Distance control…………………………………………………………………..50

The handler may command the dog to follow the different instructions either by spoken command or by signal and with or without the use of the dog’s name. The dog may not move more than its own body length in any direction.

5 Sit Stay – two minutes – handler out of sight………………………………….…20

6 Down Stay – ten minutes – handler out of sight……………………………….…50

7 Scent discrimination………………………………………………………………50

The judge shall scent two cloth articles for one minute, one to be placed by the steward for selection by the dog and the other given to the handler for the purpose of giving scent to the dog. At least two decoy cloths must be used. 300

Marks needed to qualify…………………………………………………..….290 – 300          

A single command or signal is permitted. In exercise 2 a simultaneous signal may be given with the command to send the dog away.

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