Class Levels

Beginners Class

The following exercises are covered in beginner’s class:
  • Concept of marker training and timing
  • Charging the mark
  • Leash Safety
  • Food delivery
  • Engagement: Food chase and touch
  • Toy Play
  • Positions: Sit, Drop & Stand
  • Loose lead walking
  • Distraction recall whilst on lead
Standard required for pass to class 1:
  • Understanding of marker words, timing and termination cues
  • Understanding & demonstration of how to engage with dog
  • Sit and drop beside and in front on command (no lure). Command can be verbal only, hand signal only or command and hand signal (handler preference)
  • Understand concept of stand and how to attempt to get dog into stand
  • Loose lead walking: Must start on left and facing forward, know how to correct if pulling/sniffing and understand that dog should be on left to progress to heeling
  • Distraction recall whilst on lead: Dog must turn and move toward handler, owner must know correct time to reward. Command must only be used once

Class One

The following exercises are covered in class 1:
  • Engagement: Food chase, touch, front, spin, look, middle & leg weaving
  • Sit, drop and stand with increased criteria: adding duration and distance
  • Loose lead walking with right about turns
  • Distracted recall with sit in front on return
  • Social exercises: exposure to different surfaces, leave it, platform, weave poles, tunnels
Standard required for pass to class 2:
  • Sit & drop at the end of the lead for 20 seconds. Dogs must move into position on first cue, no re-cuing allowed, no breaks accepted.
  • Stand in front for 10 seconds. Dogs must move into position on first cue, no re-cuing allowed, no breaks accepted.
  • Distracted recall from end of lead, dogs must come eagerly on single command and sit on return to handler. No fly-bys.
  • Loose lead walk for 30 seconds with right about turns, dogs must start on left in appropriate position and not constantly pull, sniff the ground or lunge. Two mishaps allowed however no lunges.

Class Two

The following exercises are covered in class 2:
  • Walk beside handler in heel position
  • Sit, drop and stand in heel position
  • Sit and drop stay at a distance of at least 2 metres with duration of at least 1 minute. Return around the back of the dog
  • Change of position from sit to a drop whilst handler is in front of the dog
  • Set recall at a distance of at least 5 metres, sit in front of handler
  • Figure 8 and weaving
  • Stand stay at end of lead, return around dog
  • Left and right about turns
  • Fast and slow pace whilst heeling
Standard required for pass to class 3:
  • Walk beside handler in heel position
  • Sit, drop and stand in heel position
  • Sit and drop stay at a distance of at least 2 metres with duration of at least 1 minute. Return around the back of the dog
  • Change of position from sit to a drop with handler in front of the dog
  • Set recall at a distance of at least 5 metres, sit in front of handler
  • Figure 8 and weaving
  • Stand stay at end of lead, return around dog
  • Left about turns

Class Three

The following exercises are covered in class 3:
  • Heeling with automatic sits, and commanded stands and drops
  • Fast and slow pace heeling
  • Crate training
  • Hungry bowl
  • Pivots and platform work
  • Sit stays at a distance of at least 5 metres and duration of 1 minute
  • Drop stays at a distance of at least 5 metres and duration of 2 minutes
  • Recall at a distance of at least 12 metres, dog must sit in front of handler
  • Stand for exam including lead up and at the end of the lead, with full return. The dog is not allowed to move any feet.
Standard required for pass to class 4:
  • Heeling with sit, drop and stand. Dogs must automatic sit with no verbal or hand signal. Heel pattern must be completed for a duration of 2 minutes.
  • Figure eight and weaving in heel position
  • Slow, fast and normal pace heeling
  • Sit stays at a distance of at least 5 metres and duration of 1 minute
  • Drop stays at a distance of at least 5 metres and duration of 2 minutes
  • Recall at a distance of at least 12 metres, dog must sit in front of handler
  • Stand for exam including lead in and at the end of the lead, with full return. The dog is not allowed to move any feet.

Class Four

The following exercises are covered in class 4:
  • Heeling with automatic sits, and commanded stands and drops
  • Fast and slow pace heeling
  • Crate training
  • Hungry bowl
  • Pivots and platform work
  • Sit stays at a distance of at least 5 metres and duration of 1 minute
  • Drop stays at a distance of at least 5 metres and duration of 2 minutes
  • Recall at a distance of at least 12 metres, dog must sit in front of handler.
  • Stand for exam including lead in and at the end of the lead, with full return. The dog is not allowed to move any feet.
  • Retrieve dumbbell
  • Change of position
  • Shaping (2 on 2 off contacts)
  • Tricks
Standard required for pass to class 5:
  • Standard required for pass to class 5 requires a pass in either Obedience Community Companion Dog in or Rally Obedience Novice