Drop on Recall

First week of training Place your dog in the sitting position and step two or three feet away in front of him. While saying Down, quickly raise your right hand, palm open, slightly higher than your head pause for only a moment and bring your hand down sharply. If your dog Figure 4- Drop on Recall. in the first week of training begin by standing only two or three feet away, gradually moving to the end of the leash. Figure 4- Drop on Recall. in the first week of training begin by standing only...

Directed Jumping

Dog Jumping Where Directed

This exercise is conducted as follows Take a position, with your dog at your heel, and the bar and high jump about 20 feet to your front. The judge will order you to Send your dog and you will command your dog, Go. The dog should trot out briskly to a point about 20 feet beyond the jump at which time you should command, Sit. Your dog should turn and face you in the sitting position. At this time the judge will tell you which jump you should send your dog over. You should then give him the...

The Signal Exercise

Dog Obedience Hand Signals

The signal exercise is done entirely from hand signals. No verbal commands may be given. The exercise begins with heeling off leash. The judge will order a Left Turn, Right Turn, About Turn and Halt, slow, normal and fast. Special emphasis will be placed on how you and your dog work as a team. In the process of heeling, the judge will maneuver you to one end of the ring. While heeling, the judge will order, Stand your dog and then Leave your dog. You should then signal your dog to stand and...

Scent Discrimination

The following is a description of the scent discrimination exercise. The judge will select one leather and one metal article from your box and place them on his table. The judge will then tell you where to stand with your dog at the heel position while he places the remaining articles on the ground about 15 feet to your front. The articles will be placed about 6 inches apart. At this time the article selected will be passed to you probably on a clipboard . Show both the judge and steward the...

The Utility Class

The Utility class differs markedly from the Open by consisting of scent discrimination of a leather and metal article, directed retrieve, signal exercise, directed jumping and group examination. The AKC Utility score card will be used for judging. The jump shall be one and one half times the height of the dog at the withers with a minimum of 8 inches and a maximum of 36 inches. This applies to all breeds with the exception of those listed in the AKC rule book available from the American Kennel...

For Novice Graduate Novice Open and Utility

University of Kentucky College of Agriculture Cooperative Extension Service Agriculture Home Economics 4-H i Development The Novice The Graduate Novice The Open The Utility This educational material has been prepared for 4-H use by the National 4-H Dog Care amp Training Development Committee, composed of representatives of the Cooperative Extension Service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture and State Land Grant Universities in cooperation with the National 4-H Council. Dr. Dennis A. Hartman,...

The Retrieve on Flat

Dog Sits Front Handler

For the retrieve on flat, the handler stands with the dog sitting in the heel position. The judge gives the order, Throw it, whereupon the handler gives the command and signal, Stay, and throws a dumbbell about 30 feet Figure 17- If your dog enjoys retrieving, remove the leash in the sixth week. Gradually increase the distance to 30 feet and start your dog from the sitting position. Figure 17- If your dog enjoys retrieving, remove the leash in the sixth week. Gradually increase the distance to...

Directed Retrieve Seek back

This exercise is conducted as follows Place your dog in the sitting position facing away from the unobstructed end of the ring as shown in the drawing The judge will then drop the three predominately white cotton work gloves across the end of the ring. The gloves shall be designated One, Two or Three from left to right when the handler turns and faces the gloves. The judge will order a retrieve of one of the three numbers. The handler will then give the command, Duke, heel and will turn in...

The Heel Off Leash

Leash Heels

The heel off leash starts from the heel position. Unsnap the leash and have your dog sitting squarely at your heel. Figure 1- Before heeling your dog off leash, you may want to test him by hanging the leash around your neck. Figure 1- Before heeling your dog off leash, you may want to test him by hanging the leash around your neck. Figure 2- Show confidence in your dog when he is off leash. Figure 2- Show confidence in your dog when he is off leash. Upon the command, Forward, from your...

Dumbbell Size

Training Dog Dumbbell Jump

When teaching a dog to retrieve, it is important to use a dumbbell of correct size for the dog. The length of the bar should be about one inch more than the width between the dog's eyes for unobstructed vision. The bells should keep the bar far enough off the ground for the dog to grasp it behind his canine teeth without touching the ground with his nose. The bar should be large enough not to rock in his mouth and pinch his lips but not so large that he drools. Study the size of your dog's...