The Test

This test is designed to evaluate the progress you have made with your dog's training. The goal of passing this test will help provide you with motivation to train. If you can't pass all the tests, keep practicing until you can.

To get a more objective evaluation, give a copy of the test to a friend or relative so that they can score you. You may not have food in your hands during any of the tests, but you may have it in your pockets to use as a reward. Try to do as much as possible off leash. Remember to use your watch command if you are having trouble getting your dog's attention. If you pass, celebrate—pizza for both you and your dog!

The Training Test

Test

Excellent

Fair

Needs Work

Sitting on

Sits with one

Command and

Will not sit

command

command and

signal need

without being

hand signal

to be repeated

touched

Attention

Looks at you

Needs extra

Does not look

to name

immediately

commands to

at you

when hears

pay attention

name

Sit for petting

Stays with one

Needs many

Jumps up

command and

commands to

waits for "okay"

stay; gets up but

doesn't jump up

Lying down

Lies down with

Needs more

Will not lie

one command

than one

down without

and hand signal

command

being touched

Heeling on

Heels without

Need lots of

Breaks thread

a thread*

many commands

commands

or signals

Come and sit

Comes on

Needs lots

Does not

first command

of commands

come

and sits

to come

Down-stay for

Stays down

Needs lots

Gets up more

one minute

without many

of reminds

than once

extra commands

to stay;

gets up but

lies back down

with minimum

of effort

* Attach your dog's leash to his collar with a thread, or you can run his collar through a rubber band and attach the leash to the rubber band.

* Attach your dog's leash to his collar with a thread, or you can run his collar through a rubber band and attach the leash to the rubber band.

Dog Owners Handbook

Dog Owners Handbook

There are over a hundred registered breeds of dogs. Recognizing the type of the dog is basically associated with its breed. A purebred animal belongs to a documented and acknowledged group of unmixed lineage. Before a breed of dog is recognized, it must be proven that mating two adult dogs of the sametype would have passed on their exact characteristics, both appearance and behavior, to their offspring.

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