I know, I know. TWO posts in one day??
Well after writing this mornings post I decided to test Ace against Level Two of the Training Levels. Sue Ailsby broke down and organized training into manageable pieces, it’s fantastic. So I called Maggie to help be my “official” tester. WOW! Ace ACED all but three behaviors!
Blue behaviors must be tested without food anywhere nearby.
COME – the dog comes from 40’ away with no more than two cues (voice, body language, or hand signal). The dog may be left on a Stay or held by someone else. The dog must come close enough to catch without moving. A “Front” is not necessary.
CRATE – dog enters crate with no more than two cues (vocal, body language, or hand signals), remains in crate while handler closes/opens door, no vocalizing or pawing.
DISTANCE – the dog goes around a pole from a distance of 2’ with no more than two cues.
DOWN – the dog Downs from Sit on one cue only. The handler may use the dog’s name to get his attention before a voice cue. He missed this – not very focused.
DOWN STAY – dog Downs and stays while partner walks 20’ away and back. Partner may give extra cues while away. An official “return” is not required. I did not expect him to pass this as I hadn’t really worked the total 20′. But he did!
GO TO MAT – dog goes to, gets on a mat, dog bed, hammock, or pause table from 5’ away, 2 cues only – two voice cues, or a voice cue and body language, etc.
HANDLING – the dog allows the handler to handle his ears, tail, and feet. This may be done on a table or on the floor. There must be minimal struggling.
LEASH MANNERS – handler stands in one spot while the dog keeps the leash loose for one minute with one distraction. Handler may use cues but may NOT cue the dog to Watch or to Heel, or to Sit, Down, or Stand or Stay. The intent of the exercise is that the dog’s default behavior for one minute is to keep the leash loose. The dog is NOT required to watch the handler.
SIT – the dog Sits from Stand on one cue only. The handler may use the dog’s name to get his attention before a voice cue. Piece of cake!
SIT STAY – dog Sits and stays while partner walks 20’ away and back. Partner may give extra cues while away. An official “return” is not required. I did not expect him to pass this either, as I hadn’t really worked the total 20′. But he did!
STAND – dog Stands from a Sit or Down with no more than two cues – two voice cues, or a voice cue and body language, or body language and a hand signal, or voice cue and hand signal, etc.
STAND STAY – dog remains standing without moving his feet for 10 seconds. Partner may or may not leave the dog’s side. This may exercise may be done beside the dog or in front of the dog. Nope, not even close.
TARGET – dog touches the marked END of a touch stick with his nose with only one voice cue. Naturally, presentation of the stick is a second cue. Nope, we’ve been focused on grabbing and holding a dumbbell.
TRICK – the dog performs a trick of the partner’s choice. It may be very simple. Two actually, “Get the paper” and Off/Take it.WATCH – dog finds partner’s face and holds eye contact for 10 seconds with no more than two voice cues. No body language or touching other than looking at the dog.
ZEN – the dog stays off a treat in the handler’s hand for 5 seconds and off a treat on couch or chair for 10 seconds. No more than two cues for each behavior, handler cannot guard the treat to keep it safe. Intent is to present the treat at nose level.
I LOVE the levels! We’re well on our way to Level Three. Check out Sue’s site! It’s great reading!