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ICCF Beginner Novice Obedience  - Video Demonstration

Heel on Leash -- show whether the dog has learned to watch its handler and adjust its pace to stay with the handler. Figure Eight. -- same as Heel on Leash but done in a Figure Eight pattern.

Sit for Exam -- is of great benefit when the dog needs hands-on care by a veterinarian.

Sit Stay -- allows the handler to have control of the dog when visitors come to the home.

Recall -- provides the handler with the ability to call the dog and get an immediate response at all times.

ICCF Novice Obedience -Video Demonstration (video does not demonstrate long sit/down)

Heel on Leash and Figure Eight -- show whether the dog has learned to watch its handler and adjust its pace to stay with the handler.

Heel Free -- done off leash. Stand for Examination -- is of great benefit when the dog needs hands-on care by a veterinarian.

Recall -- provides the handler with the ability to call the dog and get an immediate response at all times.

Long Sit (1 minute) -- allows the handler to have control of the dog when visitors come to the home.

Long Down (3 minutes) -- dog must remain in a down position.

ICCF Advanced Obedience (Akc -Open)- Video Demonstration (video does not demonstrate long sit/down)

Heel Free and Figure Eight -- Same as Novice, but off leash.

Drop on Recall -- can be a lifesaving command for a dog, since it gives the handler control in potentially dangerous situations.

Retrieve on Flat

Retrieve Over High Jump

Broad Jump

Long Sit (3 minutes) -- similar to the long sit in Novice, but the position must be held for a longer period of time with the handler out of the dog's sight.

Long Down (5 minutes) -- dog must remain in a down position.

ICCF Rally Novice ( Level 1) Video Demonstration of Rally signs, Video Demonstration of Rally Signs

NOVICE (as outlined by the AKC website)

This is the first level for those just getting started in competition.

  • All exercises are performed with the dog on leash.
  • There is a requirement of 10-15 stations to complete with no more than five stationary exercises.
  • The exercises performed vary from turning 360 degrees to changing paces during the course.
  • Exhibitors at this level may clap their hands and pat their legs through the course.

ICCF Rally Advanced ( Level 2) Video Demonstration of Rally Signs

ADVANCED (as outlined by the AKC website)

This is the second level, which includes more difficult exercises throughout the course.

  • All exercises are performed off-leash.
  • There is a requirement of 12-17 stations with no more than seven stationary exercises.
  • Exercises include a jump as well as calling your dog to the front of you instead of to a heel position.

QUALIFYING PERFORMANCE (crediting source AKC website)

A qualifying performance indicates that the dog has performed the required exercises according to the AKC Rally Regulations. Each performance is timed, but times are only counted if two dogs earn the same score.

QUALIFYING SCORE

All dogs and handlers begin with a perfect 100. A dog and handler team is awarded a qualifying score if it retains at least 70 points after the course has been completed. Once the team has completed the course, their score will be posted ringside.

RALLY SIGNS

The signs may be any color and they include descriptions as well as directional arrows of exercises. Signs are numbered to make it easy to find the next station when navigating the course.

All signs are placed to the handler's right side. The signs are large enough to be easily recognized when going through a course. The exercises designated on the signs will be performed in close proximity to the sign itself, either in front, back of, or beside the sign.

ROLE OF THE JUDGE

The judge must arrive one hour before judging in order to set up the course for the class. Judges are open to questions that the handlers may have regarding the course during the walk-through period.They must post a copy of the course at ringside so that the exhibitors know what to expect and where to go once they are in the ring. The judge must evaluate the performance of each exercise and the sense of teamwork between the dog and handler between the stations as stated in the AKC Rally Regulations.

The orders "Are you ready?" and "Forward" are given to each handler who enters the ring.

GLOSSARY

Brisk -- Keenly alive, alert, energetic.

Course Design -- A set of signs, previously arranged by the judge, that the dog and handler team will navigate for competition. Each class will have a different course design.

Crowding -- A dog that is so close to the handler as to interfere with the handler's freedom of motion.

Gently -- With kindness, without harshness or roughness.

Leg -- A term that is used frequently for a qualifying score.

Natural -- Not artificial; free of affectation; what is customarily expected in the home or public places.

Qualifying Score -- Minimum of 70 points out of a possible perfect score of 100.

Station -- Location of a sign providing instructions regarding the exercise that is to be performed.

Timing -- All dogs will be timed. Times will be used only in the event of ties for a placement.

Walk-through -- Handlers are permitted to walk the course, without a dog, prior to the start of the class to plan their strategy. The walk-through gives handlers an opportunity to familiarize themselves with the signs and the course.

Car Jacking Scenario 

A plastic jug of rocks will be used as a weapon/distraction . Decoy will approach, engaging in conversation, up to a distance of three feet from the car. The dog can be actively barking out the window or must be showing that it is alert and ready to defend the car. when the team enters the car. The decoy will then pretend to leave, and suddenly & energetically turn to attack the dog, yelling and shaking the jug while delivering the grip. The dog must energetically engage the decoy by biting, stopping the attack, and maintaining control of the decoy. Upon the signal of the steward the owner will tell the decoy to “stop fight my dog” decoy will cease fighting, and the handler will be asked to command the dog to release (without physical manipulation). When the dog releases the grip, the decoy will step back three paces and put his hands up. The dog should be ready to stop another attack by barking.

Scoring will be as follows: Defense (5) Distraction (10) Grip (5) Release (5) Alert Post-Release (5). Each handler and dog must get at least 80% to pass . (24 points out of 30 )

ICCF Barn Test Rules - as outlined by the Barn Hunt Association *PDF

Instinct - Video Demonstration 

  • Prerequisite: None. An Instinct pass is not required to enter Novice. .
  • Course time allowed: One minute.
  • Number/Type of Tubes on the course: One empty tube, one litter tube, one rat tube.
  • Required elements within course time allowed:

Correctly indicate the tube with the rat. The three tubes will be placed secured and uncovered in plain sight on the course. While the course is set up in such a way that tunneling and climbing are difficult to avoid, the purpose of  is correct identification of the live rat tube. A dog who avoids the tunnel/climb yet finds the rat will be marked as a passing effort. Time starts when the dog leaves the start box. Time ends when the handler indicates a rat tube.

Novice -Video Demonstration

  • Eligibility Criteria: Any dog may enter Novice if that dog has not yet attained the Novice title (. Dogs entering Novice A may, but are not required to, have an Instinct title.
  • Course time allowed: Two minutes.
  • Number/Type of Tubes on the course: One empty tube, one litter tube, one rat tube. At least one tube of any type must be elevated. All tubes may be elevated
  • Tunnel Requirements: The tunnel is straight and consists of two bales placed sideways across boards for safe step-downs. At least one Official Tunnel is at ground level. There can be more than one Official Tunnel.

Required elements within course time allowed: Execute a climb. Execute an Official Tunnel. Correctly indicate one live Rat tube.Time starts when the dog and/or handler exits the start box. Time stops when the dog/handler indicates the rat and has executed both a tunneling and climbing effort. The required elements can be achieved in any order.   If the dog/handler indicate the incorrect tube or run out of time before finding the live tube, the dog is NQd but will be immediately escorted to the nearest live tube, shown the tube, and briefly praised.

Open- Video Demonstration

  • Eligibility Criteria: Any dog may enter Open any time after attaining the Novice title and prior to completion of the Open title.
  •  Course time allowed: Two minutes 30 seconds
  • Number/Type of Tubes on the course: One empty tube, two litter tubes, two rat tubes. At least one live rat tube must be elevated. All tubes may be elevated  
  • Tunnel Requirements: The tunnel must have one 90 degree turn and the exit cannot be readily visible from the entrance; the tunnel must look dark. The tunnel cannot have more than two entry/exit openings. At least one Official Tunnel must be at ground level. There can be more than one Official Tunnel.

Required elements within course time allowed: Execute a climb. Execute an Official Tunnel. Correctly indicate two live Rat tubes. Time starts when the dog and/or handler exits the start box. Time stops when the dog/handler has indicated both live rat tubes and has executed both the tunneling and climbing effort. The required elements can be achieved in any order. If the dog/handler indicate an incorrect tube or run out of time before finding all of the live tubes, the dog is NQ but will be immediately escorted to the closest live tube, shown the tube, and briefly praised before exiting the course. Dogs are only to be shown one live tube and are not allowed to find all remaining live tubes.

 

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