Dr. Ps Dog Training

AKC Novice Test
Pattern Diagrams and Commands
Used by the Judge & Handler

Prepared by Mark Plonsky, Ph.D.
Copyright © 1996

The Novice test consists of 6 exercises as follows:

Exercise Points
1. Heel on leash & Figure 8 40
2. Stand for examination 30
3. Heel free 40
4. Recall 30
5. Long sit 30
6. Long down 30
Maximum Score 200


1. Heel on leash & Figure 8

A. Heel on leash

Diagram

Figure 1. A Typical Novice Heeling Pattern.
Note that this pattern correlates with the commands given in the table below.

Judge's Commands Handler's Commands Dog's Behavior
Are you ready? Ready Attentive
Forward Heel (or Name, Heel) Heeling
Halt Sits straight
Forward Heel (or Name, Heel) Heeling
Left turn "
Slow "
Normal "
About turn "
Right turn "
Fast "
Normal "
About turn "
Halt Sits straight
Exercise finished OK Free (reasonably)


B. Figure 8

Diagram

Figure 2. Schematic of the Figure 8 Exercise.
Note that this pattern correlates with the commands given in the table below.

Judge's Commands Handler's Commands Dog's Behavior
Are you ready? Ready Attentive
Forward Heel (or Name, Heel) Heeling
Halt Sits straight
Forward Heel (or Name, Heel) Heeling
Halt Sits straight
Exercise finished OK Free (reasonably)


2. Stand for examination

Judge's Commands Handler's Commands Dog's Behavior
Asks for leash Remove the leash & give to steward Calm & agreeable
Stand your dog and
leave when ready.
Stand (or Name, Stand)
Pose the dog
From heel - Stay (& hand signal),
then walk 3 paces in front of the dog
Feet planted & still
Performs inspection None Calm
Return to your dog None, just returns to heel position
Exercise finished OK Free (reasonably)


3. Heel free

This is performed identically to the heel on leash exercise except that no leash is used.


4. Recall

Judge's Commands Handler's Commands Dog's Behavior
Are you ready? Ready Attentive
Leave your dog Stay (& hand signal), then
walk to opposite side of ring
Remains sitting
Call your dog Come (or hand signal) Sits straight in front
Finish Heel (or hand signal) Assumes heel position
Exercise finished OK Free (reasonably)


5. Long sit

Judge's Commands Handler's Commands Dog's Behavior
  Armband weighted with
leash placed behind dog
 
Are you ready? Ready Attentive
Sit your dogs Sit Sits
Leave your dogs Stay (& hand signal)
Walk to opposite side of ring
Remains sitting for
1 minute
Return to your dogs Return to heel position Remains calm
Exercise finished OK Free (reasonably)


6. Long down

This is performed identically to the long sit exercise except that the dog is to assume the down position and the duration is for 3 minutes.


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Created 6/96, Last update 3/1/98.
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