Dr. Ps Dog Training

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

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

The Open test consists of 7 exercises as follows:

Exercise Points
1. Heel Free & Figure 8 40
2. Drop on Recall 30
3. Retrieve on Flat 20
4. Retrieve Over High Jump 30
5. Broad Jump 20
6. Long sit 30
7. Long down 30
Maximum Score 200


1. Heel Free & Figure 8

A. Heel Free

Diagram

Figure 1. A Typical Open 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
(gave leash to steward
upon entering the ring)
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 (still off leash) 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. Drop on Recall

Judge's Commands Handler's Commands Dog's Behavior
Are you ready? Ready Attentive
Leave your dog Stay (& hand signal) Feet planted & still
Call your dog Come Moves toward handler
Signal to drop Command or signal Does a down immediately
Call your dog Come Moves to handler & sits in front
Finish Command or signal Assumes heel position
Exercise finished OK Free (reasonably)


3. Retrieve on Flat

Judge's Commands Handler's Commands Dog's Behavior
Are you ready? Ready Attentive
Throw it Stay (& hand signal) then 20' Remains sitting
Send your dog Fetch Directly & quickly
Take it Give Releases the dumbell
Finish Command or signal Assumes heel position
Exercise finished OK Free (reasonably)


4. Retrieve over High Jump

Judge's Commands Handler's Commands Dog's Behavior
Are you ready? Ready Attentive
Throw it Stay (& hand signal) Remains sitting
Send your dog Fetch Directly & quickly
Take it Give Releases the dumbell
Finish Command or signal Assumes heel position
Exercise finished OK Free (reasonably)


5. Broad Jump

Judge's Commands Handler's Commands Dog's Behavior
Are you ready? Ready Attentive
Leave your dog Stay (& hand signal) Remains sitting
Send your dog Jump The dog does the jump,
turns and sits straight in front
Finish Command or signal Assumes heel position
Exercise finished OK Free (reasonably)


6. 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)
(Note, the handler is then
instructed to leave the ring since
this exercise is done out of site)
Remains sitting for
3 minutes
Return to your dogs Return to heel position Remains calm
Exercise finished OK Free (reasonably)


7. 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 5 minutes.


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