Dr. Ps Dog Training

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

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

The Utility test consists of 6 exercises as follows:

Exercise Points
1. Signal Exercise 40
2. Scent Discrimination - Artic #1 30
3. Scent Discrimination - Artic #2 30
4. Directed Retrieve 30
5. Moving Stand & Exam 30
6. Directed Jumping 40
Maximum Score 200


1. Signal Exercise

Diagram

Figure 1. A Typical Signal Exersice
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 signal Heeling
Right Turn "
Fast "
Left turn "
About turn "
Halt Sits straight
Forward Heel signal Heeling
Slow "
Normal "
About turn "
Left turn "
Stand your dog Halt with hand signal Stands
Leave your dog Stay signal Stays
Signal to drop Drop signal Downs
Signal to sit Sit signal Sits
Signal to recall Recall signal Comes
Signal to finsish Finish signal Finishes
Exercise finished OK Free (reasonably)


2 & 3. Scent Articles

Diagram

Figure 2. A typical layout of the scent articles.

Judge's Commands Handler's Commands Dog's Behavior
  Take article & handle it while
watching steward lay them out
At heel
Turn away from articles
Are you ready? Ready & give article to judge Attentive
Places article
Send your dog Heel Does about turn
(with or without a sit,
rules allow either)
Find it Retrieves the correct
article to a sit in front
Take it Give Releases article
Finish Command or signal Assumes heel position
Exercise finished OK Free (reasonably)


4. Directed Retrieve

Diagram

Figure 3. A typical layout for the directed retrieve.

Judge's Commands Handler's Commands Dog's Behavior
  Wait for articles to be removed
then move to where they were
(facing away from the gloves)
 
Are you ready? Ready Attentive
Number 1, 2, or 3 Heel Pivots
Marking signal & Fetch Retrieves
Take it Give Releases the glove
Finish Command or signal Assumes heel position
Exercise finished OK Free (reasonably)


5. Moving Stand & Exam

Judge's Commands Handler's Commands Dog's Behavior
  Stand at the go out point  
Are you ready? Ready Attentive
Forward Heel Heels
Stand your dog Stand & Signal (then 5 paces) Stands abrubtly
Does exam Standing 5 paces in front of dog Stable
Call your dog to heel Command or signal Assumes heel position
Exercise finished OK Free (reasonably)


6. Directed Jumping

Judge's Commands Handler's Commands Dog's Behavior
Are you ready? Ready Attentive
Send your dog Command & signal Quickly moves to far
side of ring
Command to sit
(when reaches far side of ring)
Sits
Bar or high Command & signal, then
pivot when dog is midair
Jumps on return then
sits in front
Finish Command or signal Assumes heel position
Exercise finished OK Free (reasonably)

Note this this exercise is done twice; once with the bar jump and once with the high jump in the order specified by the judge.


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Created 6/96, Last update 2/13/98.
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