Our Teamwork Awards offer a progressive class structure based on skills that are relevant and realistic for your dog – ensuring that your dog is under your control on and off lead, that you and your veterinarian or groomer can handle your dog appropriately, and that your dog finds you fun and engaging and wants to be around you!
Each test night begins on arrival, before dogs get out of vehicles, and ends when all dogs are back in vehicles.
bronze teamwork award
- Control in vehicles: For dog to be calm in vehicle and to exit & enter the vehicle appropriately when owner requests. Dogs must be restrained appropriately in vehicle at all times.
- Handling by owner: For dog to be appropriately handled by owner – basic body check (ears, eyes, teeth, paws, tail, etc) and all over grooming with appropriate equipment. Dog should remain relaxed throughout. Food dispensing toys may be used or treats given throughout to ensure dog’s confidence.
- Handling by another: For dog to be appropriately handled by examiner; details as above.
- Play with owner: For dog to be able to play with handler, to readily swap between toys, and to drop toy when requested.
- Self control: For dog to show self control and/or listen to a “leave” cue around food or toy either in the owner’s hand or on floor.
- Loose lead foundations: For dog & owner to walk full length of the field, rewarding as often as necessary, ensuring the lead remains loose and relaxed throughout. Luring is permitted.
- Recall foundations: For dog to demonstrate engaged recall – owner to place out food, move away from dog, and call them back once ready. Dog should be responsive and engaged throughout.
- Stay: For dog to remain in a sit or down stay for thirty seconds, ten steps from the owner. Dog can either be released to owner or the owner can then return to the dog.
- Control at gate: For dog to be patient while owner steps through gate, then calls them through.
silver teamwork award
- Loose lead walking: For dog & owner to walk full length of the field – several teams working at once in close proximity. For dogs to remain engaged with their owner and offer voluntary check ins. Owner should reward as often as necessary but should not be luring dog.
- Control at a picnic: For dog to remain under control during a “picnic” scenario; dog should be on a loose lead, long line or off lead and remain in a settled position throughout. Multiple people may be present but only one dog working at once.
- Passing another dog: For dog to demonstrate ability to pass another dog & handler team without interfering with them.
- Greeting a friendly person: For dog to greet examiner appropriately, feet must remain on ground.
- Emergency stop on a recall: For dog to demonstrate an emergency stop while recalling toward the owner, either from a stay or from being held by examiner. Dog should stay still until owner then reaches them.
- Stay with something dropped: For dog to remain in a sit or down stay for one minute, while owner walks around nearby, sometimes looking at dog and sometimes not. Owner should go no closer than ten steps to the dog throughout. At halfway mark owner will drop something of value to the dog (e.g. food or favourite toy) and leave that there until end of the exercise. Dog can either be released to owner or the owner can return to the dog. Owner can then retrieve dropped item.
gold teamwork award
- Walk in the park: For dog & owner to walk full perimeter of the field, all teams working at once in parallel. For dogs to remain engaged with their owner throughout, either in a loose lead position (on long line or off lead entirely as suitable) or otherwise close by. Examiner will periodically drop or throw items of interest (e.g. food or toys) near to each team, which should be mostly ignored, and left where they land. Owners may reward as often as necessary especially when items are dropped or thrown but should not be luring dog.
- Control at a picnic: For dogs to remain under control in a “picnic” scenario. Dogs may be on a loose lead or long line and should remain in a settled position throughout. Owners should pass food/drink around and talk amongst each other and not just be staring at their dog throughout. All teams present at once.
- Passing the picnic: For dog to show ability to pass by another dog & handler team who are enjoying a “picnic”, whether on a loose lead or long line or fully off lead. Dog should remain at a polite distance and pass by without trying to steal or interfere. Dog enjoying the “picnic” should remain settled throughout and show no guarding or animosity toward the other dog.
- Hi & Bye: For dog to heed permission to greet another dog while on a long line or off lead, to greet dog appropriately (if suitable for the individual dog(s)), and return to owner once cued.
- Emergency stop on a chase: For dog to demonstrate an emergency stop while chasing or following something (i.e. thrown toy or food, or examiner calling them, or examiner jogging away). Dog should stay still until owner then reaches them.
- Stay with high excitement: For dogs to remain in a sit or down stay, during which owner runs out from dog for twenty paces, then throws an item of value (e.g. food or favourite toy) out. Owner releases dog to item after ten seconds and dog either consumes or retrieves, returning to owner to complete exercise.