Requirements for Moving Up

WHAT THE DOGS NEED TO MOVE UP TO BEGINNER II

Most dogs should graduate from the Beginner I class to Beginner II. However, if you have a dog with confidence problems (i.e. spooky) or who had difficulty learning because of the stress of being around other dogs, etc., we can suggest that a student repeat Beginner I class.


WHAT THE DOGS NEED TO MOVE UP TO INTERMEDIATE I

  • sequence at least 3 obstacles;
  • perform at least 4 jumps in a straight line and in a curve;
  • perform a set of 4 weave poles with wires, with the dog able to enter on its own, weave without escaping from the wires, and weave with speed;
  • perform all obstacles (except the handler can still be catching the teeter totter);
  • stay with the handler almost all of the time; demonstrate a “get out” on command.

WHAT THE DOGS NEED TO MOVE UP TO INTERMEDIATE II

  • sequence at least 9 – 10 obstacles;
  • perform solid contact zones (using a target);
  • stay with the handler all of the time;
  • perform 8 weave poles;
  • demonstrate that he can work at least 5 ‘ away from the handler. And the handler must be able to perform a cross in front.

WHAT THE DOGS NEED TO MOVE UP TO ADVANCED CLASS

  • the dog must be able to perform 12 weave poles without wires, without the handler leading the dog through the poles and with a fair degree of proficiency (i.e. not missing too many poles, dog weaving with handler a short distance away, dog weaving with speed, dog able to enter the poles on its own);
  • the dog should be able to run a Novice level course;
  • the dog must demonstrate solid contact zone performance with the target at a distance, and with the handler at least 5″ away from the dog;
  • the dog must be able to work generally at a distance from their handler; and
  • the handler and dog must be able to perform the basic techniques of crossing in front and crossing behind, and should have some basic understanding of the blind cross and the RFP.