Canine Companion Club

Stage 2: Handling Ability - The Pre-set Heel work Test Exercise Signs

Brief outline of the Pre-set heel work test outline

This part of the test will be in the format of a pre-set test, whereby the assessor has set up a  test course using the exercises described below, a course of signed stations dictates what exercise the assessor requires the dog and handler team to perform. 

The assessor will set a course compiling of no more than 15 exercise stations; therefore, it is advisable for candidates to familiarise themselves with all stations in order to be successful.

Candidates will be allowed a short time in which to comfortably walk the course and the assessor will give them a group briefing prior to the course walk.

During this test, the assessor will not offer any verbal assistance or direction and will not respond to any questions from the candidate, until the course has been completed and only then if appropriate.

The assessor will not offer any form of debrief to the candidate at the time. This will be announced in a personal format to the candidate at the completion of all elements of the Stage 2 Test.

Start Sign

This sign indicates the start of the round.

Handler and dog should pass this sign with the sign being on the handlers right had side.

Progression should be towards the first Station

Finish Sign

This sign indicates the completion of the course, from where the assessor stops marking.

This sign should be passed with the sign on the handler’s right-hand side.

Station 1

After performing an ‘automatic halt’ at the start to this station, the handler then takes 3 steps forward with the dog moving in heel work position at the same time.

As the handler halts, the dog should perform an ‘automatic sit’.

The dog and handler then move together and complete two steps, which is again followed by an ‘automatic halt’.

The final stage of this exercise is the dog and handler taking one step forward and coming to a halt prior to moving onto the next station.

Station 2

The team comes to an automatic halt at the side of the station sign.

The dog is asked in to the down and then sit before the team moves forward.

The handler is permitted to cue the down and the sit, and return to heel work position before moving on.

Station 3

The team comes to an automatic halt a the side of the station sign.

The dog is then asked into the down position followed by a momentary pause before the dog is asked into the stand position.

This should be followed by a moment of stillness before the team moves forward.

The handler is permitted to move from heel position to cue the down and stand, returning back to heel position before moving on.

Station 4

The team comes to an automatic halt at the side of the sign.

The dog is then asked to stand, followed by a moment of stillness before the team moves forwards to the next station.

Station 5

The team comes to an automatic halt at the side of the station sign.

The dog is asked into the down position.

The dog is to remain in the down position as the handler walks 360 degrees around the dog in a clockwise direction.

Once the handler is back in the normal heel work position, the team then moves forward directly from the down position.

Station 6

The team comes to an automatic halt at the side of the station sign.

With the dog sitting close by the handlers left leg, the handler removes the lead and the team then continue in heel free until reaching the station sign “Attach Lead”.

Station 7

The team comes to an automatic halt at the side of the station sign.

With the dog sitting close to the handlers left leg, the handler then attaches the lead and the team continues forward in heel work on lead to the next station.

Station 8

On arriving at the sign, the handlers changes to a noticeably slower pace than normal with the dog at heel position (See advisory notes below)

Station 9

On arriving at the sign, the handlers changes to a comfortable, natural walking pace with the dog at heel position. (See advisory notes below)

Station 10

On arriving at the sign, the handlers changes to a noticeably faster working pace with the dog remaining in heel position.  (See advisory notes below)

ADVISORY NOTE: 
During Slow Pace the team should not come to a stop nor should the dog sit at any time whilst working in slow pace.
As with all heel work the teams should be in a continuous forward motion and the dog should maintain a heel position with the handler at all times.

Station 11

On arriving at the sign,the team come to an automatic halt, whereby the dog should sit at the side of the handlers left leg.

From the sit the team move forward at a noticeably slower pace than normal with the dog at heel position.

Station 12

On arriving at the sign,the team come to an automatic halt, whereby the dog should sit at the side of the handlers left leg.

From the sit the team move forward at a normal working pace  with the dog at heel position.

Station 13

On arriving at the sign,the team come to an automatic halt, whereby the dog should sit at the side of the handlers left leg.

From the sit the team move forward at a noticeably faster pace than normal with the dog at heel position.

Station 14

On arriving at the sign, the team make 90 degree turn to the right in front of the sign.

Then continue to the next Station.

Station 15

On arriving at the sign, the team continue in heel work and make a 180 degree about turn to the right in front of the station sign.

When the team are facing the opposite direction having made the turn, they then make a sharp 90 degree turn to the left and continue in heel work to the next station.

Station 16

On arriving at the sign, the team continue in heel work and make a 180 degree about turn to the left in front of the station sign.

When the team are facing the opposite direction having made the turn, they then make a sharp 90 degree turn to the right and continue in heel work to the next station.

Station 17

On arriving at the sign, The handler and dog team come to a halt in front of the station sign.

Then moving off together the team produce an on the spot turn to the left which is completed once the team come together after the turn in a complete halt.

The team them move off at a normal working pace to the next station.

Station 18

On arriving at the sign, The handler and dog team come to a halt in front of the station sign.

Then moving off together the team produce an on the spot turn to the right which is completed once the team come together after the turn in a complete halt.

The team them move off at a normal working pace to the next station.

Station 19

On arriving at the sign, the team perform a 180 degree turn to the left in the shape of a small circle in front of the sign and finish the exercise with a sharp 90 degree  turn to the handlers left.

The dog should remain in heel work throughout the exercise.

On completion the team continue to the next station.

Station 20

On arriving at the sign, the team perform a 180 degree turn to the right in the shape of a small circle in front of the sign and finish the exercise with a sharp 90 degree  turn to the handlers right.

The dog should remain in heel work throughout the exercise.

On completion the team continue to the next station.

Station 21

On arriving at the sign, the team make a 90 degree turn to the left in front of the sign.

Then continue to the next Station.

Station 22

On arriving at the sign, the team come to an automatic halt.

The handler then cue’s the dog into the stand position. Once the dog is in the stand and remaining still the handler walks around the dog in a 360 degree circle until they arrive back in the heel work position.

When back in the normal heel work position the team move forward at a normal working pace to the next station.

Station 23

This station includes four cones, placed approximately 1.5 metres apart and in a straight line.

On arriving at the sign, the team enter between the 1st and 2nd cone, with the first cone being on the handlers left hand side.

The team continue to weave through the cone to exit at the last cone where by they then continue to the next station.

Station 24

The handler and dog start the exercise behind the station sign, with the station sign being on the handlers left hand side.

They continue to perform a figure of 8 by passing around the second cone which will be on the handlers right hand side and finish by going around the first cone before moving onto the next station sign.

 

 

Station 25

On arriving at the sign, the team make 180 degree turn to the right in front of the sign to regain the previous track they were working on, but in the opposite direction.

This turn should be an accurate turn on the spot whilst moving.

They then continue to the next Station.

Station 26

On arriving at the sign, the team make 180 degree turn to the left in front of the sign to regain the previous track they were working on, but in the opposite direction.

This turn should be an accurate turn on the spot whilst moving.

They then continue to the next Station.

Station 27

On arriving at the sign, the team make a 360 degree turn to the right in front of the sign returning to the starting point for this exercise before then moving on to the next station.

 

Station 28

On arriving at the sign, the team make a 360 degree turn to the left in front of the sign returning to the starting point for this exercise before then moving on to the next station.