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REGULATIONS FOR OBEDIENCE TESTS

 

(Supplementary to INKC Rules & Regulations for Shows)
  1. (a) In all the classes the handler may use the dog’s name with a command or signal without penalty. Except in the Stay Tests and Distance Control, all tests shall commence and finish with the dog sitting at the handler’s side.

(b) Food shall not be carried or given to the dog in the Obedience Ring.

(c) In any test in which judge’s articles are used, none of them should be injurious to the dog and must be capable of being picked up by any breed entered in that test.

(d) Spayed bitches and castrated dogs are permitted to compete in Obedience Classes.

(e) No bitch in season shall be allowed to compete in Obedience Classes.

(f) In all tests the points must be graduated.

(g) Handlers may use only a slip chain or smooth collar in the ring. Dangling ends and/or attachments are not permitted if the slip chain or collar are left on during off-leash exercises.

(h) Every handler must wear his ring number prominently displayed when in the ring.

(i) No person shall carry out punitive correction or harsh handling of a dog at any time whilst within the boundaries of the Show.

(II) Imperfections in heeling between tests will not be judged but any physical disciplining by the handler in the ring, or any uncontrolled behaviour of the dog, such as snapping, unjustified barking, fouling the ring, or running out of the ring, even between tests, must be penalised by deducting points from the total score and the judge may bar the dog from further competition in that class.

(III) No dog may compete in more than two Obedience Classes at any Show.

(IV) No handler may handle more than one dog in each Class.

(V) Minimum total points required to qualify for a First Prize in any Class is 60%, other prizes 50%.

(VI) Disqualification of Dogs
(In addition to the general disqualifications, which apply)

A bitch which is in season shall be disqualified and removed from the Obedience Ring.

EXPLANATORY NOTES FOR OBEDIENCE TESTS

1 General.

  • In all Classes the dog should work in a happy and natural manner but should not impede the handler and prime consideration should be given to judging the dog and handler as a team. The dog may be encouraged and praised except where specifically stated.
  • Instructions and commands to competitors may be made either by the Judge or the Steward by delegation except during heelwork when commands must be given by the caller steward.
  • In all tests the left side of the handler will be regarded as the “working side” unless the handler suffers from a physical disability and has the judge’s permission to work the dog on the right hand side.
  • To signal the completion of each test the handler will be given the command “test finished”.
  • It is permissible for handlers to practise their dog before going into the ring provided there is no punitive correction; this is similar to an athlete warming up before an event.

2 Tests

  • Heel on LeadThe dog should be sitting straight at the handler’s side. On command the handler should walk briskly forward in a straight line with the dog at heel. The dog’s shoulder should be approximately level with and reasonably close to the handler’s leg at all times when the handler is walking. The lead must be slack at all times. On the command “Left Turn” or “Right Turn” the handler should turn smartly at a right angle in the appropriate direction and the dog should keep its position at the handler’s side. Unless otherwise directed, on command “About Turn” the handler should turn about smartly through an angle of 180 degrees to the right and walk in the opposite direction, the dog maintaining its position at the handler’s side. On the command “Halt” the handler should halt immediately and the dog should sit straight at the handler’s side. Throughout the test the handler may not tug the dog or make use of the lead without penalty.
  • Heel Free The test should be carried out in a similar manner as for Heel on lead except that the dog must be off the lead throughout the test. “Left about Turns” in heelwork are only permissible in Class B and C at normal and/or slow pace.
  • Recall See specific Class Tests.
  • Retrieve a Dumb-bell/ArticleAt the start of this exercise the dog should be sitting at the handler’s side. On command the handler must throw the dumb-bell/article in the direction   The  dog should  remain in  the  Sit position  until  the  handler  is ordered to send it to retrieve the dumb-bell/article. The dog should move out promptly at a smart pace to collect the dumb-bell/article cleanly. It should return with the dumb-bell/article at a smart pace and sit straight in front of the handler. On command the handler should take the dumbbell/article from the dog. On further command the dog should be sent to heel. In Classes A, B and C the test commences on the order “Last Command” to handler.
  • Stays – The Judge or Steward will direct handlers to position in the ring. The command “Last Command” will be given and handlers should then instantly give their final command to their dogs. Any further command or signal to the dogs after this “Last Command” will be penalised. Handlers will then be instructed to leave their dogs and walk to positions indicated until ordered to return to them. These are group tests and all dogs must compete together, but where this is impracticable at an indoor show, the Class may be equally divided but the judging for the groups must be consecutive.(1) Sit-Stay –       Dogs should remain in the Sit position throughout the Test.

(2) Stand-Stay –  Dogs should remain in the Stand position throughout the Test.

(3) Down-Stay –  Dogs should remain in the Down position throughout the Test.

Scent Discrimination
(1) Cloths must be placed in position by a steward and must be at least 3 ft and not more than 5 ft apart.

(2) The method of taking scent is at the handler’s discretiion. However, in Class C this shall  not require the judge to place his hand on or lean towards the dog.

(3) In Class C more than one decoy steward may be used, and each decoy steward is permitted to place a maximum of two cloths per dog.

(4) Decoy stewards must not handle a cloth for longer than the handler in Class B, or the judge in Class C. Cloths must be stored out of reach of the dog whilst not in use.

(5) Any cloth which is fouled in any way e.g. mouthed, must be replaced with a fresh cloth

(6) At the commencement of the test the dog must be brought to a designated point. The dog must be facing away from the cloths while scented/decoy cloths are placed in position. When the cloths have been placed, the handler must give the dog scent, stand up straight and send the dog on command from the judge to steward to find the correct cloth. The dog, on finding the correct cloth must then complete the test as for the Retrieve Test.

(7) Limiting the time for this test is at the judge’s discretion.

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DEFINITION OF OBEDIENCE CLASSES
PRE-BEGINNERS

To compete in Pre-Beginners an owner or handler or dog must not have won a First Prize in Pre-Beginners nor gained a third place or above in any other obedience Class.

 Handlers will not be penalised for encouragement or extra commands except in the Sit and Down Tests. In these tests, at the discretion of the Judge, handlers may face their dogs. Judges or Stewards must not use the words “last command” except in the Sit and Down Tests.

  1. Heel on Lead                                                                            15 points
  2. Heel Free                                                                                  20 points
  3. Recall from Sit or  Down position at handler’s choice.
    Dog to be recalled by handler  when stationary and
    facing the dog. Dog to return smartly to the handler,
    sit in front, go to heel  –  all on command of   Judge or
    Steward  to handler.  Distance  at  discretion  of Judge.
    Test commences when handler leaves dog.                         10 points
  1. Sit one minute handler in sight                                                10 points
  2. Down two minutes, handler in sight                                        20 points
  3. Working of the dog in a happy and natural manner, and

dog & handler working as a team                                               10 points

                                                                                        Total      85 points

BEGINNERS

To compete in Beginners an Owner or Handler or dog must not have won a total of two or more First Prizes in Beginners Class, or, one First Prize in any other Obedience Class, (Pre-Beginners excepted).

Handlers will not be penalised for encouragement or extra commands except on the Sit and Down tests. In these tests at the discretion of the Judge, handlers may face their dogs. Judges and Stewards must not use the words “last command” except in the Sit and Down tests.

  1. Heel on lead                                                                              15 points
  2. Heel free                                                                                    20 points
  3. Recall from Sit or Down position at handler’s choice..
    Dog to be recalled by handler when stationary  and
    facing the dog. Dog to return smartly to handler, sit in
    front, go to heel  –  all on command of  Judge  or
    Steward to handler. Distance at discretion of Judge.
    Test commences when handler leaves dog.                         10 points
  1. Retrieve any article. Handlers may use their own article     25 points
  2. Sit one minute handler in sight                                               10 points
  3. Down two minutes, handler in sight                                       20 points
  4. Working of the dog in a happy and natural manner,
    and dog & handler working as a team                                  10 points                                                                                                                                                                                           Total               110  points
    NOVICE
  • For dogs that have not won First Prizes in Obedience Classes (Pre-Beginners and Beginners excepted).
  • Handlers will not be penalised for encouragement or extra commands except in the Sit and Down tests. In these tests, at the discretion of the Judge, handlers may face their dogs. Judges or Stewards must not use the words”last command” except in the Sit and Down tests.
  1. Temperament Test. To take place before heel on lead.
    Dog to be on the lead, in the Stand position, handler
    to stand by dog. Judge to approach quietly from the
    front and to run his hand gently down the dog’s back.
    Judge may talk quietly to the dog to reassure it. Any
    undue resentment, cringing,  growling  or  snapping
    to be penalised. This is not a stand for examination
    or a stay test                                                                             10 points
  1. Heel on lead                                                                              15 points
  2. Heel free                                                                                    20 points
  3. Recall from Sit or Down position at handler’s
    choice. Dog to be recalled by handler when stationary
    and facing the dog. Dog to return smartly to handler,
    sit in front, go to heel  – all on command of  Judge  or
    Steward to handler. Distance at discretion of Judge.
    Test commences when handler leaves dog.                         10 points
  1. Retrieve a dumb-bell, handlers may use their own
    dumb-bell                                                                                  15 points
  2. Sit one minute, handler in sight                                              10 points
  3. Down two minutes, handler in sight                                       20 points
  4. Working of the dog in a happy and natural manner,
    and dog & handler working as a team                                  10 points                                                                                                                                                                                                           Total 110 points

 TEST A

 For dogs which have not won three First Prizes in Test A, B and C in total.

  • Simultaneous command and signal will be permitted. Extra commands or signals must be penalised.
  1. Heel on lead                                                                             15 points
  2. Temperament Test. Will take place before heel free.
    Dog to be in the stand position and off the lead. Handler
    to stand beside dog. Conditions as for Novice
    Temperament Test, except  that  the  test  will
    commence with order  “last command” and end with
    order “test finished”. Extra commands will be penalised.
    This is not a stand for examination or stay test                     10 points
  3. Heel free                                                                                    25 points
  4. Recall from Sit or Down position at handler’s choice.
    Dog to be recalled  to  heel  by  handler,  whilst  handler
    walking away from dog, both to continue forward until
    ordered to halt. The  recall  and  halt  points  to  be the
    same for each dog and handler. Test commences
    following handler’s last command to dog                              15 points
  5. Retrieve a dumb-bell. Handlers may use their own
    domb-bell                                                                                  15 points
  6. Sit two minutes, handler in sight                                             10 points
  7. Down five minutes, handler out of sight                                 30 points
  8. Scent discrimination. The handler’s scent on a
    marked cloth supplied by the Judge. There must be
    a  total  of  six  scent cloths, this total must not include
    any decoys,  but  must  include the cloth provided by
    the judge. These six cloths must be set out in a straight
    line, which may be in any direction.                                        30 points
  9. Working of the dog in a happy and natural manner,
    and dog & handler working as a team                                   15 points

                                                                                         Total 165 points

 TEST B

  • For dogs which have not won three First Prizes in Test B and Test C in total
  • One command by word or signal is permitted, any extra commands and signals must be penalised. However a simultaneous command and signal is permitted in the Send Away element of the Send Away, Drop and Recall exercise.
  1. Heel free. The dog shall be required to walk at heel
    free and shall also be tested at fast and slow pace.
    Each change of pace shall commence from the halt
    position                                                                                      40 points
  2. Send Away, Drop and Recall. On command of Judge
    the handler to bring the dog to the place indicated,
    set  up  the  dog  and stand upright. On further
    command, the handler will send the dog in the direction
    indicated by the Judge. After the dog has been
    dropped, handler will call the dog to heel whilst walking
    where directed by the Judge and both  will continue
    forward until ordered to halt. No obstacle to be placed
    in path of dog. Simultaneous command and signal is
    permitted but as soon as the dog leaves the handler,
    the arm must be dropped. (N.B. an extra command
    may be simultaneous command and signal but must
    be penalised)                                                                            40 points
  1. Retrieve any one article provided by the Judge but
    which must not be in any way injurious to the dog
    (excluding  food or glass). The article to be picked up
    easily by any breed of dog in that Class and to be
    clearly visible to the  dog. A  separate similar article
    to be used for each dog. Test commences  following
    Judge or Steward’s words “last command” to handler        30 points
  1. Stand one minute handler in sight                                          10 points
  2. Sit two minutes, handler out of sight                                       20 points
  3. Down five minutes, handler out of sight                                 30 points
  4. Scent   The handler’s  scent  on a marked cloth
    supplied by the Judge. There must be a minimum of
    six  and up to a maximum of ten scent loths; the total
    must include one decoy cloth, and the cloth provided
    by the judge. The pattern of cloths is at the judge’s
    discretion                                                                                  30 points
  1. Working of the dog in a happy and natural manner,
    and dog & handler working as a team                                   20 points

                                                                                        Total   220 points

 TEST C

(a) Open to all dogs

(b) One command by word or signal is permitted, any extra commands and signals must be penalised. However, a simultaneous command and signal is permitted in the Send Away element of the Send Away, Drop and Recall exercise.

  1. Heel Work. The dog shall be required to walk at
    heel free, and also be tested at fast and slow pace.
    At some time during this test, at  the  discretion  of
    the Judge,  the  dog  shall be required, whilst walking
    at heel at normal pace, to be left at the Stand, Sit and
    Down position in any order (the order to be the same
    for each dog) as and when directed by the Judge.
    The handler shall continue forward alone without
    hesitation, and continue as directed by the Judge
    until reaching  the  dog  when both shall continue
    forward together until halted. Heel work may  include
    left about turns and figure of eight at normal and/or
    slow pace                                                                                  60 points
  2. Send Away, Drop and Recall as in Test B                            40 points
  3. Retrieve any one article provided by the Judge but
    which must not be in any way injurious to the dog
    (excluding food or glass). The article to be picked
    up easily by any breed of dog in the Class and to be
    clearly visible to the dog. A separate similar article to
    be used for each dog. Test commences following the
    Judge or Steward’s “last command” to handler                    30 points
  4. Distance Control. Dog to  Sit,  Stand  and  Down at a
    marked place not less than ten paces from handler,  in
    any order on command from Judge to handler.  Six
    instructions to be given in the same order for each dog.
    Excessive movement, i.e. more than the body length of
    the dog, in any direction by the dog having regard to its
    size,  will be  penalised. The dog shall start the exercise
    with its front feet behind a designated point. No penalty
    for excessive movement in a forward direction shall be
    imposed until the back feet of the dog  pass the
    designated point                                                                      50 points
  5. Sit two minutes, handler out of sight                                       20 points
  6. Down ten minutes, handler out of sight                                  50 points
  7. Scent discrimination. The Judge’s scent on a marked
    cloth supplied by the Judge.  There  must  be  a
    minimum  of six and upto a maximum of ten scent cloths,
    this total must include the Judge’s scent cloth and a
    decoy or decoys.  The pattern is at the Judge’s
    discretiion.                                                                                50 points
  1. Working of the dog in a happy and natural manner,
    and dog & handler working as a team                                   30 points
                                                                                        Total  330 points

The Indian National Kennel Club will offer an Obedience Certificate (Dog) and an Obedience Certificate (Bitch) for Winners of 1st Prizes in Test C Dog and Test C Bitch at a Championship Show, provided that the exhibits do not lose more than 20 points out of 330. A dog awarded three Obedience Certificates under three different Judges in accordance with these Regulations, shall be entitled to be described as Obedience Champion.

 

 

 

 

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