dog must appear for the test well groomed. The collar may not be a
pinch collar, electric collar, or similar correction collar. You
will provide the examiner with a brush to help demonstrate your
dog's tolerance for being handled by a stranger. The dog must
allow the examiner to brush it and to examine its body. The test
also includes the dog sitting calmly while a stranger pets it.
dog must be comfortable with the approach of a friendly stranger.
The examiner will approach you and shake hands. Your dog should
accept the approach calmly, without shyness or aggression. A
friendly dog can fail this by approaching with too much
enthusiasm. A polite dog waits for permission before touching a
dog must be able to walk without pulling on its leash. A formal
heel is not required. Your dog must be able to walk through a
crowd of people. Often the people will be doing all the things
people do - opening umbrellas, walking on crutches, swinging a
sweater, crossing suddenly in front of the dog. Your dog should
not pull at the leash, jump at the people, or show either fear or
examiner will ask you to have the dog sit and lie down on command.
You will be asked to tell the dog to stay, then to step away from
the dog, about twenty-five feet or so and call the dog. The dog
should stay until called, and come when called. Unlike formal
obedience, repeating a command is allowed.
ability to regain self-control after excitement is an important
part of the test. The examiner will have you play with the dog
briefly then calm it. The dog should calm quickly.
dog must allow the approach of person with a strange dog.
Typically, the other person will approach with a leashed dog and
shake your hand. Showing aggression, fearfulness, or even
excessive friendliness is grounds for failure.
dog must remain calm if you leave it briefly, (I think its three
minutes). You will secure the dog to some object as directed by
the examiner, and go out of sight of the dog. The dog may move
around but it must not whine, bark, pull or otherwise show
distress. An important point to note is that the dog is not left
alone but is being left under the indirect supervision of a
stranger. You should try to interact with the examiner so the dog
is aware that you are not abandoning it, but the examiner will not
correct or otherwise soothe the dog.