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Obedience           Descriptions of the dogs expected behavior          Handlers steps to execute the command
commands
Okay                   Okay releases the dog from his current             Handler looks at dog
                        command                                            Verbal command: OK
                       Indicates that a evolution of commands has         No hand signal
                        ended                                              Dogs gets rewarded
Sparti come            Dog rapidly returns to handler from his            Handler gives verbal command: Sparti
                        current position                                    come
                       Dog sits in front of handler makes eye             High pitched, happy voice
                        contact                                            Handler open both arms (like hugging a
                                                                            person)
                                                                           Handler praises dog “good boy” while he
                                                                            is coming towards handler
                                                                           Handler rewards dog when sitting in front
                                                                            of him, making eye contact
Drop                   Dog drops in present location                      Handler gives verbal command: Drop
                       Dog hits the ground and waits for the next         Assertive voice
                        command                                            Handler raises both hands starting at
                       Body muscles are fully engaged, front legs          waist level and palms turned toward the
                        in front of body                                    ground and in a lateral motion
                       Dog looks at handler and waits for next            Handler makes a step toward the dog
                        command                                             while executing the command
Down                   Dog goes into down position                        Handler gives verbal command: Down
                       Dog relaxes body and expect to be in this          Handler lowers right arm in a lateral
                        position for a while                                motion, starting overhead
                       Dog may lay down to a side and move its
                        position slightly
Down-Stay              Same as above however:                             Same as above however
                       Dog does not break down on the release             Handler must release the dog by tapping
                        command                                             on head with right hand while saying “Ok”
                       Dog only breaks position after released
                        whit head tap
Sit                    Dog sits on the ground in current position         Verbal command
                       Dogs behind touches the ground                     Starting on chest level, right upper hand
                                                                            with palms facing up is raised up laterally
Heel                   Dog sits in heel position on the left side of      Verbal command
                        handler                                            Left hand points towards ground

                                                                        Goal is to develop “Right here” command to a
                                                                        heel. I haven’t done this yet. In a perfect heel,
                                                                        dog follows handler on left side, head lined up
                                                                        with left waist / leg, dog keeps eye contact
                                                                        with handler and follows turns and adapts to
                                                                        walking speed of handler. When handler
                                                                 stops, the dog sits on his left side, lined up
                                                                 with left waist
Right here         Dog stays in a imaginary bubble (about 30       Verbal command
                    inches) on the left side of handler             Left hand points towards ground
                   Dog may be ahead of handler by one head
                    length
                   Dog may stand, sit or down when handler is
                    standing
                   Dog follows handler when walking, staying
                    in imaginary bubble
Wait               Dog waits in the current position               Verbal command
                   Dog may wait in a stand, sit or down            Right hand stretched out, palms facing
                                                                     dog
Leave it           Dog stops taking interest in a item of          Verbal command
                    interest
                   Dogs stops sniffing on ground or item
Slow               Dog slows down walking speed e.g. on            Verbal command
                    agility equipment or walking on a pile          Handler slows down walking speed
                   If in a heel/ right here dog adapts to
                    handlers speed
Normal             Dog adapts to handlers speed keeping right      Verbal command
                    here /heel position                             Handler resume normal walking speed
Fast               Dog adapts to handlers speed keeping right      Verbal command
                    here /heel position                             Handler runs slowly
No                 Dog stops current behavior                      Verbal command
                   Or tells dog that the command was               Assertive voice
                    executed incorrectly
Yes / Clicker      Marks desired current behavior/position         Verbal command
                                                                    No hand signal
                                                                    Secondary re-enforcer for correct
                                                                     behavior /position
                                                                    Handler must follow up with primary re-
                                                                     enforcer
Good boy           Encourages dog to continue current              Verbal command
                    command / behavior                              Handler looks at dog friendly
                                                                    No hand signal
Watch              Dog makes eye contact with handler              Looking at the dogs head / eyes if possible
                    temporarily                                     Give verbal command: Watch
                                                                    No hand signal
Give               Dog releases toy / item into handlers hand      Handler verbally gives command
                   Dog does not drop toy/ item on ground           Handler presents right hand, palms up so
                                                                     that the dog can drop the toy in hands
Out                Dog drops toy/item on ground in current         Handler gives command verbally
                    position                                        No hand signal
Agility commands   Descriptions of the dogs expected behavior          Handlers steps to execute the command
Up                  Dog jumps on obstacle e.g. box, base               Verbal command
                                                                        Handler points with right hand towards
                                                                          obstacle
Off                   Dog jumps down from an obstacle                    Verbal command
                                                                          Handler points right index finger to the
                                                                           ground in front of body

Climb                 Dog climbs an elevation e.g. ramp, ladder          Verbal command
                       or pile                                            Right hand (stretched out), starting
                                                                           pointing down moves up to chest height
                                                                           pointing towards obstacle
Lower                 Dog climbs an elevation e.g. ramp, ladder          Verbal command
                       or pile                                            Opposite hand movement as climb



Directional        Descriptions of the dogs expected behavior          Handlers steps to execute the command
commands
Go                    Dog runs straight ahead towards the             Dog sits on left side of handler
                       direction his body was positioned                Handler kneels down beside dog
                      Dog keeps running in a straight line until he    Handler positions dog’s body in desired
                       receives another command                           running position
                                                                        Handlers right hand points straight into
                                                                          running position / base

                                                                          Handler gives verbal command

Over                  Dog may be on rubble, base or field                Hand command for this is, starting at the
                                                                           waist level at the prey position, move left
                      Dog moves towards the right or left                 or right using the proper corresponding
                       depending on the handlers hand signal               hand with the thumb up and arm
                                                                           outstretched
                      Dog keeps moving into the signaled
                       direction until another command is given           also used is exaggerated body movement
                                                                           in the direction you would like the dog to

                                                                          Verbal command while executing the
                                                                           body signal

In                    Dog runs towards handler until another             Verbal command
                       command is received
                      Contrary to the recall the dog does not            Arms stretched to sides for a “Welcome”
                       expect to have to come back all the way to          like for the recall
                       the handler but may do so if no other              Voice is less excited compared to the
                       command is given                                    recall

Base                  Dog jumps on the next base near him                Verbal command
                     Dog stays on the base until he is released      Handler praises dog with “good boy”
                     Dog may lay, sit or stand on the base            when “sitting” on base
                      (However, I mark the sitting position)


Search commands   Descriptions of the dogs expected behavior       Handlers steps to execute the command
Go search          Dog starts working to locate human live         Handler holds dog on quick release collar
                     scent                                          Handler is in a standing position bowing
                   Dog only follows human scent if person is         forward
                     not visible, half covered or laying            Dog is between handlers legs
                     motionless on ground                           The dogs body is positioned towards the
                   Dog follows human scent to its strongest          desired search direction
                     source                                         Handler pets dog’s chest rapidly to get
                   Dog bark alerts at strongest scent source to      him excited
                     indicate live find                             Handler excites dog by talking to him
                                                                      quietly: Are you ready?
                                                                    When dog is excited and focused on the
                                                                      work, the handler releases the dog by
                                                                      opening the quick release collar
                                                                    Handler gives high pitched, excited voice
                                                                      command
                                                                    While dog works handler shuts up
                                                                    After the dog alerted and the victim
                                                                      rewards the dog, the handler approaches
                                                                      praising the dog verbally
                                                                    After appropriate reward from victim
                                                                      handler puts collar on dog by telling him
                                                                      “Collar”
                                                                    Handler keeps rewarding dog for a short
                                                                      time
                                                                    Handler gives “give” command to release
                                                                      toy
                                                                    Handler waters the dog

				
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