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Official Rules & Exercise Descriptions for each Level

Exercise 4-6: Inaccessible Hide in drawer

Hide is placed in a closed drawer requiring the dog to locate a contained hide.

Purpose: Demonstrates dog is able to locate source that is not directly accessible.

Age of Hide:  Recommend 10 minutes minimum

Number of Hides: 1

Search Area: Interior area that resembles a realistic living space area with a variety of hide placement options.

Hide Placement: Hide must be placed inside a closed drawer or cabinet.

On/Off Leash: Off leash

Required Calls: Handler must say “Alert” or raise hand when their dog has communicated they have found target odor. The Alert call must be the handler’s first confirmation of their dog finding the hide. The Alert call must also come before rewarding your dog. “Finish” must be called to end the search.

Exercise set-up: One hide is placed per guidelines. Drawer must remain closed for the entire search. Search begins when the handler cues the the dog to search. Dog and/or handler must cross the start line. Search ends when the handler calls “Finish”.

Scoring: Pass/Not yet

Non-qualifiers: Search parameters not met; odor paired with food; handler points to hide; dog does not show change in behavior at source; dog exhibits an unproductive (false) indication; dog retrieves hide; scent aids fall out from hide placement; exposed scent aids (not in vessel) placed in search area; Dog dislodges hide during search; dog eliminates during search; Scent vessel not hidden and visible to dog or the human eye; incorrectly placed hide; incorrect call; Dog is rewarded before handler makes an alert call; handler is out of view a majority of the search time.


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