THE FOLLOWING EXERCISES ARE TO BE PREFORMED BY ALL DOGS WISHING TO OBTAIN THEIR OBT.
DOGS PREFORMING THE OBT MUST BE AT LEAST 12 MONTHS OF AGE.
The dog shall wear either a fur saver or choke chain with leash attached to the dead ring. Leashes may be no longer than 4 feet. All leashes and collars must be inspected and deemed suitable by a NWDA Official prior to beginning each test. Any portion of the test can be preformed off leash but leash must be removed prior to exercise.
The test is based on 100 points, a minimum of 60 points is achieved in order to pass this test. Additionally each dog will be evaluated with regard to its temperament. Any dog may not test more than once on any given day.
Each individual exercise begins with the basic position (dog at a sit at handlers side). The judge will signal handler to begin each exercise.
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From basic position handler gives “heel” command. Handler and dog walk straight ahead a minimum of 20 paces (without stopping) execute a left hand turn and continue for a minimum of 10 paces and then execute right hand turn, then proceed for a minimum of 20 paces and execute right hand turn. Then handler and dog will continue minimum of 10 paces and execute a right hand turn and continue for a minimum of 10 paces at normal pace. Then without stopping handler changes pace first fast for a minimum of 10 paces followed by a minimum of 10 paces slow, with no normal paces in between. Handler and dog then proceed at a normal pace for 5 paces after which handler halts. Dog shall automatically sit, while remaining at handlers left, its shoulder even with the handlers knee. Handler influence and dogs that forge ahead or lagging behind will incur in a point deduction. The heel command may be given when changing pace and out of each starting position. The leash is held in the left hand and should be slack at all times.
At judges order handler heels forward a minimum of 5 paces, and executes a left hand turn continues a minimum of 10 paces and proceeds to walk through a crowd of no less than 6 people, handler will heel in a figure eight pattern through crowd stopping in the center of the crowd. Judge will ask crowd to move in on dog while handler and dog remain in a basic position. At judges discretion the crowd will be dismissed. Judge will then dismiss handler and dog. Exercise complete
From the starting point, with the dog in the basic position, the handler walks straight ahead, dog heeling, a minimum of 10 paces and gives "sit" command, drops leash and without stopping, changing pace or looking back, continues forward another 30 paces, halts and turns to face the dog. At judge's order handler returns to dog, resumes basic position and returns with the dog to start point. Exercise complete
From basic position dog and handler walk straight ahead a minimum of 10 paces, handler gives "down" command, upon which the dog should quickly lie down. Handler continues without stopping for another 30 paces, stops and turns facing the dog. Double commands, changing pace or looking back, are deemed handler help and will result in point deductions. At judge's signal handler recalls dog. Dog should run to handler sit directly in front. Judge will signal handler to finish dog. If dog is trained to recall directly to heel position this is acceptable but the judge must be informed before exercise begins. Once dog is in the basic position judge will signal handler to heel back to start point. Exersice complete
Exercise 5: Retrieve of Thrown Article (4 point exercise)
From basic position handler must throw an approved article provided by the handler, a minimum of 15 feet in front of them. At the Judges signal, the handler will command dog, any chosen word is acceptable. This command may also be accompanied by a brief gesture. The dog must go and pick up the article and bring it back to his handler. Exercise complete
Exercise 6: The Jump (6 point exercise)
From basic position 10 feet from jump. At judges signal handler will command dog to proceed over jump and then recall dog to basic position. Exercise complete
From basic position 10 feet from jump. At judges signal handler will give stay command and proceed to the right side of the jump, then at judges signal handler will command dog to proceed over jump and then recall dog to basic position. Exercise complete
Exercise 7: Long Down (10 point exercise)
At judge's direction handler will be asked to heel the dog to a designated area where the dog will be put on a long down. Handler will then be directed out of sight of the downed dog for a min. of 60 seconds. At judges signal handler will return to dog and heel back to starting point. Exercise complete
100 TOTAL POINTS ARE POSSIBLE WITH A MINIMUM OF 60 POINTS TO PASS
EXERCISE 1: HEELING ON LEASH 30 POINTS
EXERCISE 2: HEELING THROUGH A CROWD 15 POINTS
EXERCISE 3: SIT IN MOTION 15 POINTS
EXERCISE 4: DOWN IN MOTION WITH RECALL 20 POINTS
EXERCISE 5: RETRIEVE THROWN ARTICLE 4 POINTS
EXERCISE 6: THE JUMP 6 POINTS
EXERCISE 7: LONG DOWN 10 POINTS