Make sure your dog is comfortable with being checked for a microchip.
Traffic portion of the exercise will be designated by the judge or Trial Secretary and will be done off the trial field.
The exercises below are suggestions and can be modified by the judge.
Group Of People
The judge will observe the team walking through a group of 6+ people. The dog should not officially heel but must walk on a loose leash with the shoulder at the Handler’s knee. The team will walk through the “crowd” in no particular pattern.
People can stop and greet the Handler. The dog must remain neutral during the whole exercise while standing, sitting, or lying down.
Encounter with Bicyclists
A bicyclist will pass on the left and/or the right side of the team and will ring the bell. The bicyclist can turn and greet the Handler. The dog must remain neutral.
Encounter with Cars
One or multiple cars can be used. They will pass the team, car can be restarted, a door can be opened and closed, a window rolled up and down.
A car can stop and the Handler engaged in a short conversation with the driver. As above, the dog must remain neutral.
Encounter with Joggers
A jogger might pass on the left or the right side of the team, then turn around and pass again. The dog must remain neutral.
Encounter with Other Dogs
When encountering or passing dogs, the Handler may give and repeat the command “Fuss/Heel” or place the dog in a sit or down position.
It is up to the judge to do this exercise with one team or all teams working on BH all at once.
The dog is being tethered and the Handler is out of sight. The dog can be standing, sitting, or lying down.
About 5 paces from the dog a person with another (neutral, non-aggressive) dog will walk by.
If the dog being tested shows any signs of aggression (pulling on the back tie, barking, baring teeth, raised hackles) will be disqualified.