Down With Recall – Overview and Diagram

Down With Recall - Overview and Diagram

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Trial Exercise Description

The exercise is slightly different for IGP1&2 as compared to IGP3.

You can proceed from the same spot where you ended Sit Out of Motion. You will again wait for the judge’s permission to begin.

The Handler and the dog will heel 10-15 paces and:

  • In IGP 1 and 2 – the Handler without a pause, change in speed, or any body movement gives the verbal only command to Down and continues to walk another 30 paces.
  • In IGP3 – the Handler and the dog will switch to running speed and will run another 10-15 paces. Then the Handler without a pause, change in speed, or any body movement gives the verbal only command to Down and continues to run another 30 paces.

At the end of 30 paces, the Handler stops and turns to face the dog. The Handlers waits for the judge’s permission to call the dog. The dog can be called either by a command or by saying the dog’s name. One or the other.

Once the dog is in the front position, the Handler waits 3 seconds and gives the command to finish into the Basic Position.

Loss of points:

  • Heeling:
    • If the dog loses focus on the Handler and drops his head or looks around.
    • If the dog crowds – heels so tight to the leg that it impedes the Handler’s movement.
    • Crabbing – the rear of the dog sticks out. The dog walks not parallel to the Handler but at an angle.
    • Forging – the dog’s shoulders are in front of the Handler’s knee.
    • Lagging – the dog’s shoulders are behind the Handler’s knee.
  • If the dog takes many steps before Down.
  • Comes to a stop but is very slow to Down.
  • Appears restless and is looking around.
  • Slow recall.
  • Crooked front.
  • Crooked finish.
  • If the dog is sitting or standing – the exercise drops to “insufficient” category (-5 points).
  • If the dog does not come after 3rd command – you lose all points. In this case, you can go back to the dog, pick him up and proceed to the next exercise.

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