The following exercises are to be performed by all dogs wishing to obtain an Obedience Test 1 certification.
Dogs must be SABA registered and 8 months of age. Dog must be wearing a fur saver or choke chain. No corrections may
be given at any part of the test.
Each individual exercise begins and ends with the basic position, (dog at a sit at the handler's
left side) Judge will signal handler when to begin and if requested by judge, will call out instructions during the test.
Test fee $40.00
Exercise 1 - Heeling on leash
From the basic position handler
gives "HEEL" command. Handler and dog walk out straight ahead 40 paces without stopping, then do an about turn, and
continue back a min. of 10 normal paces. Then without stopping, handler changes pace, first fast for a min. or 10 paces, then
slow for a min. of 10 paces with NO normal paces in between. Then dog and handler proceed with 10 normal paces and execute
a right turn followed by 10 paces, then another right turn followed by another 10 normal paces, then an about turn, handler
then will proceed 5 paces and halt. Dog shall automatically sit at all halts while remaining at handlers left side, with his
shoulder even with handlers knee. The leash should be held in handlers left hand with SLACK AT ALL TIMES. Excessive
corrections will be deemed for disqualification.
Exercise 2 - Heeling through
a Group 15pts
At judges order handler heels
forward another 10 paces and makes a left turn and walks through a group of no less than 4 people, halting in the middle of
the group. Members will be asked to calmly move in and crowd the dog while dog and handler remain in the basic position. Judge
will then dismiss the group.
Exercise 3 - Sit in Motion
From the starting point, with
dog in basic position, handler walks straight ahead, dog heeling, a min. of 10 paces and gives the "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 judges order handler returns to the dog, resumes basic position, and returns with the dog where the exercise began.
Exercise 4 - Down in motion
with recall 15pts
From basic position dog and handler
proceed a min. or 10 paces straight ahead at which the handler will give the "DOWN" command, upon which the dog should
quickly lie down. Handler continues without stopping or changing pace another 30 paces in which he turns and faces the dog.
Double commands, changing pace, looking back are all considered handler help and are deemed for point deduction. At judges
signal handler recalls the dog. Dog should run to handler, sit directly in front and wait 3 seconds before returning to the
Exercise 5 - Heeling past
a staked out dog 5pts
At judges direction handler will
heel past a stakedout dog with reasonable distance between, dog should remain passive.
Exercise 6 - Greeting a stranger
At direction of the judge, handler
will be asked to heel up to a stranger who will greet and shake the hand of the handler. Dog should remain focused but passive.
Total points possible
80 Points needed to pass 60