Obedience Rules (USCA)

Requirements/Points

BH - 60 Points

  • Heeling On leash - 15 points
  • Heeling Off Leash - 15 points
  • Sit in Motion - 10 points
  • Down in Motion - 10 points
  • Long Down - 10 points

IPO1 - 100 Points

  • Heeling Off Leash - 20 points
  • Sit in Motion - 10 points
  • Down in Motion - 10 points
  • Retrieve on Flat - 10 points
  • Retrieve Over Hurdle - 15 points
  • Retrieve Over Wall - 15 points
  • Send Away/Send Out - 10 points
  • Long down - 10 points

IPO2 - 100 Points

  • Heeling Off Leash - 10 points
  • Sit in Motion - 10 points
  • Down in Motion - 10 points
  • Walking Stand - 10 points
  • Retrieve on Flat - 10 points
  • Retrieve Over Hurdle - 15 points
  • Retrieve Over Wall - 15 points
  • Send Away/Send Out - 10 points
  • Long Down - 10 points

IPO2 - 100 Points

  • Heeling Off Leash - 10 points
  • Sit in Motion - 10 points
  • Running Down in Motion - 10 points
  • Running Stand - 10 points
  • Retrieve on Flat - 10 points
  • Retrieve Over Hurdle - 15 points
  • Retrieve Over Wall - 15 points
  • Send Away/Send Out - 10 points
  • Long Down - 10 points

Trial Procedure

  • The judge gives the order to begin each exercise.  The handler should look to the judge prior to starting each exercise.  If the handler mixes up the order of individual obedience exercises, the judge is required to stop the "false exercise" and instruct the handler to show the correct exercise.  No point deduction will be made for this error.


  • When checking in, no toys or training aids may be present on the handler.  Use of all motivational objects must be stopped prior to entering the trial field.  The judge, at his/her discretion may ask the handler to remove any item that may be a signal or influence (i.e. such as hat. vest, gloves, etc.).


  • The dog that is "up" (working first) must be at the start position with the dog in basic position at the same time the handler has their dog in the basic position ready for the long down.


  • BH and IPO1 the handler enters the field and checks in with the judge with their dog on leash in basic position.


  • Basic position must be shown between each exercise.  The handler may make eye contact with the dog in basic position without point loss as long as it is not considered 'help' such as looking back when walking away, or looking when issuing a command.  Assuming the basic position is allowed only once at the start of each exercise, or the handler can take up basic position once after praising the dog at the conclusion of an exercise. 


  • The basic position at the conclusion of each exercise may be the start of the new exercise.  Or the handler may may assume a new basic position.


  • When picking up a dog from a stand or down position, the handler should command a "Sit", and not a "fuss".


  • A vocal dog (whining or barking) in basic position or during an exercise is faulty and will be evaluated for deduction in each individual exercise not the overall phase.

Exercise Specifics

  • Three second pause - Before every finish, as well as returning to a dog from an exercise, a distinct pause of approximately 3 seconds must be observed.


  • Handlers must go a minimum of 30 paces when they are to leave the dog and recall.  An exercise where a handler returns to the dog (i.e., sit in motion) the handler must go a minimum of 15 paces.


  • Body/handler help is not permitted.  Body/handler help includes, but is not limited to, looking back, hand movement, body movement.


  • Prescribed commands are established in the USCA Rule Book under Trial Rules.  When recalling the dog, the dog's name may be used instead of the command, but never both the name and the command.  The only exception to this rule in the trial is during the blind search in the Protection phase.  Once a command is given, that command must remain the same through the trial for that exercise or action.


  • About turns may be performed as left about turns (German turn), or a military flip turn.  In any instance the handler and dog must execute the same about turn throughout the obedience phase.

On/Off Leash Heeling Pattern (BH & IPO1-3)

  • Start at Basic.  Proceed 50 paces, perform an about turn
  • Perform 10-15 paces normal speed
  • Perform 10-15 paces fast speed
  • Perform 10-15 paces slow speed
  • Perform 10-15 paces normal speed
  • Make a right turn, proceed 15 paces
  • Make a right turn, proceed 15 paces, perform an about turn.
  • Travel 7 paces, halt
  • Continue 7 additional paces, perform a left turn and continue into the group.
  • Exit the group, return to basic.  End of heeling exercise.

Out of Motion Exercises - Performed after Heeling Pattern

BH & IPO1

  • From Basic position after exiting the group, walk 10-15 paces, issue the "Sit" command.  Handler continues for a minimum of 15 paces, turns and faces the dog.  Judge indicates the return to the dog.


  • Return to basic, or continue from that position ( judge's discretion), walk 10-15 paces, issue the "down" command.  Handler continues for 30 paces, turns and faces the dog.  Judge indicates when to recall.  Recall the dog, wait 3 seconds with the dog showing a front, issue the "finish" command.  Wait three seconds with the dog in basic position.  For a "BH" travel to the long down or checkout and go to critique, for an IPO1, continue to the dumbbells for Retrieves.


IPO2

  • From Basic position after exiting the group, walk 10-15 paces, issue the "Sit" command.  Handler continues for a minimum of 15 paces, turns and faces the dog.  Judge indicates the return to the dog.


  • Return to basic, or continue from that position ( judge's discretion), walk 10-15 paces, issue the "down" command.  Handler continues for 30 paces, turns and faces the dog.  Judge indicates when to recall.  Recall the dog, wait 3 seconds with the dog showing a front, issue the "finish" command.  Wait three seconds with the dog in basic position.  


  • Handler continues for 10-15 paces, issue the "Stand" command.  Handler continues for a minimum of 15 paces, turns and faces the dog.  Judge indicates the return to the dog.


  • Continue to the dumbbells.

 

IPO3

  • From Basic position after exiting the group, walk 10-15 paces, issue the "Sit" command.  Handler continues for a minimum of 15 paces, turns and faces the dog.  Judge indicates the return to the dog.


  • Return to basic, or continue from that position ( judge's discretion), run 10-15 paces, issue the "down" command.  Handler continues at same speed for 30 paces, turns and faces the dog.  Judge indicates when to recall.  Recall the dog, wait 3 seconds with the dog showing a front, issue the "finish" command.  Wait three seconds with the dog in basic position.  


  • Handler continues at a run for 10-15 paces, issue the "Stand" command.  Handler continues at the same speed for a minimum of 30 paces, turns and faces the dog.  Judge indicates to recall the dog. Pause for 3 seconds, command the dog to "finish".


  • Continue to the dumbbells for Retrieves.

Retrives IPO1-3

  • Retrieve on flat 
  • Retrieve over the 1 meter jump
  • Retrieve over the wall
  • Proceed to Go Out/Send Out

Send Away/Send Out IPO1-3

  • After the "finish" from the retrieve over the wall, re-rack the dumbbell and proceed to basic.


  • Handler is not allowed to excite or stage the dog for the send out. From basic handler goes straight at his normal pace with the dog free heeling for 10-15 paces.


  • Handler gives the "send out"/"send away" command and the dog must run quickly in a straight line from the handler while the handler stands still.


  • On the judge's signal, the handler gives the "down" command.  The dog must down immediately - handler may keep their arm in the send position until the dog assumes the down position.  


  • At the judge's signal, the handler may return to the dog.  Pause 3 seconds and issue the "sit" command.


  • After the dog is picked up from the long down and goes to the end of the field while the other team is doing the "send away", the dog can only lay down or sit beside the handler.  The handler must remain with the dog.