In Level I the handler must choose 1 of the 3 jumps. He must notify the Judge of his choice at the presentation. In Level II, the hurdle (20 points) is mandatory, and the handler must choose between the palisade (2.1 m = 15 points) and the long jump (3.5 m = 15 points).
The following directions are good for the 3 jumping exercises (palisade, long jump, hurdle):
- The handler puts his dog into position at a convenient distance from the obstacle.
- The handler can count paces during the Dog in White, but not after without losing points.
- The handler takes his place immediately in the marked square, to the left or right, near the jump.
- The handler cannot touch the jumps or lean on the palisade.
- If the dog leaves his place before the start command, so that the handler must reposition the dog, he is penalized one attempt plus points.
- The dog is allowed 3 attempts for all the exercises: the palisade, the long jump which counts only the forward jump.
- For the hurdle, the dog is allowed to try a total of 3 times forward and 3 times return. If the dog fails or refuses to return, the handler will reposition the dog in the place from where the dog can jump. The handler will then return to his position in front of the hurdle and wait for the signal from the Judge. For the hurdle, a stabilization command is only allowed after the “go” jumps (1st direction). On the return, no stabilization is allowed; the dog has to return to heel.
- If the dog fails any jump, no matter which, the handler may not ask to raise or lower the height or length.
- The jump command shall be given only by voice. Every gesture or movement of the body will be penalized, but the handler may watch his dog in a natural manner, without staring. All two-word commands must be said without a pause in between the words, otherwise it will be considered as an extra command (-5).
- If, before stepping into the box area, the handler makes a gesture like throwing a ball, it will be considered as training, loss of all points.
- After authorization of the judge for the jump, the handler gives command by voice and makes a short gesture -2
- A sustained gesture will be considered as a supplementary command (-5).
- After each jump, the handler may give one command of his choice to recall the dog to heel or to make it stay behind the jump. If he commands the dog to stay, the handler must go to his dog. If a recall, the dog has 10 sec to come to heel, with or without a command, otherwise there will be a penalty. If the dog is recalled, it can be done with voice or whistle but it must be the same for all jumps (see the type of distance recall chosen by the handler at the time of presentation).
- There will also be a penalty if the dog does not stay behind the jump despite the command. The handler will wait for the sound of the horn announcing the end of exercise, before leaving the jump. If the dog is blocked (given a fixation command) after the jump without taking the position that the handler commanded he will not lose points.
- The handler must not show his dog the jump before the exercise.