DESCRIPTION OF THE EXERCISE:
Time allowed for the exercise: 1 minute.
The object must be a small, unused piece of wood, numbered, 15 cm long and 2 cm in diameter. (for the dogs that have a large mouth) It will be chosen by the handler from several identical pieces, all numbered. At the time of presentation at the Judge’s table, the handler takes the wood and can hold it in his/her hands for a maximum of 5 seconds.
Then the handler puts it into his /her empty pocket without any other manipulation or exposure to additional scent and without showing it to his dog, and informs the judge of its number. All the handlers must carry the wood for the same time period. Identical, unnumbered objects are to be placed near that of the wood of the competitor. The object must be placed with the handler’s back to the dog and without showing it to the dog. It is forbidden to put one’s hand in one’s pocket until the handler places the wood with his back to the dog. During this exercise, the object used as thrown object must be out of the reach of the dog. The wood must be reasonably accessible. No distraction is permitted during this exercise. Like with the retrieve, no other objects should be within 5 m unless part of the theme décor.
Unnumbered “distraction” pieces of wood, picked up by another dog, must be exchanged, and “distraction” pieces of wood are put into a plate at the end of exercise to avoid being handled too much.