Obedience TEAM Rules

Official Rules & Exercise Descriptions for each Level


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Competition Submission

An average video should be about 5-7 minutes, depending on how you choose to set up your testing area and how quickly your dog works through the tests. Maximum length of video is stated for each level. The exercises must be done in order, one after the other, performed correctly on the first attempt. You are welcome to use a tripod, stand, or assistant to videotape your run. 

We have provided video examples of each exercise, including variations where appropriate. You can find those by selecting the level you are interested in, and then scroll down to the specific exercise. 

The video needs to be one continuous process from the start of the first exercise until the end of the last for Levels 3-6, and all Plus and Honors Submissions. Your dog should be sufficiently well-trained through the level that he/she is capable of doing all of the exercises correctly, meeting specified criteria, continuously and in order.

Video Special Rules: Handlers may opt to film Level 1 & 2 and/or Level 1+ & 2+ as two parts.

  • The video must split the exercises as 1-5 and 6-10.
  • Both videos must be taken within 7 days of each other.
  • Location must be the same for both sets of exercises
  • Video must be edited together as one complete video for submission purposes.
  • Does not apply for level 3+ or higher.

If you find that you need to attempt the test several times, then your dog may not be ready!  Go back to training, and fill in any gaps that you find!

General Performance Guidelines

You are welcome to use a “cheat sheet” to help ensure you perform the exercises for your level in the correct order — but the less reading you do, the more connection you will maintain with your dog! We suggest familiarizing yourself with the exercises and their order in advance so a quick glance is enough to move you to the next exercise. 

You’re also welcome to have an assistant call out the exercises for you and/or help you move equipment, if you wish, except for in higher levels that specify that your dog hold a stay while the handler arranges equipment. For those levels, you are required to move the equipment yourself. If a physical disability prevents you from moving equipment, please contact us to discuss an alternative arrangement.

Duration Exercises and Between Exercises

For exercises that require a specific duration of time, we suggest you err on the longer side if you are unsure. For example, if we require a two-second hold, consider going for three seconds instead.

It is the handler’s choice what to do between exercises. You may place your dog on a mat, on a stay near you, or simply allow your dog to hang out. The dog should remain in camera view for the entire level.

Handler Performance

With the exception of heeling, your hands should be down naturally at your sides. Your hands should not move during an exercise except as necessary to offer hand signals. You may not hold your hand as a target together in front of your thighs to aid the dog in front position.

Acceptable hand position for heeling includes the traditional AKC/CKC positions (left arm may be centered over your waist or held down at your side, moving naturally in motion), or the FCI/ IPO position (hand down or held somewhat over the outside of your dog’s head).  Please note that a target hand position is allowed in some early levels – please read the heeling description for each level with care.

Setting Up Your Location

Each level offers sample passing videos. Take note of where the equipment, camera, dog and handler are located throughout the test. If you set up a similar plan, you will find that the exercises flow efficiently. You are not required to set up according to the sample, however, unless the level specifies a specific pattern.

It is your choice whether you would like to leave your props out for the entire video, or if you’d prefer to pick up objects and only put them on the ground when they are in use. Our sample video is just that — a sample. As long as you go in order, maintain reasonable speed and flow, and the judges can adequately see what they need to for each exercise, alternatives are fine. At the higher levels, you will be told if equipment must remain down during the entire test.

Submitting Your Video

Upload your video to YouTube. You will submit a link to your video on your submission form. If you’re unsure of how to upload a video to YouTube, please search Google for assistance or visit the YouTube website. We cannot provide technical assistance on how to use YouTube.

  1. In order to submit a run, you will need to first sign up for a TEAM user account. You can do that here. Once you’ve created your account, you will need to login and register your dog (registration costs $20/dog). 
  2. Once you have registered your dog, your dashboard will show a button titled “Show My Dogs.” Clicking on this will display a list of the dogs you have currently registered with TEAM.
  3. To the right of each dog is a button that reads “Show Info/Submit Video.” Click the button to the right of the dog for which you would like to submit a video run. 
  4. Click “New Video Submission” and fill out the form. Each video submission costs $29/run. On average, it takes 5-7 days to receive your results; however, occasionally, it may take up to two weeks.