As of 6/1/2013, you will have two class choices:
If your dog is competing to earn its CDX (Companion Dog Excellent) title, your dog will do the standard five individual exercises* plus the group exercises (out of sight sit - 3 minutes/out of sight down stay - 5 minutes). There have been no changes to the requirements to earn the CDX title.
If your dog is competing to earn its ODX (Open Dog Excellent) title, your dog will do the standard five individual exercises* plus the directed open exercises (as further described below - pictorial/judging/u-tube follow for educational purposes).
NOTE: The "A" division of CDX or ODX will not have mixed order of exercises. The "B" division of CDX may have mixed order of exercises. The "B" division of ODX may have mixed order of the five individual exercises* only - the directed open exercises will always follow the five individual exercises*.
*Five Individual Exercises: Heel Free & Figure 8, Drop on Recall, Retrieve on Flat, Retrieve Over High Jump, Broad Jump
Your dog may enter either ODX or CDX (not both) at any sanctioned trial. Your dog may earn both titles. Earning either title will allow your dog to move up to utility. Only one open title counts towards the Hall of Fame.
THE DIRECTED OPEN EXERCISES FOR THE ODX
The Directed Open Exercises are broken down as follows: DOE1 (2 exercises) and DOE2 (2 exercises). DOE1 flows immediately into DOE2. There is no break or exercise finished order given until your dog has completed all the directed open exercises or your dog non-qualifies such that it is unable to continue.
DOE1 is broken down into 2 exercises (Exercise 1: Dog is sitting in heel position at handler' side approximately 5' off the short sided ringgate. On order from the judge, handler verbally commands and/or signals their dog to stay while handler crosses the ring, turning 5' from the opposite ring gate to turn and face their dog. When the handler is in position, the Judge sets a cone 2' to 3' to the left or to the right (judge's choice) of the imaginary line half way from dog to handler. While the judge is setting the cone, neither the dog nor the handler should move from their positions.. A NQ (non-qualifying) is given for a dog's failure to stay without an additional verbal command and/or signal or for moving from the place where left before being directed by the handler to move. Minor or substantial deductions depending upon the extent shall be made for whining, sniffing, barking or shuffling of front feet. Exercise 2: Upon order from the judge, handler shall verbally command and/or signal their dog to go to the cone. Handler may at any time tell the dog to sit such that the dog ends up sitting within a 3' radius on any side of the cone w/o their body touching the cone (only the coat or tail may touch the cone). Dog may also automatically sit at the cone. A NQ (non-qualifying) score is given for the dog's failure to respond to the first verbal command and/or signal to go to the cone, failure to either respond to the first verbal command and/or signal to sit at the cone or failing to sit autmatically at the cone, and for failure to remain stationary in a sit until directed to move by the handler. Minor to substantial deductions depending upon the extent shall be made for whining, sniffing, barking, touching the cone with any part of the body (except the tail or coat), or for sitting outside the 3' radius of the cone. DOE1 is worth: 30 POINTS
Reminder: There is no exercise finish after the DOE1 is completed. The dog MUST remain in place for DOE2. If the dog is non-qualifying on DOE1 and/or subsequently not in position to perform the DOE2 w/o handler assistance, the judge will end all directed exercises by stating "Exercise Finish" at which time the handler is notified they have non-qualified. A dog is not permitted to do DOE2 if they have non-qualified on DOE1.
DOE2 is broken down into 2 exercises (Exercise 1: Handler may pivot and face dog if they desire. Upon order from the judge, handler verbally commands and/or signals their dog to stand. Dog must stand within a 4' radius of the cone. Dog must remain in the standing position. A NQ (non-qualifying) shall be given for the dog's failure to stand, for the dog standing outside a 4' radius of the cone, or for a dog moving a major distance from the place where it stood at any time during the stand. Minor to substantial deductions shall be made for sniffing, barking, whining, and/or moving a minor distance away from the place where it first stood. Exercise 2: Upon order from the judge to "return and heel forward," the handler will return around their dog and shall continue to walk at a normal pace w/o pausing when giving the verbal command and/or signal to their dog to heel forward. A NQ (non-qualifying) is required if the dog fails to remain in the stand within the 4' radius of the cone until it is directed by the handler to heel, if the dog never makes an attempt to go to heel position, or if the dog is unmanageable. Substantial deductions, depending upon the extent, shall be made for additional verbal commands and/or signals to heel and failure of the handler to maintain a normal pace while walking behind, approaching, passing the dog or when the dog is falling into heel position and before the judge says "exercise finished." Substantial or minor deductions shall be made if the dog has attempted but not assumed heel position by the time the handler reaches the ring barrier. DOE2 is worth: 30 POINTS
Judge shall say "Exercise finished" when the dog has fallen into heel position or if the dog fails to fall into heel position by the time the handler and dog reach the ring barrier.
BELOW: Where scores were given, these were the consensus of Obedience Judges Sandy Case, Lora Cox, and Cindy Franks