LWDG Novice LESSON PLANS

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1. Novice Level Steadiness

Leave your dog in sit and walk out 8 paces to stand in front of your dog, throw a dummy to the left and right of your dog, one overhead to land behind your dog, one to land in front of your dog, pick up the dummy in front of the dog and walk around to stand behind your dog, throw dummy from behind, over dogs head to land in front of the dog, pick up all 4 dummies, return to the dog, praise and release.

2. Novice Level Marked Retrieve

Start with dog sitting by your side, throw retrieve item out, dog to sit steady until sent on the voice command, your dog should run out pick the retrieve, and return immediately to the handler, delivering the retrieve to hand (it does not matter if the dog sits or stands on delivery as long as the delivery is to hand)

3. Novice Level Marked Retrieve with steadiness exercise incorporated

4. Novice Level Memory Retrieve incorporating off lead heel work

Walk your dog to heel (off lead) at least 12 paces, sit your dog up and drop/throw the retrieve out just a little way in front (your dog should remain sitting) turn and walk your dog to heel back to the start point, turn to face the retrieve, set your dog up and send for the memory retrieve. Your dog should run out pick up the retrieve, and return immediately to the handler, delivering to hand (it does not matter if the dog sits or stands on delivery as long as the delivery is to hand)

5. Novice Level Stop

Send your dog away from you (this can be sent in a straight line as demonstrated, sent off quartering/hunting, or sent off ahead to mooch, as long as the dog is heading away from you with purpose) when the dog is at least 10 good paces ahead of you stop the dog on the whistle (it does not matter if the dog stands or sits, we are looking for a good stop reaction, you can reward the dog in any way you wish once the dog has stopped, we do not need to see this)

6. Novice Level Hunting

Pre plant an item in some long grass for your dog to find. Send your dog into the area (you should be just outside the area so the dog is sent in at least a few paces) and ask the dog to start hunting the area (you can use verbal and/or whistle commands to encourage your dog to hunt, they should hunt the area confidently) Once your dog finds the item they should return directly to you and deliver to hand.

7. Novice Level Directions (left and right –‘outs’)

Leave your dog in a sit and walk out to stand at least eight paces in front of the dog. Throw a dummy to the dog’s left and also to the dog’s right (your dog should sit steadily on the thrown dummies). Send your dog for the first dummy thrown first. Your dog should pick up the retrieve and return to you immediately and deliver to hand; it does not matter if the dog is standing or sitting as long as the delivery is to hand. Next, return your dog to the start point, leave the dog in a sit and walk out to stand at least eight paces in front of the dog before sending the dog for the second retrieve. Again, your dog should pick up the retrieve and return it to you immediately and deliver it to hand; it does not matter if the dog is standing or sitting as long as the delivery is to hand.

8. Novice Level Further Directions

Leave your dog in a sit and walk out to stand at least 8 paces in front of the dog. Throw a dummy behind your dog to the left, and another behind your dog to the right. Send your dog back for the first dummy thrown first. Your dog should pick up the retrieve and return to you immediately and deliver to hand, it does not matter if the dog is standing or sitting as long as the delivery is to hand. Once your dog returns the first dummy, leave the dog in a sit and walk out to stand a further few paces in front of the dog before sending the dog back for the second retrieve. Your dog should pick up the retrieve and return to you immediately and deliver to hand, it does not matter if the dog is standing or sitting as long as the delivery is to hand. The dog should turn off of the correct shoulder for both retrieves, demonstrating that your dog can turn off of both shoulders.