7. Come When Called (long-line)
This test evaluates the dog’s ability to be left (in a sit, stand or down position) and the called to come. The handler will leave the dog and move away 8 to 10 feet. The dog should come quickly when called without wandering.
8. Praise / Interaction
The goal of this test is to see how quickly the dog can be easily calmed about being praised, petted or played with by the handler. The handler will play with the dog for about 10 seconds and then will be asked to calm the dog.
9. Reaction to Passing Dog
This test evaluates the dog’s ability to stay under control and be polite while in the presence of other dogs and handlers. The test will make use of another dog / handler team. Handlers and dogs will approach each other from opposite directions, stop, shake hands and then continue walking. The dogs should show no more than casual interest in the other dog (no pulling, barking, lunging etc).
10. Reactions to Distractions
The goal of this test is to evaluate the dog’s confidence in the presence of common sights and sounds, such as the opening and closing of a door or umbrella, a person on crutches, a wheelchair, a person carrying a shopping bag or a piece of equipment.
11. Supervised Isolation
In this test the handler passes the leash to another person and goes out of sight of the dog for a period of 2 minutes. The dog should be able to be left with another person for a short period without becoming unruly or unduly stressed.
12. Walking Through a Door or Gate
In this test the handler will demonstrate control of the dog while maneuvering through a door or gate. The handler may give the dog a command to sit and wait and go through the door and then call the dog through. If the opening is wide enough the dog and handler may proceed together.