Service Dog Association (SDA)
Patrol Duty K-9 (PD K-9) Certification Details
Phase 1: OBEDIENCE
The K-9 will master the basic commands of heel, change of pace, sit, sit-in-motion, sit-in-motion to a moving heel, down, down-in-motion, down-on-recall, and come. He/she will also master distance control, down under distraction, social exposure (people), and control of animal aggression. The K-9 Team must document 100 hours of study, training, and practice, or the equivalency prior to evaluation. The completion of this requirement shall be verified and shall bear the signature of the Training Director. The Training Director has the sole discretion to modify this requirement based on a K-9 Team's previous documented history.
The evaluation shall be judged by an Service Dog Association (SDA) certified judge. The judge shall verify identity of each dog/handler team at the time of the evaluation.
The evaluation shall take place under conditions and on grounds approved by the judge. The PD-OB examination area should be approximately 50 yards (150 feet) x 100 yards (300 feet). Items of distraction will be present on the examination field, such as (but not limited to), a vehicle, a drainage pipe, a large box, a blind, & etc. The Judge calls out the same combination the the various exercise components for each K-9 Team. All Patrol Duty - Obedience exercises are done off lead. The judge shall give each team a critique and a pass/fail score after completion of their testing.
Service Dog Association: Patrol Duty-Obedience (PD-OB)
HEELING CONTROL: The handler will demonstrate his K-9's ability to obey the basic commands of sit, down, heel with changes of pace while under distraction, about turn and a halt with a sit. The K-9 will, on command, heel at the handler's side until released by the handler. The exercise will consist of at least three (3) legs with heeling, including change of pace (from normal, to fast, to slow, and back to normal), a right turn, a left turn, halt with sit, and an about turn.
SOOCIAL EXPOSURE WITH CONTROL: The K-9 will be heeled by the handler in a figure eight around several people in a milling group (Social Exposure) and then halt in the center of the group before heeling out of the milling group. The exercise ends with the handler heeling his K-9 away.
DISTANCE CONTROL & RECALL: The handler will heel his K-9 and then halt with his K-9 in a sitting position. The handler will then leave his K-9 in that sitting position and walk away 20 yards (60 feet), then turn and face his K-9. The position change will be from a "Sit" to "Down". The handler remains 20 yards (60 feet) away facing his K-9. The handler then calls his dog ("Here" command). As the K-9 is responding to the "Here" command, the handler will demonstrate a down-on-recall ("Down" command) using a hand and/or voice command. After the K-9 has downed on recall, the handler will again command his K-9 to come ("Here" command). When the K-9 has returned to the basic (heel) position, the exercise ends with the handler heeling his K-9 away.
MOTION EXERCISES: The K-9 team will demonstrate the following motion exercise. When heeling, the K-9 Team performs a sit-in-motion or a down-in-motion. When the dog sits or downs-motion, the handler continues on and at approximately ten (10) steps he calls his K-9 (“Here” command) to return to a moving heel from that sit or down position. As the K-9 catches up, the handler will then commands the K-9 (“Heel” command) back into a moving heel position. After the K-9 has returned to the heel position, the handler proceeds several more paces and then comes to a halt with his K-9 in the basic (heel) position. The exercise ends with the handler heeling his K-9 away.
DOWN UNDER DISTRACTION: The handler will demonstrate the K-9's ability to take a position ("Down" command) and hold it until commanded to return to the heel position. The handler will heel his K-9 to a predetermined position. Then the handler will command his K-9 into down position, whereupon, the handler will leave the K-9. The handler shall walk to a position at least 20 yards (60 feet) and facing away from the K-9. The K-9 is to remain in the commanded position for approximately of five (5) minutes. When notified, the handler will return to the K-9 and command the K-9 to sit. When the K-9 has returned to the basic (heel) position, the exercise ends with the handler heeling his K-9 away.
The K-9 Dog/Handler Team that successfully demonstrates their ability to pass each segment of this evaluation shall be a neccessary segment the Service Dog Association (SDAssoc.) Patrol Duty – K-9 Team Certification (PD K-9 Team Cert.) .