Progress Awards - Level 1

The time allowed for the test routine is up to 90 seconds. All elements must be completed to achieve the Award.

Division A - Musical Dressage

Total elements = 10
Pass = 10 – 18 points Merit = 19 – 24 points Distinction = 25 – 30 points

Forward in a straight or curved line

1 element for a min of 9m or 12 handler steps.
1 element for a min of  9m or 12 handler steps with the dog moving in a different position.

Backwards

1 element where the dog backs with the handler for a min. of 1.5m or 6 handler steps, in any position.

Circular

2 elements, one in a clockwise circle and one in an anticlockwise circle, each for a minimum of 12 handler steps or a circle diameter not less than 2m.

Sideways

1 element where the dog moves sideways to its left or right with the handler, for 1.5m or 6 handler steps.

Serpentine

1 element with 4 changes of curve direction.

Pivot

1 element of at least 180 degrees to left or right

Choreography

1 element of timing, rhythm and phrasing.

1 element of flowing transitions.

Moves may be in the heel or free position

Division B - Heelwork to Music

Total elements = 10
Pass = 10-18 points Merit = 19-24 points Distinction = 25-30 points

Forward in a straight or curved line

2 elements, each for a min. of 9m or 12 steps handler steps,  each one in a different heel position

Circles

2 elements, one in each direction in any heel position(s), each circle for a min. of 12 handler steps or a diameter of 2m.

Pivot

1 element , min. 180 degrees to left or right in a heel position.

Backing

1 element where the dog backs with the handler in a heelwork position for at least 1.5m or 6 handler steps.

Serpentine

1 element of 4 changes of curve direction in a heelwork position.

Sideways

1 element where the dog steps sideways in a heelwork position for at least 1.5m or 6 handler steps.

Weaving

1 element demonstrating weaving 4 times, through legs, arms or props.

Choreography

1 element of timing, rhythm and phrasing.

Division C - Freestyle

Total elements = 10
Pass = 10-18 points Merit = 19-24 points Distinction = 25-30 points

Paw work

1 element of a minimum of 4 paw movements in the free close position.

Spins

1 element of 4 consecutive spins in a clockwise direction.
1 element of 4 consecutive spins in an anti-clockwise direction.

Weaving

1 element of weaving 6 times, around legs, arms or props.

Pose

1 element of sustained pose for at least 4 seconds

Forward

1 element of forward movement for a min. of 9m or 12 handler steps, in a heel or free position.

Round

1 element where the dog circles the handler in free-close position

Backing

1 element where the dog backs with the handler for at least 1.5m or 6 handler steps.

Choreography

1 element of timing, rhythm and phrasing.
1 element using making good use of the ring space

Division D - Dances with Dogs

Total elements = 10
Pass = 10-18 points Merit = 19-24 points Distinction = 25-30 points

Handler Footstep Patterns

3 elements, each for a minimum of 12 beats (3 bars in 4/4 time signature or 4 bars in 3/4 time signature) and each a different footstep pattern.  Each element to be performed with one dog element described below:

Dog elements

 

 

Pose

3 different moving dog elements, chosen from Division A, B or C at level 1, each performed with one of the handler's footstep patterns.

 

1 element of posing held by both dog and handler.

Synchronised Movement

1 element where both partners use synchronised movement(s) for a minimum of 12 beats of the music.

Choreography

1 element of timing, rhythm and phrasing.

1 element of creative use of space.