In early trials, the scenario often looked like the following photo. Fairly straight forward placement of the line, with nothing to speak of blocking the dog’s view of the end of the field.
Now, the complexity of this exercise is increasing. Just as examples, here are a few variations that have been seen in trials.
Description of the exercise
In the optimum zone between inside markers. 12 Points
Between the outside markers and inside markers. 8 Points
Outside the outside markers. 4 points
The dog must cross a line, parallel to the starting line, marked by 2 outside markers placed at each end. At 5 meters inside the outside markers, there will be 2 perpendicular lines 1 meter in length to indicate the optimum zone. The markers can be decorative objects (that are part of the theme) The distances are 20, 30, and 40 m respectively in Level 1, 2, 3.
In the optimum zone between inside markers 12 Points Between the outside markers and inside markers 8 Points Outside the outside markers 4 points
Account of the exercise
The dog will be placed behind the starting line, on a central point marked by a perpendicular line. At the Judge’s signal, the handler will give the dog a command to go away. The dog must go straight ahead and cross the finish line. When the dog has crossed the finish line, the handler will recall the dog back to heel. The dog must return within 20 seconds.
This exercise that has proven to be one of the most difficult to successfully pass, on multiple fields, for many dog/handler teams. In Mondioring, handlers routinely teach their dogs to go away from them, and run to the fence – where a reward of some sort is usually placed. In a trial, the dogs are recalled when they cross the line, and expected to return to the handler (without going to the fence to find their reward!)
Dog send from inside of a large tent towards the line.
Dog sent TOWARD a large tent that blocks view of end of field.
Dog sent toward a long row of pool noodles that block end of field.
Dog sent toward a collection of props that block view…see below:
The line is marked in the above photo by the red cone. It is in the middle of the field, with the start line back at the other end of the field. Dogs had to run AT the scenario seen in the photo. This completely blocked their view of the fence, where they had been practicing this exercise previously.
Consequently, once this exercise is taught initially, it is quite important to start varying both place and distractions. Many handlers teach a solid cue that indicates to the dog that it is looking at where it needs to go. Some call this a ‘mark’. A well taught mark can be the difference between passing and failing this exercise in a trial on unfamiliar territory.
Commands given by voice and gesture
Any extra commands to send the dog forward. (each)
Dog zig-zags, for each change of direction
Dog returns before command, each time
a) before the signal from the Judge
b) after the signal from the Judge
Dog does not pass the line
Extra commands to recall the dog . (one only)
Dog does not return within 20 seconds
The dog returns, but wanders ‘loosely’ back to handler.