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Platinum Aptitude Award

The course is a 6 week course of 'one hour and a half' lessons. Fully payable in advance. You will also receive a training booklet to take home.

The platinum class is for dogs that have already passed the gold award. The class will include the following.

  • Controlled greeting:     Handler to demonstrate control by getting dog into a sit or down position when being greeted by three class members. Off lead
  • Rejoin handlers side:     Handler is walking with dog at heel work position,then to give sit wait command,then in down and stand, handler only to continue walking. Off lead
  • Watching:     Handler to demonstrate a 20 and 30 second watch.
  • Saucepan exercise:     Get dog to take the lid off a saucepan and place to one side, then take contents out of saucepan and put to one side, then put the lid back on the saucepan. Off lead
  • Sendaway:     Send dog from one side of the hall to the other side with immediate down on command.
  • Stand stay:     1 minute stand stay with handler out of sight for 30 seconds.
  • Drop on recall, with send-on and recall:     Leave dog at one end of hall, recall dog and drop halfway in a down, the send back to original position, then recall all the way back with a sit and finish.
  • Sit:     2 minute sit stay with handler out of sight.
  • Drug dogs:     Dog to be taught to sniff-out various substances that are hidden and lie down when found.
  • Walk between legs, then twirl:     March along with dog passing under upraised leg, then get dog to end routine with a double twirl.
  • Down stay:     5 minute down stay with handler out of sight.
  • Scent cloths:     Dog to locate a cloth scented by handler in a line-up of 6 cloths.
  • Search and retrieve:     Dog to locate and retrieve 4 small objects.

Those who pass the platinum aptitude award will receive a platinum rosette, a certificate and a trophy. Then you will be able to continue on to the platiplus award.

The platiplus was designed because the handlers and dogs that passed platinum didn't want to stop coming to class and no doubt we will have to come up with something if they pass this one.