5. Timed Swim with Handler

5. Timed Swim with Handler
Demonstrates the dog's swimming endurance and ability to move with the handler in a controlled manner over time and distance, and knowledge of basic commands.
20 seconds for recall + 2 minutes for the swim.
Starting Position
The team will position themselves on shore facing the water, behind the 3-foot line. On the judge’s signal the handler will leave the dog on shore and, facing away from the dog, go out to a depth of water where the handler reasonably expects that the dog will be able to swim. The handler will then turn to face the dog and, on the judge’s signal, will call the dog. The dog must begin swimming within 20 seconds after the handler’s command. Timing of the exercise starts when the dog starts swimming. The handler may walk or swim at any time during the exercise. If at any time during the exercise the dog touches bottom or starts to walk the dog will be disqualified.
During the two-minute swim, the team may go to the 60-foot marker, but not beyond the Water Test Area (area which extends 15 feet beyond the 60-foot marker).
The dog must continue swimming within six feet of the handler during the two- minute swimming portion of this exercise. The dog must remain within close proximity (six feet) at all times including when returning to shore and crossing the three-foot line.
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