Judges Briefing for Skills Test Video Events

  1. There must be exactly 15 unique signs used with no duplicates. Thus the same sign number with the dog performing the behavior on a different side would not count as a unique sign. Sign 32 Bow must be included as one of the 15.
  2. The judge needs to know what sign you are intending to perform. The sign could be held up to the judge before the behavior is started or upright on the floor and visible to the judge. An alternative is to put captions on the video that do not obstruct the view of the dog or handler. The signs may be printed from the Rally-FrEe site.
  3. The video camera should be positioned so both the dog and handler’s full bodies are visible for the entire behavior execution including start and end positions.
  4. You may video indoors or outdoors. The area shown on video, your working area, should be clear of toys, treat containers, other dogs or people, and provide enough space that furniture or other household items do not appear to act as guides or aids.
  5. Performance of all signs may be in sequence with a single un-edited video or may be videoed as individual clips and then edited together. You will be uploading a single video for judging.
  6. Handlers may perform the behaviors in a stationary position as if they have already approached the sign, or they may opt to walk a few steps before and/or after performance as if approaching and leaving the station.
  7. If using music during the recording of your skills tests, ensure that your cues can be heard over the music. If you over-lay music onto your video, be sure that the video sound is louder than the music so the over-lay of music does not prevent the judge from hearing your cues.
  8. It is advisable that you do a test video upload for YouTube to ensure that the music you have chosen will not be blocked. While this is rare, this action by YouTube, due to some copyright rules, blocks out all sound and the judge is then unable to hear praise as part of teamwork, or whether cues are repeated or missed. One option is to post a test video with your music to YouTube or the site you intend to use before recording your performance video. This video tutorial also explains how to check your music or playability.
  9. Be sure to check your pockets for food or toys. These reinforcers are not allowed during the skills test. Training aids are also not allowed during performance of the test, including clickers or targets.

Good Luck! Have fun with your dog.