The MJ's Skills Training Excellence Challenge is free for all to participate in. You do not have to be a student to train and work through the skills.
These skills are designed to help you and your dog explore different areas of training. Some skills will be useful for real life, grooming or obedience, while others will help with trick training and sports.
Give your dog a job and become a skilled trainer as you work through all three levels of skills.
Award: Trainer Assessed Certificate, bandanna and web listing, plus points towards store items.
Requirements: Be able to demonstrate a minimum of 30 Level One skills, with at least half of the skills being witnessed by an MJ's Trainer.
Award: Web listing, option to order a Self-Assessed Certificate and bandanna, plus points towards store items
Requirements: Be able to demonstrate a minimum of 30 Level One skills. Skills can be self-assessed.
The purpose of skills training is to train a variety of skills. In order to check off a skill as demonstrated, it should meet the following requirements:
The skill can be demonstrated on cue without using treat lures or heavy guidance.
In addition, only positive training techniques should be used. Please train each skill to the best of your ability. Skills should be clean and precise. For support and instructions, join our group.
Please include the name of your trainer and any training mentors when submitting your skills. To submit, download the printable version. Initial and date each skill (for trainer assessed skills, your trainer should initial each skill witnessed) and email your completed list to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sit Until Released for 30 Seconds___
Down Until Released for 30 Seconds___
Sit or Down While Handler Walks Around Dog in Either Direction___
Food Leave-it with Food 2ft from Dog and Handler 6ft from Food___
Get Dressed (Demonstrate putting three items on dog including a harness, collar, and either a basket muzzle or cone)___
Loose Leash Walking with Two Halts, Two Turns, and a Stop and Down ___
Sette While Owner Sits in Chair___
Paws Up and Pivot Into Heel___
Attention in Heel While Stationary in a Sit for 15 seconds___
Call to Heel from a Sit Stay___
Heel Five Steps Forward___
Paws Up and Pivot Into Right___
Attention in Right While Stationary____
Call to Right from a Sit Stay____
Right Five Steps Forward___
Sit in Front with Attention for 15 Seconds___
Move from Front to Heel with a Left Flip____
Move from Front to Heel with an Around____
Move from Front to Right with a Right Flip___
Move from Front to Right with an Around___
Move from Heel to Right and Right to Heel with any Transition___
Come When Called While Relaxed___
Come When Called into Front from a Sit Stay (may use different cue than above)___
Dog Runs to a Target Placed 10 feet Away (May be a nose, paw, or body target)____
Dog Does Sit and Down With Hand Signals Only___
Spin Circle Either Direction___
Between Position With a Duration of 15 Seconds___
Tug and Release on Cue___
Food or Odor Search with 6 boxes (Scent Detection)___
Backup From Any Position for 2 feet___
Go into a crate on cue. Handler should close and latch the door and be able to walk out of sight while the dog remains calm___
Demonstrate any five cued behaviors in a row. Handler may use their choice of behaviors___
Demonstrate Handling of All Paws____
Demonstrate Examining the Dog’s Teeth___
Demonstrate Brushing the Dog with the Proper Brush___
Demonstrate Applying Pressure to the Dog’s Nails with Fingers and Holding nail Clippers Near Each Paw___
Demonstrate a Stand Stay and Have a Person Other than the Handler Exam the Dog Without them Moving from the Stand____
Demonstrate The Use of One of These Items: tunnel, hoop, skateboard, platform, or any agility obstacle. The obstacle must be safe and properly used___
Demonstrate Using The Environment to Train and or Give Your Dog Exercise. Aim to Use Three Different Behaviors (Parkour)___