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42. Relationship skills

Definition 9,8,7 6,5,4 3,2,1
Handler’s ability to help team work well together and/or advance the dog’s confidence and/or skills
  • Handler is very skilled in building a trusting relationship and advancing the dog’s confidence and/or skills.
  • Handler communicates clearly, uses appropriate praise and reward and provides clear boundaries, uses skills to direct the dog
  • Handler is less skilled or lacks skills in some key areas, which occasionally impairs their ability to work well together and/or advance the dog’s confidence and/or skills.
  • The level of handler skills mildly impacts the handler’s ability to build a trusting relationship with the dog, communicate clearly, use appropriate praise and reward, provide clear boundaries and use skills to direct the dog
  • Handler is not very skilled and lacks skills in some or many key areas, which frequently impairs their ability to work well together and/or advance the dog’s confidence and/or skills.
  • The lack of handler skills moderately to severely impacts the handler’s ability to build a trusting relationship with the dog, communicate clearly, use appropriate praise and reward, provide clear boundaries and use skills to direct the dog.
Video Examples
GDBart Adult Dog Test
Walk & Talks
Puppy Test