Level Four - Mixed Terrain Tracking Dog
1. Length; Continuous single laid track of between 800m - 1000m.
2. Age; 2hours minimum, 3hours maximum.
3. Terrain; Grassland, short crop or stubble. In addition, between 40% - 60% of the track should be laid on non-vegetative surfaces. This can include tarmac, concrete, gravel, sand or similar. The land should not have been used for tracking / walked on in the previous 24hours.
4. Number of Articles; 3. Approximately the size of a shot gun cartridge. None should be placed within 30m of a corner or the start of track. The third article will mark the end of the track. The dog may indicate the article in a variety of ways eg; pick up and return to handler / sit beside it.
5. Turns / Corners; At least 1 both right and left. Turns should include 45° and 90° angles.
6. Number of legs; 7 - 12.
7. Pole; One to indicate the start of the track. Another pole (or other type of marker) may be used to indicate the direction that the track-layer walked towards the start pole. The first 50m of the track should be on grassland or similar.
8. Time; No time limit. This will be left to the discretion of the Assessor.
To qualify, all articles must be located and each leg of the track must be accurately negotiated without undue interference / guidance by the handler.
There is no requirement for the dog to adopt any particular tracking style.