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The “T” is almost never used in AKC shows although I have had to do it once in Vancouver Washington in the late 1980’s. I always teach this pattern even though you may never have to use it. This pattern is, by far, the most complicated.

You can start the dog on either side (right or left), your first turn will be into the dog (left if dog starts on your left, right if dog starts on your right). The pattern will be explained with the dog starting on your left. Your first leg of the pattern will be down the center of the ring. The "Judge" is the little circle on the diagram. Approach the judge (you will be coming from the judges left) and turn toward the first leg of the pattern so that your dog is in front of and going directly away from the judge. Quickly pick a visual point at the far end of the ring (if outside or ring is un-matted) to head toward so that you gait your dog in a straight line (it is very hard to evaluate movement when the dog looks like a drunken sailor!). If the ring is matted you will keep the dog in the center of the mat at all times. When you reach the far side of the ring you will turn left and head to the next corner. Slow down just before you reach the corner and switch the lead to your right hand. Next, pivot left towards the dog as you turn the dog towards you (so that you are facing one another), continue the pivot to face back the way you just came with the dog now on your right side. Continue moving all the way to the next corner of the ring slowing down just before the corner to change the lead back to the left hand as you pivot right and turn the dog towards you so that the dog is now back on your left side. Continue to the center line of the ring where you will turn 90* left to return to the judge (see pictures and diagram).
When you are approximately 6 feet away from the judge you will stop the dog in a stand position to show the dogs’ natural stance, do not hand set his feet during this time. You should stop the dog facing the judge or at a ¾ angle to the judge making sure to keep your body out of the judges line of sight. Many handlers show the dogs profile but that is not really correct. You may bait the dog to get an alert expression. When the judge dismisses you take your dog all the way around the ring to the end of the line-up.
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