The advanced level breaks away a bit from the themes of the other two levels. There are 5 senarios that are selected by the judges on the day of the trial. All of the senerios are listed on the Capital Cities website, so compeitiors know what they are getting into ahead of time... well, sort of...
Everyone who enters advanced is sequestered before the level starts. It was set up this way because at the beginner and intermediate levels, you have a chance to learn from previous competitor's mistakes... or brilliant ideas! So, to make the playing field 100% even, every person is the "first person on the field." That makes a big
difference when you see how hard the tasks are.
So... you step on the field to find your first senario is...
Help Help, I've Been Shot!
You send your dog on the bad guy down field
this one was live... OUCH!
...unless you are quick on your feet and run for cover! (but you still have to send your dog!)
Then a friendly policeman arrives to help you, and you recall your dog to you. You must prevent your dog from biting the friendly officer, then hook the leash up to the dog, hand the leash to the officer and the dog must walk away with them.
Next, you are heading back to that speak easy, but this time, you have to carry that umbrella with you. And in advanced, your dog is off leash. Your friendly decoy hands you your hood, and once you are in covered and on your way, you are informed that you are making a stop on the way.
Your next task is an object guard, on a park bench, with a hood on, guarding an object that you can't see, and that you are not allowed to hold on to...
Your guide brings you to the bench and shows you by touch where the bag is. You can touch it to feel where it is, but that is all. Where ever you sit in relation to the bag, the decoys orient themselves opposite you.
Two decoys argue loudly at the far end of the bench.
The other sneaks in and steals the bag.
your dog is supposed to bite the one that steals your bag.
One person had a very ingenious way to keep track of their bag that was well within the guidelines! Quick Thinking!!
After the bench was the sit under the sprinkler. Having the umbrella was good, if the dog was under it when the rain started!
Next was a relaxing horse drawn taxi ride around the field.
When you arrive at your desination, you are helped out of your taxi by your friend. You talk with them, and head towards the pool
The next senario is "Friend or Foe"
You give your dog a release command, and the dog is allowed to go play in the pool or do whatever it wants. (It is not supposed to bite your friend)
But then your friend becomes aggressive, and your dog must defend you against them.
After friend or foe, you step into the pool with your dog to cool off.
Isn't it nice to be tall?
From across the field, a decoy begins yelling at you. You are told to hold on to your dog and fire them up.
Then, you have to let go of them, and heel towards the decoy, your next senario is "serial killer."
You and your dog are in your car, and are approached by a friendly officer
You are talked to, then told to get out of your car, frisked and then "cuffed"
(Just as you are about to be led away, you find out that this is your call off exercise)
When you pass the barrel, you see the sign telling you that the police officer is really a serial killer! you call your dog to come and save you! But before your dog arrives, the bad guy gives up, so you must call him off.
And your final exercise is your grumpy neighbor, who is sure that your dog is the one who has been ruining their lawn. He starts yelling at you, and then begins threatening you. You send your dog to protect you.
And that's the 2010 DSO!