The Sport Corner
of The Academy

A tight-knit circle for those who want to seriously up their game.

Obsidian Evo is the sister to the Academy, dedicated to sport scentwork, obedience and protection. It’s for those who are ready to step away from pet dog training and onwards into the next chapter.  The quest to build the grail protection dog.

Evo is for those who really feel ready to jump in and work hard on the more advanced aspects of training so make sure you really have the time to invest in this, to allow you and your dog to be as good as you can. Beginners, as always, are also welcome because we all started somewhere, but be open to learning, and fast.

Obsidian Evo features a special belt grading system inspired by martial arts gyms, specifically Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. Commit yourself to the training programme and work your way up the ranks as you go. With each collar progression being awarded with a bespoke Obsidian dog collar and hoodie.

Spaces are extremely limited and reserved only for those who’re the most dedicated and hungry. See you on the inside.

Evo is free of charge to join – Just send an email to [email protected] with your story and we will get in touch ASAP!

Evo training days are every week, one week on a weekday, and the following on a weekend.  You MUST be able to attend at least once a fortnight to be eligible to join the club.

The Grading System

The Evo Grading system was inspired by the traditional martial arts belt systems. As people progress in their ability, they would be given a different coloured belt to symbolise the level they are currently working at. This in essence replaces typical sports titles, and we wanted to do this because of how subjective a title can really be. When you compete with your dog, you are both judged on three minutes of your life, rather than your entire training history and progress as a whole. This unfortunately means some people end up having lower titles than they really deserve, and others higher for simply performing well on that day. With the Evo Collar Grading System taking into account the entirety of the journey, not just a particular trial, the outcome becomes much a better reflection.

White Collar – White collar is the first earned rank for all Obsidian Evo Students. The white-collar training should emphasise the foundational understanding of all three phases for dog and handler.

The white collar should have experience and time served in all three phases but may not understand the particulars within the phases without guidance or assistance. Both dog and handler should have basic understanding of a multitude of behaviours within all three phases. Help may still be present but a direct lure is not permitted although a partial faded lure is fine.

Phase A – The dog should be either tracking a full style track but food throughout the track is permitted or it should be performing the foundations of at least two  search exercises.

Phase B – The dog should have a well rounded collection of obedience behaviours with help. The dog must only perform one of these behaviours at a time.

Phase C – The dog should have a basic understanding of interacting with bite equipment with a decoy. Bite mechanics do not have to be complete at white collar

Blue Collar – Blue collar is the second earned rank for all Obsidian Evo Students. The blue-collar training should include consistent understanding of the foundations in isolated events amongst all three phases.

The blue collar should have a clear understanding of the foundations and remain consistent within the behaviours even if the dog still requires help. The dog should also have a basic understanding of nuances within behaviours across all three phases.  Help is still permitted but should be drastically reduced compared to that of a white collar dog.

Phase A – The dog should be tracking a full style track with food throughout the track.  Food should be slightly faded compared to a white collar and tracks should be a much greater distance or the dog must also show a good understanding of the foundations of at least two search behaviours.  This does not have to be complete but should be further advanced.

Phase B – The dog should have a well rounded collection of obedience behaviours with some help.  The complete lure should not be present for most of the behaviours and some behaviours should start looking more complete.  Throughout the blue collar it is expected that dogs can chain multiple behaviours together without trouble.

Phase C – The dog should have a good understanding of interacting with bite equipment with a decoy including a bite suit. Bite mechanics should be fairly solid and the bite should be committed.  Very basic obedience must be included in bite work but not full levels of control.

Purple Collar – Purple collar is the intermediate earned rank for all Obsidian Evo Students. The purple-collar training should include consistent understanding of all exercises

The purple collar should have a thorough understanding of the behaviours and remain consistent within them with minimal help. The dog should also show problem solving ability through further progression in training.

Phase A – The dog should be tracking a full style track with less than half food throughout the track.  Tracks should be completed regardless of length, amount of legs or amount of corners.  Articles on the track should be introduced during purple collar or the dog must also show a solid understanding of of at least two search behaviours.

Phase B – The dog should have a well rounded collection of obedience behaviours with very little, to no help.  There should be no luring throughout behaviours and no obvious reward on show assisting the dog.  The purple collar should be able to chain a multitude of behaviours without problem.

Phase C – The dog should have an excellent understanding of bite work with complete mechanics and the ability to bite multiple targeted areas of the suit.  The dog should also be showing a solid level of obedience in protection but it does not have to show completed exercises such as the object guard, or emergency recall. The dog should also be able to take good environmental and physical decoy pressure.  The dog is expected to bite a covert sleeve as a purple collar.

Orange Collar – Orange collar is the highest-ranking collar below black. Progression to this level should typically take roughly four years. It is the collar where behaviour is refined.

The Orange collar should have a complete understanding of all behaviours with very minimal help. The dog should be in a refinement process for nuances of individual behaviours and not learning new behaviours.

Phase A – The dog should be tracking a full style track with no food throughout the track and minimal food in the corners.  Tracks should be completed regardless of length, amount of legs or amount of corners without food.  Articles on the track should be complete and accurate regardless of article type or the dog must also show an almost complete understanding of at least two search behaviours.

Phase B – The dog should have a well rounded collection of obedience behaviours with no help.  There should be no luring throughout behaviours and no  assisting the dog although it is expected that these behaviours at this level will still have some refinement to complete to black collar.   The orange collar should be able to chain a large number of behaviours without problem.

Phase C – The dog should have an excellent understanding of bite work with complete mechanics and the ability to bite multiple targeted areas of the suit.  The dog should also be showing a solid level of obedience in protection including specific exercises such as high decoy distraction, object guard or terminate chase.  A multitude of these behaviours are expected. The dog must show the ability to fight through moderate to high decoy pressure with environmental pressure and the dog must also show willingness to engage in civil protection without hesitation or issue regardless of the picture shown by the decoy.

Black Collar – Black collar denotes the highest level of understanding and skill across all three phases.

The black collar should have a complete understanding of all behaviours without help. The dog should be exceptional across all three phases and the handler should have exceptional skill and knowledge.

Phase A – The dog should be tracking a full style track with no food throughout the track and no food in the corners.  Tracks should be completed regardless of length, amount of legs or amount of corners without food.  Articles on the track should be complete and accurate regardless of article type or the dog must also show a complete understanding of at least two search behaviours.

Phase B – The dog should have a full and well rounded collection of obedience behaviours with no help.  There should be no luring throughout behaviours and no  assisting the dog in any way. The black collar should be able to perform any number of behaviours in any scenario without warning or preparation.

Phase C – The dog should have an excellent understanding of bite work with complete mechanics and the ability to bite multiple targeted areas of the suit.  The dog should also be showing an excellent level of obedience in protection including specific exercises such as high decoy distraction, object guard or terminate chase without any assistance from tools or rewards.  A multitude of these behaviours are expected. The dog must show the ability to fight through very high decoy pressure with environmental pressure and the dog must also show willingness to engage in civil protection without hesitation or issue regardless of the picture shown by the decoy.

Red collar is reserved for those whose influence, training and commitment takes them to the pinnacle of the art.

The red collar dog should show full completion of all behaviours and then more on top. The handler should be able to train and assist others in any discipline to exceptional level.

The Red Collar handler must have been actively coaching for twelve years at Black Collar to be awarded the Coveted Red Hoodie.

Stripes – In addition to the belt system, stripes shall be awarded as a form of intra-collar recognition of progression and skill. Up to four stripes on the collar will be given as an indication of the skill level relative to others within the same rank.

Black Hoodie Stripes – Black Collar is the only collar without stripes, but the handler will receive a degree on their hoodie every two years up to fifth degree on which two years later, they will receive their red hoodie.  Degrees on the black hoodie will only be granted to those actively coaching within Evo for the given time.

To Apply : Please email [email protected]

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