The next level is Open (Companion Dog Excellent - CDX). In addition
to off-leash heeling, they retrieve a dumbbell, drop on command on
the recall and perform the sit and down while the owner is out of
the room, or out of sight.
The last level is Utility (Utility Dog - UD). The dog performs
more complex tasks such as retrieving a dropped glove, selecting
scented articles, crossing the ring to sit and face the handler
to take jumps as directed and performing a long, complicated heeling
pattern taking only signals as commands.
Other non-required transitional levels are also available. They
are Pre-Novice and Novice Intermediate, which is a step between
Novice and Open.
Dogs must retrieve
two scented articles in Utility
(Donna LaHaise's 'Gambler')