Robin Nuttall Robin_N
Thank you Sharon Webb for this infographic on Distance Challenges. I am attaching the document as an Adobe PDF, but also including the jpg.

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Carole Schultz CaroleSchultz
Super!  Thank you.
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Susan Cohen SusanCohen
Sharon Webb, thank you SO much! We had This will be posted at our trials. So helpful!
We had 2 distance challenges this past w/e and one was set up a bit differently than most competitors were familiar with. It caused all kinds of group discussions and worry. This will clear up so many of those questions.
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prathbun
I encountered an issue with a distance challenge that was a long alley against a wall, and bales were stacked high on the other side of the alley toward the end. When my dog found a rat at the end of the alley, I was still retrieving a rat tube from the other side of the ring, three bales high. I could hear my dog biting the tube but could not get to it quickly. I assumed I couldn’t call RAT until I could say where the tube was. Once I got to the tube, it was pulled out and I didn’t know where it came from.  Rat wrangler could not access the area at the end of the distance challenge without stepping over me and my dog. I carried the tube out the whole distance, basically luring my dog out with me.  It turns out there was another rat tube at the end of that alley. Should there be consideration given to the location of tubes where wranglers  are not be able to help you? If I could have handed off the tube, I could have avoided luring my dog away from the area.  Just wondering. 
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Jennifer Giacchi BHAJ-242B
I'm not sure I understand why you couldn't hand off the tube to the rat wrangler?

Also, I frequently call RAT when I have no idea where my dog is but can hear her on the tube.  She's attached to it, even if I can't find her / see her at that moment! 🙂
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Geoffrey Dairiki BHAJ-221A
Suppose a handler calls a rat inside a distance challenge, climbs into the distance challenge, then intentionally stays in the DC (e.g. to hunt or to attempt a tunnel.)  They are now stuck until they call another rat (or complete the course.)

Suppose they now find a second rat inside the DC.  They call it and hand the tube off to the wrangler.  Is the handler now allowed to (without delay) exit the DC?

(What if the handler calls the rat, picks up the tube, steps out of the DC and then hands the tube to the wrangler?)
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Brenda Hinkemeyer BHAJ-203A
Yes they are allowed to step out. Doesn't matter whether tube is handed off before or after they step out. Rat was called and movement was to hand off rat and get out
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NicholeCrossley
I made a course with a distance challenge marked by yoga mats this past weekend.  NOT ONE of the competitors understood (or they didn't speak up) how the mat was utilized.  We had a lengthy discussion during master briefing and there were still confused faces.  After the first run, and the first competitor ESCAPED PRISON as we affectionately called it, the light went on and every said OH THAT IS GREAT!  So much easier to have easy access to the DC without climbing over bales.  Thank you for this great addition to courses and rules!
Nichole Crossley
McCall, Idaho
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Robin Nuttall Robin_N
This ties into the topic Mark Shaw just put into another thread. The briefing should not be a time when you have a lengthy discussion about rules. It should be fairly simple; "this is the Master challenge, including this matted area."
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EJones
At class this week, one end of the tunnel was situated in the distance challenge area. My dog was refusing to enter the other end of the tunnel. After calling CLEAR, could I have entered the distance challenge area to try to send my dog into the tunnel through that entrance? OR can you send your dog through the distance challenge opening of the tunnel if you are in the area after just retrieving a rat and before exiting? OR is the only way to send your dog through the tunnel entrance in the distance challenge is if you are outside the distance challenge?
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Brenda Hinkemeyer BHAJ-203A
You cannot enter the distance challenge, even if you called clear. If you called rat and are in the distance challenge, you can leave and get them to tunnel from the outside. If you try the tunnel after removing the rat, you are stuck in the distance challenge.
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Pam Opanowitz BHAJ-100A
After calling clear you cannot enter the distance challenge to do the tunnel.  You can always send your dog into the tunnel that is located inside the distance challenge you just have to do it from outside the distance line.    If you go into the distance challenge to retrieve a rat after calling rat the rules state that you must quickly exit the distance challenge.  If you ask your dog to continue hunting inside the challenge and are obviously delaying leaving until he/she checks the area you are stuck inside the challenge until you call another rat.    Same goes with the tunnel.  You must be actively moving towards the exit and cannot be delaying your exit or asking for a behavior inside the challenge.   So I would NQ if a handler asked for a tunnel before stepping outside the challenge.  There's a difference in telling a dog to "go find another" and "go look under there".   "Go tunnel" falls in the latter category IMO.   I'd like to hear the official ruling on this however as I'm sure it will arise.  
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EJones
Thanks so much for the clarification! One more variation - if you called clear and removed the last rat in the distance challenge, could you then send your dog through the tunnel from inside or is it always a DQ to send your dog through a tunnel located inside the distance challenge while you yourself are in it? 
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Marie Doremus BHAJ-241B
In a distance challenge the handler must move and exit the challenge, as soon as the rat is removed.  As long as they are moving and exiting the challenge and not pointing or motioning to the tunnel, whatever a handler tells the dog doesn’t matter.  A person can train their dog to tunnel using any command in any language.  “Go” might mean to tunnel for a dog, or a command in another language could mean to tunnel. To be fair, a judge can’t judge on verbal cues or only handlers using commands a judge understands would be failed.
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Robin Nuttall Robin_N
The term in the rulebook is to exit "without delay." Any hesitation to try to get the dog to do the tunnel is going to cause you to be trapped in the DC.
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