UK

PPDA

Level One Rules

 

 

Control Round

Heelwork.

Heelwork will consist of normal, slow and fast pace on and off lead.

Handler and Dog will enter the ring and present themselves to the Judge and Steward. The Steward will explain the exercise format and direct the Handler to the starting peg. Upon the stewards command the control round will commence. The control area will be twenty five by twenty five metres, inside the area will be assorted distraction articles including plastic bottles, tennis balls; footballs and bite sleeves at some point during the test a helper will enter the area walking around the perimeter of the control ring.

Any aggression, barking or shying away during this exercise will be heavily penalised.

Marks; 50

The Retrieve

The retrieve will consist of two articles, supplied by the Judge; (one metal object and one soft object) the steward will direct the Handler to the retrieve marker peg. The Handler will give his/her dog the command to sit before the Steward throws the two articles a minimum of ten metres, on the Stewards command the dog will be sent out to retrieve an article, the dog will go out pick up the article and return to the Handler with the article and sit in the present position, the dog will release the article on the Handlers command. The Steward will then instruct the Handler to send his/her dog to heel, upon completion the Steward will take the first article and again instruct the Handler to send his/her dog out to retrieve the second article, this will be carried out using the same format.

Marks; first article 10 marks second article 15 total marks 25

Recall

The handler will be directed to a peg by the steward, the handler will sit or down his/her dog in preparation for the recall.

At the stewards direction the handler will be instructed to give his/her dog a last command, the steward will then instruct the handler to leave his/her dog. The handler will walk forward in a straight line until instructed by the steward to left turn, the handler will receive a further two right turns and a final left turn before being instructed to call his/her dog whilst on the move. The dog will be expected to come to heel, the handler will walk, with his/her dog to heel until instructed by the steward to halt.

Marks; 25

Total Marks; 100

 

Agility

The agility round will consist of the following;

The Handler and Dog will be directed to the starting peg and instructed to remove the dog’s collar and lead, this will be handed to the Steward.

The Steward will direct the Handler to the starting peg for each element, the Handler will be asked to nominate the position that his/her dog will be commanded to take once each element has been completed.

Clear jump

The first obstacle will be the three foot clear jump, the dog will be required upon the Handlers command to clear the obstacle and finish in the designated position, on the Stewards command the Handler will join his/her dog, the element will be completed when the Steward informs the Handler “exercise finished”.

Marks 15

A Frame

The Handler will be required to sit his/her dog in readiness to traverse the obstacle on the stewards command the handler will send his/her dog over the obstacle and command the dog to complete the exercise in the elected position, the handler will be instructed by the Steward to join the dog, the element will be completed when the Steward informs the Handler “exercise finished”.

Marks 15

Long Jump

The Handler will be required to sit his/her dog in readiness to clear the obstacle on the stewards command the handler will send his/her dog over the obstacle and command the dog to complete the exercise in the elected position, the handler will be instructed by the Steward to join the dog, the element will be completed when the Steward informs the Handler “exercise finished”.

Marks 15

The Car

The Handler will be required to sit his/her dog in readiness to climb over the car on the stewards command the handler will send his/her dog onto the bonnet of the car and up onto the roof, the Handler will command the dog to down on the roof of the car and walk to the designated marker, there will be a one minute down, after which the Steward will instruct the Handler to call the dog, the dog will join the Handler in the present position and on the Stewards instruction the Handler will command the dog to heel. The element will be completed when the Steward informs the Handler “exercise finished”.

Marks 15 for the climb 15 for the down and 15 for the finish = 45

 

 

Tunnel

Handler to be directed to the front of the tunnel with the dog, the dog is to be placed in the sit position; the steward will then instruct the handler to send the dog through the tunnel. The dog will be commanded to take up the nominated position once through the tunnel. When directed by the steward the handler will join the dog, the exercise will be completed on the steward’s instruction.

Marks 10

Total Marks 100

Criminal Work

Passive bite

The handler and dog will walk toward the criminal who will be seated, the criminal will be wearing a full bit suite which will be covered with a sheet (the only visible piece of protective equipment will be the safety helmet worn by the criminal). The handler will sit his/her dog and attempt to engage the criminal in conversation, at some point the criminal will inform the handler that he has a knife, at this point the handler will command his/her dog to hold the criminal. On the instruction of the steward the handler will command his/her dog to release the criminal and return to the heel position, exercise finished.

50 points; points to be awarded for control, commitment and quality of bite.

Gun attack

The handler and dog will enter the field and walk toward a parked vehicle, the criminal will fire one shot, the handler will take cover behind the vehicle and send out a challenge to the gunman. After the challenge the handler will release the dog, once the dog has engaged the criminal the criminal will discharge a further two rounds. The handler will then proceed to a designated area and instruct the criminal to drop the weapon, once the weapon is dropped the handler will recall his/her dog to him/her whilst remaining at the designated position, the dog will then be put back on lead and the handler will inform the steward that the dog is safe.

50 points; points to be awarded for control, commitment and quality of bite.

Aggressive attacker

Handler and dog will be directed to the starting peg by the steward once the signal is given to the criminal, the criminal will appear from behind a hide and threaten the handler, the handler will challenge the criminal. The criminal will proceed towards the handler and dog in a threatening manner waving a tassel stick; the handler will send the dog to engage. Before the dog engages the criminal will swing the tassel stick in front of the dog in a sweeping motion, once the dog engages the criminal the handler will instruct the criminal to drop the weapon, once the criminal has dropped the weapon the handler will instruct the dog to out and return to heel. There will be a cursory search.

50 points; points to be awarded for control, commitment and quality of bite.

 

Long Chase

The handler will be directed by the steward to the starting peg, the criminal will appear and threaten the handler, the criminal will run away from the handler shaking a rattle (large plastic bottle containing small stones). The handler will challenge, on the stewards instruction the handler will send the dog to engage the criminal. The dog will engaged the criminal the criminal will continue to shake the rattle until told by the handler to stand still. The handler will then “out” the dog, the dog will be commanded to return to the handler and the handler will place the dog on the lead. Exercise finished.

50 points; points to be awarded for control, commitment and quality of bite.

 

All of the exercises will be subject to the Judges discretion and the Judge’s decision is final.

You are responsible for your dogs actions at all times whilst at the trials ground, on or off the field.