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Welcome to the Canadian Working Dog Foundation

 

 

We do NOT allow anyone at our events with Camera's unless giving written permission ahead of time. Anyone using a camera of any type will be removed by security. We can not have our events shown to the public in any way but positive. Ontario now has BSL and we do not want supporters at these events. We will always be located on a private secluded location where we can really enjoy working our dogs.

 

Weight pull Rules

    

 
  1. Notifying scorekeeper of total weight on the cart. Before each round, the Judge must tell the Scorekeeper the total weight on the vehicle.

  2. Starting placements for the weighted vehicles.

     

    1. Wheeled cart. The cart shall be placed with front wheels directly behind and touching the starting line. The handler has the option of placing the cart anywhere on the starting line as long as the wheels are perpendicular to the start line. The handler may reposition the cart one time. No test rolling of the cart shall be allowed.

    2. Sled. Before each dog pulls, the sled must be placed with the contact points of the runners just touching the break line. At the Judge’s direction, the sled may be moved from the break line to the start line in order to ensure that the sled is not frozen to the snow, a procedure called “breaking the sled.” Once the sled is “broken,” it must be positioned with the contact points of the runners just touching the start line and the sled runners perpendicular to the start line.

    3. Rail cart. The cart shall be placed with front wheels directly behind and touching the starting line.

       

  3. Clearing the chute. All pull officials should be behind the front of the weight vehicle when the dog starts to pull. Only one handler may be in the chute during each dog’s pull.

  4. Starting position of the dog. The handler may place his/her dog anywhere between the wheels or runners in front of the cart or sled at the end of the extended tug line. The dog shall be positioned with enough slack in the tug line to pre- vent the dog from inadvertently moving the cart or sled but there shall not be more than one foot of slack in the traces when starting. Once the dog is in position in front of the cart or sled, the handler may not touch the dog or any equipment again until the pull is completed. The dog is in position when the handler moves away from the dog.

  5. Starting position of the handler.

     

    1. Normal. The handler shall be in front of the cart/sled. The handler shall not touch the dog or equipment until the judge indicates the pull has been completed.

    2. Driving from the rear. When driving the dog from the rear, the handler shall be behind the front of the cart/sled. The handler shall not touch the dog or equipment until the judge indicates the pull has been completed.

       

  6. Start time. The timing of the pull starts when one of the following occurs:

     

    1. The handler gives the dog a command to pull. The command may be given by voice or signal or both.

       

    2. The dog starts to pull without a command.

       

  7. End time. The pull is completed when the cart wheels or the contact points of the runners touch the finish line. The Judge must signal the handler and the timekeeper when the pull has been completed, either by calling “Pull” or with a hand signal. The timekeeper shall immediately stop his/her timer and record both the time and weight pulled on the recording sheet. The Judge may, however, elect to allow the timekeeper to stop the timer without a signal from the Judge or the Judge may elect to time the pull and merely have the timekeeper record time and weight pulled.

     

Section XXVIII. Passes. At the start of a pull, no dog is required to pull until either the first round that equals or the first round that exceeds the maximum starting weight for its class, whichever comes first.

 

  1. Number of passes allowed. Once a dog has pulled, its handler may pass no more than two turns before the dog must pull again.

  2. After a dog pulls the beginning weight. A handler may not elect to have his/her dog pull the beginning weight and then pass until the maximum starting weight is reached. Once a dog pulls, the normal number of passes shall apply.

  3. After the dog is hooked to the weighted vehicle. Once the dog is hooked to the weighted vehicle, the handler may not pass in that round except when pull is interrupted as the result of equipment failure. See paragraph E below.

  4. Signaling a pass. The Handler must signal his/her decision to pass a round to the timekeeper or Judge before the first dog of the new round starts.

  5. Rescinding a pass. Once the handler has indicated to the timekeeper or the Judge that he/she is passing a particular round, that pass may not be rescinded after the start of the round.

  6. Equipment failure. If any part of the harness or other equipment breaks, the handler has the option to accept this interrupted pull as a pass rather than a foul.

     

Section XXIX. Fouls.

 

  1. What constitutes a foul. A foul is anything that interrupts a qualifying pull. Examples of fouls include:

     

    1. A dog that eliminates in the chute.

       

    2. Aggressive action of handler towards dog during the pull competition.

       

    3. Dog becomes entangled in the tug lines.

       

    4. Equipment failure (See Section XXVIII, paragraph F.)

       

    5. Pushing or dropping dog at the start of the pull.

       

    6. Dog times out (Section III, paragraph V).

       

    7. Handler touching the cart or dog in any way after the Judge/Timekeeper has started to time the pull.

       

    8. Weighted vehicle becomes tangled in the chute barrier.

       

  2. When a foul is committed. When a foul is committed, the handler may unhook the dog and return to the holding area or he/she may elect to finish the pull. No points or legs shall be awarded on the basis of a completed pull that included a foul. The dog must pull again at the end of the round in which the foul occurred. A handler change shall not be allowed after a dog has been assessed a foul.

  3. Who determines when foul is committed. The Judge calls fouls and his/her decision is final.

     

Section XXX. Weight Pull Titles and Class Placements.

 

  1. Titles. The following titles shall be awarded for excellence in weight pulling.

     

    • Weight Puller (WP).

       

    • Weight Pull Champion (WPCH).

       

    •  Weight Pull Champion Excellent (WPCHX).

       

    • Weight Pull Champion Versatile (WPCHV).

       

    • Weight Pull Champion Outstanding (WPCHO).

       

    • Weight Pull Champion Supreme (WPCHS).

       

  2. Requirements for Weight Pull Titles.

     

    1.  Weight Puller (WP). To earn this title, a dog must earn a qualifying leg at three different CWDF-licensed weight pulls. A dog earns a qualifying leg by completing an uninterrupted pull of a weighted vehicle loaded with the following weights for16 feet within 60 seconds:

       

      1. On natural or artificial surfaces. Eight times the dog’s body weight on the day of the event for events held on natural or artificial surfaces, or

      2. On snow. Three times the dog’s body weight on the day of the event for events held on snow, or

      3. On rails. Ten times the dog’s body weight on the day of the event for events held on a rail system.

         

    2.  Weight Pull Champion (WPCH). A dog must earn the United Weight Puller title before it is eligible to earn points toward the  Weight Pull Champion title. A dog must then earn 100 additional championship points in accordance with the Championship Points Schedule in Section XXX, paragraph C to become a  Weight Pull Champion.

    3. Weight Pull Champion Excellent (WPCHX). A dog must earn the Weight Pull Champion (WPCH) title before it is eligible to earn points toward the  Weight Pull Champion Excellent title. A dog must then earn 250 additional championship points in accordance with the Championship Points Schedule in Section XXX, paragraph C. below to become a  Weight Pull Champion Excellent.

    4. Weight Pull Champion Versatile (WPCHV). A dog must earn the  Weight Puller (WP) title before it is eligible to earn points toward the United Weight Pull Champion Versatle title. A dog must then earn an additional 100 points on one weighted vehicle and an additional 100 points, which may be earned on any combination of at least two types of weighted vehicles. Championship points are awarded in accordance with the Championship Points Schedule in Section XXX, paragraph C.

    5.  Weight Pull Champion Outstanding (WPCHO). A dog must earn the  Weight Puller (WP) title before it is eligible to earn points toward the  Weight Pull Champion Outstanding title. A dog must then earn 100 additional championship points each on two different types of weighted vehicles. Championship points are awarded in accor- dance with the Championship Points Schedule in Section XXX, paragraph C.

    6.  Weight Pull Champion Supreme (WPCHS). A dog must earn the Weight Puller (WP) title before it is eligible to earn points toward the  Weight Pull Champion Supreme title. A dog must then earn 100 additional championship points on each type of weighted vehicle (rail cart, sled, wheeled cart.) Championship points are awarded in accordance with the Championship Points Schedule in Section XXX, paragraph C.

       

  3. Championship Points Schedule. A qualifying pull is required to earn the following points:s of weight pulled per pound

  4. Class Placements and Overall awards.

     

    1. Class Placements. Class placements may be determined using one of two approved formats. Each club must choose one format when applying to hold a licensed weight pull event. No additional points are earned for class placements. The two formats are:
     
      1.  
         
        System Pounds of weight pulled per pound of dog’s body weight Points

         

        Wheels 10
        15
        25
        35
        5
        10
        15
        20

         

        Rails 20
        25
        35
        45
        5
        10
        15
        20

         

        Snow 5
        7
        10
        15
        5
        10
        15
        20

         

        Most weight pulled in event: Five bonus points shall be awarded to the dog (or dogs, in the event of a tie) pulling the most weight in the event provided the dog has earned the WP title before the day’s pull. 5

        Most weight pulled per pound of body weight: Five bonus points shall be awarded to the dog (or dogs, in the event of a tie) pulling the most weight per pound of body weight in the event provided the dog has earned the WP title before the day’s pull. This shall be calculated by taking the highest number of pounds pulled by a dog and dividing it by the dog’s weight.
        5
         

         

        1. Format A - Most Weight Pulled. The winner of each class shall be the dog pulling the most weight of all dogs in the class. The dog pulling the next highest weight shall be placed second and so forth. Each successive dog is placed second, third then fourth. If two or more dogs pull the same weight the required distance and neither can pull more weight the full distance, the winner shall be whichever dog pulled the most weight per pound of body weight. If the two dogs remain tied, the winner shall be whichever dog completed its pull in the fastest time.

        2. Format B – Most Weight Pulled Per Pound Of Body Weight. The winner of each class shall be the dog pulling the most weight per pound of body weight. The dog pulling the next highest weight per pound of body weight shall be placed second and so forth. If two or more dogs pull the same weight per pound of body weight the required distance and neither can pull more weight the full distance, the winner is shall be whichever dog completed its pull in the fastest time.

           

      2. Overall Awards. Each of the following overall awards must be awarded at a licensed weight pull, regardless of format.

         

        1. Most Weight Pulled. The dog pulling the highest weight of all dogs entered shall be awarded the Most Weight Pulled award. If two or more dogs pull the same weight the required distance and neither can pull more weight the full distance, the winner shall be whichever dog pulled the most weight per pound of body weight. If the two dogs remain tied, the winner shall be whichever dog completed its pull in the fastest time.

        2. Most Weight Pulled Per Pound of Body Weight. The dog pulling the most weight per pound of body weight of all dogs entered shall be awarded the Most Weight Pulled Per Pound of Body Weight award. If two or more dogs pull the same weight per pound of body weight the required distance and neither can pull more weight the full distance, the winner shall be whichever dog completed its pull in the fastest time. If the two dogs remain tied, the award shall be considered a tie and awarded to each dog.

           

     

 






 

IronDog GDT Rules

As of August 5, 2004

1) Altered Dogs may now compete in Irondog.

 

2) Irondog competitions are now open to all breeds.

 

3) There is a $20.00 charge to compete in an Irondog or to trial for a GDT.

 

4) All Irondog events must be sanctioned. Contact information is on this website.

 

5) An Irondog Judge has the authority to dismiss any competitor for unsportsmanlike conduct or for arguing with the Judge. The Judge also has the right to dismiss any dog he or she feels is sick or injured.          

 

6)During all stages of Irondog (GDT, IDT3, IDT5 or AD) dogs must wear a flat collar, choke chain, or fur saver attached to the dead ring.

 

7) The Hardest Hitting Event was previously adding 1/2 point for an out. The amount has been raised to 1 point. The dog must out on one command and not re-bite the sleeve. The distance will be approximately 45 feet. Follow the Judge's instructions.

 
Your dog must have a recognized protection sport title or K9 certification to participate in an Irondog Triathlon or Pentathlon. If it does not have a recognized sport title you may qualify for the Triathlon/Pentathlon by passing a test administered by Irondog called the Guard Dog Temperament Test (GDT). Below are the requirements for the GDT:


A) Obedience/Temperament Test. The test begins with the dog in a controlled stay command at the handler’s side. On the judge’s signal, the dog will then heel ten paces at the handler’s side and come to a halt. The leash must be loose at all times. The dog will have to stay in one spot on command while the handler drops the leash and walks ten paces away. The dog must then do a recall on command. Next, the dog will have to meet the first of two friendly strangers and not show aggression or shyness. Ideally the first stranger will be an Irondog judge, assuming the dog does not know the judge. The handler will shake hands with the stranger and exchange brief words. After asking permission, the stranger will stare into the dog’s eyes for less than two seconds and pet the dog on the shoulder or flank. We are looking for good-natured dogs that are not shy or sharp. The dog must enjoy being petted by the stranger. It must display tail wagging pleasure or exhibit other body language to show that he is at ease and happy to meet this new person. The Irondog judge will then pick a second friendly stranger from the crowd that is physically dissimilar to the judge. The entire “Meeting a Friendly Stranger” test will be repeated a second time with this other person. The dog must meet the same criteria for both friendly strangers.


B) Protection test. On a separate field (or a different place on the original field), in the open, the dog will do a few appraisal bites using either a sleeve or suit. The purpose of the appraisal bite is to avoid chasing dogs off the field during the attack on handler bite that follows. The dog must take at least two moderate stick hits in the appraisal bite. The stick will be a standard padded baton. The dog must also face a noisy stick threat in the appraisal bite. If the judge feels the dog’s appraisal bite was satisfactory, then it is eligible to do the next bite, which is an attack on handler out of a blind that fully conceals the decoy. The blind should ideally be an unexpected object like a tree, car or outhouse. The dog must not see the decoy enter the blind. The dog and handler will move (at the judge’s signal) toward the blind. On judge’s signal, the decoy will spring from behind the barrier, attack the approaching handler and drive the dog for roughly 3 seconds after the bite. The decoy will administer two or more stick threats with an unexpected object like a small tree branch covered in dry leaves, a bamboo clatter stick, a plastic jug partially filled with rocks or a starter’s pistol. The dog must engage the attacking decoy courageously and withstand the drive/stick threat. If the dog comes off the bite for a reason other than lack of courage the judge will instruct the decoy to continue driving and administering stick threats until it is obvious the dog can withstand the pressure courageously. After the drive the decoy will lock up. The handler will then give an out command without touching the dog but he may stand anywhere he wants. The handler has three tries to out his dog. As soon as the dog disengages the handler may pick the dog up and drag or heel him away. If the dog does not fully re-engage between the time when he lets go of the decoy and is picked up, then he has outed successfully and passes the test.

 

 

 

IronDog IDT3-IDT5

Pentathlon/Triathlon
Your dog will be scored on five events for a Pentathlon but there is a menu of six events to choose from: 50 yard Sprint Race, Hardest Hitting, Weight Pull, Tug of War, Hangtime, and 12-mile Endurance Test.
Your dog will be scored on three events for the Triathlon, but there is a menu of four events to chose from: 50 yard Sprint Race, Hardest Hitting, Weight Pull, and 12-mile Endurance Test. The 12-mile Endurance Test is optional for the Pentathlon and the Triathlon. If you enter and finish all six events in the Pentathlon and all four events in the Triathlon we will throw out your lowest score among the mandatory events and replace it with the ten points you earned by completing the optional 12-mileEndurance Test, with this exception: we will not throw out your score in Hardest Hitting. Each event is worth ten points if you take first place, nine points if you take second place and so forth. All the scores are added together and the highest score wins. Endurance Test is worth ten points if your dog runs it in the allotted time and zero points if he does not. If there is a tie score the Hardest Hitting event will be a tiebreaker. The order that dogs will run the events in will be determined by drawing names from a hat during the handler’s meeting or some other random selection process. Dogs must be crated near the field when not competing. Dogs must not be given corrections. Events are run back to back in rapid succession. If a handler and dog are not ready when their turn is up they will be ejected from the trial. An assistant judge will make sure there is a dog on deck at all times to expedite the trial. Contestants must provide their own tug toy with snaps and their own weight pull harness. Each dog must have two handlers. 
Sprint Race – Dogs will run against a stopwatch, one at a time, on a straight 50-yard course. One handler will hold the dog at the start line and the second handler will bait the dog past the finish line. The stopwatch starts when an assistant judge near the start line fires a starter’s pistol after yelling, “On your mark, get set,” BANG! If no starter’s pistol is available the assistant judge will yell, “On your mark, get set, GO!” and throw his raised arm down after saying the word, “GO.” The stopwatch will start on the word, “GO” and the assistant judge’s arm signal. The assistant judge will watch the handler on the start line and disqualify him if he releases the dog before the gun or before the word, “GO.” The handler on the starting line must throw his hands fully overhead as he releases the dog. Bait may be protection equipment or nonliving food.
Hardest Hitting – Decoy may wear either a suit or a sleeve depending on the dog’s training. Each dog will be given a warm up bite from a short distance and then the competition bite will be done from a longer distance of at least 15 yards. Each dog will start from the same spot, which must be marked. The decoy will hide behind a blind (ideally an unexpected barrier as in the GDT). The dog must be blocked so it does not see the decoy hiding. On the judge’s signal the decoy will run out of the blind, across the field, perpendicular to the dog and suddenly charge toward him at a designated spot, making an “L” pattern. The dog is released as the decoy starts his charge into the dog. The decoy will continue charging with a raised stick (either a clatter stick or padded baton) until impact. The decoy may shout, scream or use any traditional method to pressure the dog. The judge has the option of including gunfire in the Hardest Hitting bite. In this case the decoy would not carry a stick, but a starter’s pistol and would fire one time immediately before impact. After impact the decoy will drive the dog very briefly, then lockup. The drive must include at least one stick threat with the padded baton or clatter stick if the decoy did not use gunfire. The dog must stick to his bite during the brief drive to complete this event. Dogs will be judged on impact, how hard they hit the decoy, i.e. how much pain they were able to inflict through the equipment. After each bite the decoy will give the judge a number from one to ten, ten being the greatest impact, to rank the dogs. Contestants may attempt to out their dog after the decoy locks up. A successful out adds 1 point to the HH score. A successful out is defined as the dog not fully re-engaging and not leaving the protection field before the handler picks him up, i.e., the dog must be under control until it is picked up. Only one out command is allowed; it must come from the dog’s handler. The handler must be standing at the marked start point when he gives the out command. The dog has three seconds to obey the out command. After the dog outs the handler may run to the dog to pick it up.
Weight Pull – May be done with a sled, a cart or a rail system. Each dog is given 5 turns in a row with the cart or sled. There is a 60-second time limit for each of the 5 pulls. One foul or tangle is allowed per pull. Baiting is allowed with nonliving food or protection equipment. Handler may stand anywhere on the pull track but may not touch the dog. Leashes are not allowed. In the event of a tie, the fastest pull wins. There is a minimum permissible increment of 25 pounds for a sled and 250 pounds for a cart. The judge may increase the minimum increment within reason, but he may not decrease it. Handlers will tell the judge and his assistants how much weight to put on the sled or cart for each pull, but must abide by the minimum increment standard. The weight added to the sled or cart must go from lighter to heavier. Each turn the dog takes with the sled or cart must be heavier than the previous turn. Increases in weight must either be in 25-pound increments or multiples of 25 for a sled. For a cart the increments must be 250-pound or multiples of 250. There are no weight classes.
Tug of War – Dogs will tug from behind an upright plywood barrier with a hole drilled in it for the rope to pass through. Handlers must have a leash on the dog at all times but may not issue corrections. Two assistant judges will be watching either dog at all times during the pull. The assistant judges may disqualify a contestant for giving corrections. The rope is 30 feet long and is marked in the center and at four feet from both ends. A dog wins when it has pulled his opponent past the outer rope mark. Each pair of tugging dogs will go against each other only one time. A round robin elimination system will be used. A coin flip or other random method will determine which side of the barrier a dog will pull from. To complete this event a dog must grab the tug toy and pull backwards, i.e., it must tug against its opponent. It must grab the tug toy and begin pulling within 20 seconds of the start of the Tug of War or it automatically loses. There are no weight classes.
Hangtime – This event must come after the above events. The dog has a 3-minute time limit on the spring pole to complete this event. The clock starts when all four feet are off the ground. If the dog gets a single bite upon presentation of the tug toy and hangs on without rebiting for the full 3-minutes, it gets a perfect score of ten points. For every time it loses its grip and is forced to rebite, it loses one point. The clock stops when (if) the dog losses its grip and starts again when all four feet are off the ground. If the dog loses his grip he must immediately be presented with the tug and hoisted upward. The dog is disqualified after losing its grip four times, for safety reasons. The judge may disqualify a dog before it loses its grip four times if he believes the grips are not solid.
12-mile Endurance Test –This event must be done between 12 to 24-hours before the five core Pentathlon events (or the three core Triathlon events) and in cool weather. The dog must run 12-miles at a pace between 6.5 mph and 10 mph. Handler may be on a bike, on foot, roller blades or a small all terrain vehicle. The dog will rest briefly after 5 miles so the judge can inspect the dog’s feet and general condition, if either is questionable the dog is disqualified and receives zero points. At 10 miles there is another rest and inspection. If the dog passes the final inspection it may continue the last two miles and complete the Endurance Test. This event is optional for the Pentathlon and Triathlon.
Irondog Titles
GDT – Guard Dog Temperament. This title allows your dog to participate in the Triathlon or Pentathlon if you do not already have a recognized sport protection title.
IDT3 – Irondog Triathlon completion. This title means your dog has completed an Irondog Triathlon.
IDT5 – Irondog Pentathlon completion. This title means your dog has completed an Irondog Pentathlon.

Irondog ranking system
Your dog is considered a ranked Irondog if it finishes first, second or third in a trial consisting of five or more dogs. The ranking system is designed to help make breed selections. Ranked IDT3 and ranked IDT5 are different titles than non-ranked IDT3 or non-ranked IDT5.

 

 
   

 

 

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