Dog Agility Equipment

What the judge is looking for when you run a course

With the majority of all obstacles you will get 5 faults if you fail to negotiate the equipment correctly.  If you, the handler, deliberately touch any piece of equipment or your dog you will incur 5 faults.  However, if you assist your dog to complete an obstacle this should be an elimination. Your dog should touch the contact area on the A Frame, Dog walk and See Saw with either their front or rear paws, you will get 5 faults for each failure to do so. If your dog refuses to do an obstacle or runs out of the ring you will get 5 faults for each refusal/run out.  If this occurs three times you will be eliminated. Your dog must be under reasonable control at all times if not you will be eliminated.

You must memorise the course and take the numbers in the correct order as taking the wrong course will mean you are eliminated.
Unfortunately fouling in the ring or urinating on the equipment is not accepted and if this happens you will be eliminated.

Harsh Handling is not accepted, agility is supposed to be fun and reward based so if the judge feels this is not the case you will be eliminated.
Your dog must wear a flat collar with nothing dangling from it, i.e. no tags, no choke collars are accepted, failure to adhere to this, will be instant disqualification.

Jumps(Hurdles), Wall, Rising Spread Jump and Brush Fence.

  • A dog should not be faulted if any part of the obstacle is touched and does not fall.
  • Fault  – If any of the bars are lowered or the wings are knocked over by the dog or handler.
  • Fault – If the obstacle is knocked over by the handler before the dog reaches it, the dog should be eliminated, as it cannot complete the course in the correct order.
  • Refusal – If the dog runs under the bar, jumps the wing, or runs past the line of the wings or if the dog stops, or turns away when in a position to jump the hurdle.
  • Elimination – Dog should be eliminated if it jumps or runs under the hurdle in the wrong direction, or out of sequence.

Hoop (Tyre)

  • Refusal – If the dog goes under, or over the tyre, or hits the tyre and falls back.
  • Refusal – If the dog runs past the line of the tyre, or stops or turns around when in a position to jump the tyre.
  • Elimination – If the dog runs or jumps back through any part of the obstacle.

Long Jump

  • A clean attempt should be made to clear the obstacle. Casual contact with the fore or hind legs will not be faulted.
  • Refusal – If the dog runs past, jumps in and out to the side of the marker poles, or walking on or between the elements where no attempt has been made to clear the obstacle.
  • Fault – Knocking down one or more elements.

Collapsible Tunnel, Pipe Tunnel

  • Refusal – If the dog runs past the line of the front of the tunnel or entering the tunnel and coming back out of the same entrance.
  • Refusal – A dog jumping over the tunnel when attempting to complete the obstacle.
  • Elimination – A dog when not attempting the tunnel as the next obstacle, jumping over the tunnel..
  • Elimination – For entering or touching the wrong entrance to the tunnel.

Weaving Poles

  • Refusal – The dog must enter the weaving poles with the first pole adjacent to its left side. Each incorrect entry should be marked as a refusal, with an elimination once a dog has collected 3 refusals
  • Fault – An error after a correct entry is a maximum of 5 faults. This means a dog can only incur one unit of ‘5 faults’ for errors in completing the weaves (excluding refusals); further errors should not be given faults.
  • Handling – Any handling of the dog i.e. by knee or hand should be faulted with 5 faults.
  • Elimination – Deliberate handling to help a dog through the weaves should be an elimination.
  • Elimination – Failure to complete correctly before negotiating any further obstacle.
  • Elimination – Running back through the weaving poles whilst negotiating the obstacle by at two poles
  • Elimination – Running through any poles at any other time during the course.

Contact Equipment (Dog Walk, See-Saw, A-Frame)

  • Note – Consideration should be given to weather conditions at all times.
  • Fault – If the dog fails to make contact with the contact area.
  • Elimination – The rules only state that a fault should be given if the dog fails to make contact. A dog that leaves the obstacle, and then puts a paw back onto the obstacle should be eliminated. Note: There is no guidance on what part of the dog should touch the contact area, but it is suggested that it should be a paw, or part thereof. A judge should be in such a position that both the up and down contacts can be properly judged.
  • Refusal – If the dog stops or turns away when in a position to take the obstacle, or if it runs past the line of the furthest point of the first contact area.
  • Refusal  – A dog is considered to have refused the obstacle if it alights before the down ramp or plank (i.e. the down ramp on the A-Frame, the pivot point on the See-Saw and the down plank on the Dog Walk).

Specific to the See-Saw:

  • Fault – If the exit end of the plank is not touching the ground before the dog alights from the obstacle.
  • Fault – If the dog alights before touching the contact area.
  • Eliminations – A dog should be eliminated if it touches or alights the obstacle from the wrong direction.