Choosing a location for the competition and marking the field
A playing field (for a dog and handler / owner work) at least 50 meters by 15 meters is needed for the DP championship.
The field is marked as shown on the picture below. There have to be three equal zones (3 squares) 10 by 10m in the center.
The catching zone of the PULLER rings is not marked or fenced, it can have a free length, but not shorter than 10m.
The field is marked with sand, sawdust, special spray-dyes or non-toxic food dyes; it is additionally protected around the perimeter with tape (the catching zones located along the field are not fenced). Flags are placed in the corners of the squares.
The field surface for competitions must be smooth, not slippery and not very hard. The field should not have dimples and bumps.
A Field with such surface are absolutely not suitable: concrete, pavement, gravel, crushed stones, rubber covering of open sports grounds.
The referees’ team judges the competition. It consists of at least 3 people. One of the three is the main referee of the competition, appointed for his / her objectivity, authority and experience of participating in this sport. Two others work as side referees to notice all the nuances and resolve disputable issues. In the disciplines that require a starting line, there should be a “referee at the start” on it. One person is a timekeeper, the other one is a steward. The referees’ team may include a larger number of people. The main referee assigns their duties.
The main referee takes a position near the central zone – the start zone. The main referee ensures that a handler / owner does not overstep the line of the zone when throwing the PULLER rings, records catching and bringing PULLER back to the start zone and keeps the registry of the competition. Also accepts signs (raised up hand on the right catch / hand crossed on the wrong catch) from the side referees. The main referee or his / her assistant with a timer or a stopwatch keeps track of the time for each competing pair.
During the PULLER RUNNING discipline, the side referees are near the run-up zones (left and right) and track in which zone and how the dog caught PULLER. If the PULLER ring is caught correctly in the catching zone, the side referee gives a sign to the main referee raising a hand up. When the PULLER ring is caught not correclty or not caught, the arms are crossed.
During the Puller Jumping discipline, side referees help the main referee to count the number of jumps made by the dog during the performance of a competing pair. For this, one side referee counts dog’s jumps with the grab of the PULLER ring with the jaws lifting two paws off the ground, and the other counts the dog’s jumps with the grab of the PULLER ring with the jaws lifting four paws off the ground.
Performance time is 90 sec. The number of throws is not limited. Two PULLER rings are used.
A competing pair, a dog and a handler / owner, start their performance in the central zone – the start zone. Timing starts after an owner double-hits the PULLER (double rings clap).
The performance consists of successive throws of the PULLER rings in different directions, so that the dog catches the rolling ring in the catching zone and brings it back to the start zone. A handler / owner throws the PULLER rings one at a time, each time in other direction.
In the start zone, a dog can leave PULLER on the ground or give it directly to a handler / owner.
The performance ends after 90 sec. If a handler / owner throws the PULLER ring before the time ends and a dog catches it correctly and returns it to the start zone, the score for this throw will be counted
Work area for this discipline is a playground 10×10 m (a square).
Time for performance is 90 sec.
During the performance, two PULLER rings are used.
A dog and a handler / owner start their performance in any marked square measuring 10x10m (start or run-up zone). Timing starts after an owner double-hits the PULLER (double rings clap).
The performance consists of the successive grab of one of the PULLER rings by a dog lifting two or all four paws off the ground. During the grab, the ring has to be in a handler / owner’s hand. Depending on the technique of a handler / owner’s work, after a dog grabs a ring with the jaws, a handler or a dog may release the ring.
The performance ends after 90 seconds.
Rules of PULLER RUNNING and PULLER JUMPING for organizers