Rules for organizers

Site selection

The DP championship requires a playing field, for a dog and handler to perform, at least 50 x 15 m

The competition field covering must be smooth, not slippery, and not too hard. Also, the field should not have pits, potholes, bumps, and other irregularities. The field with the following types of coverings are strictly unacceptable: concrete, asphalt, gravel, crushed stone, rubber coating of outdoor sports grounds, tile, or stone tiles. The field should be cleared and contain no bushes, trees, or any other obstacles.

Field Marking

The field is marked according to the scheme below. In the center are three equal zones of 10 x 10 m

The Puller Running discipline is carried out on the field with this marking:

The Puller catching zone cannot be shorter than 7 m. It is not marked and fenced, has a free length.

The Puller Jumping discipline is performed on any of the marked squares of the field (10 x 10m):


The field is marked with sand, sawdust, special spray paints, tape or non-toxic food dyes, can be additionally fenced with tape around the perimeter (the Puller catching zones along the field are not fenced).

Flags or cones are placed at the corners of the squares.

The competition field covering must be smooth, not slippery, and not very hard.

Field size at least 15 x 50 m.

Three zones are marked 10 x 10 m.

The field is marked with sand, sawdust, or non-toxic food coloring, and is additionally fenced with tape around the perimeter. Flags are placed at the corners of the squares.

Panel of Judges

  • – Only certified Dog Puller judges are allowed to judge the championship. A certified judge is a person who has taken a seminar, internship, certification and has at least a certificate of a Dog Puller regional judge category.
  • – The competitions are judged by a panel of judges. It consists of a minimum of 3 certified Dog Puller judges. Each judge should have a scoresheet to record the results of the performance of each participant in each discipline. The scoresheet must be signed by the judge – Surname and First Name, be dated with pages be numbered.
  • – A Head Judge of the competition is one person from the Panel of Judges appointed for the objectivity, credibility and experience of participation and judging in this sport.
  • – Linesmen – two people from the Panel of Judges, performing the role of judges in catching zones in the Puller Running discipline and counting the jumps together with the Head Judge in the Puller Jumping discipline.
  • – During the Puller Running discipline, two Linesmen take into account all the nuances and participate in the operational resolution of disputed issues.
  • – Timekeeper – a person who is responsible for timing during the performance of a sporting pair using a stopwatch or timer. The timekeeper begins the countdown of the performance only after a clear signal from the handler – double Puller clap (hit one Puller against another Puller). The timekeeper is located near the central zone – the start zone.
  • – The panel of judges may include a larger number of people, whose responsibilities are designated by the Head Judge.
  • – The Head Judge takes a position near the central zone – the start zone.
  •  – The Head Judge makes sure that the competitions are held in accordance with the current rules, so that the handler does not step on or outside the start zone line when throwing a Puller, notes the catch and return of the Puller to the start zone, and maintains a scoresheet. He also accepts signs (a raised hand with proper pulling of the Puller / hands crossed when incorrect catching or n missing the Puller happens) from the linesmen.
  • – During the Puller Running discipline, the linesmen are located close to the run-up zone (to the left and right of the central zone – the start zone) and monitor whether a Puller touched the ground before it was caught by a dog, in which zone and how a Puller was caught by a dog, how did a dog return a Puller to the start zone. If the Puller is correctly caught in the catching zone, the linesmen must signal to the Head Judge and raise a hand. If the Puller is not caught correctly or not caught, the hands are crossed. The linesmen make notes on catching/non-catching in their scoresheets.
  • – During the Puller Jumping discipline, the Head Judge and assistant judges count the jumps. One of the judges counts dog’s jumps with Puller grabbing with mouth and two paws take off the ground and another judge counts jumps with Puller grabbing with mouth and four paws take off the ground. Third judge counts general amount of scored jumps during the performance. Each judge keeps his own scoresheet to record the results of each participant.
  • – The judges during judging adjust to the athlete’s work style, but only count visible jumps with a clear grip.
  • – All scoresheets filled in by the judges during the championship upon completion of the disciplines are submitted to the Head Judge. The Head Judge compares all the sheets with his own, discusses controversial issues with the linesmen and makes decisions on the prize award.
  • – The results of the championship should be summarized in a single score table and published no later than seven days after the championship on an open public resource.
  • – All results from the championship are passed to the Head of the Dog Puller Federation of one’s country and he enters them into the country’s league table.
  • – Championship held in accordance with all the rules is a subject to a rating.
  • – Rating Championship – a championship held in accordance with all the rules of the IDPF, the results of which are entered in the League Table and lead to the formation of the national team for the World Championship.
  • – A panel of Judges at the National Championship categories must include at least one National Judge category.
  • – Panel of Judges at the International Championship category must include at least one of the International Judge Category.

PULLER Running

Puller Running

  • – Performance time – 90 sec. The number of throws is not limited. Two Puller rings are used.
  • – A competing pair of a dog and a handler begins its performance in the central zone – the start zone.
  • – The countdown and the beginning of the performance begin only after a clear signal from a handler – double Puller clap (hit one Puller against another).
  • – The performance comprises of alternately throwing the Puller rings in different directions, so that a dog catches a rolling ring in the catching zone and brings it to the start zone. The Puller rings are thrown by a handler one at a time, each time in the opposite directions.
  • – A rolling ring – a Puller ring that rotates and moves relative to the surface, i.e. are in contact with each other.
  • – A Puller is considered to be “rolling” until the ring completely lies on one of its sides on the field (force majeure option – the Puller ring is stuck somewhere without movement – is regarded as a fallen Puller). If a non-moving Puller lying on one of its sides, or stuck somewhere without movement, was set in motion by a dog or any other extraneous impact, then such a Puller is not considered as caught in movement.
  • – A Puller after a throw from the start zone must touch the surface of the field at least once before being caught by the dog.
  • – A Puller thrown from the start zone must cross the line separating the run-up zone and the catching zone between the flags/cones indicating the corners of the square of the run-up zone.
  • – After throwing a Puller, the handler can exit the start zone and does not entail a loss of the score.
  • – A throw is considered to be successful if made by a handler strictly from the start zone.
  • – Within the start zone, a dog can leave a Puller on the ground or give it directly to the handler.

The performance ends after 90 seconds. If the handler managed to throw a Puller before the end of time was announced, then even after the final whistle or announcement of the performance time ending, the point will be counted if the dog successfully catches the ring and returns to the start area

The scoring of points in the discipline PULLER Running:


PULLER Jumping

  • The performance area for this discipline is a playing field 10 x 10 m.
  • Performance time – 90 sec.
  • During the performance two Puller rings are used.
  • A competing pair of a dog and a handler begins its performance in a 10 x 10 m zone.
  • The countdown and the beginning of the performance start only after the handler clearly hits a Puller against another twice (double clap with Pullers).
  • The performance comprises of alternately grabbing one of the Pullers by dog with the two or four paws off the ground. While grabbing the Puller, the Puller must be in the handler’s hand. After grabbing the ring with the dog’s mouth, the Puller can be released from the handler’s hand.
  • During the performance, the dog should demonstrate a clear change of position with the left/right sides of the body when changing the Puller rings.
  • During the performance, the dog should make a predominantly horizontal jump with a marked movement towards the Puller ring.
  • Within the 10 x 10 m performance zone, the handler and dog are not restricted in movements.
  • Handler can stand on his knees, but so that no part of his body is used by the dog as a barrier/obstacle.
  • If an athlete uses any part of the body as a barrier for a dog, the judges have the right to impose restrictions on a team acting in a similar way: from dividing the overall result by 2 to disqualification in this discipline. Information on judging measures is announced to all participants before the start of the discipline.

The scoring system in the discipline PULLER Jumping:




Dogs are categorized according to age and height.

  • – Puppy category – dogs aged 3 to 12 months.
  • – Mini category – dogs up to 35 cm at the withers.
  • – Midi category – dogs from 35 to 45 cm at the withers (from 35.01 cm).
  • – Maxi category – dogs from 45 cm at the withers (45.01 cm and above).
  • – Drive category – high-speed dogs of such breeds as border collie, kelpies and specially developed sports mixes.
  • – Heavyweight category – molossers breeds and other dogs, which due to their pedigree and physical characteristics cannot develop high speed and show legerity competitive with other categories.
  • – Veteran category – dogs from the age of 8 years + 1 day of all sizes.
  • – Dogs of some breeds can be determined by the judge as into the Maxi category, and into the Heavyweight category depending on the dog’s build.
  • – In order to categorize a dog three judges, measure it, with each judge making one measurement. The result is the average of the three measurements.
  • – Measurement is carried out on the smoothest surface. The dog stands on 4 legs in a free stance. Measurement of the dog starts from the highest point of the shoulder blades and to the surface on which the dog stands. See measurement example in the picture:

    The Heavyweight and Veteran categories open starting from 7 dogs. If the categories do not have the required number of dogs, then they are combined as follows:

    • Maxi category + Heavyweight category
    • Veteran category according to growth distribution

Holding of competitions:

  • In each category, an athlete has the right to compete with no more than two dogs.
  • In each category, one dog can compete with only one handler.
  • In all disciplines, only one athlete and a dog may be present on the field during their performance.
  • Only Puller TM Collar is allowed for the use.
  • Dogs of the Mini and Midi categories cannot perform with Micro Puller rings.
  • Maxi and Drive dogs cannot perform with Mini and Micro Puller rings.
  • Heavyweight dogs cannot perform with Mini, Midi and Micro Puller rings.
  • Veteran dogs can perform with Puller rings suitable for their height category.
  • Dogs of the puppy category can perform with Puller rings of any size.
  • Dogs up to 5 kg can perform in a standard field with Micro Puller rings.
  • During the performance, one pair of identical Puller rings should be used.
  • The number of points for each throw, jump and the overall result of the pair’s performance is objectively determined by the Head Judge of the competition and cannot be discussed or challenged by athletes.
  • Spectators and the press are not allowed to be on the competition field during the performance of sports pairs.

Determination of the winner with the same points among the participants:

  • Pairs that scored the same number of points will be provided a restart (re-run or re-jumping), depending on the discipline in which participants have with the same number of points.
  • Restart is carried out separately for each category and discipline, if necessary.
  • Restart is carried out only to determine the prize places (1st, 2nd and 3rd).
  • Puller Running Restart: make three Puller throws from the start zone using minimum time. Double clap Puller – the start of the countdown. From this moment, according to the rules of Puller Running the pair must make three throws of the Puller rings in the shortest time. Time stops when the dog has reached the start zone with at least one paw, returning the Puller after the 3rd throw.
  • In Puller Running Restart, the pair that scored more wins. With the same performance efficiency – the pair with the shortest time.
  • Puller Jumping Restart: make 10 jumps with the Puller grabbed with the mouth using minimum time. Double clap Puller – the start of the countdown. From this moment, the dog must make 10 jumps and grab the Puller with mouth. Time stops when the dog lands after the 10th jump.
  • In Puller Jumping Restart, the pair with the most points wins. With the same number of points, the pair with the least time wins.

Championship Category:

  • Regional Championship – from 25 participants (sport couples: athlete + dog).
  • National Championship – from 35 participants, 10 of which are from other cities, areas, regions. It is held in each country maximum two times per competitive year.
  • International Championship – from 50 participants, 10 of which are from another country / countries. It is held in each country at most once in a competitive year.

Safety Technique:

  • Throw a puller from the top, from behind the ear. It is desirable to hold with three fingers.

  • When jumping, direct the dog to jump behind the puller horizontally, not vertically, as “candles”. Landing after vertical jumps can negatively affect the joints of your dog. The judges have the right to stop the performance of the athlete, if the manner of jumping will be considered dangerous for the dog.
  • After capture a puller by a dog, it is not recommended to turn the dog in the air too abruptly, putting a jerky load on the cervical region. Such a technique can be considered by the judge as unsafe for the dog and measures can be taken at the discretion of the judge.
  • The puller shape protects the hand from accidental bites, but at the same time the puller must be held correctly, wrist is pointing down, and the elbow is pointing up. This position of the hand, when performing jumping exercises, is right and safe for a dog handler. Handler’s wrist always looks at the dog direction.



Rules of PULLER RUNNING and PULLER JUMPING for organizers

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DOG PULLER World Championship statement

  1. Realization

Every year since 2018 has been making the main event Dog Puller World Championship. International Federation Dog Puller (IFDP) and Federation Dog Puller of hand-out country are organizers of World Championship (WCh). They are together choosing and agree date and place of WCh. The official rules of IFDP are function on the WCh.

  1. Selection of participants on the WCh and formation the team of country

 Every country forms its own team on the WCh – National Team. National Team of each country consists of maximum 15 pairs -dog and handler. Minimum quantity of participants in National Team are 3 pairs.

Rating is general: Puller Running + Puller Jumping

If the pair (dog + handler) compete only in one discipline in this case to get into rating system, they need to train and compete in both disciplines (running and jumping).

Points reckon only for awarding places.

1 place – 31 points
2 place – 22 points
3 place – 13 points

Also to the result add next extra points:
regional championship +2 points
national championship +5 points
international +10 points
out city championship  +5 points to the general result
(other city, other region, other country)

  1. On the WCh World Winner Dog Puller title awards in next categories:
  1. On the WCh title Multichampion awards in each category. Multichampion calculates by summarizing places that participant get in each discipline (Puller Running + Puller Jumping). The best possible result is 2 points.
  2. Every year on the WCh selects Challenge Cup National Team holder. Challenge Cup goes to the National Team that got the biggest quantity of points by summarizing awarding places of participants from their National Team. For count the points summarized points by quantity of awarding places (1st, 2nd and 3rd) that get participants of the Team in each discipline and category + Multichampion title (tittle Multichampion counts only if in discipline present representatives of all announced countries).

1 place – 3 points

2 place – 2 points

3 place – 1 point

Multichampion – 3 points

The statement of World Championship is effective to 9 September 2019

President IFDP Petrenko Varvara

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