Obstacle Course for Dog Competitions

Approved dog training obstacle course by the F.C.I. are:

  • Hurdles
  • See-Saw
  • Flat Tunnel
  • Viaduct or Wall
  • A-frame
  • Tire
  • Table
  • Weaving Poles Long Jump
  • Dog Walk
  • Tube Tunnel

Obstacles may under no circumstances be unsafe for the dogs and must comply with the following specifications:


a) Single

  • Height: L: 55 to 65 cm. - M: 35 to 45 cm. - S: 25 to 35 cm.
  • Minimum width: 1,20 m.

Hurdles can be set up with poles (metal or plastic is not advisable), panels, gates, brushes, etc. The top pole or plank, however, must be easily displaced.

b) Spread

Two single jumps (as in item a, but with poles only) placed together to form a double spread jump. The poles are placed in ascending order with a difference in height of 15 to 25 cm.

The highest pole is placed at the back:

  • L: 55 to 65 cm. - M: 35 to 45 cm. - S: 25 to 35 cm.
  • The total depth must not exceed: L: 55 cm. - M: 40 cm. - S: 30 cm.
  • Wall: Height: L: 55 to 65 cm. - M: 35 to 45 cm. - S: 25 to 35 cm.
  • Minimum width: 1,20 m. and approximately 20 cm. thick.

The panel can have 1 or 2 tunnel shaped openings. The wall should have displaceable units at the top.

The shape of the units:

  • Table: 0,90 x 0,90 m minimum – 1,20 x 1,20 m maximum.
  • Height: L: 60 cm. - M and S: 35 cm.

The table must be stable with a non-slippery surface. An electronic timing device (audible signal after 5 seconds) can be built into the table surface except for an area, 10 cm. wide around the top edges of the table.

Dog Walk: Height: 1,20 m. minimum - 1,35 m. maximum

The planks should be a minimum of 3,60 m. and a maximum of 4,20 m. in length and 30 cm. in width.

Each ramp should have anti-slip slats at regular intervals (about every 25 cm.) to avoid slipping and making the climb easier, but not within 10 cm. of the start of a contact area. These slats must be 20 mm. wide and 5 to 10 mm. thick and must not have sharp edges.

The last 90 cm. from the bottom of each ramp should have a different colour (on the sides as well) to indicate the contact area.


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