THE AMCNSW is pround to announce that one the 1st Janurary 2015 The Australian National Kennel Council (ANKC) has offically recognised Working Weight Pull Dog (WWPD) & Working Weight Pull Dog Excellent (WWPDX). The AMCNSW is very excited to be holding their first ANKC Title event in 2015!
Please CLICK HERE to see and Explanation of the ANKC Weight Pull Titles.
1 Eligibility
1.1 Age - All events shall be restricted to dogs eighteen months of age and over. The age of a dog shall be computed from its date of birth to the date on which the Competition commences.
1.2 Size - Medium to large and giant breeds shall be permitted to compete in Weight pull Competitions in all States/Territories of Australia.
1.3 Bitches - shall not be permitted to compete whilst in oestrum.
2 Entries
2.1 Handlers a. All handlers must be members of an ANKC member body as detailed in the rules of the member body. d. All entries must be provided in accordance with Chapter 1 Section 2 of these rules e. Entries shall be accepted by the affiliate conducting the event prior to or on the day of the event and must be accompanied by the advertised entry fee and a fully and correctly completed entry form. It is the responsibility of the hiker to ensure all details submitted on the entry form are correct.
2.2 Age Handlers must be a minimum of sixteen (16) years of age to compete in events.
3 Equipment
3.1 Harness All dogs must be use a correctly fitting harness complete with spreader bar.
3.2 Weights All Weights shall be dead weights and it is recommended weights be no more than twenty kilos.
3.3 Trolley
      a. The weight of the competition Trolley shall be known and calculated into the overall weight pulled.
      b. The trolley shall have 4 wheels for stability or where the event is conducted on snow the wheels may be replaced             with skids.
4 Temperature Competition will cease when the temperature reaches 20 Degrees Celsius or in accordance with the relevant member bodies heat policy which ever is the lesser. Where the event is held in an indoor air-conditioned venue, this rule shall not apply. 24
5 Weight Classes
5.1 Classes
      a. All dogs shall be weighed prior to commencement of the Competition and their weight recorded.
      b. Dogs will be entered in weight classes as follows:- (1) 15 - < 27 kilo class; (2) 27 - < 36 kg class; (3) 36 - <45 kg class; and (4) 45 kilo and over class.  
5.2 Novice - Each weight class can have an additional class for novice dogs. A novice dog is a dog that has competed in 3 or less competitions.
6. Surface
6.1 Natural A natural surface is deemed to be a level surface of sand, grass or other naturally occurring material which is in its normal condition and not artificially compacted. The surface may be racked to ensure evenness of the ground
6.2 Artificial An artificial surface is an area which has been levelled and compacted by artificial means or has been covered with a material to make it harder. Examples of artificial surfaces include but are not limited to concrete, asphalt, timber and compacted rubble.
6.3 Snow Snow is deemed to be snow or sleet and is to be of sufficient depth to sustain the weight of the dog and trolley. Weightpull is not to be conducted on ice due to the welfare of the dog.
7. Chute All competition chutes must be no less than 3 meters wide, provide a pull distance of 5 meters, with sufficient area before the commencement of the pull distance to accommodate the trolley, a Chute Handler and trolley loading, and sufficient distance at the end of the pull distance to accommodate the handler and trolley run off.
8. Chute Marking The chute must be marked with a start line, a finish line and a handler line. The lines must not present a risk to the officials or dog and must be sufficiently marked so as not to move during the event
9. Weight Increment
9.1 Incremental weight increases shall be a minimum of 20kilo and not more than 100kilo.
9.2 Weight increments shall remain the consistent during the conduct of the event.
9.3 The weight increments shall be determined by the affiliate conducting the event and shall be included on the schedule submitted to the member body. 25
10. Competition
10.1 Handler - Once the dog is connected to the trolley, the dogs lead must be removed, and the handler must either proceed to and remain behind the handler line, or retreat to and remain in a position behind and to one side of trolley.
10.2 Commands - The handler is not permitted to hold any object, use bait, or any item to attract or encourage the dog other than voice commands. The handler must not physically touch the dog once the pull has commenced, until the pull has been completed, unless timing has been temporarily suspended to allow the handler to resolve a tangle..
10.3 Time - Once the handler has signalled the commencement of the pull, timing commences and the dog has sixty seconds in which to get the trolley moving. If at the conclusion of that sixty seconds the dog is pulling and the trolley is moving forwards the dog can continue to pull and so long as the trolley is in continuous forwards motion until crossing the finish line this shall be a qualifying pull.
10.4 Non Qualifying - If the trolley is stationary at the completion of sixty seconds, this will be a non qualifying pull.
10.5 Attempts - Each dog will be entitled to two attempts at each weight increment up to 500 kilos on natural surfaces and 800 kilos on artificial surfaces. Thereafter there will be only one attempt at each weight. Failure to register a successful pull in either of these attempts signals the removal of the dog from the competition.
10.6 Suspension of Timing - Once the handler has signalled the commencement of the pull, timing can only be temporarily suspended on two occasions to resolve tangles. A tangle shall be called in the event the dog becomes tangled in the harness of the tow line in such a way it can not safely proceed without likelihood of injury, or of the dog retreats in the chute behind the trolley to the point the tow line becomes taunt.
10.7 Tangles - In the event of a tangle, timing will be temporarily suspended until the harness and towline are restored, the trolley re-positioned at the start line, and the dog re positioned ready to recommence. Timing shall recommence at the handlers signal. No extra time shall be allowed.
10.8 Non Qualifying (Tangles) - In the event of a dog experiencing two tangles in any pull attempt, that attempt shall be at an end, this will be a non qualifying pull.
10.9 Calling a Tangle - Tangle can be called by either a handler, a Chute handler, timer or judge.
10.10 Chute Handler - During each pull attempt, there must be a Chute handler at the rear of the trolley to ensure safe braking at the conclusion of the attempt. There may be a Chute handler to assist with hooking up the dog. There must be a timer who shall commence timing upon the handlers signal, and who shall record all times.
10.11 First Weight - The first weight offered to pull shall be the empty trolley. Thereafter weights shall increase as specified at Clause 9
10.12 Commencement weight - Handlers can nominate at which weight their dog will enter the competition.
10.13 Passing Up - Once a dog has entered the competition and successfully pulled the nominated weight, handlers can pass up to three weight increment increases but must then compete in the fourth increment. 26
10.14 Competition End - The competition shall continue until all dogs entered have failed or withdrawn.
10.15 Certificates - At the conclusion of each competition, every dog who has qualified for a WWPD/X Certification shall receive a Title certificate detailing the following:
               a. The dogs full name and ANKC registration number;.
               b. Owners Name and ANKC member bodies membership number;
               c. Affiliate holding the event;
               d. Date of the event;
               e. Weight to Weight Ratio;
               f. Pull Time
               g. Surface; and
               h. The Weightpull Marshall’s name and signature
10.16 Placing - Placing shall be awarded from first to third in each class based on the highest weight pulled, and then weight to weight ratios. In the event two or more dogs have achieved the same weight to weight ratio, placing will be determined by quickest pull time.
11. Disqualifications
11.1 Jumping/Bouncing – A dog may be disqualified from a pull at the Weightpull Marshall’s discretion after 1 warning where the dog jumping with all four feet off the ground in an effort to move the trolley.
11.2 Aggression – Any dog which shows aggression is to be disqualified from the event and the matter is to be reported and handled in accordance with the relevant member bodies aggressive dog rules.
12. Titles
12.1 Certificates - All dogs registered with the ANKC entered shall receive Title Certificates as described at 10.15 upon qualification.
12.2 Qualification - Once a dog has qualified sufficient times as detailed at 15 or 16 a title application to use the letters WWPD or WWPDX as appropriate shall be lodged with the members ANKC Member Body.
12.3 Working Weight Pull Dog (WWPD) – In order to qualify for the title of WWPD a dog must have achieved the following criteria
           a. Must have 4 qualifying certificates as described at 10.15 from 4 separate events. detailing
           b. Over a distance of no less than 5M on a natural/snow surface pull a weight of at least 8 times it’s own weight; or            c. Over a distance of no less than 5M on an artificial surface pull a weight of at least 12 times it’s own weight and                  in less than 1 minute.
12.4 Working Weight Pull Dog Excellent (WWPDX) In order to qualify for the title of WWPDX a dog must have achieved the following criteria
           a. Must have 8 qualifying certificates as described at 10.15 from 8 separate events. detailing
           b. Over a distance of no less than 5M on a natural/snow surface pull a weight 27 of at least 16 times it’s own                          weight and in less than 1 minute; or
           c. Over a distance of no less than 5M on an artificial surface pull a weight as described at sub paragraph 1) – 4)                    and in less than 1 minute: 1) 15-<27 Kilo Class – 23 times it’s own weight;
                                                         2) 27-<36 Kilo Class – 23 times it’s own weight;
                                                         3) 36-<45 Kilo Class – 21 times it’s own weight; and
                                                         4) 45Kilo and over class – 19 times it’s own weight.
CLICK HERE for Link to Current ANKC Rules for the conduct of Sled Sport Events

Contact Details

Stuart Presland
Sydney, NSW, Australia
Phone : 0429202030