Section 1 - General
Weight Pull Season
A: 1st January – 31st September.
A. A review of the ruleset follows the International Championships every year. Any changes to the rules must be voted by majority of the EWPL Board.
B. A simple majority vote is more than half of the EWPL boad representatives.
C. All rule amendments released following an EWPL Board review, will be valid the following season.
D. Amendments to or changes of the rules cannot be done during the season.
E. Rule proposals must be submitted to the EWPL Board before the International Championship the year of the review.
F. EWPL Board members and judges need to be in agreement regarding interpretation and implements of the rules.
G. Questions regarding the rules is to be raised to the EWPL Board for discussion and clarification
H. EWPL judges are not allowed to accept payment for judging competitions. If an organizer needs to invite an EWPL judge (that is not to compete), the judges’ expenses (transport, food etc.) can be covered by the organizer, if the organizer chooses to.
I. EWPL Board members must be qualified EWPL judges.
J. If a rule/rules are broken during a competition, anyone can contact the competition head judge and/or the organizer and ask for the competition to be halted, until the situation has been reviewed and any faults have been corrected. Questions can be raised to the EWPL board, who will respond if available.
Warning – The handler can continue the competition as usual.
(Example - Tangle, Slingshot, touching the dog before the pull is finished....)
Second warning – The handler is now out of the competition, the last registered approved pull will count as the result for this competition day. (Example - Two of the listed over, Tangle and tangle, Tangle and slingshot, ....)
Disqualification – The handler is now out of the competition. Points earned for all valid pulls achieved prior to disqualification will be registered. Exemption to this is if the disqualification is due to unsportsmanlike behavior, violence against dogs, and so on. Such a disqualification will result in loss off all points achieved during that competition.
– The dog is hooked of the cart. Handler and dog walks down the track to the starting point. The handler and dog do not leave the track. The handler is not allowed to correct the dog, according to the rules. When the dog is hooked on the cart, the handler has 30 seconds to get the dog to be still. If 30 seconds pass, the handler will get a time-warning. If the handler gets this warning, the dog will be disqualified and the last aproved pull will be the registered one. The handler is not allowed to leave the dog without an ok from the judge.
EWPL Sanctioned Competitions
A. To be able to host an EWPL sanctioned competition, applications must be received by the EWPL Board at least 30 days before the competition is to take place.
B. Competition results must be sent to the EWPL board within 5 days after the competition has been held. Any delay in this must be communicated with the EWPL Board.
C. Maximum entry fee for an EWPL member is 35 Euros per dog per day. Entry fee for non-EWPL members is the choice of the organizer.
D. Entry fees are only refunded if a dog is out of the competition before the competition begins. (Examples are bitch in heat, injuries or stopped in vet-check.)
EWPL Judge Education
A. An EWPL judge apprentice must have been an active competitor within the sport for a minimum of one competition season. The apprentice must work alongside a certified EWPL judge for a minimum of three weight classes at a minimum of two different competitions. A minimum of one of these occasions must be alongside the national head judge. The national head judge will give the final approval of the judge apprentice.
B. Apprentices must have passed a written EWPL exam prior to standing as an apprentice.
C. When approved by the national head judge, an EWPL license will be awarded to the new judge. The license is required to be allowed to judge an EWPL sanctioned competition.
D. Before a new competition season, all EWPL judges must pass a written test. If the test is not completed before the next season starts, the judge will have their license revoked, and will have to stand apprentice again to become a qualified EWPL judge.
E. An EWPL judge must judge a minimum of two classes at two different competitions every season or else license will be revoked. If a judge missed judging a whole year, an application can be sent in to the EWPL Board who then are able to make an exception.
F. The national head judge is responsible for the whole process of educating and approving new judges within their country.
G. The EWPL is responsible for writing the judge test every year. The national head judge of the respective EWPL-country is responsible for evaluating their country’s tests.H. Numerous written complaints can result in a judge’s license being revoked. Each cae is to be handled by the EWPL board.
I. Newly qualified judges cannot have apprentices or judge at the national or international championship for the first season of being a judge.
Sections 2 - Competition
Criteria for competing in an EWPL sanctioned competition
A. All dogs must be over the age of 18 months to compete.
B. All dogs must be ID-marked by microchip or tattoo.
C. All dogs must comply with the national/local requirements for vaccinations. Contact the respective countries head organization for further information. EWPL recommends the following vaccinations: Leptospirosis, Kennel cough and Rabies (to compete internationally).
D. All vaccinations must be approved by local, state or national authorities in the country where the competition is held. See section 6 for information about the various countries' vaccination policies.
E. The EWPL follows the National Performance-Enhancing regulations. The use of performance-enhancing drugs like steroids and painkillers are prohibited. If a dog is tested positive for any prohibited drugs, the handler will be suspended from EWPL-sanctioned competitions for life. The dog will be suspended for the remainder of the season. Please refer to the attached links at the bottom of the EWPL rules to view each country National Performance Enhancing regulations.
F. If a dog is on medication, an exception can be made. An application for exemption must be sent to the organizer’s national head judge a minimum of 3 weeks prior to the competition.
G. The veterinarian and the competition head judge will make a health assessment of each dog prior to entering the competition. Both the veterinarian and the competition head judge can disqualify any dog they deem in an unhealthy condition. If a dog is not cleared in vet check, or if veterinarian or competition head judge has a reservation, information regarding this shall be handed to the EWPL board for statistic and opportunity to follow up.
H. All competitors must sign a declaration form stating that the dog is healthy and has not been injured during the last few days prior to the competition. This will take place during registration.
I. If an injury occurs during a competition, or a dog fails the vet check, the veterinarian or head judge will decide what actions to take and the handler must comply with the decision. If a dog is disqualified due to injury, either during vet check or during the competition itself, the head judge of the competition must notify the EWPL Board of the incident (this includes handler’s name, dog’s name and type of injury). The EWPL Board will review the severity of the injury reported, and then contact the handler of the disqualified dog to discuss the next steps to be taken. Following severe injury/health implications, the handler of the disqualified dog will need to notify the EWPL Board when the dog has been to a vet check after the competition. A letter from an approved veterinarian must then be presented to the EWPL Board prior to the next competition to be able to compete.
J. Bitches in heat are not allowed to compete and are not allowed in the competition area.
K. Pregnant or breastfeeding bitches (8 weeks after birth) are not allowed to participate in competitions.
L. All dogs must compete in an EWPL-approved harness. The harness must not be longer than 75 cm from where the tail begins to were the cart is attached. The harness must fit the dog, as it can be painful and cause injuries if to big or small. The harness must not put any pressure on the lower back of the dog. The harness will be checked at the weigh-in by the competition head judge and should be checked on the dog. If the harness is deemed unsafe, harmful or have a potential risk for injury, the competition head judge has the right to stop the handler from using that harness.
M. Individuals who participate in illegal activities with their dog may not participate in any EWPL sanctioned competitions. Any concerns shall be raised directly to the EWPL Board.
N. A one day competition is defined by: Weigh in for all dogs. No need to weigh in on the second day if competitions are held on two following days– Vet check for all dogs, optional for Norway and Denmark. – Handlers meeting.- Head Judge or vet shall check movement on all dogs the second day, if competitions are held on two following days. Dogs only doing the second day needs to have a full vet check." – The class winner at a one-day competition is the dog that pulls the most weight in relation to its body weight (P4P). A two day competition is defined by. – No weigh in on the second day for the dogs competing on the first day. – No vet check on day two for the dogs competing on the first day. – Handlers meeting.– At the second day, the starting order will be opposite the first day starting order. – The class winner at a two-day competition is the dog that total pulls the most weight in relation to its body weight (P4P) (results from both days are to be combined) – It is allowed to switch handlers from day one to day two.
O. At competitions where the starting order goes from lightest to heaviest, the lightest dog will start. At competitions where the start order goes from heaviest to lightest, the heaviest dog will start.
P. The EWPL recommends that all dogs have their hips and elbows X-rayed.
A. All dogs must be weighed in at a specified time before an EWPL sanctioned competition. Dogs must either use a leash offered by the organizer (same leash will be used for every dog), or be "naked" at weigh-in.
B. If a dog misses the weigh-in, the dog will not be allowed to participate in the competition and the entry fee will not be refunded.
C. The scales must be placed on a flat and hard surface. The head judge must ensure this before and after the weigh-ins. Once the registered weights are approved by the head judge, protests will not be accepted.
D. The competition head judge, and a person from the organization must conduct the weigh-in.
E. The dog’s weight must be registered with only one decimal, ex. 22,3 kg.
F. The dog is allowed maximum two weigh-ins, where the last weight will be the official competition weight. All dogs can be ordered to make a last weigh-in during the weigh-in period. The weigh-in ordered by the judge is the one that will be registered, even if the handler already has done two weigh-ins.
A. EWPL's weight classes are as follows (all weights are measured in kg): Lightweight: -5: 0 to 4.99 -10: 5 to 9.99. -15: 10 to 14.99. -20: 15 to 19.99. -25: 20 to 24.99. -30: 25 to 29.99. Heavyweight: -37: 30 to 36.99. -44: 37 to 43.99. -51: 44 to 50.99. +51: 51 to unlimited
B. Making changes in a weight class requires a majority vote within the EWPL Board.
Proper conduction of dog & handler
A. All participants (handlers, owners, etc.) are responsible for their dog's behavior.
B. Unsportsmanlike conduct towards dogs, competitors, spectators, officials and so forth will result in disqualification of the handler and all the handler’s dogs. This applies before, during and after the competition.
C. All uncontrolled dogs will be disqualified from the competition. This also includes excessive aggression.
D. Violence towards dogs is not tolerated before, during or after a competition.
E. Dogs that behave aggressively or disturb other dogs in the holding area will receive a Holding Area warning. After a second warning, the dog will be disqualified. The pit boss will alert and report all warnings to the class judge.
F. A dog that is disqualified due to uncontrollable behavior or aggression or the handlers unsportsmanlike conduct will not earn points, titles or prizes. All disqualifications due to uncontrollable behavior, aggression or unsportsmanlike conduct will be reported to the EWPL Board. Severe and ongoing cases will be reviewed by the EWPL Board for possible action
G. A dog that is disqualified due to uncontrollable aggression or the handlers unsportsmanlike conduct on the first day of a two-day competition, will not be allowed to compete on the second day.
H. All handlers must attend the handlers meeting. Decision regarding weight increments will be made at the handlers meeting. If the handler arrives late, or misses the handlers meeting, they will be given a Holding Area warning. They will also lose the possibility to influence any decisions made within the handlers meeting.
I. If a dog misses weigh-in or veterinary control or is late for own class, the dog will be disqualified.
J. It is not allowed to change handler during the competition day. In a two-day competition, a change of handler between days is allowed.
K. All competitions need to have P4P lists available in the holding area. This is to be provided by the organizer. Judges and pit bosses are not responsible for calculating the P4P for handlers.
L. Own treats are allowed in the Holding Area. The treats need to be shown to and approved by the competition head judge. The handler needs to share the treats if asked.
M. Discussions between handlers sitting in the Holding Area and audience regarding the ongoing class is allowed as long as it does not disturb anyone on track or in holding area. Communication between other people and the handler on the track is allowed if it does not include the dog’s name or the pull command.
N. Clothing for heat or cooling is allowed in the holding area when the weather requires it. Clothing to be worn of the track cannot be big or baggy as this will prevent the judge from seeing tangles etc. All clothing or other garments/clothes and what not needs to be shown to and approved by the head judge, veterinarian or class judge.
O. Video footage, if available, can be used in making a decision, if disputed.
P. It is allowed to use two judges in a weight-class. But if this is done in one weight-class at the competition, it must be done on every weight-class that day.
Q: Hairless dog breeds that are affected by cold weather are permitted to wear thin clothing underneath the harness. The clothing cannot be big and baggy as this will prevent the judge from seeing tangles, etc. The handler shall show the clothing and harness to the veterinarian at vet check to check for potential rubbing.
R. Examples of warnings and disqualifications:
- If the handler is late for handlers meeting (but makes it in time to attend), the handler will receive a holding area warning,
- Aggressive behavior by dogs will receive a warning. Two warnings will lead to disqualification. Examples of aggressive behavior is, but not exclusive, biting or trying to bite..
- If the handler arrives after the handlers meeting is finished, it will result in a holding area warning.
- Violence is not tolerated at any point, and will lead to an immediate disqualification.
- Unsportsmanlike behavior at any instance, before, during and after competition will result in a disqualification.
- All uncontrolled dogs will be disqualified.
- Baiting will result in a disqualification.
Procedure for a correct pull
A. The cart is to be pulled from the start line over the finish line within 60 seconds. If the cart is moving and the 60 seconds have passed, the pull will be allowed as long as the cart is moving. If the cart stops after 60 seconds and the cart has not passed the finish line the pull is not approved and will be classified as a non-pull. The 60 second-count begins when the handler has passed the finish line/front axle of cart or when the dog starts to move after the handler has started moving.
B. The handler has 2x30 seconds to prepare the dog, including having the dog sit/stand/lay still. After the first 30 seconds a warning will be given. The second 30 seconds will continue counting continuously. If the second 30 second-time is reached, a second warning is given and the pull will count as a time out/no pull and the last approved pull will be the registered pull.
C. When ready the handler will make eye-contact with the judge and await the start signal. A start signal will not be given if there is contact between the handler and dog, if the dog repetitively barks/howls/yells or if the dog moves at the starting position. When the start signal has been given, no contact between the handler and dog may occur until the handler has passed the finish line or position themselves behind the front axle of the cart. When leaving the dog, the handler is to walk in a normal way and pace. Walking to slow, fast or abnormal will lead to a warning and a re-start. No contact between dog and handler is allowed after the start signal has been given and before the handler has crossed the finish line or the front axle of the cart.
D. At the start the attached hook and lead must be placed straight on the ground. The lead should not be tangled or overlapping.
E. The dog that pulls the most weight, in relation to its body weight, is the winner (Pound for Pound, p4p). If two or more dogs finish with the same p4p, the dog that finished the pull in the shortest amount of time will become the winner.
F. Consistent weight increments should be used through-out the whole weight class competition.
G. All pulls must be timed with a clock that shows 1/100 sec. All pulls must be recorded in 1/100 seconds.
H. A handler can enter any number of dogs in the same weight class.
I. “On Deck” is classified as part of the track and should be clearly marked. Handlers must ensure that no treats are given or held at this point. Treats discovered whilst On Deck or on the track will result in immediate disqualification of the handler.
J. The handler decides what start weight to begin at and which weights to pull. The handler has the right to pass on as many weight increments as they want to. All handlers have the right to pass until the handler stands on deck. When on deck the handler must either pull or drop out of the competition, last approved pull counts as the result.
K. The handler must give the dog’s leash to the cart personnel. The dog must be unleashed during the pull. The dog may compete with or without a collar, including choke collar. (Prong, weight, electric or anti bark collars are not allowed.)
L. The next dog to pull must be on deck before the cart is pulled back to the start line.
M. If the handler next in line to pull wants to move the cart sideways, the handler must announce this before the cart has been pulled back to the start line. When the handler is content with the position of the cart, the cart will be moved to start line and will not be moved again.
N. The dog may start before the handler has crossed the finish line, or front axle of the cart.
O. If the handler has chosen to handle the dog from behind, the handler must be behind front axle of the cart before giving the command. During this type of handling, neither the dog nor the cart is allowed to be touched.
P. Only the handler can communicate with the dog during the pull.
Q. The handler is entitled to two minutes of rest between each pull, from the time the dog is unhooked from the cart. The judge will keep track of the time from when the dog is unhooked from the cart.
R. No other dogs are allowed in front of the finish line whilst a dog is pulling. This includes dogs belonging to audience members.
S. Slingshot is not allowed and will lead to a warning and a re-start from the place of cart when warning was given. Slingshot is when a dog clearly takes a step back and shoots forward into the harness. A dog can also stand still and jerk forward into the harness. This will create an effect which can also be deemed as a slingshot however, it will be determined by the velocity. If one can clearly hear a sound from the dog’s chest, or it violently stops the dog when the dog jerks forward, a slingshot should be called. The class judge should always take the dogs safety into consideration when it comes to the judgement of slingshot.
T. Baiting is not allowed and will lead to disqualification of the handler. The last approved pull will count as the result. The judge can at any time request the handler to empty pockets or open the hand.
U. Digging is not allowed and will lead to a warning. Re-start from the place of cart when warning was given. Digging is defined as a repetitive digging motion which can result in a hole in the track.
V. A tangle leads to a warning. Unhooking, untangling and re-start from the place of cart when warning was given. A tangle is when the dog gets tangled in the pull equipment in a way that could potentially cause injury, tries to pull with one or more legs are outside the harness, dog touching the cart or gets behind the start line. The handler has the right to point out tangle to the judge; however, the judge must approve the tangle before the handler is allowed to intervene. The judge can deny the tangle request. Time stops when tangle has been called. The time will resume once the handler has passed the finish line or the cart’s front axle, or when the dog starts moving. If the dog spins around, it’s a tangle.
W. If the equipment or the harness malfunctions during an ongoing pull, the handler has 60 seconds to repair it. If the handler cannot repair the malfunction, the handler has the right to pass the current round of pulls. If the handler manages to correct the malfunction during the pull, the pull will continue where the cart last stopped. The harness must be intact when the pull is performed.
X. Glue, boots or anything that will improve the traction (i.e. grip) for the dog is not allowed. Only water can be used on paws before a pull.
Y. If a handler increases the cart weight without letting the dog attempting to pull (I. e. asking the cart personnel to push from start), the dog will be disqualified from the competition and no results will be registered. The handler must give the pull command and the dog must at least try to pull on their own. The handler can at any time stop and end the pull. The last approved pull will then be the registered pull.
Z. If a handler crosses the finish line/touches the cart/moves in front of the cart’s front axle and moves back to the dog in order to get a warning and a re-start, the handler will be disqualified, and no results will be registered.
AA. A handler is not allowed to attach a camera to themselves or the dog during an ongoing class, either on track or in the holding area.
AAA. It is not allowed to correct the dog in the Holding Area, on or off track by jerking the collar, ear etc. Especially not at a re-start. This will result in a warning or in severe cases disqualifications with no result registered.
Examples of warnings and disqualifications:
- If the handler is unable to prepare the dog within 30 seconds, the judge will give the handler a warning (Time). This counts as one warning, and new 30 seconds is started immediately. If the handler is still unable to prepare the dog within the new 30 seconds, the handler will receive a second warning, and will therefore be disqualified.
- If the dog moves forward before the handler takes the first step, a warning will be given, and the handler will have to re-start.
- When the judge has given the start signal, the handler is not allowed to touch the dog or the pull equipment or communicate with the dog. If communication occurs, the handler will receive a warning and the re-start is required. (Eye contact, touching, talking/whistling or hand signals are all considered forms of communication).
- When the handler leaves the dog, the handler must keep a normal walking speed. If the handler walks slowly to gain time, a warning will be given. The cart will be returned to the start line and a re-start is required.
- When the handler has crossed the finish line, the handler is not allowed to return back to the dog (cannot cross the finish line by returning back towards the dog). If the handler touches the dog or the equipment, a warning will be given and re-start is required.
- Examples of baiting; Holding of the hand in a position which indicates to the dog that handler may have treat in the hand (closed hand) is not allowed. Putting hand in pocket to indicate to the dog that handler has treats in the pocket. All kinds of toys, food, treats and items that makes sound. If any of the above are used, it will result in a disqualification
- Dogs are not allowed to bite or play with the leash or harness. This will receive a warning.
- If the dog grabs the fence during the pull in an attempt to gain a grip, the dog will receive a warning.
- The cart may not be moved unless it is caught in the fence. If the cart is caught in the fence it must be put straight. If the cart has to be moved back to get it in position, a restart from the start line is required.
- If the handler intentionally gets the dog tangled the pull will not be approved, and the handler will be disqualified.
- Two warnings per pull serves as a disqualification, for whatever reason equals a non-valid pull (this does not apply to the warnings given out in the holding area).
Officials & Responsibilities
A. The organizer’s responsibilities are: -Sending out invitations to the competition in English, other languages are optional. -Making all necessary equipment available to host the competition. -Choosing the starting order of the weight classes. (Lightest to heaviest or vice versa).- Completing and sending off all the EWPL forms to the person in charge of the competition. This includes the pull report, result report, the head judge’s report and the vet report. - Confirming that all EWPL rules have been followed and that the dogs have not been injured during the competition.
B. The Competition Head Judge’s responsibilities are: - Monitoring all aspects of the event, including registration, weigh-ins and the dog’s condition. – Checking track and cart, according to check list provided by EWPL. – Making the final call on questionable judgments and decisions made before, during and after the competition. - Making notes of all the disqualifications and the complaints in the judge’s report. - Can disqualify any handler for unsportsmanlike conduct before, during and after the competition. - Confirm that all dogs are healthy and in a condition to participate in the competition. - Confirm that all judge apprentices have followed the EWPL rules. - Conduct the handlers meeting - Be aware of sling shots.
C. Cart personnel’s responsibilities are: - Safe loading of weights and making sure that the weights are evenly placed on the cart. - Making sure that the correct weight has been loaded at each weight increment; each increment must be announced loud and clear to the secretary when completed. - Hooking on/off the dog to the cart if the handler does not wish to do that themself. - Maintain the surface on the track between classes. - Cart personnel are not allowed to stop a dog who wants to leave, by walking behind the cart, or a dog that pulls the cart backwards. The judge will make this call. - Cart Personnel are not allowed to brake the cart before the dog has stopped pulling and the judge has given signal.
D. The Weight Class Judge’s responsibilities are: - Keeping track of the 2x30 seconds before start. - Keeping track of the time and judging each pull. - Announcing which dog is up next to the audience and secretary. - Making notes of warnings made in Holding Area. - Enforcing the EWPL rules by giving clear instructions. - Ensure that the correct weight increments are placed on the cart at all times during the respective classes.
E. The Secretary’s responsibilities are: (It is up to each organizer to decide whether they want a secretary or not) - Registering the time for each dog’s pull. - Registering when a handler chooses to pass a round. - Making notes of warnings announced by the judge. – Noting disqualifications or non-pulls.
F. The Pit boss’s responsibilities are: - Being in charge of the Holding area. - Announcing which dog is to pull next. - Keeping track of the starting list. - Escort dogs that must be walked (i.e. to pee or poop) during the competition or assigning an organizer to accompany the handler. - Keeping track of, and lining up, the competitors for the competition to run fast and smooth. - Monitoring the area. - Handing out warnings to dogs that behave aggressively, disturbingly or ex. biting the leash.
A. The competition head judge has the final word on all complaints.
B. Complaints received after the end of the competition will not be accepted.
C. All complaints must be submitted in writing and must be given to the head judge maximum 10 minutes after the weight class is finished.
D. All complaints regarding judges, judging, organizer or the competition is to be sent to the EWPL board within a day of the complaint. This is the responsible of the competition head judge.
A. Fun pull is an event where handlers can learn more about competing under EWPL rules. Fun pull follows the EWPL rules, although in a much loser sense. The judge is allowed to give the handler tips during the pull..
B. All dogs must be at least 12 months.
C. The dog is not allowed to pull more than 5 pulls.
D. The dog is not allowed to pull more than 15 p4p (times its own body weight).
E. The judge has the right to stop the pull at any time, if the judge considers the dog is not ready to pull.
F. The judge of a fun pull event needs to be a qualified EWPL judge.
A: Neither officials nor competitors are allowed to drink alcohol before or during the competition. Consequence will be a disqualification for the handlers concerned. Officials consequence will be discussed within the EWPL-board.
A. The EWPL reserves the right to perform doping tests at every competition. Tests will be notified at the handlers meeting. See section 6 for information regarding doping in the respective countries.
Dog handlers with disabilities
A. A competitor with a disability must include this information when registering to the competition.
B. Arrangements for disabled people should always be done so they can participate in the competition. Specific requests are to be discussed with the head judge before the weight class begins.
Section 3 - The weight pull arena
A. Holding area must be large enough for all competitors in the on-going weight class. The holding area must be fenced off from the audience with a rope, tape or fence, clearly separating the holding area from the audience.
B. The competitors in each weight class must remain within this area while the weight-class is ongoing. All competitors in the current weight class must be in the holding area when the competition begins. If a dog is not in the holding area when the competition is set to begin, the dog will be disqualified
C. Only dogs in the current weight class are allowed in the holding area. Once a dog is out of the competition, the handler and the dog must leave the holding area. A handler that is not competing but still remains in holding are will be given a holding area warning.
D. If a dog has to leave the holding area to be walked, it must be accompanied by the pit boss or someone appointed by the pit boss. A dog is not allowed to relieve themselves in holding area or on track. Doing so will lead to a holding area warning.
E. Toys are not allowed in the holding area. This will result in an immediate disqualification.
F. The holding area cannot be in front of the finish line, unless it is separated by a wall.
G. Dogs cannot be left alone within the holding area. If a handler is competing alone with several dogs in the same weight class, the dogs must be placed in crates, where the dog due to pull next being the only dog not crated or use an assistant to hold the dog.
H. The handler is allowed to have an assistant if space allows it. This will need to be approved by the competition head judge.
I. Underage handlers are required to be accompanied by an adult in the holding area.
J. If necessary, each handler has the possibility to use a cage in the holding area.
K. Smoking and food is prohibited in the holding area. Breaking this rule will lead to a holding area warning.
L. Handlers are allowed to bring fluid for themselves and a water bowl for the dog, but the dog is only allowed to drink from the water offered in holding area
M. The organizer will provide treats in the holding area. Treats are not allowed in any pockets, on deck or on the track. The treats that the handlers may have must be finished before the next pull. Breaking this rule will lead to disqualification of the handler and all the handlers’ dogs.
P. "On Deck" shall be a clearly marked area before entering the track.
Weight Pull Track
A. Distance between start and finish line is 5 meters.
B. The width should be between 3 - 6 meters.
C. The length must be at least 11 meters.
D. The track must continue at least 3 meters after the finish line.
E. The surface must be the same throughout the whole track, except the area behind start line which could be made in concrete to avoid bumps.
F. The track must be level or uphill.
G. The surface of the track can be grass, soil, carpet or fine gravel.
H. Prohibited surfaces are coarse stone, tarmac or concrete.
I. The maintenance of the track is only allowed between weight classes. The start and the finish line can be painted between pulls, if required.
J. The path from the finish line to the holding area must be fenced and separated from audience. There is no requirement of what type material used, as long as the track and audience are separated.
K. During an on-going weight class, only repairs which prevent dangerous incidents are allowed. For example, material damages to the cart, the fence or the rails. It is not allowed to repair the track surface etc. The decision to allow for repairs will be made by the head judge.
L. It is allowed to use a solid material on a dirt track (such as concrete or concrete slabs) at the start. Start line should be between 10-15 cm from the front edge of the concrete. Concrete must be seamlessly attached to, and level with the rest of the track.
M. All tracks must have a roof, but need not be a permanent roof. The roof should be wider and longer than the track and may not interfere with the track itself. It a non-permanent roof is used and becomes damaged or useless due to weather, the competition is allowed to continue if the head judge and organizer decides to.
Fencing for all tracks, including rails
A. The track fence must be at least 90 cm high.
B. The track fence must be the length of the the whole track on each side and must continue at least 3 meters after the finish line.
C. The track fence must be stable enough to keep in all breeds of dogs.
D. The track fence must be placed along the outer edges of the track.
E. Barrier towards crowd must be located at least 1 meter from the track fence.
F. The size and the length of the crowd barrier should be adjusted after the size of the audience.
G. The track can have a roof, but this is not a firm requirement. The roof should be wider and longer than the track.
H. The track hosting the International Championship is required to have a roof.
A. The cart for classes -15 and up must be able to withstand a weight load of at least 2500 kg, where the cart itself must not weigh no more than 200 kg.
B: The cart must have 4 air-filled or solid tires. All tires must be of the same size. The maximum size of tires is up to 19.68 inches or 50 cm. All tires must have the same air pressure at the beginning of the competition and through the weight class.
C: A spare tire must be available. If a tire fails during the competition, the organizer is responsible to complete the competition under equal terms. This is a reason to fix the cart during a weight class.
D. The lead between the cart and where the dog is hooked on must be made of nylon or rope.
E. The lead should be 150-180 cm from the front axle to where the dog is hooked on.
F. The lead must be attached to the cart in a V-shape. The lead must be firmly anchored in the cart and cannot be tied to the cart in the form of knots.
G. The cart must be equipped with a lead at the back in order to be able to brake the cart and to return the cart to the start line.
H. Attachment point on the cart so it can be moved up and down for different size dogs is allowed.Small cart
A. A. The small cart is only to be used in weight classes -5 and -10. When the weight of the cart has reached the same weight as the main cart, the cart will be replaced with the regular/main cart.
B. The cart must be able to withstand a weight load of at least 200 kg
C. The weight of the cart must not exceed 30 kg.
D. The lead between the cart and the dog must be made of nylon or rope.
E. The lead must be 150-180 cm from the front axle to where the dog is hooked on.
F. The lead must be attached to the cart in a V shape. The lead must be firmly anchored in the cart and cannot be tied to the cart in the form of knots.
G. The cart must be equipped with a lead at the back in order to be able to rake the cart and to return the cart to the start line.
H. The maximum measurements of the cart are 180 cm wide (including tires) and 240 cm long.
A. The shape of rails can be round, flat or V-shaped and must be safely secured.
B. A stop/break must exist on both ends of the track (start and finish) and on both rails.
C. The rails must have an incline. The incline must be 0,75-1,25%. The incline must be consistent from start to finish line.
D. The distance between the rails must be 120-170 cm.
E. The track must be at least 7,5 meters from the start line.
A. Barrier facing the crowd must be located at least 1 meter from the track fence.
B. Size and length of the fence should be adjusted according to size of audience.
A. The cart can be wider than the rails.
B. The loading platform on the cart must not be wider than 30 cm of the rails.
C. The cart must be equipped with a lead that should be 120-150 cm long between the cart and to where the dog is hooked on. The lead can be V-shaped or a straight line and must be made of rope or nylon.
D. The cart must be equipped with a lead at the back to brake the cart and to return the cart to the start line.
E. The weights must be placed inside of the cart. The weights must not obstruct the wheels.
F. The cart must not weigh more than 200 kg and must be able to withstand a minimum of 4000 kg.
A. Sufficient amount of weights (at least 3500kg) must be available for the competition. All weights must be weighed and designed to facilitate proper loading.
B. Maximum height of loaded weights is 150 cm, measured from the ground or from track if rails.
C. If maximum height is met, the tire pressure must be decreased or the angle of the rail track must be increased.
D. Weights need to be appropriate for smaller dogs in -5 and -10.
Section 4 - Championships
A: National Championships are held in August or the first weekend of September.
B: Each National Championship location is decided by the local board of Directors.
C: To qualify for the National Championships, the dog must achieve the qualifying requirements set for each country. Each country determines the applicable qualification requirements to the National Championships; the qualifying requirements must officially be reported to the EWPL board before the season starts.
D. Maximum entry fee at competitions is 35 Euros per dog per day for EWPL members. Entry fee for non-EWPL members is the choice of the organizer. Organizers can give a discount if the owner has 3 or more dogs.
E. The National Championship is only open to dogs residing in the country..
F. The Swedish qualification requirements for the dogs in weight classes -5, -10, -15, -20, -25, and -30 are 40 times the dog's weight. In weight classes -37, -44, -51, and +51 it's 30 times the dog's weight. The qualification need to be acheived on 3 different Swedish competioens.
Swedish championships can only be a one-day competition..
The weight classes start order must be drawn at least three days before the competition. The organizer decides which dog in the weight class that starts. (lightest dog to heaviest dog or vice versa).
G. The Finnish qualification requirements for the dogs in weight classes -5 -10 -15 -20 -25 and -30 are 35 times the dog’s weight. In weight classes -37 -44 -51 and +51 it's 25 times the dog’s weight. The qualification requirements must be achieved on at least 3 different EWPL competitions/days.
Finnish championships can only be a one-day competition.
The organizer decides which dog in the weight class that starts. (lightest dog to heaviest dog or vice versa)
H. The Norwegian qualification requirements for the dogs in weight classes -5 -10 -15 -20 -25 and -30 are 40 times the dog’s weight. In weight classes -37 -44 -51 and +51 it's 35 times the dog’s weight. The qualification requirements must be achieved on at least 2 different competitions/days.
Norwegian championships can only be a one-day competition.
The weight classes start order must be drawn at least three days before the competition.
The organizer decides which dog in the weight class that starts. (lightest dog to heaviest dog or vice versa)
I. The Danish qualification requirements for the dogs in weight classes -5 -10 -15 -20 -25 and -30 are 30 times the dog’s weight. In weight classes -37 -44 -51 and +51 it's 20 times the dog’s weight. The qualification requirements must be achieved on at least 3 different competitions/days.
J. Weigh-in and vet check before the National or International Championships should be completed as a separate weigh-in and vet check.
A: The International Championship is to be held in August/September.
B: The location of the International Championship is decided at the beginning of the season, by the representatives of the EWPL countries. The International Championship cannot be held in a country with BSL (like Denmark and Norway)
C. Denmark and Norway can host the International Championship in an EWPL country without BSL and can choose which country to organize it with (Finland or Sweden).
D. The international qualification requirements Lightweight classes -5 -10 -15 -20 -25 -30 – minimun 35 p4p in three separate EWPL competitions Heavyweight classes:-37 -44 -51 +51 – minimun 25 p4p in 3 separate EWPL competitions
E. International Championships can only be a 1 day competition.
F. The class winner is the dog that pulls the most weight in relation to its body weight (P4P)..
G. Maximum entry fee at competitions is 40 Euros per dog per day for EWPL-members. Entry fee for non-EWPL members is the choice of the organizer. Organizers can give a discount if the owner has 3 or more dogs.
H. Weigh-in and vet check before the National or International Championships should be completed as a separate weigh-in and vet check.
I. Each dog is to have a minimum starting weight of the weight closest to 15 p4p.
Section 5 - Points and titles
National Point System
A: The EWPL approves national points in each weight class. Every nation counts and is responsible for its own scoring system.
B: The national point champion is the dog that has earned the most points during the season. Points gained from all competitions governed by the EWPL are awarded the dog.
C: All dogs are listed in the same listing within EWPL.
D: Dogs can only be awarded earned points from official competitions sanctioned by the EWPL.
E: All dogs have the same opportunity to earn points.
F: To earn points it is required that the dog completes at least one pull in its weight class.
G: Class winner 10 points. Class second 7 points. Class third 4 points.
Dog receives one point per obtained title. (Example; EWP1 = 1 Point, EWP2 = 2 points.)
H: The dog will receive points for titles earned (see title list in section 9).
I: Each country in the EWPL has an individual points system. The national clubs hold this system.
J: Each class winner in the National Championship will receive 5 bonus points.
K: The points calculations are terminated following the national championship.
L: At the end of the season, if two or more dogs have equal amount of points the winner will be that dog which has more winnings in its weight class. If winnings are equal then the comparison is done by second places etc.
International Points System
A: The EWPL approves international points in each weight class.
B: The international points champion is the dog that has earned the most points. All points received at EWPL competitions will be awarded the dog.
C: Dogs can only be awarded its points from official competitions sanctioned by the EWPL.
D: All dogs have the same opportunity to earn points.
E: To earn points it is required that the dog completes at least one pull in its weight class.
F: The dog will receive points for titles earned
G: Class winner 10 points, Class second 7 points, Class third 4 points.
Dog receives one point per obtained title. (Example; EWP1 = 1 Point, EWP2 = 2 points.)
H: Each class winner in the National Championships will receive 5 bonus points.
I: If two or more dogs have equal points at the end of the season, the winner will be the dog who has the most wins in its weight class. If first places are equal, the comparison will be done by second places through the season etc.
A: For carpet, natural surface and rails.
10 P4P=EWP 1
15 P4P=EWP 2
20 P4P=EWP 3
25 P4P=EWP 4
30 P4P=EWP 5
35 P4P=EWP 6
40 P4P=EWP 7
45 P4P=EWP 8
50 P4P=EWP 9
55 P4P=EWP 10
B: Titles achieved on rails are to be marked with an "R" on the EWPL website. Ex: EWP 11R
C: The dog will only be awarded one title for each EWPL sanctioned show.
D: When a dog has been awarded an EWP4-title or higher at three or more competitions, the dog will receive an EWP4 Champion (CH) title.
E: If the dog has been awarded an EWP4 title or higher, at five or more competitions, the dog will receive an EWP4 Grand Champion (GR CH) title.
F: If a dog for instance has two EWP5-titles and one or more EWP4-titles, the dog will receive a EWP4 CH-title.
G: Champion and Grand Champion titles can only be collected per season.
Section 6 - National Differences
- Vaccination Rules & Banned Breeds
Vaccination Policy: Click to see relevant regulations
Banned dog breeds: No breeds are illegal to travel with or import into Sweden.
Click to see relevant regulations
Banned dog breeds: American Pit Bull Terrier, American Staffordshire Terrier, Dogo Argentino, Fila Braziliero and Czechoslovakian Wolfdog. These breeds or mixtures of these are forbidden to travel with or import to Norway.
Vaccination Policy: Click to see relevant regulations
Banned dog breeds: Pitbull Terrier, Tosa Inu, American Staffordshire Terrier, Fila Brasileiro, Dogo Argentino, American Bulldog, Boerboel, Kangal, Central Asian ovtcharka, Caucasian ovtcharka, Sydrussisk ovtcharka, Tornjak and Sarplaninac. It is illegal to possess or breed these dogs and there are special rules regarding traveling with these dog breeds into Denmark.
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Crop and Dock Policy: Dogs with cropped ears / docked tail will need to provide documentation from an approved veterinarian, or they need to be born before 2001. Cropped/docked dogs can only participate in European competitions. Click link for relevant regulations
EVIRA: Click link for relevant regulations
Banned dog breeds: No breed is illegal to travel with or import to Finland.