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Detection dog trials
2022

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LEVELS

  • Once a team has won a Prelim trial, they must move up to Novice.

  • If a team has scored 75 points or above 3 times, they must move up to the next level.

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Prelim​

  • 5 minute search time.

  • You may ask for a time check.

  • 1 hide No hides will be buried.

  • Hides will be no more than 1 meter off the ground.

  • The dog will always be able to get to source.

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Novice​

  • 5 minute search time.

  • You may ask for a time check. 2 hides No hides will be buried.

  • Hides will be no more than 1 meter off the ground.

  • The dog will always be able to get to source on one hide and may or may not be able to get to source on the other.

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Intermediate

  • 8 minute search time You may ask for a time check.

  • Up to three hides.

  • Handler must call the area clear.

  • Hides will be no more than 3 meters off the ground.

  • No hides will be buried.

  • Dogs may or may not be able to get to source.

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ODOURS

  • Tier system for odours allows more search time for more complex odours.

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Tier 1 -

Normal Time

  • Birch

  • Clove

  • Gun oil

  • Truffle oil

  • Catnip

  • Kong

  • Cannabis

  • Scentlogix

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Tier 2 -  

Plus 2 Minutes

  • Tobacco

  • Cadaver

  • Cash

  • Drugs – except cannabis

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Tier 3 -

Plus 4 Minutes

  • Pyro

  • Digital

  • Gluten

  • Blood

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CHAMPIONSHIPS 

  • Semi finals and Championship will be held in January. There will be no qualifying trials in January. 

  • If a team qualifies for semi finals at Novice, but subsequently moves up to Intermediate, they may enter semis at Novice so long as they have not placed 1st or reserve at Intermediate level. 

  • In order to qualify for Championships, the 1st place team must have won over at least two other teams at that trial and level (not including any DQ teams). 

  • In order to qualify for Championships, the first place team must have a minimum score of 60. ◼ Prelim wins do not qualify for Championships.

SCORING RULES

  • Handler recognition. If a dog does not locate their odour and the handler does not call any false or incorrect finds, they should receive a score of 6 in this area. 

  • Novice scoring – to be split across the two hides, 50% of the scoring attributed to each. 

  • Intermediate scoring – Split across the number of hides placed, then the average is taken for the total.

A copy of the rules can be downloaded from here:

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ODOUR PREPARATION

  • Judges should generally provide the odours, however Judges and Hosts may discuss this at the time of booking. 

  • If an odour is expensive, difficult to obtain or requires a license, the competitor should provide this and the host should take this in to account when creating the running order.

AWARDS

 

Diamond for a competitor who scores 90 or above. 

Gemstone awards are additional skills and achievements that you can work towards alongside competing in the DDT levels. These Gemstone awards are currently only being run by DDT. We will let hosts know if/when they are opened up.

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DIAMOND

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GEMSTONE

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END OF YEAR AWARDS

Accumulated throughout the year and announced at the Championship.

HIGH PEAK – Highest Points awarded 

HIGH SUMMIT – Highest accumulated points average 

EXPEDITION – For the team who has shown the most improvement throughout the year (Nominations from all Judges) 

ESPRIT DE CORPS – the common spirit existing in the team and inspiring enthusiasm, devotion, and strong regard for the honour of the cause (Nominations from all Judges)

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