Hoop (Tyre) KC Reg H(1)(B)d
Aperture diameter 533mm minimum.
Aperture centre from the ground: Large dogs - 800mm medium dogs - 550mm small dogs - 490mm.
The hoop to be of a consistent shape, constructed of an impact-absorbing material (this means softee – old tyres used to be lifebuoy tyres and so hard, or of hard rubber (old motorcycle tyres worked well in years gone by). The height of the hoop should not be lowered (ie the hole in the middle stays the same size for all dogs). The tyre/hoop must be directly mounted in a substantial frame structure which must be secured in such a way that dogs cannot knock the obstacle over from either direction; the frame shall not have a beam across the top. (so must be pegged or sandbagged down and not be framed across the top (years ago and still in use in the continent tyres were framed and held in place with chains).
All tyres must have easily displaced element(s). For saloon style tyres, both opening sides must have an ability to swing open to 90-140 degrees from the closed hoop position.They must not self return and must be manually reset.
Note – there is no specific marking in the regulations for a tyre, it is the standard 5 faults for refusal or failure to negotiate correctly.
New Regulation H(1)(B)5.a.(10)
Tyre 5 faults for displacing any part of the tyre. If the dogdisplaces any part of the tyre without negotiating it and making it impossible for it to be negotiated successfully - elimination.
Judge’s guide: - this is the advice to Judges:
Positioning – The tyre should be positioned so that the dog has a straight approach to the tyre. It is
also advisable for the dog to have a fairly straight approach to a following obstacle.
Recommended – Refusal if the dog goes under, or over the tyre, or hits the tyre and falls back.
Refusal if dog runs past the line of the tyre, or stops or turns around when in a position to jump the
Tyre. Elimination – If the dog runs or jumps back through any part of the obstacle.
- Always try to give your dog a straight approach to the tyre from a safety perspective.
- If the tyre is the first obstacle then positioning of the dog is crucial – too close and it may go under, too far away it may go round or under.
- Think dog – your dog has to look up to look through the tyre and may not therefore see the next obstacle so tell your dog where to go and what to do. If the next obstacle is a tunnel, the dog will look under the tyre and just see the tunnel with the frequent result it will go under the tyre straight for the tunnel.
- A tyre is a different style of obstacle and so try to use a different command to that used for a hurdle/jump – many people use tyre for obvious reasons! Or hoop.
Mrs Ann Hampshire
Dartmoor Dog Training Club
West Brushford Farm
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