Weightpull regler 2015-2017

Section 1 - Weight Pull Season
A: 1. January - 31. September.

Section 2 – National Championship
A: National championship is 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 Championship, the dog must achieve the qualifying requirements. Each country determines the applicable qualification requirements to the national championship; the qualifying requirements must officially be reported to the EWPL before the season starts.

D: The class winner at a two day competition is the dog that total pulls the most weight in relation to its body weight (P4P).

E: The class winner at a one-day competition is the dog that pulls the most weight in relation to its body weight (P4P).

F: Maximum entry fee at competitions is 30 Euros per dog per day. Organizers can give a discount if the owner has 3 or more dogs.

G: The National Championship is only open to dogs residing in the country.

H: The Swedish qualification requirements for the dogs in weight classes -10 -15 -20 -25 and -30 are 35 times the dogs weight.
In weight classes -37 -44 -51 and +51 it's 25 times the dogs weight.
The qualification requirements must be achieved on at least 3 different competitions/days.
Swedish championships can only be a one day competition.
The dog must have qualified at least one of three competitions in Sweden.
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 Finnish qualification requirements for the dogs in weight classes -10 -15 -20 -25 and -30 are 25 times the dogs weight.
In weight classes -37 -44 -51 and +51 it's 20 times the dogs weight.
The qualification requirements must be achieved on at least 2 different competitions/days.

J. The Norwegian qualification requirements for the dogs in weight classes -10 -15 -20 -25 and -30 are 25 times the dogs weight.
In weight classes -37 -44 -51 and +51 it's 20 times the dogs weight.
The qualification requirements must be achieved on at least 2 different competitions/days.

K. The Danish qualification requirements for the dogs in weight classes -10 -15 -20 -25 and -30 are 30 times the dogs weight.
In weight classes -37 -44 -51 and +51 it's 20 times the dogs weight.
The qualification requirements must be achieved on at least 2 different competitions/days.

Section 3 – International Championship
A: The International Championship is 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 can not be held in a country with BSL (like Denmark and Norway)

C: The international qualification requirements for the dogs in weight classes -10 -15 -20 -25 and -30 are 30 times the dogs weight.
In weight classes -37 -44 -51 and +51 its 25 times the dogs weight.
To qualify for the International Championship the dogs must have competed at three EWPL competitions.

D: International championships can only be a 1 day competition

E: The class winner is the dog that pulls the most weight in relation to its body weight (P4P).

F: Maximum entry fee at competitions is 40 Euros per dog per day. Organizers can give a discount if the owner has 3 or more dogs.

G. Denmark and Norway can host the EM in a EWPL country without BSL. The countries with BSL has the right to say no to host a EM.

Section 4 - EWPL Sanctioned Shows

A: To host a EWPL competition, applications must be received by the Board of Directors, at least 30 days before the contest takes place.

B: Competition results must be sent to the EWPL chief judge within 5 days.

C: Maximum entry fee at competitions is 30 Euros per dog per day. Organizers can give a discount if the owner has 3 or more dogs.

Section 5 – Weight Classes

A: EWPL's weight classes are as following:

Lightweight:
-10: 0 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 - unlimited

All weights are in kg.

B: Making changes in a weight class requires a majority vote. Two thirds of the countries representatives of the EWPL must vote for the change.

Section 6 – Weigh-In

A: All dogs must be weighed in, at a specified time before a EWPL-sanctioned competition. Dogs must either use a leash offered by the organizer (same leash for every dog) or be "naked" at weigh-in.
If a dog arrives late, it is no longer allowed to participate in the competition and the entry fee will not be refunded.

B: At a two-day competition, weigh-in is only required at the first day, unless the dog only competes on day 2.

C: Dogs that only compete on the 2nd day, will be weighed-in before the competition starts on the 2nd day.

D: The dog’s weight must be with only one decimal, ex. 22,3kg.

E: The dog is allowed maximum two weigh-ins and the last known weight, will be the official competition weight.

F: The scale must be on a flat and hard surface.
The chief judge must ensure that this is being followed before and after the weigh-ins. Once it's aproved by the chief judge, protests will not be accepted.

G. One of the judges (assigned for the day) and a person from the organization must conduct the weigh-ins.

H. All dogs can be ordered to make a last weigh-in during the weigh-in period.
The second weigh-in is the one that counts.

Section 7 – 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.

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 for an 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.

J: Each class winner in the National Championship will receive 5 bonus points.

K: The point’s calculations are terminated before the national championship.

L: In the end of the season, if two or more dogs have equal amount of points the winner will be that dog which have more winnings in its weight class. If winnings are equal then the comparison is done by second places etc.

Section 8 - International Point 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: All dogs are listed in the same listing.

D: Dogs can only be awarded its 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: The dog will receive points for titles earned (see title list in section 9).

H:
Class winner 10 points.
Class second 7 points.
Class third 4 points.
Dog receives one point per obtained title for an example;
EWP1 = 1 Point
EWP2 = 2 points.

I: Each class winner in the National Championship will recieve 5 bonus points.

J: If two or more dogs have equal points, in 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 etc.

Section 9 - EWPL Titles
A: For carpet, natural surface and rails.
- 10 times the weight of the dog EWP 1
- 15 times the weight of the dog EWP 2
- 20 times the weight of the dog EWP 3
- 25 times the weight of the dog EWP 4
- 30 times the weight of the dog EWP 5
- 35 times the weight of the dog EWP 6
- 40 times the weight of the dog EWP 7
- 45 times the weight of the dog EWP 8
- 50 times the weight of the dog EWP 9
- 55 times the weight of the dog EWP 10
Etc.

B: Titles made on rails has to be be marked with an “R” on the EWPL website. Ex: EWP 11R

C: The dog may 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 10 – Criteria’s For Competing in a EWPL Sanctioned Weightpull Show
A: No dogs under the age of 18 months are allowed to compete.

B: All dogs must comply with national / local requirements for vaccinations (distemper and parvo). The EWPL recommends the following vaccinations: Leptospirosis, Kennel cough and Rabies (to compete internationally).

C: All vaccinations must be approved by local, state or national authorities in the country where the competition is held. See section 28 for information about the various countries' vaccination policies.

D: All dogs must be ID-marked by microchip or tattoo.

E: The EWPL follows the National Performance-Enhancing Rules. 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.

F: The veterinarian and the chief judge will make a health assessment of each dog entering the competition. Both the veterinarian and the chief judge can disqualify any dog in an unhealthy condition.

G: Entry fees are only refunded if a dog is out of the competition before the competition begins.

H: All competitors must sign a declaration 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 the weigh-in.

I: If an injury occurs during a competition, the veterinarian will decide what to do and the handler must complie with the descision.

A letter from an approved veterinarian must be presented at the next competition.

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 approved harness. The harness must not be longer than 75 cm from where the tail begins to where the cart is attached. This will get checked at the weigh-in.

M: If a dog is on medication an exception can be made, an application for exemption must be sent to the organizer at least three weeks prior to the contest.

N: The EWPL recommends that all dogs should have their hips and elbows X-rayed.

O: Individuals who participate in illegal activities with their dog may not participate in EWPL-sanctioned competitions.

Section 11 – Proper conduction of dog and handler
A: All participants (handlers, owners, etc.) are responsible for their dogs behavior.

B: All uncontrolled dogs will be excluded from the competition. This involves excessive aggression.

C: Unsportsmanlike conduct towards dogs, competitors, spectators, officials and so forth will result in disqualification of the handler and all the handlers dogs. This applies before, during and after the competition.

D: A dog that is disqualified due to uncontrollable aggression or unsportsmanlike conduct will not earn points, titles or prizes.

E: A dog that is disqualified due to uncontrollable aggression or unsportsmanlike conduct on the first day of a two-day competition, is not allowed to compete on the 2nd day.

F: Violence against dogs is not tolerated before, during or after a competition.

G: All handlers are responsible to keep competition area clean from own trash.

H: Dogs that behave aggressively or disturb other dogs in the holding area receives one warning. After the 2nd warning the dog gets disqualified. The pit boss will alert and report all warnings to the judge.
Aggressive behavior is when a dog launches or attacks another dog or personnel.
Barking is not concidered aggressive behavior.

I: If the dog is late for weigh-in, veterinary control or own class, it will be disqualified.

J: All handlers must be at handlers meeting before competition start.

A decision is made at the handlers meeting in regards to what weight increments that is to be used in the specific class.
If the handler arrives late, they will be given a holding area warning and if the handler is not attending the meeting, they will lose the chance to influence any decision.

K: It’s not allowed to change handler during the competition day. In two-day competition it’s allowed to change handler; example person A on day 1 and person B on day 2.

Section 12 – Officials
A: The organizer is responsible for:
- That all necessary equipment is available to host the competition.
- Completing and sending off all the EWPL forms to the person in charge of the competition. This includes the pull report, result report, the chief 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 chief judge is responsible for:
- Monitoring all aspects of the event, including registration, weigh-ins and the dogs condition.
- The final decisions on questionable judgments and decisions.
- 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. The entry fee will not be refunded.
- 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.
- Conducting the handlers meeting
- All handlers must be at handlers meeting before competition start.
- Be aware of sling shots.

C: Cart personal are responsible for:
- 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 himself/herself.
- Maintain the surface on the track, which is only allowed 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 is responsible for:
- Keeping track of the time and judging each pull.
- Announcing which dog is up next.
- Making notes of warnings made in Holding Area.
- Enforcing the EWPL rules by giving clear instructions.
- Making sure the correct weight increment is at place within the correct timeframe.

E: The Secretary is responsible for (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 over a round.
- Making notes of warnings requested by the judge.

F: The Pit boss is in charge of:
- Holding area.
- Announcing which dog is to pull next.
- Keeping track of the starting list.
- Passing on wishes to the Weight Class judge from competitors who wish to pass a round.
- Escort the dog that must be walked (i.e. to pee or poop) during the competition.
- 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 or ex. biting the leash.

Section 13 – Organizer's Choice
A: The start order of the weight classes. (Lightest to heaviest or vice versa).

B: During a two-day competition, the start order will be switched on the 2nd day.

C: At competitions where the start order goes from lightest to heaviest, the lightest dog will begin.
At competitions where the start order goes form heaviest to lightest, the heaviest dog will begin.

Section 14 – Holding Area
A: Holding area is a fenced area, large enough for all competitors in the on-going weight class.

B: The competitors in each weight class must remain in this area while the weight-class is on.
All competitors in the current weight class must be there, 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: If a dog has to leave the area to be walked, it must be accompanied by an official.

D. Toys are not allowed in the holding area. 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 offered water in holding area.

The organizer will provide treats in the holding area. Treats are not allowed in any pockets or on the track. The treats handler grabs must be finished before the next pull. If this rule is not followed, the handler and all the handlers’ dogs will be disqualified.

E. Holding area must be fenced off from the audience with a proper fence or barrier.

F. Holding area can not be in front of the starting line, unless it is separated by a wall.

G. Only dogs in the current weight class are allowed in the holding area. Once a dog is out of the competition, the handler must immediately leave the holding area.

H. Dogs can not be left alone. If a handler is competing alone with several dogs in the same weight class, they must be locked up in a crate, except for the dog set to pull.

I. Each handler is allowed to have one assistant if space allows it. The chief judge will make this decision.

J. Underage handlers should be accompanied by an adult in the holding area.

K. If necessary, each handler has possibility to use a cage in the holding area.

L. Smoking is prohibited in the holding area.

M. Handlers in the holding area who are not competing in the ongoing class, must be given a warning. The judge is responsible for these warnings and 2 warnings causes disqualification. Organizer is permitted to put up an extra place for handlers viewing the competition with dogs. The place has to be at least 15 meters from the track.

Section 15 – 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.

F: The track must be on 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.

J: The way from the finish line to the holding area must be fenced and separated from audience.

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.

L: It's allowed to use a solid material on a dirt track (such as concrete or concrete slabs) at the start, to avoid that cart will stuck. Start line should be about 10-15 cm from the front edge of the concrete. Concrete must be seamlessly attached to the rest of the track.

Section 16 – Fencing
A: The fence must be at least 90 cm high.

B: The fence must be as long as the whole track on each side and must continue at least 3 meters after the finish line.

C: The fence must be stable enough to keep in all types of dogs.

D: The fence is placed along the outer edges of the track.

E: Barrior for crowd must be located at least 1 meter from the track fence.

F: The size and the length of the crowd fence should be adjusted after the size of the audience.

G: The fence shall consist (at the public side) of Plexiglas so that the dog cannot get a paw through the shielding (for Sweden).

H: The track can have a roof. The roof should be wider and longer than the track.

Section 17 – Cart (Wheel)
A: The cart must withstand a weight load of at least 2500kg.

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 50cm.
All tires must have the same air pressure at the beginning of the competition.
All tires must have the same air pressure during a weight class.
The maximum measurements of the cart are 180 centimeters wide (including tires) and 240cm long.

C: A spare tire must be available. If a tire fails, the organizer is responsible to complete the competition under equal terms.

D. The lead between the cart and the dog must be made out of nylon or rope.

E. The lead should be 150-180 cm from the front axel 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 must be free of knots.

G. The cart must be equipped with a lead at the back to brake the cart and to return the cart to the start line.

Cart for the class -10 (wheel)
A. The cart must withstand a weight load of at least 300kg.

B. The weight of the cart must not exceed 40kg.

C. The lead between the cart and the dog must be made out of nylon or rope.

D. The lead should be 150-180cm cm from the front axel to where the dog is hooked on.

E. The line must be attached to the cart in a V shape. The lead must be firmly anchored in the cart and must be free of knots.

F. The cart must be equipped with a lead at the back to brake the cart and to return the cart to the start line.

G. 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.

Section 18 – Rail System
A: The shape of rails can be round, flat or V-shaped and must be safely secured.

B: A stop must exist on both sides of the rails.

C: The rails must be placed upwards. The slope must be 0.75-1,25% from beginning to finish line.

D: The distance between the rails must be 120-170cm.

E: The track must be at least 7,5 meters from the start line.

Section 19 - Fencing (Rails)
A: No claim for fencing.

B: Barrior for crowd must be located at least 1 meter from the track fence.

C: Size and length of the fence should be adjusted according to size of audience.

Section 20 – Cart (Rails)
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 out 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.

Section 21 – Weights
A: Sufficient amount of weights must be available. All weights must be weighed and designed to facilitate proper loading.

B: Maximum height on loaded weights is 150cm.

C: If maximum height will occur, the tire pressure must be decreased or the angle of the rail track must be increased.

Section 22 – Procedure for a correct pull
A: Each dog must pull the cart from the start line to the finish line in 60 seconds. If the cart is moving and the 60 seconds have passed, the dog is allowed to complete the pull as long as the cart is moving. If the cart stops after 60 seconds and the cart has not passed the finish line it will be judged as a non-valid pull.
All pulls must be timed with a clock that shows 1/100 sec. All pulls must be recorded in 1/100 seconds.

After the dog has been hooked up with the cart, the handler has 30 seconds to make the dog ready. Within those 30 seconds the dog must stay still and the handler must make eye contact with the judge. If the handler fails or the dog steps up/jumps up on the cart, a warning will be given. Another 30 seconds will begin immediately after the warning.

The handler must command the dog to stand, sit or lay down before handler releases the dog. The handler will then seek eyecontact with the judge, who will give the start signal. The handler must immediately leave the dog and continue forward (eyes forward) behind the finish line or behind the front axel of the cart.
The dog must stay still after having been released without any physical contact between the dog and the handler for at least 1 second before the judge gives start signal.

A warning will be given if the dog moves forward before the handler takes first step.
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.
The handler is only allowed to communicate with the dog behind the finish line or until being behind the front axel. After judge has given the start signal, if communication occurs, the handler will have a warning and the re-start is required.

Eye contact, touching, talking/whistling or hand signals are all considered forms of communication.
The time starts when the handler has crossed the finish line, the cart’s front axel, or when the dog moves after the handler has left the dog.
When the handler leaves the dog, 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.

The judge does not inform the handler of the remaining time, unless it is requested.
It is not allowed to correct the dog on the track, jerking the collar, ear, etc. Especially not at a re-start.

B: The next dog to pull must be on deck before the cart is being pulled back to the start line. If handler wants to move the cart sideways, the handler must announce this request before the cart has been pulled back.

C: 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.

D: At the start, the lead between the cart and the dog must be placed straight on the ground. The lead cannot be tangled or overlapping.

E: The dog may start before the handler is behind the finish line or front axel of the cart.

F: If chosen to handle the dog from behind, the handler must be behind front axel of the cart before giving the command. During this type of handling, neither the dog nor the cart is allowed to be touched.

G. When the handler has crossed the finish line, the handler is not allowed to return back to the dog (can not cross the finish line by returning back towards the dog).
The handler is not allowed to touch the dog before the judge has given a signal. If the handler touches the dog or the equipment, a warning will be given and re-start is required.

H. Only the handler is allowed to communicate with the dog during the pull.

I. Communication between other people and the handler is allowed as long as it does not include the dogs name or pull command.

J. Consistent weight increasements should be used through-out the whole weight class competition.

K. The handler decides what start weight to begin at.

L. The handler decides which weights to pull.
The handler has the right to pass on as many weight incresements as handler wants to.
All dog handlers have the right to pass until the handler stands on deck.

M. If the equipment or the harness malfunctions during an on-going pull, the handler has 60 seconds to repair it. If the handler can not repair the malfunction, 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.

N. Using bait is not allowed. This applies to all kinds of toys, food, treats and items that make sounds.
If any of the above are used handler will be disqualified
Dogs are not allowed to bite or play with the leash. If that happens a warning will be given.

O. The handler must give the dogs leash to the cart personnel. The dog must be unleashed during the pull.

P. The dog may compete with or without a collar, including choke collar.
Prong-, weight-, electric- or anti-bark collars are not allowed.

Q. No other dogs are allowed in front of the start line when a dog is pulling. This applies to dogs belonging to the audience as well.

R. The dog that pulls the most weight, in relation to its body weight, becomes the winner (pound for pound). If two or more dogs finishes with the same Pound for Pound, the dog who finished the pull in the shortest amount of time will become the winner.

S. A handler can enter any number of dogs in the same weight class.

T. Glue, boots or anything that will improve the traction (i.e. grip) for the dog is not allowed. Only water is allowed to be used on paws before a pull.

U. The handler is entitled a two minute rest between each pull, from the time that the dog is un-hooked from the cart.
The judge will keep track of the time.

V. Tangle
- The judge calls tangle when a dog gets tangled in the pull equipment in a way that could potentially cause injury, or when a dog begins pulling or tries to pull when one or more legs are outside the harness.

- The judge calls tangle when the dog moves so far back, that it touches the cart or gets behind the start line.

- It is not considered a tangle if a dog steps out of the harness but steps back in the harness before moving forward.

- 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.

- The dog is unhooked and the misstep can be corrected. The dog must start again and the handler must get the judge’s permission before leaving the dog, as would be the case at a regular start.

- The time stops when equipment tangle has been called. The time will resume once the handler has passed the finish line or the cart’s front axel, or when the dog starts moving.

- 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 re-start from the start line is required.

- If the handler intentionally gets the dog tangled the pull will not be approved.

- If the dog spins around, it’s a tangle. (Wheels or rail)

- A tangle counts as a warning. Two warnings, per round, for whatever reason equals a non-valid pull (this does not apply to the warnings given out in the holding area).

X: If the dog grabs the metallic fence during the pull, the dog will get a warning.

Section 23 – 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 chief judge before the weight class begins.

Section 24 – Funpull
A: The dog must be at least 12 months.

B: The dog can pull only 5 times. If the dog is younger than 18 months it is not allowed to pull more than 15 times its own body weight.

C. The judge has the right to stop the pull at any time, if the judge considers the dog is not ready to pull.

Section 25 – Complaints
A: The chief judge has the final word on all complaints. Complaints must be done maximum 10 minutes after the weight class is finished.

B. All complaints received after the end of the competition will be ignored.

C. All complaints must be done in writing and must be given to the chief judge.

Section 26 - Alcohol
A: Officials and/or competitors are not allowed to drink alcohol before or during the competition.

Section 27 – Doping Tests
A: The EWPL reserves the right to perform doping tests at every competition. Tests will be notified at the handlers meeting.

Section 28 – Vaccination Rules / banned dog breeds

A. Sweden
Vaccination Policy: Click this link and read it from here
Banned dog breeds:
No breeds are illegal to travel with or import into Sweden.

B. Norway
Vaccination Policy: Click this link and read it from here
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:

B. Denmark
Vaccination Policy: Click this link and read it from here
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.

A. Finland
Vaccination Policy: Click this link and read it from here
Banned dog breeds:
No breed are illegal to travel with or import to Finland.

Section 29 – Education of EWPL-judge
A: Apprentices must work alongside a certified judge during three weight classes on at least two different competitions.

B. Apprentices must have passed the written EWPL exam.

C. After having worked alongside a certified judge and after having passed the written exam, a EWPL license will be awarded to the judge. The license is required to judge a EWPL sanctioned competition.

D. Before each season, the EWPL-judges must pass a new test. If the test is not done before season starts, the judge must be apprentice like a new judge.

Section 30 – Amendments to EWPL Rules
A: Represantives can only make amendments to the rules every third year.

B: Amendments to the rules require a simple majority of the country representatives, unless nothing else has been agreed upon.

C: A simple majority vote is more than half of the country’s representatives.

D: All rule amendments will be in effect at the beginning of the next season.

E: Amendments to the rules can not be done during the season.

F. Rule propositions must be done by the time the International championship is held.This is the time when the country representatives will review and establish the rules for every third year.