Tournament dog sport

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The tournament dog sport (THS) is a dog sport running, the dog and man together. The best known variants are the four-way combat 1-3 and the cross-country run . Further variants of the tournament dog sport are: Combination Speed ​​Cup ( CSC ), KO Cup, Shorty and obstacle course . In Austria tournament dog sport is also referred to as mass sport , in the VDH tournament dog sport events are held either as athletics with a dog or as a mass sport with a dog .

Four-way fight

Slalom run
Obstacle course - walkway

The four-way battle consists of the following competition parts: obedience exercise, hurdles, slalom and obstacle course. There are 3 performance classes (VK1, VK2 and VK3). In the subordination of the four-way fight 1 a shortened scheme of the companion dog test is shown. In the technical exercises, as in the companion dog test, “sit” and “place” must be shown with approaching, but without putting the dog down under distraction and without a group. In four-way combat 2, all exercises must be shown "in free heeling" (without a leash). The scheme is similar to the companion dog test. The dog must also be brought from the movement to the "standing" position. The four-way fight 3 is similar in the scheme to the four-way fight 2. However, in the technical exercises, the "down" and "standing" position must be shown from a running step.


In the hurdle run , the dog jumps over a distance of 60 meters (four-way fight 1 + 2) together with the dog handler over four 30 cm high (depending on the age group of the handler) and 2 m wide hurdles, the dog handler must always run alongside. After 30 m there is a turning bar that has to be circulated with the dog. In Vierkampf 3 the running distance is a total of 80 meters (with a turning point after 40 meters) and includes 6 hurdles. The evaluation is based on runtime and failure points. If the exercise is shown "in free follow", there are 1 10 additional points in four-way combat. From Vierkampf 2 everything must be shown in free heel.


The slalom extends over a distance of 65, 70 or 75 meters (four-way combat 1,2,3). Dog handler and dog have to go through a total of 7 bar gates (start and finish gates and 5 further gates, which are set up in a “zigzag course”. The dog can be led with or without a leash (four-way fight 1). But there is also here 10 additional points if the dog is not on a leash and penalty points if the gates are missed.

Obstacle course

The obstacle course is somewhat similar to agility in some parts , but here the dog always runs through the same obstacle course, the dog handler always runs to the right. (75 m running route with 8 different obstacles) 2 passages, individual obstacles: 50 cm hurdle / sloping wall (0.80 m high / 1.50 m long / 1.00 m wide) / 3.50 m tunnel / floor board 4.50 m / Ton 0.8 m in diameter / tires / high long jump (1 m wide, 1 m wide, 30 cm high) / hurdle 50 cm

Cross country run

Cross country run

Independent of this, there is also a cross-country run over 1000, 2000 or 5000 m. The dog must be on a leash. It is not considered a fault if the dog pulls the person. In the past, a distinction was made between GL (cross-country run) and GL +. During the cross-country run +, the dog was led on a harness and was connected to the runner, who had to wear a running belt, by a prescribed leash with panic hook. Today it is up to the runner whether he connects the dog to himself as before at GL + or with a hand held leash. The majority of runners are now orienting themselves towards canicross in terms of harnesses, waist belts and leashes.

In other parts of Europe, cross-country running is practiced as an independent sport. The term Canicross comes from France and CaniX is used in Great Britain.

In 2016, the German Association of Working Dog Sports Clubs, as a pilot project, can also start in the dog scooter.

Popular sports competitions

It is also possible to start in popular sports. No assistance dog examination is required here.

Popular sport consists of:

  • Obstacle course
  • Shorty
  • Three-way fight (identical to four-way fight 1 but without subordinate part)
  • KO Cup

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