Any breed of dog and all mixed breed dogs shall be allowed.
A dog that is determined to be out of control or a dangerous dog by the Evaluator shall not be allowed to trial.
In all levels of obedience and protection, the dog must wear a metal chain collar.
The collar must fit the dog, no “too large” or “oversized” collars will be allowed.
No flat collars or harnesses are allowed for obedience.
During an evaluation, a leash shall not be attached to the “live ring” of the collar.
A leash, if used in obedience and/or protection evaluation, shall be no less than 32” or more than 72” in length.
It is the Handler's option to request that the Evaluator call out the heeling pattern and each exercise to the Handler during the trial.
All commands must be single words and can be of any language.
Commands are given to the dog at each directed movement, including each change of pace.
No food, balls, toys, or other “attractants” shall be allowed on the examination field during an evaluation.
A sturdy flat collar with a metal buckle may be required for some protection exercises. Have one available.
In all protection exercises the decoy/s shall utilize either a bite suit or a hidden sleeve, as required.
An evaluation fee for each level entered shall be paid prior to the evaluation of any K-9 team.
A K-9 Team receiving a passing grade from the Evaluator shall be awarded a Certificate of Achievement from SDAssoc. and the accomplishment shall be recorded on the Service Dog Association web site at ServiceDogAssociation.com.