Disc Dog title Listings

The sport of Disc Dogs (better known as Frisbee) is a favorite of dog enthusiasts, whether informally as a fun game with dogs or in competition at the local, regional, national, and international levels. In Disc Dog, dogs catch flying discs. The sport is also used as a fun way to condition and train dogs for other performance venues, such as, agility, dock jumping, flyball, etc. Typically, disc dog competitions include various categories: Toss and Fetch (the standard event); Freestyle; and sometimes Furthest Catch. Freestyle routines are set to music, and are considered the pinnacle of disc dog competition. Currently, the Canadian Disc Dog Association (CDDA) is the only organization that offers disc dog titling opportunities based on a graduated class structure and qualifying requirements. Skyhoundz offers “titles” for winning, placing, or earning specified numbers of points at championship events, but these titles are only linked to single competitions (that dogs have to qualify for in the first place). The two concepts are completely different. Numerous other organizations have developed multi-tiered competitions and championships with awards and accolades, including, Unified Frisbee Dog Operations (UFO), Ashley Whippet Invitational World Championships, The Quadruped, Flying Disc Dog Open, US Disc Dog Nationals, and the Purina Incredible Dog Challenge.

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CANADIAN DISC DOG ASSOCIATION (CDDA)

The CDDA is a regulating body for the sport of Disc Dog in Canada. Its primary responsibilities include: acting as a registry for competing dogs; establishing competition rules; tabulating scores and issuing titles to registered dogs; developing and certifying judges; sanctioning disc dog competitions; and promoting the disc dog sport in Canada. Single Disc (Toss and Fetch), Freestyle, and Mini Disc titling opportunities are available through competitions sanctioned by the CDDA. These disc dog events are run by disc dog clubs (of which there are very few in Canada), various dog organizations, dog training schools, and other dog-related groups. This is much different than in the United States where there are numerous disc dog clubs. A Furthest Catch class is also offered, although it is not a titling class at this time. Handlers have three opportunities per run to throw a disc as far as they can. Depending on where a dog catches the disc, bronze (100 ft), silver (150 ft) and gold (200 ft) awards can be earned. Additionally, there is a junior handler program for youths ages 3 – 13. Championship titles can be listed before a dog’s name once they are awarded. All other titles can be listed after a dog’s name. For more information, contact the CDDA at http://www.canadiandiscdogs.ca/; info@canadiandiscdogs.ca; 19556 Mississauga Road, Caledon, Ontario L7K 1M5; or (519) 938.9479.

Single Disc Titles (Toss and Fetch)

Single Disc is the most popular event. There are two one-minute rounds to achieve as many catches as possible.


Title Title Name Titling Requirements
RPT Retrieval Proficiency Test  Certificate Required for competition at CDDA-sanctioned trials. A dog must retrieve an object from a distance of 10 yards and deliver it to the handler’s hand, or drop it within a box the handler is standing in. Requires one qualifying score.
BDD Basic Disc Dog Requires an RPT and four qualifying legs. A leg is earned when a dog successfully catches a disc four times within the first seven throws. The four catches must be at or over the 20 yard line, and within two one-minute rounds.
add Advanced Disc Dog Requires a BDD and four qualifying legs. A leg is earned when a dog successfully catches a disc four times within the first seven throws. The four catches must be at or over the 30 yard line, and within two one-minute rounds.
Freestyle Titles

In Freestyle, dog and handler teams compete with disc routines set to music. Routines are scored on catches, tricks, and artistic impression.


Title Title Name Titling Requirements
bdf Basic Disc Freestyle A Novice Freestyle title. Requires three qualifying scores. To qualify, various compulsory moves, throw distances, and at least 10 catches are required, including, at least three catches in a row.
adf Advanced Disc Freestyle In the developmental stage; not yet available.

 

Mini Disc Classes

The Mini Disc classes are the same as the regular disc dog classes, but are for dogs 15 inches or less at the shoulder.

Title Title Name Titling Opportunities
BMDD Basic Mini Disc Dog Requires an RPT and four qualifying legs. A leg is earned when a dog successfully catches a disc four times within the first seven throws. The four catches must be at or over the 20 yard line, and within two one-minute rounds
AMDD Advanced Mini Disc Dog Requires a BMDD and four qualifying legs. A leg is earned when a dog successfully catches a disc four times within the first seven throws. The four catches must be at or over the 30 yard line, and within two one-minute rounds.
BDFM Basic Disc Mini Freestyle A Novice Mini Freestyle title. Requires three qualifying scores. To qualify, various compulsory moves, throw distances, and at least 10 catches are required, including, at least three catches in a row
ADFM Advanced Disc Mini Freestyle In the developmental stage; not yet available.
Point Award Titles

Point Award titles can be earned in single disc events. Each catch a dog makes earns points. The greater the distance, the more the points (from 1 -3 per catch).


Title Title Name Titling Opportunities
DD Disc Dog A dog and handler team must earn 100 points
DDX Disc Dog Excellent A dog and handler team must earn 300 points.
DDCh Disc Dog Champion A dog and handler team must earn 500 points.
ADDCh Advanced Disc Dog Champion A dog and handler team must earn 1000 points.
MDDCh Master Disc Dog Champion A dog and handler team must earn 2000 points.
EDDCh Elite Disc Dog Champion A dog and handler team must earn 3000 points.

 

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