2017 North America Diving Dogs Rules


Here is a brief summary of the NADD rules.  The complete rules are at the bottom of the page.

  • To enter a North America Diving Dogs event, you MUST have a NADD Registration Number.  There is a one time fee of $30.
  • To receive AKC Titles, your dog must be registered with AKC.  AKC Registration is not required to participate in a North America Diving Dogs event.
    • Anyone may enroll their dog in the AKC’s Canine Partners program. There is a one time fee of $25.
    • AKC pedigreed dogs with an AKC Registration Number already qualify
  • Dog Eligibility
    • A dog must be at least 6 months of age to compete.
    • All breeds and mixes are invited to participate.
    • Bitches in season are not permitted to compete
  • Limits:
    • Each Splash may be limited to 40 dogs.
    • Each Air Retrieve may be limited to 15 dogs.
    • Day of Show Entries may be available, until each Splash / Air Retrieve limit is reached.
  • Opening and Closing Dates:
    • Unless stated on the Event page on the NADD website, there are no official opening or closing dates for entries.
  • Class Running Order
    • At permanent facilities and special events, a set schedule and jump order may be posted, or a Ticket system may be used.
    • At AKC Cluster events where dogs may be competing in several events at the same venue, we have created a flexible Ticket system that allows you to avoid conflicts.  You will be given a ticket for each Splash/Air Retrieve that you enter at check-in.  When you are ready to jump during your Splash, just hand your ticket to the judge.  Your Splashes must be done on that day that you entered in.
  • Check In
    • Check in is requested at least 30 minutes before your Splash time begins.
  • Jumping Rules
    • You may take one practice jump.  Your next 2 jumps (back to back) will be scored.  The longest of the two will be your Qualifying score for that Splash.
    • You must finish each jump within 4 minutes. Time begins when the first team member enters the dock.
    • You may use one extra handler on the dock to release your dog.
    • Distance jumping is determined visually by the judge, at the point where the base of the dog’s tail enters the water.
    • No pushing or shoveling your dog off the dock.
    • Any e-collars, pinch, prong or other corrective collars or harnesses are allowed BUT you must remove it once you are on the dock.  You dog must have a regular buckle or snap collar.
    • Dogs are allowed to wear a life vest.
    • No aggressive dogs.
    • All dogs must be current on their vaccinations.
    • There will be NO sandbagging.  Anyone that sandbags your jumps will be an NQ.  This is all about the best performance of your dog.
    • Air Retrieve is determined by the distance of the bumper from the front edge of the dock.  The bumper is suspended 2ft above the dock, and starts at 6ft out from the dock.  Each Round the bumper is moved out in 1ft increments.  The longest successful grab (or knocking the bumper into the water) distance determines the Qualifying score.
    • In Air Retrieve, each dog gets two attempts to grab the bumper, after a successful grab the dog moves on to the next Round.  A handler must determine their choice of starting distance before the Air Retrieve begins, or may begin in the first Round at 6ft.
  •  Finals
    • Some Events may offer a Finals round at the end of the weekend.  The dogs with the top scores in each division (Bubble) are invited to compete in an additional Splash at no charge, to determine Final placements.  Championship events may have additional rules and pre-qualification requirements.
    • Jumps from the Finals do not count as additional Qualifying scores toward Titles.
  •  Divisions and Classes
    • There are five distance Divisions: Novice, Junior, Senior, Master, and Elite.
    • There are two placement Classes: Open (16″ tall and over) and Lap (under 16″ tall)
    • Veterans is for dogs over 8 years old.
  • Titles
    • There are four Title levels: Dock (5 Qs), Advanced (+25 Qs), Excellent (+25 Qs), and Excellent numerical multipliers (+25 Qs)
    • One Qualifying score jump per Splash or Air Retrieve entry counts toward NADD Titles, and AKC Titles if the dog is registered with AKC.  See the Titles page for details.
2017 Rules and Regulations