Safe Harbor

Safe Harbor is a training game. It is a game suitable for competition so long as the competition is relaxed and unhurried, if such a thing exists.

Time begins when the dog crosses the start line. The course begins with two jumps… to the table. The table is the Safe Harbor. Time will stop (not end) when the dog is on the table and every time the dog is on the table. No obedience position is required.

After the start, the course will consist of four elements and are run in this order:

  1. Yellow cones #1 to #3;
  2. Yellow cones #11 to #15;
  3. Pink cones #1 to #7;
  4. Pink cones #11 to #16.

After each element the dog returns to the table to stop time. Time ends when the dog returns to the table after the fourth element.

Call Training!

The handler may call for as many as two training runs for each element. The handler must declare “Training!” before the dog leaves the table (so the time-keeper will know not to restart the clock).

After a training run the handler may reward the dog. If using a toy to reward the dog gets a to leave the table without penalty (or time starting).

Scoring and Qualification

Safe Harbor is scored faults, then time. Fewest faults wins; time is a tie-breaker only.

A clean round (zero faults) is required to qualify. A Standard Course Time will be established using the rates of travel from the respective level and jump height of the dog.

Bud’s Google-proof Trivia Contest

One of the greatest murder mystery novels ever written, in the first half of the 20th Century, featured a famous detective. The narrator of the story was the detective’s assistant and as it turns out, in a curious plot twist, also the murderer.

What was the name of the book?

First correct answer, posted as a reply to this blog post, wins a free copy of the August Jokers Notebook.


Questions comments & impassioned speeches to Bud Houston: Check out my latest publication the Jokers Notebook ~ Dog Agility Distance Training ~ Issue #0 ~ August 2010 available on the Country Dream Web Store: . Readers of my web log get a discount: Enter “special00” in the box for the discount code. And that will take $5.00 off the price of the order.

3 Responses to “Safe Harbor”

  1. katie Says:

    The Murder of Roger Ackroyd

    • budhouston Says:

      You sure got that one in a hurry Katie. Have you read it?

      Poirot was not fooled one little bit!


      • katie Says:

        No, I will have to check it out. I’ll admit that I googled this one. Is that cheating?

        Good luck and have fun at the Petit Prix!

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