TDAA Petit Prix 2020 Tournament Rules


                                                                                                  October 17-18, 2020



TDAA’s 2020 Petit Prix championship tournament is designed to showcase top competitors among dogs of small stature in the sport of dog agility and to name a tournament champion in each jump height.

Endeavoring to be inclusive of TDAA competitors across the country, this tournament will be conducted at multiple sites.

General Rules

This tournament is designed to provide a test in head-to-head competition with challenges that generally conform to the Course Design Guidelines of the Superior Standard class. Emphasis will be on challenges at speed, appropriate for dogs competing at an advanced level.

Competitors are eligible to compete in the tournament series with any dog that is registered with the Teacup Dogs Agility Association without regard to previous accomplishments in the sport.

All dogs, without regard to competition level, or titles earned, shall compete on the same courses. All games and courses are eligible for dogs to earn qualifying legs towards TDAA titles. All courses will be judged under the TDAA Superior rules for performance. However, the dog shall earn a qualifying score only at the level for which he is eligible.

Course Time differentials for Beginner/GI, Intermediate/GII, Vet Dog, or Disabled Handler will not be used for Tournament Scoring. These differentials may be used by the score table to determine if a team earns a qualifying score at the level for which they are eligible and for any Special Awards for the event. Any maximum course times used will accommodate this. Some games have scoring criteria where these additional time allowances will not apply.

2020 Petit Prix Tournament Hosts

The following clubs have tentatively offered to host TDAA Regional Petit Prix events:

AgileDogs Agility Training
PO Box 321
New Lebanon, NY  12125
Contact: Trisha Stall
Agility and Rally for Fun (ARF)
1000 Morrison Road, Suite I
Gahanna, OH 43230
Contact: John Finley
Agility Cues For You, LLC
4756 Bardstown Road
Louisville, KY 40218
Contact:  Christina Keefe Wakefield
Cloud Nine Training School
11528 – 96th Avenue North
Hopkins, MN 55311
Contact:  Dennis Vogel
Cool Critters Studio LLC
3136 Oak Tree Pl.
Valrico, FL 33596
Contact: Ileana Nadal
Four Paw Sports Center LLC
6426 212th St SW
Lynnwood, WA 98036
Contact: Robin Carlstrom
Keystone Canine Training Club
5167 Brownsville Rd.
Baldwin, PA 15236
Contact Suzanne Vighetti
Pawsable K9 Events
290 Sweetmans Lane
Millstone Twp, NJ 08535
Contact: Natalene Lamming
Petite Agility on the Gulf Coast
8851 Schoener Road
Grand Bay, AL 36541
Contact:   Melissa Wallace
Rocky Mountain Teacup Agility
12024 West 54th Drive
Arvada, CO 80002
Contact:  Brenda Douglass

The list of host clubs will be finalized by May 1, 2020. Upon receipt of a trial application by the Regional Petit Prix Host, that event shall be added to the TDAA Events Calendar. Each club will compose a unique premium to their regional event.

Qualification, Eligibility & Advancement

TDAA Rules & Regulations currently in effect at the date of competition shall apply. Standard scoring rules for the Superior standard class as set forth in the TDAA Rules and Regulations shall apply. A qualifying score shall be awarded for a zero-fault round.

A Regional Petit Prix event shall consist of six classes, of which two shall be standard courses, and four shall be games. Qualification for the Championship Round shall be the top five dogs in each jump height having earned the highest aggregate score.

Additionally, a qualification bye shall be made into the Championship Round for the most senior handler (who did not otherwise earn a finalist placement) at each of the Regional Petit Prix Host clubs.

Selection of games for each Regional Petit Prix event will be made by the TDAA.

Any dog entered in the Petit Prix tournament that does not have a completed official measurement (two measurements that agree) placing the dog in a specific measured height, must be measured prior to competing in the Petit Prix.

Body type and veteran-dog height exemptions shall be scored with their measured height without benefit of handicapping. Exemptions for self-declared heights will not be recognized for play in the Petit Prix tournament.

Placement and Scoring Format

Tournament points shall be earned by each dog by placement within the over-all field. Scoring shall use a point table (placement inverse to count) to ensure that top performing dogs are equitably recognized.

Dogs running with a jump height exemption shall be scored against dogs of the measured height and not the exemption height; and will compete using the scoring times set for the measured height.

The definitive reference for agility games is The Book of Agility Games which can be purchased at nominal cost at


The Championship Round

The Championship round shall be a standard course. And placement within this round solely shall determine placement in each jump height for the Petit Prix Tournament.

Dogs that will compete in the Championship round shall include the top five dogs in each jump height from each of the Regional Petit Prix Host clubs.

Each performance in the Championship Round will be recorded and conveyed with scores to the TDAA Network Control. Results from all participating Regional Petit Prix Host clubs shall be combined to determine final placement.

TDAA National Agility Championship Title

The Teacup Dogs Agility Association will award TDAA National Agility Championship Title (TNAC) upon the dog that achieves the superior score in each jump height at the TDAA Petit Prix.

This is a unique title in our agility culture as it is a championship earned by excellence in competition; specifically, by an unambiguous win in the national tournament.

13 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Vic Belebczuk
    Sep 12, 2017 @ 23:23:11

    I understand that dogs are all jumping at their measured height. That will ensure a level playing field and prevent any possible dialog about handlers trying to gain an unfair advantage in a national tournament. Please consider a 2nd category of competition that would be equivalent to the USDAA Performance category (or AKC Preferred or CPE Enthusiast or ASCA ACE) for dogs that have physical issues. My dog was diagnosed with elbow dysplasia when she was less than 1 year old and so I have never jumped her at her measured height. Thanks for your consideration



    • Melissa Wallace
      Sep 13, 2017 @ 16:02:00

      I read it as the dog will be SCORED with the measured height. That does not mean that they cannot jump in the height for which they are eligible based on veteran and body type exemptions.



      • budhouston
        Sep 13, 2017 @ 19:52:57

        That is correct. The dog with a body type/vets exemption will jump at the lower height but be scored (and use times) with the Measured Height.


  2. Melissa Wallace
    Sep 13, 2017 @ 16:00:08

    Cool! Love that Quidditch is in there! The requirements for dogs eligible for the Championship round/Finals are Interesting.



    • budhouston
      Sep 13, 2017 @ 19:53:39

      I would personally love to see Quidditch as a finals game.



      • Melissa Wallace
        Sep 13, 2017 @ 23:52:48

        That could be interesting.


  3. Vic Belebczuk
    Sep 14, 2017 @ 00:48:17

    Glad to see it is at Four Seasons K9 – they have great turf.. Hope everyone has a great time!



  4. Jane Derr
    Sep 14, 2017 @ 14:21:04

    How do you find a Trial that is offering regional qualifying runs?
    My Club is having a trial Nov. 4th and 5th could we hold a regional trial at our trial?Thanks



    • budhouston
      Sep 14, 2017 @ 18:13:38

      Jane ~ I’m sure we can accommodate a Petit Prix Qualifying run at your local trial.

      I think we have six scheduled for that weekend… you might provide a bit more information so I can get in touch with the host club.



  5. Jane Derr
    Sep 14, 2017 @ 20:44:05

    Hi Bud
    This is Jane Derr from Indian River Dog Training Club Palm, Bay Fl.
    Our judge is going to be Jeff Boyer, the only stopping us would be the size of our facility. I will email you a copy of our floor and let me know what you think.
    Thanks Jane



  6. Joanne Kerfonta
    Sep 05, 2018 @ 22:22:00

    Can you enter your dogs to run for “regular trial legs” during the petite prix if your not able to do three days for the petite prix itself? Could one get thier TACh at the petite prix without running for petite prix titles?



    • budhouston
      Sep 06, 2018 @ 02:09:47

      Sure Joanne. We’d be pleased to have you join us. Your dog wouldn’t be eligible for the final round.

      Bud Houston



      • Joanne Kerfonta
        Sep 07, 2018 @ 10:21:15

        I’m confused…..received email from Marsha that said no partial entries allowed. Please clarify.


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