"The handler (HF) must carry a leash with him throughout the trial. This includes that the dog wear a simple, single-row loose-fitting choke collar, which is not hooked to the live setting. Other collars, such as leather collars, flea/tick collars, pinch collars, etc. are not permitted during the trial.
These rules do not apply to the BH trial with the behavioural test, as here other collar attire is permitted.
Collar requirement / Carrying a leash
Due to insurance liability reasons the handler is to carry a leash with him for the duration of the trail
It can be worn around the handler (clasp side away from the dog) or out of sight, this includes that the dog is to always have a collar on. The judge, therefore, must maintain a visual check that this is the case at all
times. The choke collar may not have spikes, claws or other hooks. It must be worn loose. So-called
flea/tick collars must be removed prior to the trail.
The type of choke collar, especially in regards to its weight, may not deviate from the normal marketed
products. If suspicion arises, then the judge can request that the collar be changed. This, however, must take place prior to beginning the phase. If suspicion also arises as to fraud in view of a spiked collar or
the like, the judge will disqualify the handler from further testing.
Entry in the scorebook: “Disqualification due to unsportsmanlike conduct”
All previous points are deleted.
For the Tracking phase the dog may wear a harness in addition to the choke collar or a vest"