Intermediate Level Title (PKD-I)
The Intermediate Level title is available to dogs who have already earned a Novice Level title. This is a technically challenging title level that ensures your dog has the awareness, control, strength, and body awareness to safely continue on to the Expert Level. It will also put your parkour eye, spotting, and communication to the test to ensure you can work safely and successfully as a team at the Expert Level.
The cost to submit an Intermediate Level Title for review is $25 USD. You will pay upon submitting your form for review.
Please make sure to read ALL the rules and title guidelines before submitting a title. The Frequently Asked Questions page will also be a helpful resource. Titles will be reviewed once the submission form and payment is received. Applicants will receive an email within a month concerning the status of their submitted titles. Expert and Championship titles may take longer to review due to the complexity of these titles. No refunds will be given for title submissions that do not meet our criteria, but you are welcome to resubmit for titles as many times as necessary (payment will be required each time). Certificates are e-mailed out quarterly.
Remember, your video MUST include the full performance of the obstacle including getting onto and off of the obstacle!
The links on each behavior name will take you to a YouTube example of that expected behavior.
For a printer-friendly checklist of all the behaviors, click here.
Number of behaviors required to be completed outside with naturally occurring (not placed for the purpose of the title) obstacles: NINE (half)
4 feet on: Dog must demonstrate 4 feet on for three different obstacles. Each obstacle must meet a different one of the following requirements:
The dog must jump onto an obstacle that is 1 1/2 times shoulder height, or 42”, whichever is less.
Must not be longer than the dog in any direction.
Dog approaches an obstacle and places all four feet in no particular order onto the obstacle in a safe manner and stands for at least 2 seconds. The 4 feet on videos may be edited together to make one video. Be sure that we can see the dog getting on and off each obstacle.
2 feet On- Pivot: Dog must place 2 front feet on an object that is at least stopper height. These 2 feet must remain on the object while the back feet pivot around the object. Dog must pivot 360 degrees in both directions. The dog may pivot independently or with handler movement.
Under: Dog must pass under an obstacle that requires them to crawl, such as a bench or board. Must pass all the way through the obstacle, cannot turn around or go around the obstacle.
Balance: Dog must walk with all four feet on one obstacle that is at least elbow height tall, half dog’s shoulder width or twice width of one paw, whatever is wider, and at least three times longer than the dog. The dog must continue on the obstacle in its entirety without stepping off of the obstacle. Anytime during the performance, dog must turn 180 degrees without stepping off of the obstacle and show good balance throughout.
Stimulus Control: Dog must be able to differentiate between the cue to get up onto an obstacle and the cue to go under an obstacle with ease on the same obstacle. The video must show both behaviors in one unedited clip, but video may be trimmed at the beginning and end.
In: Dog must walk into or hop into an obstacle that is has four sides safely (such as a box or laundry basket) measuring less than the dogs length on all sides, and sides must be at least as high as the dog’s shoulder. All four feet must be in the obstacle and remain there for at least 2 seconds.
Over: Dog must jump over one obstacle at least elbow height tall. On the side of the obstacle where the dog would land, must have a different type of surface (for example, jumping from concrete to grass). Feet should not touch the object.
Around: Dog must demonstrate that he can go around at least 3 different obstacles at least 5ft away, making at least a 180 degree turn around each obstacle.
Send: Owner must stand at least 5ft from a raised obstacle and be able to indicate to the dog to go to the obstacle on their own. Dogs must get all feet on the obstacles and stay there for 5 seconds.
Tic tacs: Dog must go up to a stable, flat obstacle tilted at 45 degrees or higher and perform a tight turn, similar to that on a flyball box. All 4 feet must touch the obstacle. Each foot should not touch the object more than twice(once is ideal) and contact time should be minimal. Behavior should be performed in both directions. This is sometimes known as a rebound. Training props cannot be used.
Back up: Dog must be able to back onto an obstacle that is at least hock height. Dog should not sit down in the process.
Gap Jump: Dog must jump between two obstacles that are at least as far apart as dogs body length. Dogs should be jumping between level surfaces or jumping up.
5 obstacle sequence: Dog must perform parkour obstacles in succession, at least five in a row. Any safe combination can be used. Video must clearly show that the obstacles are done in a row. No behavior should be repeated twice in a row, a separate obstacle must be used for each behavior. Obstacles used do not have to be listed above, and can be from any level. The sequence should have flow to it and the team should show no hesitations. 1 minute time limit.
Creativity: Find an obstacle that the dog can demonstrate five different parkour behaviors with. The behaviors do not need to be specifically the ones outlined above. Behaviors must be parkour specific behaviors though, and not just tricks. 1 minute time limit.