Here are the rules for the dash! Come prepared – it’s a dog eat dog eat weiner world out there!

The intense demeanor of the MassKrug Carry Competitors...the electric Atmosphere of the Dachshund Dash...the icy stare of determination as the first barrel is rolled out in der Bier Barrel Race...the awkward stance of the Strong Stein Competitor...the bleak look of racers losing bier in the MassKrug Relay.


Race Rules

In no specific order of importance


Dogs names will be called twice before the race. Let’s just say if your dog is not at the gate at the time of the race, you forfeit the race. Two people must be available during the heat; one at the race gate, and one at the finish line.

Races are run in heats, with no more than six dogs racing a 80 foot long course. After the challenges and massive controversy surrounding last year’s race (front page news in the Dachshund Times), we have built a brand new starting gate. This will ensure all dogs start at the same time. Remember: making sure they face the right direction at the start is your responsibility (you’ll see what we mean when you get there). The three finishers advance to the next race, etc., until the finals.

You may use a toy, ball or treat to entice the dog, but you must stay at each end until your dog comes to you! The toy or treat may not be thrown or tossed. You may bounce the ball but remember, bouncing is not throwing. No loud devices, drones, hot air balloons, leaf blowers, laser pointers or anything that may be distracting to other dogs/owners. You may NOT run along side the dog, but you MAY wear Trachten (traditional German clothing), a clown suit or that Ninja Mutant Ninja Turtle costume you bought for Halloween, if you think that will help.
Your dog may step out of bounds but must re-enter and completely cross the finish line, within the boundaries, without being grabbed. If the dog is touched by the handler before completely crossing the finish line, the dog will be disqualified.

We reserve the right to disqualify any pet/owner for behavior deemed inappropriate. Any dog that bites another dog, person or handler will not be permitted at the races. Dogs that appear to fly in the air from one end to the other will be checked carefully for drone support. Please leave drones at home.

It’s all about the fun! No scholarships to a prestigious doggy university or Major League sports contracts will be awarded today, unfortunately.

Remember: the folks that run this are all volunteers, so please be kind. ALL JUDGE’S DECISIONS ARE FINAL.