History in the making! Tune in to watch the Westminster Masters Obedience Championship live streaming on Monday, February 15 beginning at 8 a.m. The link is http://www.wkclive.com The obedience will be in Ring 10.
In an effort to clarify scoring of the dog that changes position or moves before the handler has returned to heel position the following sentence will be added to Section 8, Go Out Scoring: Substantial deductions will be made for a dog that changes position after sitting or moves even a short distance after stopping. This clarification is effective immediately and will be reflected in the next printing.
Section 8. Go Out, Scoring. A dog will receive a non-qualifying (NQ) score if it: anticipates the handler’s command and/or signal to go out; fails to leave the handler; does not go out between the jumps; does not stop and remain at least 10 feet past the jumps without an additional command.
Substantial deductions will be made for a dog that changes position after sitting or moves even a short distance after stopping.
Minor or substantial deductions will be made for a dog that does not stop on command, that does not stop in the approximate center of the ring about 20 feet past the jumps, that does not sit, that receives an additional command to sit after the dog has stopped, or that anticipates the handler’s command to sit.
Depending on the extent, minor or substantial deductions will be made for slowness in going out.
All applicable penalties listed under the Novice Group exercises will apply.
Welcome to AKC Companion Events Department’s New Obedience & Rally Judges’ Blog!
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We are replacing our traditional newsletters that were formatted in PDF documents and emailed to each of you. Now we will be posting topics of interest via the AKC Obedience & Rally Judges’ blog. In doing so, we will be able to provide more timely write-ups and take full advantage of the blog’s Search and Category functions. This will make it easier for you to quickly research and access past information.
You will be able to sign up to receive a notice each time something new is posted. If you misplace the link you will be able to locate it on the AKC website on the obedience or rally main page then under the “Judging Resource Center” and the Newsletter heading just as you have located your newsletters up until now. Take a look around to become familiar with the blog and the categories. We think you will like it.
Our goal is to keep you as up to date as possible and give you the tools you need to be the best AKC Obedience and Rally Judges you can be. We can’t do it without you!
You are thinking about retiring from judging, but want to know what the process is and how does it impact you?
Once the Companion Events department is notified that you wish to retire from judging, a form would be sent for you to complete identifying the date you wish your retirement to become effective.
When AKC receives the form, your Judging record will be marked as “Emeritus” on the date you requested, which will remove you from the printed Judges Directory and your name will no longer appear on the searchable Judges Directory located on the AKC Website. AKC will mail a certificate to you in recognition and appreciation of your years of service and dedication.
Please be advised once an emeritus status is granted there is no reinstatement. If you would like to request to go emeritus, please email the AKC Companion Events department at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com and we will be happy to assist you.
The latest edition of the AKC Obedience Regulations amended to 12/1/15 is available to order from the AKC Order Desk. Judges may request one free copy by contacting the AKC Order Desk at 919-233-9767 and providing their AKC Judge’s number. Any additional copies of the Obedience Regulations may be ordered at the regular price of $10.00 each, plus shipping charges.
The Companion Events department will be happy to assist groups that would like to place an order for larger quantities of the regulations. A bulk rate has been established for purchasing the books. The regular price per book is $10.00 each plus shipping. The bulk pricing would require an order of five or more books and the price will be reduced to $4.00 per book with a flat $5.00 shipping/handling fee. For bulk ordering inquires only, please contact Janice Sondys directly at 919-816-3575 to place the order over the phone with a credit card.
You can find the new Regulations here: Obedience Regulations
To AKC Rally Judges:
In April, the AKC Board approved changes to the Obedience Regulations effective December 1, 2015. With the separation of the obedience and rally regulation books, it is necessary to also amend these items in the Rally Regulations. At the September 10, 2015 AKC Board of Directors meeting, the AKC Board approved the following changes to the AKC Rally Regulations.
This change is effective for all trials held on or after December 1, 2015.
- Rally Regulations, Chapter 1, Section 1. Application to Hold a Rally Trial. (Paragraph 4) Require clubs to publish, in the premium list, if two trials in one day will be held concurrently or consecutively.
- Rally Regulations, Chapter 1, Section 13. Transfers. Clubs may choose to accept transfers prior to the day of the trial and this should be clearly stated in the premium list.
- Rally Regulations, Chapter 1, Section 20. Judging Program. For all rally classes, the listed start time for each class is the time of the walkthrough and judging of the class will follow.
- Rally Regulations, Chapter 1, Section 20. Judging Program. Classes scheduled to start at, or after 12:00 noon will be listed to start “after noon” and must be judged in the order and ring listed in the judging program.
- Rally Regulations, Chapter 1, Section 20. Judging Program. If the published judge and ring are available prior to the listed start time and all exhibitors have checked in and agree, the judge may start a class earlier than the class time listed in the judging program. (A Club may not start a second trial on the same day before the published start time.)
- Rally Regulations, Chapter 1, Section 20. Judging Program. No judge will be assigned to judge for more than eight hours in one day.
- Rally Regulations, Chapter 3, Section 5. Familiarization Time. At the listed start time for the class, a walkthrough of up to 10 minutes will be allowed for handlers without their dogs and judging of the class will follow. After each two-hour period of judging, judges should allow up to an additional 10-minute walkthrough for the next two-hour block of dogs to be judged in the class.
- Rally Judges’ Guidelines, Chapter 1, Section 3. Exhibiting. Judges (including provisional) may not handle dogs that are not owned or co-owned by themselves or a family member at obedience and or rally trials.”
- Rally Judges’ Guidelines. Chapter 1, Section 5. Judging Assignments/Assignment Restrictions. A judge may accept an assignment within 30 days and 100 straight line miles of another assignment only on an emergency basis. An emergency basis is defined as an advertised judge notifying a club within 72 hours of an approved trial that they cannot fulfill their assignment.
Comments may be sent to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
To All Clubs Eligible to hold AKC Agility, Rally and Tracking Events:
At the September 10, 2015 AKC Board of Directors meeting, the AKC Board approved a recommendation to allow deaf dogs to participate in AKC agility, rally and tracking events.
This change is effective for all trials held on or after October 1, 2015.
The following regulations will be modified to reflect this change:
Regulations for Agility Trials
Chapter 1 – Section 3. Eligibility of Dogs . (Change to paragraph 7)
Chapter 1 – Section 15. Disqualification, Ineligibility, Excusal, and Change in Appearance of Dogs. (Change to Paragraph 2)
Chapter 1 – Section 13. Disqualification, Ineligibility, Excusal, and Change in Appearance of Dogs. (Change to Paragraph 2)
Comments may be sent to email@example.com
If you are wondering if you can accept an all-breed assignment based on the 30 days/100 miles requirements, the following guidelines would apply:
- If it is more than 100 miles and less than 30 days, it is ok.
- If it is more than 30 days and less than 100 miles, it is ok.
- If it is less than 100 miles and not more than 30 days, it is NOT ok.
- If it is less than 30 days and not more than 100 miles, it is NOT ok.
Distance is “as the crow flies”, http://tjpeiffer.com/crowflies.html
If you are approaching your 25th or 50th anniversary as an AKC judge, please contact Dawn Salpeck firstname.lastname@example.org 919-816-3687 at the office to ensure that you receive your medallion in a timely manner. If you know someone who has not received theirs, please have them contact Dawn and she will be happy to assist them.
The judges’ liability insurance covers judges in their capacity as a judge at AKC events, which means while officiating in the ring. This insurance is provided if an exhibitor sues them for excusing or disqualifying a dog for some reason that the exhibitor disagrees with, injuring a dog in some way, and any issue that takes place in their ring. This insurance does not cover any issues of injuries while traveling or for that matter in the ring. It only protects the judge from being sued by exhibitors while performing their function as a judge. A flyer with additional information from the insurance broker may be found here: