AKC Agility News And Updates

  • Addition of 24C jump height division and removal of 26-inch: At the July 2017 AKC Board meeting, the Board approved the dissolution of the 26 Inch height and the addition of the 24” Choice height to replace it.  This change will be effective for all trials on and after January 2, 2018.  This is a mandatory height division that must be offered in all levels of the Regular Titling classes.

    This new 24 Inch Choice jump height is for dogs entered in the Regular division that measure 22 inches and under ONLY,  whose handlers choose to enter 24 Inches.  Dogs that measure 22 Inches and over that are required to jump 24 inches will stay in the current 24 Inch height.

    As is currently done with the 26 Inch class, the course times for the 24 Inch Choice will be the same as the 20 Inch height in all classes.

    Regulation change:

    Chapter 2. Classes, Titles and Height Divisions
    Section 4. Height Divisions, Measurement, Measuring Devices.

    Dogs may only be entered in one jump height division per day for all classes. The following jump height divisions shall be used in all trial Regular classes:

    8 Inches: For dogs 11 inches and under at the withers.
    12 Inches: For dogs 14 inches and under at the withers.
    16 Inches: For dogs 18 inches and under at the withers.
    20 Inches: For dogs 22 inches and under at the withers.
    24 Inches: For dogs over 22 inches at the withers.
    Dogs may not be entered in this class if they are 22 inches and under.
    24 Inch Choice: Dogs may be entered at this height at their owner’s discretion if their measurement is 22 inches and under at the withers.

    Reminder:  A club holding a licensed or member trial shall offer a ribbon or rosette for the 24 Inch Choice height as defined in the AKC Regulations for Agility Trials:

    Chapter 1,  Section 24. Ribbons and Rosettes. A club holding a licensed or member trial shall offer a ribbon or rosette to each dog that receives a qualifying score, and to dogs placing first through fourth in each height division of each class…

    The jump height is to be noted as 24 Inch Choice or 24” Choice for awards purposes.

    Questions?

    Can I move my 24” dog to the new 24 Inch Choice height?  No, if your dog measures over 22 inches they are not able to be entered in the 24 Inch Choice height.
    Can I still move my dog up in height if not jumping 24C?  Yes, for example you can move your 8” height dog to the 12” height as is currently allowed.  There is no change to that policy.
    How will this affect the 2018 AKC National Agility Championship?  We will announce any changes regarding jump heights at the 2018 National Agility Championship by September 1, 2017.
    Can we remove the 26″ jump cups from our jumps? Yes, you can for trials on or after January 2, 2018, if it is possible.

  • Regulation Updates:
    ISC Changes – Effective April 1, 2017
    Premier JWW Time Changes – Effective May 1, 2017
    Equipment Updates – Must be completed by January 2, 2018
    Table Changes – Effective January 2, 2018
  • 2018 AKC National Agility Championship Announcement
    March 23-25, 2018 the AKC National Agility Championship will be returning to Reno, NV.   
    At the close of entries we will decide if we need to add Thursday March 22 to the Championship.
    Reno-Spark Livestock Events Center
    1350 N. Wells Avenue
    Reno, NV  89512
    https://www.visitrenotahoe.com/meetings-conventions/facilities/reno-livestock-events-center
  • AKC Suspends Use of Collapsed Tunnel – Effective 8/30/2016
  • Stickers (Armbands) No Longer Required – Effective 8/1/2016
    Chapter 1. Section 19. Paragraph 4 – Regulations for Agility Trials
    Exhibitors may be provided stickers (or armbands) indicating their dog’s catalog number for that trial. These may be mailed with the judging schedule or available for pick up at the trial. The exhibitor must wear the sticker (or armband) if provided by the club.
  • Announcing Agility Grand Championship (AGCH) – Effective 7/1/2016
  • 2019 National Agility Championship: Mark your calendars March 15-17, 2019 the AKC National Agility Championships will be held at Expo Square in Tulsa, OK.

AKC Scent Work News And Updates

UPDATED REGULATIONS:

AKC Scent Work Regulations 

The AKC Scent Work Regulations have been formatted for print, and will be available to purchase soon via the AKC Store. The PDF above is the most up-to-date copy of the Regulations. Although there were no substantive changes from the 24Mar17 version, the page numbers have changed. Please ensure that you have the May 1, 2017 version so that the page numbers are correct.

TIMELINE:

  • August 1, 2017: Clubs approved to hold Scent Work may begin submitting event applications for events to be held October 1 or later.
  • October 1, 2017: Official launch of AKC Scent Work–earliest date that a club may hold a Scent Work trial.

AKC Tracking News And Updates

May 18, 2017

All Club officers and Club Delegates for clubs licensed/member for Tracking events, All Tracking Judges:
In order to ensure the safety of tracking dogs, the regulations were amended to allow protective footwear for dogs in AKC Tracking tests at the option of the handler, provided the footwear is put on in the presence of both judges, just as it is required for protective coats and tracking harnesses. This amended regulation is effective immediately.
 
Tracking Regulations – Chapter 2. Regulations for Performance and Judging.  Section 24. Protective Clothing.
Dogs may wear a protective coat and/or footwear. If worn the coat, tracking harness and footwear must be put on in the presence of both judges.

Welcome to new AKC Tracking Field Representative Carol Ruthenberg

AKC Obedience News And Updates

July 5, 2017
The AKC convened a task force of five judges, exhibitors and trainers to explore changes that could maximize safety, while still testing the important aspect of the “stay” skill.

Mindful of the concerns and suggestions sent to the AKC from all sectors of the sport, the Task Force members spent three days exploring and formulating changes.

In today’s culture of diverse dog training methods and philosophies that variously impact the behavior of dogs coming to trials, the AKC recognizes exhibitor concerns for stronger safety measures to protect all dogs from interference of any kind in the ring during competition. At the same time, there is also a strong consensus in the sport that the impulse control and obedience demonstrated in group stays must be preserved.

The committee’s work resulted in the following recommendations:

  • The creation of new individual exercises for Novice and Open that will test a stay with distance between dog and handler.
  • That one group exercise be retained in Novice that will test both sit and down stays in the presence of other dogs, with spacing and leash use to ensure safety, and a formation option that will allow up to ten dogs in the ring.
  • That open out-of-sight stays be replaced by an individual exercise also testing sit and down skills, and a command discrimination exercise that will demonstrate steadiness and obedience at a distance with skills performed in place. For Open A dogs the exercise creates a stepping stone toward Utility. For the Open B dogs, a randomized order of skills is designed to challenge experienced teams at least as much as the group exercises do now.

The recommended changes will streamline scheduling for judges, reduce conflicts for exhibitors showing multiple dogs, and maintain a level of challenge appropriate to the class. With more confidence in their dogs’ safety in the ring, we hope that concerned owners will re-engage in AKC obedience and feel inspired to pursue their goals.

More details will be published when descriptions have been fine-tuned by AKC. It is anticipated this will occur around the beginning of September.

May 12, 2017

The obedience and rally regulations were amended to include language for a closing time for entries and that the closing time shall be no later than 11:59 pm on the third Wednesday prior to the trial for trials held on Friday through Monday.  Previously the regulations governing these sports did not address a closing time for entries, but instead defaulted to the Rules Applying to Dog Shows. Clubs have the ability now to extend the closing hour for their entries at their option following the requirements listed below. Effective May 1, 2017, clubs may apply for events with a later closing hour at their option.

  • Obedience Regulations – Chapter 1, Section 3. Premium Lists, Entries, Closing of Entries.  (Insert as paragraph 5)
  • Rally Regulations – Chapter 1. Section 3. Premium Lists, Closing of Entries and Catalogs. (Insert as paragraph 2)
  • Every premium list shall specify the date and time at which entries for a trial shall close. The premium list shall also specify the name and address of the Superintendent or Trial Secretary who is to receive the entries.
  • For all trials the specified closing date and time must be no later than as outlined in the following schedule:
    •    For a trial which opens on Friday, Saturday, Sunday, or Monday, entries accepted not later than 11:59PM on the third Wednesday prior to the trial.
    •    For a trial which opens on Tuesday, entries accepted not later than 11:59PM on the third Thursday prior to the trial.
    •    For a trial which opens on Wednesday, entries accepted not later than 11:59PM the third Friday prior to the trial.
    •    For a trial which opens on Thursday, entries accepted not later than 11:59PM on the third Wednesday prior to the trial.
  •  Clubs in a cluster of no more than five consecutive days have the option of closing no later than 11:59PM on the third Wednesday prior to the last trial in the  cluster.
  •  Whenever the closing day noted above falls on a postal holiday, entries received in any form up to 24 hours from the published closing date and time may be  accepted.
  • All other paragraphs in these sections remain unchanged.
May 12, 2017
Transfer of Entries in Obedience
The regulations will allow a transfer of an entry from one class to another at the request of the exhibitor after the closing date for entries, provided the club allows transfers and only if the class and judge are available and the class has not reached its limit. The request for the transfer is still required to be presented to the superintendent or trial secretary at least 30 minutes prior to the start of each trial. Transfers in both Obedience and Rally were amended and is effective July 1, 2017.
 
Obedience Regulations – Chapter 1, Section 16a. Transfers.
  • The club will clearly state in its premium list whether transfers will or will not be allowed. If no statement is provided in the premium list the default is to allow transfers.
  • A transfer (i.e., from an obedience class to an obedience class; or a rally class to a rally class) may be requested if, according to the owner’s records the handler and dog are eligible provided the club offers transfers.
  • Transfers from an “A” to “B” class at the same level are allowed provided the host club allows transfers. (When a club does not allow transfers, refer to Section 16b. Entry of Ineligible Dog.)
  • The request for a transfer must be in writing and presented to the superintendent or trial secretary at least 30 minutes prior to the start of each trial.
  • Clubs may choose to accept transfers prior to the day of the trial and this should be clearly stated in the premium list.
  • Transfers may be approved provided the class and judge are available, and the class has not reached its limit.

April 22, 2017

Rally News Updates from AKC

AUGUST 14, 2017

AKC Rally Videos on You Tube

The AKC Rally Videos, effective November 1, 2017, are available on the AKC Obedience & Rally You Tube Channel here

DISCLAIMER:  The AKC Rally videos on this You Tube channel demonstrate correctly performed rally signs as of November 1, 2017.  Although the principal parts of the rally signs are properly demonstrated, please note that these videos are for purposes of illustration only and should not be considered the only correct way to execute the signs.  The principal parts are not bold or underlined on this media.

JUNE 30, 2017

New AKC Rally® Classes ~ Judge Panels, Judging Assignments and Judging Eligibility

The new Rally Intermediate and Rally Master classes are effective for all AKC Rally trials held on or after November 1, 2017.

  • Clubs may begin to apply for events with the new classes now
  • Clubs holding a trial with the Advanced level classes must also offer the Intermediate and Novice level classes
  • Clubs holding a trial with the Excellent level classes must also offer Master, Advanced, Intermediate and Novice level classes

If a club has already applied for a Rally trial to be held on or after November 1, 2017, the new Rally classes will automatically be added to a club’s event and the judging panel will pend for judges to be assigned to the new classes.

  • Judges have already been granted judging eligibility for these new classes at their current approval status (Provisional or Approved)

Club and Judge Contracts

  • Clubs must contact judges in writing to confirm their acceptance for judging assignments with the new classes
  • Clubs should amend their judging contract to include the new classes
  • Judges should receive a revised contract to document their assignments

MAY 12, 2017

  • The obedience and rally regulations were amended to include language for a closing time for entries and that the closing time shall be no later than 11:59 pm on the third Wednesday prior to the trial for trials held on Friday through Monday.  Previously the regulations governing these sports did not address a closing time for entries, but instead defaulted to the Rules Applying to Dog Shows. Clubs have the ability now to extend the closing hour for their entries at their option following the requirements listed below. Effective May 1, 2017, clubs may apply for events with a later closing hour at their option.
  • Obedience Regulations – Chapter 1, Section 3. Premium Lists, Entries, Closing of Entries.  (Insert as paragraph 5)
  • Rally Regulations – Chapter 1. Section 3. Premium Lists, Closing of Entries and Catalogs. (Insert as paragraph 2)
  • Every premium list shall specify the date and time at which entries for a trial shall close. The premium list shall also specify the name and address of the Superintendent or Trial Secretary who is to receive the entries.
  • For all trials the specified closing date and time must be no later than as outlined in the following schedule:
    •    For a trial which opens on Friday, Saturday, Sunday, or Monday, entries accepted not later than 11:59PM on the third Wednesday prior to the trial.
    •    For a trial which opens on Tuesday, entries accepted not later than 11:59PM on the third Thursday prior to the trial.
    •    For a trial which opens on Wednesday, entries accepted not later than 11:59PM the third Friday prior to the trial.
    •    For a trial which opens on Thursday, entries accepted not later than 11:59PM on the third Wednesday prior to the trial.
  •  Clubs in a cluster of no more than five consecutive days have the option of closing no later than 11:59PM on the third Wednesday prior to the last trial in the  cluster.
  •  Whenever the closing day noted above falls on a postal holiday, entries received in any form up to 24 hours from the published closing date and time may be  accepted.
  • All other paragraphs in these sections remain unchanged.

April 11, 2017

  • 2018 AKC National Obedience Championship – March 24-25, 2018
    AKC Rally National Championship Announcement – March 23, 2018
    The American Kennel Club is happy to announce that on March 23-25, 2018 the AKC Rally National Championship & the AKC National Obedience Championship will be returning to the:
     Purina Event Center
    300 Checkerboard Drive
    Gray Summit, MO 63039
    https://www.purina.com/purina-farms/visit/purina-event-center#/explore-the-purina-event-center
  • March 14, 2017 – AKC Rally Program EnhancementsThe Companion Events Department is pleased to announce new enhancements to the AKC Rally® program. The AKC Rally program has not had any changes to the class structure since its launch in 2005. We thank you, the clubs, for your continued support in hosting AKC Rally trials.Over the years we have heard from many rally handlers who have won the Rally Novice title, saying they are not ready to move up to the Advanced level class, which requires the dog to work off-leash.  AKC has created a new class and title for dogs that have won the Rally Novice title, but have not yet earned a qualifying score in the Advanced class. The Rally Intermediate class and associated title (RI), will provide a stepping-stone class to help prepare teams for the off-leash performance required in the Advanced class. The Intermediate course is a mirror image of the Advanced course without a jump.  It is the Novice exhibitor’s choice to take advantage of this additional opportunity and the RI title is not required to enter the Advanced class. We have also listened to the Rally Fancy who have long asked for a champion level title. We are excited to announce the new Master class and associated title (RM), as well as the Rally Champion title (RACH), both of which will provide additional challenges for dedicated rally exhibitors.

    The criteria to earn the RACH title (sounds like “ROCK”) requires the team to earn 20 triple qualifying scores; qualifying in the Advanced B, Excellent B and Master classes at the same trial, at 20 separate events, plus earn 300 RACH points from the Excellent B and Master classes. Points are determined by a dog’s score.  At least 200 RACH points must be earned from the Rally Master class.

    Please review the full details of these program enhancements at the links below and share this information with your club members responsible for managing your rally events.

    Clubs may start to apply for events with these new classes on August 1, 2017 for events held on or after November 1, 2017

    Should you have any questions, please write to us at Rally@akc.org

    Sincerely,

    Pamela Manaton

    Director of Obedience, Rally & Tracking