Trial Secretaries / Superintendents / Trial Committees
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The eligibility requirements for the Graduate Novice and Graduate Open classes were changed to allow a dog to remain in the current class after earning the associated title for as long as the owner desires. (Effective January 1, 2013)
The changes to the Regulations are as follows:
Obedience Regulations, Chapter 8, Graduate Novice Optional Titling Class.
Section 1. Graduate Novice Class. The Graduate Novice class shall be for all dogs.
Obedience Regulations, Chapter 10, Graduate Open Optional Titling Class.
Section 1. Graduate Open Class. The Graduate Open class will be for all dogs.
The requirement that clubs licensed for obedience and rally must hold their rally trial concurrently with their obedience trial has been modified. Clubs may hold their rally trial within one year of their approved Obedience event. Clubs would still be restricted to holding no more than one rally trial per approved obedience trial where all regular classes are offered.
In addition, clubs will be allowed to format their rally trial in the manner that they feel works best. A club is no longer required to limit the size of their rally trial to no greater than their obedience trial and to restrict the rally trial to the same breeds as their obedience trial. (Effective April 1, 2013)
The changes to the Regulations are as follows:
AKC Rally® Regulations, Chapter 1, Section 1. Application to Hold a Rally Trial. Clubs meeting the requirements of AKC that wish to hold a rally trial must submit the form provided by AKC with the appropriate application fee. A rally trial is a separate event, with a separate event number, and the rally trial application with appropriate fee must be submitted at least 18 weeks before the closing date for entries to the event.
In order for a club to receive AKC approval to hold a rally trial, the club must have held or been approved to hold an obedience trial with all regular obedience classes offered within one calendar year of the rally trial. One rally trial will be approved for each obedience trial where all regular classes are offered.
A club may limit the number of entries in their rally trial. No judge will be assigned to judge more than eight hours in one day, including any other judging assignments when the rally trial is held in conjunction with another event. The rally trial need not be limited in the same manner as the club's obedience trial, either in terms of entries or breed allowed.
A licensed or member rally trial need not include all the regular rally classes, but a club will not be approved to hold Advanced classes unless it also holds Novice classes. Nor will it be approved to hold Excellent classes unless it also holds Novice and Advanced classes. Any club that has been approved to hold a licensed or member rally trial may offer additional non-regular classes upon AKC approval. If a non-regular class is one that is not defined in these regulations, a clear and complete description of both the eligibility and performance requirements will appear in the premium list.
Any club eligible to hold all-breed rally trials may open their trial to dogs listed with AKC Canine Partners at their option.
The regulations pertaining to "judging times" have been modified to take into consideration the transition between classes. (Effective April 1, 2013)
Obedience Regulations, Chapter 1, Section 1. Obedience Clubs.
A club may hold two all-breed obedience trials concurrently or consecutively, at the same site on the same day, or two all-breed obedience clubs may hold their obedience trials one following another, if the events are held on the same site on the same day. No individual judging obedience will be assigned to judge for more than eight hours in one day if judging less than five classes, or for more than seven hours in one day if judging five or more classes. This limit includes rally classes and should include the judging hours if judging any breed assignments. The "A" and "B" classes of the same level are considered two classes. For individuals judging only rally classes, no judge will be assigned to judge for more than eight hours in one day. In situations where the club feels this regulation does not result in a reasonable outcome, the club must contact the judge to gain approval for additional judging time.
Note: If a club has already applied for or established their judging schedule using the old method of calculation, they are not required to make any adjustments.
Allow any AKC club with the interest and knowledge to become licensed to hold obedience. (Effective April 1, 2013)
Allow specialty clubs, after first accepting entries from their breed, the option of accepting entries from either breeds in their conformation group or all breeds. (Effective April 1, 2013)
Obedience Regulations, Chapter 1, Section 2. Other Clubs Eligible to Hold Obedience Trials. In addition to obedience clubs, any AKC club may be granted permission to hold an obedience trial if, in the opinion of the AKC Board of Directors, it is qualified to do so, provided the club holds the event(s) for which it was originally formed at least once every two years,.
Specialty and group clubs have three options to hold an obedience trial.
These clubs may hold a trial exclusively for their own breed(s).
If entries are limited, these clubs may accept entries of dogs of their own breed(s) first then accept entries from group breeds or all breeds until the entry limit specified in the premium list is reached.
These clubs may hold their specialty or group obedience trial followed by an all-breed or group obedience trial, so long as the scheduled judging program for both events does not exceed eight hours of judging time.
If option (2) is selected, awards as described in these regulations, Chapter 1, Sections 19-22, will be offered for the specialty breed(s). In addition, awards as described in these regulations, Chapter 1, Sections 19-22, will be offered for the all-breed event.
If option (3) is selected, the specialty obedience and all-breed or group obedience trials will be approved and held as two separate events.
Any club eligible to hold all-breed obedience trials may open their trial to dogs listed with AKC Canine Partners at their option.
Make the timing consistent for several types of judge/handler/dog training relationships that prohibit a dog/person from entering under a judge. (Effective April 1, 2013)
Obedience Regulations, Chapter 1, Section 14. Dogs That May Not Compete. (Starting with current paragraph 3.)
No judge or any person residing in the same household as the judge will exhibit or act as agent or handler at a dog show or obedience trial at which they are judging. Dogs owned wholly or in part by such judge or any member of their household will not be eligible to be entered at such event. This applies to both obedience and dog show judges when an obedience trial is held in conjunction with a dog show. Subject to the foregoing, members of a judge's immediate family who no longer live in the same household may enter or handle a dog at a show, trial or test if the judge is not officiating over any competition that might involve that dog. If a club does not advertise in its premium list who is to judge run-offs between classes, an exhibitor will automatically be considered to have lost the run-off of any tie scores between classes if the judge of the run-off is a member of the exhibitor's immediate family.
No dog may be entered or shown under a judge at an obedience trial if the dog has been owned, sold, held under lease, or handled in the ring within 30 days prior to the date of the obedience trial by the judge or by any person residing in the same household as the judge. "Trained or instructed" applies equally to judges who train professionally or as amateurs and to judges who train individual dogs or train or instruct dogs in classes with or through their handlers (see "Glossary of Terms").
No exhibitor may show a dog under a judge at an obedience or rally trial if the exhibitor has participated in a training session taught by that judge within thirty (30) days prior to the date of the event.
No dog may be entered or shown under a judge at an obedience trial if the dog is owned or handled by any person who has regularly served as a trainer or instructor of that judge, either individually or through classes, within thirty (30) days; or if the dog has been has been regularly trained or instructed by the judge within thirty (30) days prior to the date of the obedience trial.
Allow clubs to decide if the obedience trial secretary may enter their trial. (Effective
April 1, 2013)
Obedience Regulations, Chapter 1, Section 14. Dogs That May Not Compete. No dog under six months of age may compete. No dog belonging wholly or in part to a judge or superintendent, or any member of such a person's household may be entered in any obedience trial at which such person officiates or is scheduled to officiate. Nor may they handle or act as agent for any dog entered at that dog show or obedience trial.
If allowed by the host club, the obedience trial secretary may enter dogs owned or co-owned by the secretary and may handle dogs in the obedience trial, or any member of such a person's household may be entered in any obedience trial at which such person officiates or is scheduled to officiate. The secretary's priority must be the handling of official secretary duties in a timely manner. If participation in the trial interferes with these duties, other arrangements for handling dogs must be made.
The official veterinarians will not exhibit or act as agent or handler at the show, and dogs owned wholly or in part by them will not be eligible to be entered at that show. No dog owned wholly or in part by a superintendent, any other employee of that superintendent, or any person residing in the same household as any of the foregoing will be eligible to be entered at any show held 30 days before or after a show that the superintendent has been approved to service by the AKC. Nor may that person exhibit or act as an agent or handler.
For the purpose of this section, the employees of a superintendent would include only those individuals who represent the superintendent or superintending organization at dog shows.
Allow transfers from the "A" to "B" class at the same level provided transfers between classes are allowed by the host club. (Effective April 1, 2013)
Obedience Regulations, Chapter 1, Section 16a. Transfers (formerly move-ups).
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.
After a dog earns a title, it may be transferred to another class in a future trial, even though the closing date for the trial has passed, provided the club offers 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 and the dog has completed the requirements for the title after the closing date of the trial in which the advanced entry is to be made.
Transfers between an "A" and "B" class at the same level are allowed provided the host club allows transfers.
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.
Transfers may be approved provided the class and judge are available and the class has not reached its limit.
Allow a judge to accept two assignments over the course of a cluster. (Effective April 1, 2013)
Obedience Judges' Guidelines, Chapter 1, Accepting Assignments, Assignment Limitations.
A judge will not be approved to judge the same regular or optional titling classes at all-breed events within 30 days and 100 straight line miles of each other with the following exceptions:
A judge may accept assignments to judge the same classes for two obedience trials that fall on the same day at the same site.
A judge may accept assignments to judge the same classes at two obedience trials over the course of a cluster of no more than five (5) consecutive days at the same site or within a local geographical area as determined by the AKC.
There are no such restrictions on non-regular classes or tracking tests. Assignments to judge the same class or classes at two different breed specialty or group obedience trials are not considered to be a conflict. Breed specialty obedience assignments or group shows are not in conflict with assignments to judge the same class(es) at an all-breed obedience trial.
Entry Fees for Junior Handlers (Agility, Obedience, Rally and Tracking) Effective for events applied for after January 1, 2013:
Obedience Regulations – Chapter 1, Section 3. Entries. (The Rally Regulations and Tracking Regulations default to this regulation/section.)
Regulations for Agility Trials – Chapter 1, Section 9. Premium Lists.
A host club shall not accept an entry fee other than that published in its premium list or discriminate between exhibitors by offering certain owners or handlers special inducements such as rebates, prizes or other concessions unless allowed by another section of these Regulations. Except a club, at its discretion, may allow for a reduced entry fee for dogs handled by juniors. A junior must have an AKC Junior Handler number and is defined as someone less than 18 years of age on the first day of the event. An event is defined by a unique event number.
The following amendments to the Companion Events regulations will be effective January 1, 2012. (10/11)
Regulations for Agility Trials (amended to September 1, 2011)
Chapter 1, SECTION 5. Making Application. A Club or association that meets the requirements of the American Kennel Club that wishes to hold a trial at which qualifying scores toward titles may be earned must make application to the American Kennel Club on the form provided for permission to hold the trial. An application fee must accompany each application.
A club may be approved to hold up to eight licensed or member events in a calendar year. A club can be approved to hold separate trials on consecutive days, but will not be approved to hold more than one trial on any single day. Each day is considered a separate trial.
Application for licensed or member trials must be received by the American Kennel Club at least EIGHTEEN (18) weeks before the closing date for entries of the event.
The following amendments to the Companion Events regulations will be effective September 1, 2011. (5/11)
Regulations for Agility Trials
Chapter 1, Section 27. Recording Fees. At every licensed or member club trial, a recording fee of $3.50 shall be required for the first entry of each dog, and $3.00 for each additional entry of the same dog. (Each day is a separate trial.) Non-regular agility classes do not require a recording fee. When the recording fee is calculated, it does not include withdrawals.
Chapter 1, Section 5. Recording Fees. At every licensed or member club rally trial, a recording fee of $3.50 shall be required for the first entry of each dog and a recording fee of $3.00 shall be required for each additional entry of the same dog. A marked catalog and all recording fees must be sent to AKC so as to reach its office within seven days after the close of the trial. Clubs should ensure their trial records and software is updated to correctly calculate the amended recording fees for agility and rally entries.
Entry of Ineligible Dog Chapter 1, Section 16b – Obedience Regulations (Obedience and Rally) (2/11)
As of January 1st, 2010 dogs entered in an "A" class in which either the dog or the handler is ineligible can be moved to the same level "B" class after the closing date if the request is made in writing to the trial secretary or superintendent more than 30 minutes before the start of the trial.
This regulation was put in place to assist exhibitors new to AKC competition who entered the wrong class by mistake. This regulation was NOT put in place for exhibitors to try to change handlers to avoid class conflicts in other events on the day of the trial, or to avoid a last minute judge change.
If judges change the exhibitor may request a refund of his/her entry fee OR they may compete because they are still eligible for the class they entered.
Exhibitors under no circumstances may move from a "B" class to an "A" class. Everyone is eligible to compete in the "B" class as long as they are in good standing with the AKC and have a dog with an AKC identification number.
This move is not allowed for exhibitors that may have earned a title in an "A" class and want to compete in the "B" class the following day. Earning a title does NOT make the exhibitor or the dog INELIGIBLE for the "A" class. Exhibitors have 60 days to remain in the "A" class after earning a title. The exhibitor must finish out their entries in the "A" classes that were originally entered or choose to be absent for the remaining entries.
Optional Titling Classes in Obedience and "High in Trial" (8/10)
The optional titling classes; Beginner Novice, Graduate Novice, Graduate Open, and Versatility are NOT included in the award for "Highest Scoring Dog in the Regular Classes" (High in Trial) award. Optional titling classes are not considered Regular Classes. Regular Classes are Novice, Open and Utility.
This is in the Obedience Regulations in Chapter 1, Sections 21 & 22.
Agility Jump Height Table Card (8/10)
Here is a printable/portable table for agility jump heights at a glance.
Signs for the Beginner Novice Class (8/10)
Rally signs must be provided to the judge for the new Beginner Novice class. The signs that must be provided are:
Right Turn – #5
Left Turn – #6
About Turn – #7
Slow Pace – #17
Fast Pace – #18
Normal Pace – #19
Halt/Sit – #3
Two of each "Turn" sign must be provided, this includes the "About Turn". Signs do not need to be numbered in order to indicate the next sign in the heeling pattern.
"A" Class eligibility for Beginner Novice Entries (8/10)
Any dog/handler that has never titled in AKC Obedience may enter the Beginner Novice "A" class. If a dog/handler has ever earned an AKC Obedience title (i.e. CD, CDX, UD) they must compete in the Beginner Novice "B" class.
Handlers and dogs that have earned a Beginner Novice title from the "A" class and have no other AKC obedience titles are still eligible for the Regular Novice "A" class in obedience.
Handlers and dogs that have earned the Beginner Novice title must enter the Rally Novice "B" class, because the Beginner Novice title is an AKC obedience title.
Dogs that have earned the Beginner Novice title are ineligible for any Rally "A" class and must be entered only in Rally "B" classes.
Judges books and score sheets for Beginner Novice are available in the downloadable forms page under Obedience Events – Judges Books and Scoresheets. (7/10)
AKC Canine Partners in Catalogs and Premium Lists (Obedience, Rally, Agility) (7/10)
When putting together a premium list and the club wishes to allow dogs listed in the Canine Partners program it should be worded as follows:
"Entries will be accepted for dogs listed in the AKC Canine Partners program" or "Entries are open to All-American dogs listed in the AKC Canine Partners program"
When making the catalog, mixed-breed dogs should NOT be listed with the mixes of the dog. Designer names such as "Labradoodle" and "Puggle" are also not acceptable. The breed designation in the catalog should be listed as "All-American Dog" regardless of what the owner/handler writes on the entry form.
Templates Available for Agility Premium Lists (7/10)
Agility Premium List templates are now available! Send an email to email@example.com to request one.
Arranging Entries by Jump Height (Obedience) (7/10)
Chapter 1, Section 3 in the Obedience Regulations, gives clubs the option to arrange entries according to jump height order in all classes in which jumps are used. If a club should choose this option, it needs to be stated in the premium list what jump height will begin the class and if the order will be ascending or descending.
The order does not need to be the same each day. The first day could be in ascending order and the next day in descending order. This also has to be stated in the premium list. Starting dogs in reverse catalog order is considered in catalog order. The judge’s books will list the dogs in the order they are to be judged that day.
Saturday’s judge’s book:
301 302 303 304 305 306 307 308 309 310
Sunday’s judge’s book:
310 309 308 307 306 305 304 303 302 301
Move-ups Between Optional Titling Classes and the Regular Classes (Obedience) (7/10)
Move ups are only allowed between the Regular Classes (i.e. Novice to Open) in obedience, and only at the club's option. Move-ups are NOT allowed between one Optional Titling class and another (i.e. Graduate Novice to Graduate Open) OR between Optional Titling classes and the Regular classes (i.e. Beginner Novice and Regular Novice).
Effective July 1, 2012
Move ups are allowed between any obedience classes (Regular Classes, Optional Titling Classes, Non-Regular Classes) in obedience at the club's option. After a dog earns a title, it may be moved to another class in a future trial even though the closing date for the trial has passed, provided the club offers move-ups.
"A" Class Eligibility (Obedience and Rally) (7/10)
As of January 1st, 2010 exhibitors have the option to move from an "A" class to the same level "B" class after the close of entries if they or the dog are ineligible for the "A" class by the date of the trial.
This is not at the club's option, if the exhibitor requests in writing to be moved to the same level "B" class due to ineligibility for that level "A" class, they should be moved.
Please note: The exhibitor must request this; trial secretaries and superintendents may not move entries after the closing date from "A" to "B" unless the exhibitor is the one who requests it.Premium Lists and Move-ups for Obedience and Rally (11/20/06)
Move-ups must be stated in the Premium List for all Obedience and Rally trials. It is the Club's decision to allow move-ups. The Club's move-up policy must be stated either way; even if the club does not allow move-ups. Please refer to Chapter 1, Section 16 in the Obedience Regulations.
60 day time limit in obedience and rally:
There is quite a bit of confusion regarding 60 day time limits and earning titles in obedience and rally. Provided is a clarification of the 60 day time limit in both of these events.
1.) The 60 day time limit does not cross over events (obedience and rally).
2.) When a CD title is earned the exhibitor does NOT have 60 days to remain in any rally "A" classes they are entered in. The exhibitor must contact the Trial Secretary or Superintendent and request to be moved to the rally B class for any trial that has not closed.
3.) The 60 day time limit for both obedience and rally only applies to the DOG that earned the title. If an exhibitor is handling two dogs at the same level in either sport, the second dog must be moved to the "B" class (in that sport) for the next trial entered where the entries have not closed.
If a club allows move-ups at their trial the exhibitor may submit a move-up form in writing 30 minutes prior to the start of the trial he/she is entered in. If there are two trials being held on the same site/same day there should be a start time listed for both events, even if the second event starts after 12 noon. If an exhibitor is entered in the second trial and the second trial begins at 1:00pm, the exhibitor has until 12:30pm to submit a move-up form to the Trial Secretary or Superintendent. All Clubs must state clearly in their premium list whether move-ups will be allowed. This means that the club must state if they ARE allowing move-ups or the ARE NOT allowing move-ups. Move up forms can be found on the AKC website downloadable forms page.
Rally Advanced A and Excellent A eligibility
Handlers with previous experience in AKC obedience can enter the Advanced and Excellent A classes in rally as long as the dog they are exhibiting has not earned any AKC obedience titles. A handler's previous obedience experience only affects the rally Novice A class, no other class. After the Novice class, eligibility for the A classes is determined by the dog's obedience experience.