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New Obedience Regulations FAQ's

(Monday, April 01, 2013)

The AKC Board of Directors recently approved revisions to current regulations. Below is a partial list of those revisions;

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.

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.

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.

Obedience Regulations, Chapter 1, Section 14. Dogs That May Not Compete. Effective April 1, 2013
(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.

OPTIONAL TITLING CLASSES
1. Beginning July 1, 2013, there will be 3 new optional titling classes for a total six that have been developed from the current regulations:

  • Graduate Novice
  • Graduate Open
  • Versatility
  • Pre-Novice
  • Pre-Open
  • Pre-Utility

2. Are clubs required to hold these optional titling classes?
No – Clubs may hold these classes only if they wish to do so.

3. Are there any prerequisites required to enter my dog in these classes?
No – A dog may be entered in these classes without any pre-title requirement.

4. How does my dog earn a title in an optional titling class?

The dog must earn 3 qualifying score from 2 different judges at licensed or member trials as described in the Obedience Regulations.

5. Do the optional titling classes compete for Highest Scoring Dog from the Regular Classes?
No.

MASTER PROGRAM
1. What is the Obedience Master Program?
The Master /Grand Master title program was developed to recognize consistently high scoring dogs within the sport of obedience. Dogs can work their way through 10 Master levels, and once they have attained the 10th level, they will be awarded a Grand Master title. The Grand Master title will not have a numerical designation.

2. When does my dog become eligible to compete in the Master/Grand Master title Program?
Obedience Master title and Obedience Grand Master title points will be recorded for dogs that have earned the Utility Dog title.

3. What does my dog have to do to compete towards these titles?
Obedience Master Points will be recorded for those dogs earning a score of 190 or better in Open B or Utility B, according to the schedule of points established by the AKC Board of Directors, which appears below. Dogs that meet the criteria for the Obedience Master title before January 1st, 2009 will not be grandfathered. Only points earned on or after January 1st, 2009 will be applied to the OM title.

4. How many points does my dog have to earn to attain a title?
Dogs will be required to earn a total of 200 points, based on the established point schedule. Points are awarded for scores of 190 or better from Open B or Utility B. For a title to be earned, 30% of the points earned (60 points) must come from Open B and 30% of the points (60 points) must come from Utility B. The remaining 40% of the points earned (80 points) can come from either Open B or Utility B.

5. How does my dog progress through the Master title program to the Grand Master title?
When a dog earns a total of 200 points based on the below point schedule, it will be awarded an Obedience Master title. Obedience Master titles will be awarded for nine levels and upon completion of the 10tth level, a dog will be awarded an Obedience Grand Master title. Points accumulated in excess of the 200 points required for each level will be applied towards the next level of award if available. Only one title for Obedience Grand Master will be awarded.

Upon being awarded an Obedience Master title or the Grand Master title, dogs will be permitted to display the title of Obedience Master (OM#) or OGM after their names.

Point Schedule.

Dog’s Score

Points Awarded

190

6

190.5

6

191

6

191.5

6

192

9

192.5

9

193

9

193.5

9

194

9

194.5

9

195

12

195.5

12

196

12

196.5

12

197

15

197.5

15

198

15

198.5

15

199

15

199.5

15

200

15

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