The provisions for transfers in the Obedience and Rally Regulations were established to allow a dog to be transferred to another class, from which it was originally entered after entries have closed, if the dog has earned a title. The dog and handler must be eligible for the class they are requesting to transfer into.
FAQ’s Regarding Transfers:
Q1 – A dogs is entered in the Open A class and the owner wants to transfer to Graduate Novice, but they haven’t yet finished their CDX; are they eligible to transfer?
A1 – If the dog has not earned the CDX title, they are ineligible to transfer.
Q2 – If the Trial Secretary accepted the transfer based on the above scenario, will the AKC disallow the score in Graduate Novice since they did a transfer without completing the requirements for a title in the original class?
A2 – AKC would not disallow this score in the Graduate Novice class, as the catalog submitted to AKC identifies where the dog competed and the dog is eligible to compete in the class. However, AKC would investigate this transfer on a complaint basis.
Q3 – If a dog was transferred into Utility A, not having finished a CDX, would a qualifying score would be disallowed?
A3 – Yes, if a dog competed in the Utility A class but had not earned the CDX title, the Utility A qualifying score would be disallowed based on the dog’s AKC records.
Q4 – There is no prerequisite for an optional titling class, but are the regulations written so that no transfers are allowed unless the dog has finished a title between the closing date and the Trial? Even if there is not prerequisite title for the class?
A4 – Yes, if the dog is entered in the trial and according to the owner’s records the dog completed a title after the closing date of the trial, they are allowed to transfer to any other available class for which they are eligible.
Q5 – The only requirement for entering in Graduate Novice is that the dog can’t yet have earned the Graduate Novice (GN) title, right?
A5 – No, effective 01/01/13, any dog may be entered in the Graduate Novice class and they may continue to show in this class indefinitely after earning the GN title.
Q6 – If a dogs is entered in Novice A obedience class on Saturday and Sunday and the dog finished their CD on Saturday, are they eligible to transfer to the Beginner Novice A class for Sunday?
A6 – No. One of the requirements to be eligible to enter in the Beginner Novice A class is that the handler may not have previously handled any dog that has earned any AKC obedience title. In this case, the dog was eligible to be entered into the Beginner Novice A class, but the handler was ineligible. They are both eligible for Beginner Novice B.
Q7 – Can anyone transfer at any time, from any class, or must the dog have just earned a title to be eligible to transfer classes?
A7 – To be eligible to transfer to another class, from which the dog was originally entered, after entries have closed, the dog must have earned a title.
Q8 – Are you allowed to transfer from a Non-Regular class to a Regular, Preferred or Optional titling class?
A8 – No, as a dog does not earn a title from a Non-Regular class and therefore is ineligible to transfer.
Q9 – May a dog be transferred from a Regular, Preferred or Optional titling class to another class if it has not completed the requirements for the title after the closing date of the trial, but the owner just wants to change classes?
A9 – No, transfers are only allowed after a dog earns a title.
Q10 – May a dog be transferred from a Regular, Preferred or Optional titling class, to a Non-Regular class, if the dog completed a title?
A10 – Yes, a dog may be transferred from a Regular, Preferred or Optional titling class, to a Non-Regular class, if the dog completed the requirements for a title after the closing date of the trial in which the entry was made, providing the club is allowing transfers.
Q11 – If a dog is entered in the Utility A class and completes the UD title, may it be transferred to the Utility B class?
A11 – Yes, effective 04/01/13, 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 the Obedience Regulations, Ch 1, Section 16b “Entry of an Ineligible Dog.”
Q12 – Now that rally can be its own event, will dogs who have earned obedience titles be eligible to enter the Rally “A” classes?
A12 – No. The class eligibility requirements in the Rally Regulations will not change with the approval for rally trials to be held as separate events. If a dog has earned any AKC Obedience title, they are ineligible to enter in the Rally Novice, Advanced or Excellent “A” classes.
Q13 – If a dog is entered in the Novice class in error and it hasn’t earned an obedience title, can the entry be transferred to the Beginner Novice class, even if the closing date for entries has passed?
A13 – Yes. Provided the class and judge are available and the class has not reached its limit.