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Disc Dog

Disc Dog is an exciting, fast-paced, fun sport that all dogs and people can enjoy. UpDog has taken the basic game of fetch with a flying disc and expanded it into a whole bunch of fun games! Dogs of any breed, type, size or shape can play and be successful. If your dog can fetch, your dog can play UpDog! Dogs get points in every game and cumulative points earn UpDog Achievements (called “UPs”). Once you have earned a medal UP in at least 3 games you can apply for the AKC Disc Dog titles using the Title Application. For more information, see Title Structure below.

For more information about UpDog and getting involved in your local area so your dog can be recognized, please visit UpDog Challenge. There you can learn more about events in your area, UpDog games, and more! 

In order for dogs to receive a title, owners must have a dog number in the AKC records so the titling information can be recorded.  To see the types of numbers available and which one best fits your situation, see Title Eligibility below.

  • Title Eligibility +

    • AKC Registration Number  -This number is provided to a dog owner via a registration certificate received from the previous owner or via a puppy registration paper given to the new owner by the breeder.
    • Purebred Alternative Listing Number (PAL)  If a dog is purebred but an AKC Registration Number is not possible owners can apply for PAL number.
    • Foundation Stock Service® (FSS) Number, This number is used for breeds whose status is currently in the foundational stage of being recorded into our registry and requires a copy of the dog’s pedigree.
    • AKC Canine Partners Number –  This number is given to either mixed breed dogs or a purebred.

  • Title Structure +

    UpDog Games and UPs

    UpDog currenty has 10 fun games! Each game offers achievements for cumulative points earned–Bronze UP, Silver UP, Gold UP, Platinum UP, and Unobtanium UP. These are the UPs that count toward AKC Disc Dog Titles!

    4WayPlay Bronze UP
    4WayPlay Silver UP
    4WayPlay Gold UP
    4Way Play Platinum UP
    4Way Play Unobtanium UP
    Freestyle Bronze UP
    Freestyle Silver UP
    Freestyle Gold UP
    Freestyle Platinum UP
    Freestyle Unobtanium UP
    Greedy Bronze UP
    Greedy Silver UP
    Greedy Gold UP
    Greedy Platinum UP
    Greedy Unobtanium UP
    TimeWarp Bronze UP
    TimeWarp Silver UP
    TimeWarp Gold UP
    TimeWarp Platinum UP
    TimeWarp Unobtanium UP
    7Up Bronze UP
    7Up Silver UP
    7Up Gold UP
    7Up Platinum UP
    7Up Unobtanium UP
    Frizgility Bronze UP
    Frizgility Silver UP
    Frizgility Gold UP
    Frizgility Platinum UP
    Frizgility Unobtanium UP
    Spaced Out Bronze UP
    Spaced Out Silver UP
    Spaced Out Gold UP
    Spaced Out Platinum UP
    Spaced Out Unobtanium UP
    Far Out Bronze UP
    Far Out Silver UP
    Far Out Gold UP
    Far Out Platinum UP
    Far Out Unobtanium UP
    FunKey Bronze UP
    FunKey Silver UP
    FunKey Gold UP
    FunKey Platinum UP
    FunKey Unobtanium UP
    ThrowNGo Bronze UP
    ThrowNGo Silver UP
    ThrowNGo Gold UP
    ThrowNGo Platinum UP
    ThrowNGo Unobtanium UP

     

    AKC Disc Dog Titles

    Any 3 UPs of a specific medal (Bronze, Silver, Gold, Platinum, Unobtanium) will allow your dog to apply for the AKC title of that medal. So, once your dog earns the Bronze UP in 3 games, they are eligible to apply for the AKC Disc Dog Bronze title! If your dog is a superstar and earns the Bronze UP in 6 games, you can apply for the Disc Dog Bronze Elite title! AKC has titles for the Bronze, Silver, Gold, Platinum, and Unobtanium UPs.

      UP in 3 Games UP in 6 Games
    AKC Title Disc Dog Bronze (DDB) Disc Dog Bronze Elite (DDBE)
    Disc Dog Silver (DDS) Disc Dog Silver Elite (DDSE)
    Disc Dog Gold (DDG) Disc Dog Gold Elite (DDGE)
    Disc Dog Platinum (DDP) Disc Dog Platinum Elite (DDPE)
    Disc Dog Unobtanium (DDU) Disc Dog Unobtanium Elite (DDUE)

    Note: Some UpDog games have multiple levels of competition. At this time AKC is only recognizing titles earned in Level 1.

    Disc Dog Title Succession

    Higher level titles will replace lower level titles on a dog’s pedigree. So, if your dog previously had earned a Disc Dog Bronze (DDB) title and you apply for a Disc Dog Silver (DDS), the Disc Dog Bronze title will be superseded and will no longer display on the dog’s name. Elite titles are considered separate accomplishments. An Elite title will only supersede a title of the same medal, or an Elite title of a lower medal. See the table below for exact details on title succession.

    Basic Title Suppresses Elite Title Suppresses
    Disc Dog Bronze (DDB) Disc Dog Bronze Elite (DDBE) DDB
    Disc Dog Silver (DDS) DDB Disc Dog Silver Elite (DDSE) DDB, DDBE, DDS
    Disc Dog Gold (DDG) DDB, DDS Disc Dog Gold Elite (DDGE) DDB, DDBE, DDS, DDSE, DDG
    Disc Dog Platinum (DDP) DDB, DDS, DDG Disc Dog Platinum Elite (DDPE) DDB, DDBE, DDS, DDSE, DDG, DDGE, DDP
    Disc Dog Unobtanium (DDU) DDB, DDS, DDG, DDP Disc Dog Unobtanium Elite (DDUE) DDB, DDBE, DDS, DDSE, DDG, DDGE, DDP, DDPE, DDU

     

  • Applying for Titles +

    Once you have earned enough UPs for your chosen title, you need to complete the UpDog Disc Dog Title Application. You will also need to submit proof of the UPs that your dog has earned–just print out a copy of your UpDog certificates. (It is okay if the UPs were earned with different handlers!)

    The application, $25 processing fee, and proof of the UPs must be sent to:

    AKC Performance Events Department
    Attn: UpDog Title
    8051 Arco Corporate Dr/Ste 100
    Raleigh, NC 27617

    Email: performanceevents@akc.org

    Click here for a sample of a completed Disc Dog Title Application packet to see it all put together.

  • For AKC Clubs: Hosting an UpDog Event +

    UpDog is a fantastic activity to hold alongside your existing events! There are several options for hosting UpDog events and more information can be found on the UpDog website at https://updogchallenge.com/clubs/.

    Interested clubs may also contact help@updogchallenge.com to discuss incorporating UpDog.

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