~AKC Updates Rally Regulations, effective December 1, 2015
To All Clubs Eligible to hold AKC Rally:
In April, the AKC Board approved changes to the Obedience Regulations effective December 1, 2015. With the separation of the obedience and rally regulation books, it is necessary to also amend these items in the Rally Regulations. At the September 10, 2015 AKC Board of Directors meeting, the AKC Board approved the following changes to the AKC Rally Regulations.
This change is effective for all trials held on or after December 1, 2015.
1. Rally Regulations, Chapter 1, Section 1. Application to Hold a Rally Trial. (Paragraph 4) Require clubs to publish, in the premium list, if two trials in one day will be held concurrently or consecutively.
2. Rally Regulations, Chapter 1, Section 13. Transfers. Clubs may choose to accept transfers prior to the day of the trial and this should be clearly stated in the premium list.
3. Rally Regulations, Chapter 1, Section 20. Judging Program. For all rally classes, the listed start time for each class is the time of the walkthrough and judging of the class will follow.
4. Rally Regulations, Chapter 1, Section 20. Judging Program. Classes scheduled to start at, or after 12:00 noon will be listed to start “after noon” and must be judged in the order and ring listed in the judging program.
5. Rally Regulations, Chapter 1, Section 20. Judging Program. If the published judge and ring are available prior to the listed start time and all exhibitors have checked in and agree, the judge may start a class earlier than the class time listed in the judging program. (A Club may not start a second trial on the same day before the published start time.)
6. Rally Regulations, Chapter 1, Section 20. Judging Program. No judge will be assigned to judge for more than eight hours in one day.
7. Rally Regulations, Chapter 3, Section 5. Familiarization Time. At the listed start time for the class, a walkthrough of up to 10 minutes will be allowed for handlers without their dogs and judging of the class will follow. After each two-hour period of judging, judges should allow up to an additional 10-minute walkthrough for the next two-hour block of dogs to be judged in the class.
8. Rally Judges’ Guidelines, Chapter 1, Section 3. Exhibiting. Judges (including provisional) may not handle dogs that are not owned or co-owned by themselves or a family member at obedience and or rally trials.”
9. Rally Judges’ Guidelines. Chapter 1, Section 5. Judging Assignments/Assignment Restrictions. A judge may accept an assignment within 30 days and 100 straight line miles of another assignment only on an emergency basis. An emergency basis is defined as an advertised judge notifying a club within 72 hours of an approved trial that they cannot fulfill their assignment.
Comments may be sent to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Pamela Manaton, Director
Obedience, Rally & Tracking
AKC Allowing Deaf Dogs to Participate in Agility, Rally and Tracking
At the September 10, 2015 AKC Board of Directors meeting, the AKC Board approved a recommendation to allow deaf dogs to participate in AKC agility, rally and tracking events.
This change is effective for all trials held on or after October 1, 2015.
The following regulations will be modified to reflect this change:
Regulations for Agility Trials
Chapter 1 – Section 3. Eligibility of Dogs . (Change to paragraph 7)
Chapter 1 – Section 15. Disqualification, Ineligibility, Excusal, and Change in Appearance of Dogs. (Change to Paragraph 2)
Chapter 1 – Section 13. Disqualification, Ineligibility, Excusal, and Change in Appearance of Dogs. (Change to Paragraph 2)
OBEDIENCE REGULATION CHANGES
The Board voted to approve 75 changes/additions to the Obedience Regulations, effective December 1, 2015.