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Obedience Trials CKC Rules and Regulations 2012 – Important Changes

Obedience Trials CKC Rules and Regulations 2012 – Important Changes

The most important changes made to the 2012 rules and regulations, for competitor’s to bear in mind, are as follows:

  • no dogs off leash within the precinct
  • no abusive or intensive training within the precinct
  • judges must show/post heeling pattern 10 minutes before first exhibitor enters the ring. If you are the first competitor, you need to ensure that you are at ringside 10 minutes before your scheduled start time. If you are the second competitor, ensure that the first competitor has not withdrawn, so that you can be there 10 minutes before in his/her place
  • a dog that has been excused for any reason may not compete in any further exercises for that class
  • a dog that bites (anything/one/dog) in the ring must be disqualified
  • reasonable warm up periods must be provided before runoffs
  • all dumbbells/articles must be taken from the handler and left on the judges table
  • dogs may be measured by the judge at their discretion and the decision is final
  • the dog’s name ALONE may not be used as a command
  • hand position for heeling off leash: either hands hanging at sides naturally or the right hand natural and the left centered at the waist with elbows tucked in (may be adjusted for fast pace)
  • heeling patterns to be demonstrated or posted 10 minutes before the start of each class
  • scoring now based on points off or NQ (Non-qualify) – zero is a perfect score
  • no food or training aids will be permitted within 10 feet of the ring ENTRANCE
  • no training collars, such as pinch collars and choke collars, allowed in the VENUE. Please note that in a venue like the Saanich Fairgrounds, this will mean that training collars are not allowed to be used anywhere on the grounds (in the barn or outside)
  • When conditions warrant and at the handler’s discretion, a dog may wear a close fitting, plain sweater or jacket while competing in individual or group exercises.
  • GROUP EXERCISES: a dog that leaves its place in the first portion of the group exercise (Sit-Stay) MUST be excused prior to the start of the second portion (Down-Stay)
  • JUMPS: Broad jump boards have been changed. Below are new requirements:
    • One board for dogs that jump 8 inches or less
    • Two boards for dogs that jump 16 to 24 inches
    • Three boards for dogs that jump 28 to 44 inches
    • Four boards for dogs that jump 48 to 72 inches

Novice class Changes

  • once a CD is earned you can compete in novice for 30 days (from the day you got your 3rd leg, not when certificate is received) OR until the dog receives a HIT (High in Trial)
  • only 1 additional command or signal to heel is allowed
  • stand for exam and transition to off-leash heeling is now done off-leash

Open Class changes

  • mixed order for exercises in open B, but not in open A (six variations for Judge’s to choose from, as listed in rule book)
  • order must be posted 30 minutes before the class
  • stays remain in order and after other exercises
  • Judge MUST signal handler to drop dog (not tell to drop between jumps, at mark etc.)

Utility Class changes

  • Utility–Now divided into A and B classes:
    • Utility A for owners that have ever earned a Canadian MOTCH (Master Obedience Trial Champion)  and for dogs who have not yet earned the UD title
    • Utility B for all others
  • Mixed order for exercises in Utility B, but not in Utility A (six variations for Judge’s to choose from, as listed in rule book)
  • Seek back–glove must be dropped off of the centre line
  • One right or left turn must be included in the pattern
  • Articles no longer need to be numbered 1 through 6
  • Scent discrimination: material to be used for articles must be posted 30 minutes before class begins.
  • Same two scent article materials must be used for all competitors, and no-one to touch these two articles except the Judge and the handler.
  • Articles must be 20 feet from dog and 6 inches apart (change from 15 feet)
  • Moving Stand:
    • Judge must not touch the dogs tail
  • Directed Jumping:
    • Judge will tell which jump is to be done first
    • NQ (Non-qualify) for a second command to sit when the dog is still moving
    • Substantial deductions for second command to sit when the dog has stopped moving.

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