Dog Leashing Rule
Christine, one of our frequent commenters (and the winner of a previous contest) wrote,
Hi, this is Christine, and I just won the agility record book!This will make up for my competition of Saturday, I had a clean run and the best time, soo happy that I forgot about the new rule of the AKC that you have to have your dog on leash before you exit the ring! Bummer! I didn’t have her on leash and I got disqualified! It will not happen to me again but it would be a good idea to have the new rules or the change that the AKC or any other organization makes.Thanks,Christine, and my dog Sideway
First of all, congratulations to both of you for your great run! About the non-qualification complication, it’s always hard to learn a lesson the hard way, but we sure learn it best this way. (I speak from experience! One of my favorite sayings is, “I never make the same mistake twice. I just keep inventing new ones!”.) The AKC rule you mentioned is not actually a new, but it’s always been a requirement, as far as I know. It’s mentioned in the current AKC rule book, which was last updated in 2006.
But even still, leashing rules are not something we all know, going into a trial. So thank you for sharing! I’m sure it has helped others. And thank you also for your suggestion for the blog too, about announcing changes that the agility organizations make. I plan to do just that! I’m an “Outlook task fan” (if you are one, you know what I’m talking about!), and its a regularly occuring task of mine now to check all the event organization’s news pages. I’m also subscribed to many of their email groups for up-to-the-day alerts. So yes, along with your help too, as soon as I hear about something, I hope to pass it on to all of you.