Change is good, right?
Just when you thought you had it all figured out…AKC releases their 2009 Committee Regulations. What does this mean? It means they’ve done all the hard work of finalizing changes that they want to implement, and it only needs the approval of the Board of Directors. In other words, they are more than just recommendations, they are just about “sealed and done”. How will it affect you? For those of who just want the basics, I’ve narrowed it down to the changes that will affect the most people who compete (Judges and clubs that host sanctioned trials will want to read the requirements the full report by clicking on the “read more” link below. The AKC direct is at the bottom.)
Keep in mind these changes are not immediate. It will take 2 years for implementation of many of these changes. Stay tuned for current updates as we hear about them.
1. Position-less table – count/time starts once all four paws have touched the table (and the dog remains on the table top). Neither a sit nor a down position is required.
2. Clubs may offer full refunds to exhibitors who have to cancel, after the trial has closed, but prior to the date of the trial, provided the club can fill any canceled entries from the wait list.
3. If a dog is officially measured by a VMO or Agility Field Rep for a jump height card and that measurement places the dog into a lower jump height class, entrants in the Regular classes may move down effective immediately.
There’s more! (click on the blue link below)
4. Initial move-up deadline shall be on the Tuesday preceding the trial not later than 6:00 pm for all events that start on a Thursday through Sunday.
5. If a dog gets tangled up in the closed tunnel fabric, gets hung up going through the tire, or falls off the on the ascent side of the dog walk, A-frame, or seesaw; the handler has the choice to immediately retry the obstacle once and then leave the course…
6. The A-frame shall be set to 5 foot 0 inches for the 4 and 8 inch height divisions, and remove 5′ 7″ requirement of A-frame for 26″ jump height. (This is not a change to the A-frame size, only to the height of it in trials).
7. Weave Pole Performance: Novice: Weave poles need to be completed in three attempts or less, or a failure to perform fault will be called. Handler will then move on to the next obstacle. Weave poles must be restarted from the first pole (no longer restarted in the middle, where the dog popped out). Open & Advanced: Dogs will be allowed three (3) Refusals and/or Runouts and then a failure to perform fault will be called.
8. If a dog gets tangled up in the closed tunnel fabric, gets hung up going through the tire, or falls off the on the ascent side of the dog walk, A-frame, or seesaw; the handler has the choice to immediately retry the obstacle once and then leave the course, or to not retry and continue the course.
1. Spacing between weave poles must be 24″ measured center to center with a +/- 1/2″ tolerance. Clubs will have 24 months to implement this change from when this regulation change becomes effective. (Note: USDAA is the only organization that doesn’t currently allow 24” weaves, and the other organizations still all allow 22” spacing).
2. Tire Jump heights have been lowered: 26 and 24” jump heights set at 20”, and the other heights are 1 division lower than their jumping height.
For the full report of changes, click here: https://www.akc.org/pdfs/events/agility/aac_recommendations_2009.pdf).