Combined PDF posted


This posted PDF is a combination of the following documents :

  • Regulations for Agility Trials
  • AKC Agility Judges Guidelines
  • Judge Blog entries 2010 thru 2013
  • Rules Applying to Dog Shows
  • Match Regulations

As such, it allows you to search for a topic across multiple sources.

Course Review – changes to required submit/return timeframes

Effective January 1, 2015 all courses for fully approved judges will be due to their reviewing Field Rep a minimum of 45 days in advance of the first day of a set of trials.  Courses for the weekend of Feb 14 & 15 will be due on Jan 1.   Field Reps will return all courses a minimum of 10 days prior to the first day of a set of trials.  Field Reps  currently review 500-700 courses per month. This increase in time will allow the Field Reps to get courses back to judges in a timely manner.

If a judge receives an R&R, the judge has 7 days after receipt of the R&R to resubmit corrections.  A judge also has 7 days from receipt of reviewed courses (non R&R) to resubmit any changes.  The 7 days is not in effect if there is a late/emergency change of venue or assignment.

If you need help calculating 45 days there is a website to help

Ordering Judge Copies of the Regs and Guidelines

AKC licensed judges may order a free copy of both the Regulations and Guidelines by contacting AKC’s Customer Service at 919-233-9767. You will need to provide your AKC judge’s number.

When ordering, reference the following booklet names and identifying info:

Regulations for Agility Trials (REAGIL)

AKC Agility Judges Guidelines (REAJG1)



ISC – FCI Agility Judges Guidelines as a reference

More clubs are offering ISC classes since all heights are now allowed to compete.  The ISC classes are modeled after the FCI Agility program.  The FCI Agility Judges Guidelines can be a good resource for designing these courses.

2013 Agility Advisory Committee – recommendations part 2 *corrected link*

A second list of Agility Advisory recommendations have been posted for the agility fancy to review and comment upon.

There is a link to the Explanations and a link to where recommendations may be ranked and commented.

The deadline for submitting rankings and comments is Wednesday, August 20th.

Setting Bar Jumps for 4″ Height

When setting bar jumps with 2 bars for the 4″ height if the jump legs prevent the bottom bar from being placed directly under the top bar then remove the bottom bar.  To place it either in front of or behind the top bar on the ground creates a spread jump which is not the intent of the bar jump.

New Executive Field Representative – Terri Campbell

On August 4, 2014 the AKC Agility Department will welcome Terri Campbell from Huntsville, AL as their newest Executive Field Representative.

Terri has loved animals all her life. When her father retired from the military, and settled in Huntsville Alabama, her sister gave her a Golden Retriever. This was her first introduction to obedience classes and training a dog.

After graduating high school in 1974, she pursued a career in horses, primarily hunters; boarding, training, and teaching. Her students competed successfully throughout the southeast.

Later in life Terri made a career change, and went to college pursuing a degree in business and computer science. For many years she worked in an Information Technology Department as a Business Systems Analyst and Project Leader. With an 8 to 5 job she needed an outlet. She started taking Obedience classes, and joined a local Obedience Club in Huntsville, Alabama. She began competing in Obedience with a German Shepherd, English Springer Spaniel and Lhasa Apso. In 1996, she introduced the sport of Agility to her local Obedience Club.

Terri became an AKC Agility judge in 2002. She was invited to judge the 2011 AKC Agility Invitational and the 2014 AKC National Agility Championship.

Terri and her husband Chuck share their home in Huntsville, Alabama with their nine year old Golden Retriever, an English Springer Spaniel, Logan (a 2011 Agility National Qualifier) and their newest English Springer Spaniel, Harper.

Terri has been active in her local Obedience Club, (HOTC) Huntsville Obedience Training Club for over 20 years. Terri has held various key positions at HOTC, and also teaches Obedience and Agility classes. Terri and Chuck are also members of the Golden Retriever Club of America, and the English Springer Field Trial Association.

Terri is very excited to be joining the AKC Agility Department. Traveling, and meeting people around the country has been the best part of judging for her, and she is looking forward to continuing that.

Backside Approaches Must Be To A Winged Jumps

If a judge’s course design includes the challenge of a backside approach, then it must be to a winged jump.

Backside Approach - Winged Jump

Verifying the Q Count on Your Certification Page

Judges must make sure the Certification page in the catalog has the correct number of Qs listed before signing.  An easy way to do this is to keep a running total of your Qs while reviewing scribe sheets throughout the day.

Signaling When the Dog Does Not Finish the Course

The correct call for a dog that does not finish the course is a whistle.  Both “E”xcused and No Time must be recorded on the scribe sheet.  This includes a dog that does not take the final obstacle and thus never stops the timer.

Signaling Max Course Time During Time 2 Beat

If a dog reaches maximum course time (MCT) on a T2B course, the judge must blow their whistle.  That signals the scribe to record “E”xcused and No Time on the scribe sheet and that the exhibitor’s run has ended. (the same as when a dog hits max course time on a standard or JWW course).


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