Combined PDF posted

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This posted PDF is a combination of the following documents :

  • Regulations for Agility Trials
  • AKC Agility Judges Guidelines
  • Judge Blog entries 2010 thru Apr 2015
  • Rules Applying to Dog Shows
  • Match Regulations

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

Congratulations to our Graduating Class of 2015!

Congratulations to AKC’s 13 new Agility Judges who passed the seminar this weekend!

Our sincerest gratitude to Bonnie Buchanan’s Bon-Clyde Learning Center in Sanford, NC for hosting the seminar and to all the volunteers who gave of their time on Saturday and Sunday helping us with the practical exam aspect of the seminar!

Judge City State Email
Baker, Bruce Georgetown TX
Boyd, Kenneth Vista CA
Boyer, Jeffrey Venice FL
Buchla, Todd Marietta GA
Carleton, Nicholas Andover MA
Davis, Zach Salem OR
Ferrand, Brian Mills River NC
Gibbs, Ben Kingsport TN
Gilmer, Frank North Beach MD
Kaplan, Elliot Gilsum NH
Ogle, Mark Swannanoa NC
Rainer, Stefanie Dix Hills NY
Simonelli, Laura West Islip NY

Premier Class Update (with CORRECTED form/link for requesting the demo)

Premier Class Update:

We are excited about the Premier class and the feedback we have received to date.  We do not currently have a start date for this new class.  It has to be formally approved by the AKC Board of Directors prior to the announcement of any implementation date.  We hope to be running it before the end of 2015.  Clubs that have already had trial applications approved will be allowed to amend their application as long as the trial has not already opened.  The Board will vote on the Premier class at their June meeting.  Once that is done we can get all information out to you and the clubs.

We are working on the course design guidelines for you to be able to work with.  Course design will be a work in progress.   We plan to have a couple of webinars to discuss course design guidelines for Premier over the summer.  We will also be reviewing them at the Continuing Eds that are coming up.

If you are asked to judge a premier demo please contact your Rep or myself so we can work with you on the current design criteria.  We do need to approve the trials offering the demos and clubs need to use the Non-Regular Class request for form to request a demo (this is a correction from what was sent out yesterday!).  This form needs to be submitted to Companion Operations for approval.  Clubs need to agree to use the Premier scribe sheet and track data for us in an excel spreadsheet we will provide.  Demos are not subject to the 330 run rule.  You may judge this demo(or share judging) if you are entered in other classes at the trial

Have fun at the demos and let us know what you think!

2016 Corresponding Date Calendar

The published corresponding date calendar is correct for 2016. 2016 is a ‘shift year’ since January 2 is on a Saturday and the first dog event weekend is the first weekend to occur in which Saturday’s date is neither January 1 nor January 2.

VMO Blog

My apologies for not inviting all judges to the VMO Blog.  If you would like to sign up and are not a VMO you are welcome to do so.  I made this decision in response to concerns we get from judges that they receive too many emails/too much information from both the AKC and other sources.  The information in this blog will largely be in reference to correct usage of the VMO forms, dog aggression towards VMOs and other general topics for VMO’s.

You may sign up for the VMO Blog at:

Happy Holidays to you and your families, Carrie

Remember to Check Mileage and Dates Between Assignments

Please remember to check the mileage and number of days between trials when you are accepting assignments and signing contracts.  This is part of the responsibility of an Agility Judge.  With the number of 4 and 5 day trials, plus clubs changing show sites conflict occur that may not have been  an issue in the past.  John Brading, Manager AKC Companion Operations, can check distances for you.  Please email him at and he will check as quickly as possible.  John understands that the club is waiting for a response.   The clubs would rather wait a day or two to make sure the judge is available than find out a year later they have an issue.  Thank you for your help.

Special Event and Non-Regular events defined by the club

We are excited to announce two new opportunities for clubs to be more creative with their agility trials.  Both the Special Event Agility Trial and the addition of Non-Regular Classes that can be defined by the club we hope will give clubs a chance to make their trials a true event for exhibitors.

If the club already has a trial application in we will allow the opportunity to amend the application.  If the Premium List is already published there may not be an addition/change at this point.  These new trials and classes may be run after January 1, 2015.  If there are any questions on either of these two new opportunities please contact Carrie DeYoung at

Insert for regulation changes can be found at:

Forms can be found under Regulations And Forms at:

All judges must agree to the elimination of judge’s assignment due to low entries

As entry patterns have changed in some areas of the country, clubs are looking to drop a judge when entries are below the number needed for the number of judges contracted.

Per Chapter 1, Section 18, Paragraph 6 of the Regulations for Agility Trials:

“Clubs are allowed to remove judge(s) from the judging panel if entries are low and both the club and the judge(s) agree to this action in writing.”  This means ALL judges for the trial must agree to the change, not just the judge being dropped.

Often when a judge is dropped that leaves the judge(s) left on the assignment with minimal time to create additional courses for the weekend.  Due to the remaining judge(s) own personal schedules this may not be something the judge(s) is prepared to do.   This judge also has the right to decline the change in assignment if they do not feel the change in the terms of their judging assignment works for them.   Clubs may offer to purchase courses from the judge that has agreed to be dropped.  All terms of a judging assignment should be spelled out in the contract with the judge(s).  These terms should include how the club and judge will handle a reduction in the number of judges for the trial.

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.


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