Combined PDF posted

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This posted PDF is a combination of the following documents :

  • Regulations for Agility Trials (as of 10/1/2015)
  • 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.

Quick notes on updates for Regulations for Agility Trials

The majority of the changes were made to include the Premier class.  All changes are underlined in the book with the exception of Chapter 1, Section 3 since 1 word was removed.

In addition to the Premier class there were a few clarifications to the Regulations:

Chapter 1, Section 3. Eligibility of Dogs – Removed the word “deaf” from Paragraph 7 allowing deaf dogs to compete.

Chapter 3, Section 12. Tire Jump – Additional clarification regarding tire jump

Chapter 4, Section 1. Course Size, Suitability and Facilities – Clarified that equipment may not be stored inside ring

Chapter 14, Section 7 – Updated height and Preferred class information

Chapter 14, Section 9 – Added measurements for Ascending Spread Jump for AKC heights

Chapter 14, Section 11 – Updated Equipment Chart

Please contact us if you have any questions.

Carrie & The Reps (Gail, Doug, Mark, Rhonda, Arlene, Terri & Lisa)

New Agility Regs posted to web site

An updated PDF copy of the AKC Regulations for Agility Trials has been posted to AKC’s web site at:

All AKC Licensed Agility judges will be sent a copy of the new Regs by US postal.

The “combined” PDF of Regs, G/Ls, Dog Show Rules, et al, tagged to the front of this Judge’s blog, has been updated.


Wheeling Premier STD and JWW for data collection

Dear Judges,

You will see on the Judges Report new lines for the Premier classes.  We would like to gather data on the length of courses that are being used.  If you could help us out by wheeling your courses for both the large & small dog path we would appreciate the data.  If you have a bi-directional obstacle please wheel the longer dog’s path.

Thank you so much for the help.

Judging Bi-Directional Obstacles in Premier – updated 10/7/15

Remember when judging bi-directional obstacles in Premier you do not judge refusals or run outs.  The images below will help illustrate some possible situations you may see in your course design.  If you have any questions about a specific bi-directional obstacle on your course design please check with your reviewing Rep.

Thank you for all your help and questions as we introduce this class.

Carrie & Gail, Doug, Mark, Rhonda, Terri, Lisa & Steve

(click on each image to open enlarged)

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Premier – Board-Approved Agility Regulations

As Premier STD and JWW become titling classes this October 2015 weekend, below is a link to where you may find the approved AKC Regulations for Agility Trials that will be included in the next booklet edition.

AKC Agility Regs NEW Chapter 11 Premier

Please be aware material was handed out early on when formulating the scope of Premier which may be out-dated at this time. Please refer to the posted material above as to what was ultimately approved.

Questions about Premier? Contact your reviewing Field Rep.

Change in Regulations for Agility Trials allowing deaf dogs to compete effective Oct 1st

To:          All Clubs Eligible to hold AKC Agility, Rally and Tracking Events; AKC Delegates; and

AKC Agility, Rally and Tracking Judges

From:      AKC Companion Events

Date:      September 21, 2015

Subject: Allowing Deaf Dogs to Participate in Agility, Rally and Tracking

At the September 10, 2015 AKC Board of Directors meeting, the AKC Board approved a recommendation to allow deaf dogs to participate in AKC agility, rally and tracking events.

This change is effective for all trials held on or after October 1, 2015.

The following regulations will be modified to reflect this change:

Regulations for Agility Trials

Chapter 1 – Section 3. Eligibility of Dogs . (Change to paragraph 7)

Rally Regulations

Chapter 1 – Section 15. Disqualification, Ineligibility, Excusal, and Change in Appearance of Dogs. (Change to Paragraph 2)

Tracking Regulations

Chapter 1 – Section 13. Disqualification, Ineligibility, Excusal, and Change in Appearance of Dogs. (Change to Paragraph 2)

Comments may be sent to:

DQ / Excusal Spreadsheet Matrix

A Disqualification / Excusal spreadsheet matrix has been posted in the LINKS section to aid in determining when a dog’s actions should be disqualified vs excused.


If during an incident you have any questions, please contact a Field Rep or Carrie directly for guidance.

Agility Rep Contacts 072015

Updated Course Design Requirements reference document

An updated Course Design Requirement reference document has been posted in the LINKS section.

Course Design Requirements 08-12-15 (updated)

Course Review Distance Changes

Course review distance changes

The Agility Department is making changes in order to simplify course design, course review, and safety.  These changes make distances consistent to barriers and other obstacles. Distances specified are minimums and may have to be adjusted depending on safety, surface, speed and  individual course design.

These changes will be effective for all trials starting October 1, 2015. Courses not yet reviewed for October 1 and later will be reviewed based on these revised distances.  Judges may resubmit any courses they have received for October 1 trials and beyond if they have distance and/or spacing concerns.  Judges must resubmit the entire set of courses for a given trial in order keep consistency in the review process.

Our goal is to help judges with their design, and continue to aid in the safety and success of all dog/handler teams.

Any questions please ask your reviewing Agility Rep.

Thank you for all you do to continue to improve the AKC Agility Program.

Carrie, Gail, Doug, Mark, Steve, Rhonda, Terri, Arlene & Lisa

New Executive Field Representative – Lisa Dempsey

The AKC Agility Department welcomes Lisa Dempsey as their newest Executive Field Representative

On July 27, 2015 the AKC Agility Department will welcome Lisa Dempsey as their newest Executive Field Representative.  Lisa lives in Fayetteville, GA with her husband two Scottish Terriers and a Scottish Deerhound.

When Lisa heard about agility she decided it was for her.  Owning a 2-year-old, male, Scottish Deerhound at the time off she went to try agility. She now trialing with her fifth Scottish Deerhound and has competed at the Masters level with them. She also has Scottish Terriers.  Her first one, Possum has achieved 12 MACHs, a PACH, and at 14 years of age is still working.   Lisa has also shown a Flat-Coated Retriever.  Over the years she has competed in the 4”, 8”, 12”, 16”, 20” and 24” heights.   As an AKC Agility Judge she judged the 2014 AKC Agility Invitational.

Lisa has been the involved with the Scottish Deerhound Club of America and has been Chairperson of the National Specialty.  She is also been an active member of Newnan Kennel Club, the Scottish Terrier Club of America and the North Georgia Hound Association.  Outside of agility she has competed in conformation, rally, obedience, lure-coursing and earth dog.

Her 30+ years in the business world helps her to bring many varied skills and backgrounds to her new position.

Lisa 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.


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