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Obedience Regulation Changes Made By The Kennel Club

20 November 2014    12:00
 

The following amendments to the obedience 'G' regulations have been recently approved by the General Committee and will come into effect on 1 January 2015.

Toys and food rewards now allowed in certain classes

Food and/or toys will now be permissible in special classes if it is featured as part of the rules stated in the schedule. Clubs must state in their schedules that toy and food rewards are allowed in Introductory classes, and if applicable, Special Classes. The regulation will be amended as follows:

Regulation G35.g.

TO:

g. Food and/or toys shall not be carried or given to a dog under test except in Introductory Class where silent toy and food rewards may be used between and after exercises and in a Special Class if specified in the class definition. Competitors must not distract other dogs when rewarding their dog with food, toy or play. (Refer to Obedience Code of Conduct)

     (Amendment in bold)

Changes to Introductory Classes

In an effort to increase the popularity of Introductory Classes, a number of changes have been made to the criteria of the class which will be changed in the obedience regulations as follows:

G(A)5. Introductory

TO:

b. To compete in the Introductory Class a handler andor dog must not have won three one Introductory Classes and be eligible to compete in Pre-Beginners or have achieved a 4th place or above in Pre-Beginners or in any other class.

d. The stays to be completed on lead, handler facing sideways onto the dog in the ring of the Introductory Classdesignated stay ring.

f. The detailed test will be:

(1)

Play with dog for 15-30 seconds on or off lead at the handler's choice

10 points

(2)

Heel on Lead

10 points

(3)

Recall with a finish on lead, off lead or long line, at the handler's choice

10 points

(4)

1 minute stay on lead either in the sit or down at the handler's choice

10 points

 

TOTAL

40 points

(Deletions struck through. Amendment in bold)

Clarification regarding 'Stays'

Judges are reminded that when/if deducting marks from dogs during stays, they should follow the criteria as detailed in the obedience regulations. Dogs should not be penalised and lose the full mark for a minor movement within a stay. However the decision as to what constitutes a minor movement is at the discretion of the judge. To help clarify, the following regulations have been amended to:

Regulation G(C)4.f.(1) Sit Stay:

TO:

Dogs should remain in the sit position throughout the test. Barking, whining or minor movement such as sniffing the ground, shuffling or turning, without moving from the place where the dog was originally left, should not be considered to be a broken stay but may only be marked a nominal amount for minor movement or noise.

(Amendment in bold)

Regulation G(C)4.f.(2) Down Stay:

TO:

Dogs should remain in the down position throughout the test.  Barking, whining or minor movement such as sniffing the ground, shuffling, hip rolling or turning, without moving from the place where the dog was originally left, should not be considered to be a broken stay but may only be marked a nominal amount for minor movement or noise.

(Amendment in bold)

Error in current regulations

Following its meeting on 23 November 2010, the Obedience Council 'G' Regulations Working Party omitted, in error, regulations requiring dogs to sit at the start and end of the heelwork exercises. The following regulation will be reinserted:

Regulation G(C)1.d.

INSERT

d. In all classes the handler may use the dog's name with a command or signal without penalty. All tests shall commence and finish with the dog sitting at the handler's left side except in Distant Control and in Beginners, Novice and Class A Recall Tests when the dog may be left in either the Sit or Down position at the handler's choice. In the Stay Test a handler working more than one dog may choose to leave all dogs on his/her left hand side, with a reasonable distance between them, or to position the dogs on his/her left and right hand side.

In addition, the requirement to start both the Sendaway and Scent exercises from the sit position had also been omitted and consequently the following regulations will also be amended to rectify the situation completely:

Regulation G(C)4. - Tests

TO:

b. In all classes the handler may use the dog's name with a command or signal without penalty.

c. Heelwork - in all classes at the start and end of the test the dog should be sitting straight at the handler's side.

(Insertion in bold. Subsequent paragraphs to be renumbered)

Regulation G(C)4.g.(9) Scent Discrimination

TO:

At the commencement of the test the dog must be brought to a designated point.  The dog must be facing away from the cloths while scented/decoy cloths are placed in position.  When the cloths have been placed, the handler must give the dog scent, stand up straight facing the scent area with the dog in the sit position at the handler's left side and send the dog on command from the judge or steward to find the correct cloth.  The dog, on finding the correct cloth must then complete the test as for the Retrieve Test.

(Amendment in bold)

Regulation G(C)4.h.(1) Send Away, Drop and Recall

TO:

On command of the judge, the handler to bring the dog to the place indicated, set up the dog and stand upright with the dog in the sit position at the handler's left side.  On further command, the handler to send the dog in the direction indicated by the judge; upon further command from the handler, the dog to drop at the designated area.

(Amendment in bold)

For more information about obedience, visit: www.thekennelclub.org.uk/activities/obedience/

ENDS


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