To compete in this special class a handler or dog must not have
won a First Prize in Pre-Beginners nor gained a third place or
above in any other standard obedience class. Exhibits must have
obtained a minimum of their Kennel Club Good Citizen Dog Scheme
Bronze Award prior to the closing date of the show.
The exercises featured in this special class will be a
combination of the Bronze Award and the Pre-Beginner class. This
test will serve as an introduction to basic competitive obedience
and handlers will be encouraged to motivate their dog throughout
the test. Toys and/or other training aids may be used briefly
between exercises, although during the exercise, these must be
placed on the Judges table. Toys should be of a suitable size and
texture. Handlers will not be penalised for encouragement or extra
commands except during the stay exercise. Food must not be used as
an incentive and must not be brought into the ring. Judges or
Stewards must not use the words "last command" except in the Stay
Qualifying for the Semi Finals
Each stakes class or split class offers qualifying places to the
2 highest placed dogs. In the event of the 2 highest placed dogs
being a BC/WSD an additional qualifying place will be awarded to
the highest placed ABC. In the event of the 2 highest placed dogs
being an ABC, an additional qualifying place will be awarded to the
highest placed BC/WSD.
Category A - BC/WSD will be classed as Border Collie, Working
Category B - ABC will be classed as Anything But a Collie hence
all breeds excluding the Border Collie, Working Sheepdog.
In the event of a dispute the judge's discretion will be final. In
all instances, both qualifying dogs must have completed the test.
In the event of the entry exceeding 60, the class will be split,
and two qualifiers from each division of the heat will qualify for
a semi final place.
Once a dog has qualified for a semi final, further heats may
be entered for competition. Although any placing in these heats
will not affect the dog's eligibility for the semi final. It is
most important that handlers who gain a place in a heat with a
previously qualified dog inform the show secretary on the day of
the show of this fact. Hence if a dog has already qualified,
the dog may be placed at future shows but the qualifying place will
be awarded to the next eligible dog of that category. Please refer
to breed classifications as printed above.
Rosettes (1st -10th place) and Best BC/WS and Best ABC
certificates will be issued by the Kennel Club to all clubs running
the heats. All heat qualifiers will receive a certificate and an
invitation to the one of two semi finals.
Dogs and handlers must be eligible for entry into this class at
the closing date of the show (7 day ruling applies - as per KC
rules). Any subsequent wins gained by the handler or dog after this
time will not alter their eligibility to compete in the final.