Consideration of this matter has been ongoing for some time. Recommendations by the Obedience Liaison Council and the Activities Committee were not made lightly and were submitted to the Board only after careful consideration, as the removal of stays represents the most significant change to obedience regulations in a long time.
The suspension of stays during Covid-19 had been well received and the benefits it provided to the smooth running of shows was noted during discussions. Additionally, it was hoped that new competitors would be more willing to try obedience without the stays as an exercise.
It had been discussed whether it was necessary to include an alternative control exercise in place of the stay exercise; however, it was decided that there were enough elements of control included as an inherent part of other exercises, therefore a new and separate exercise would not be needed.
These latest amendments to the obedience regulations are mostly concerned with removing references to stays. However, due to the removal of stays the number of marks available have been amended.
The marks required to be awarded obedience certificates have been adjusted from 300 to 230 to account for the removal of the stay exercise. Therefore, the number of points needed to qualify for the obedience certificate is now 215.
The total marks available for each class have also been adjusted and are now as follows:
- Introductory: 30
- Pre-beginners: 45
- Beginners: 70
- Novice: 70
- Class A: 110
- Class B: 170
- Class C: 230