Hints for AKC Rally Changes

Some tips to share about the new AKC rally changes.

Read Carefully & Ask Early

New rally changes impact every level of the AKC program for this sport. There are new signs at each level. There are TWO new levels. There is a Rally Championship program that requires points and multiple triple qualifying scores.

You need to read the premium and ask questions BEFORE trials close so you follow a strategy that best suits your goals and enjoyment. I know this is the spot where I should say, “If only one of you is having fun, it needs to be the dog.”  But be realistic because if momma ain’t happy, nobody happy and a little forethought makes everyone happier on trial day.

The Signs  They are a-Changin’

The new signs offer fun alternatives in course design. In some cases, they help with “drift”— when you need to get from one sign to another but they aren’t in a linear relationship so you kinda cheat over to be where you need to be.

Moves found elsewhere in dog sports, like freestyle, are spicing up the signs at the more advanced levels.

The trend to have stations that mimic small parts of utility exercises continues.

Here is a link to ALL  signs on the AKC website and here is a link to the AKC YouTube channel to see these signs in action. I recommend downloading those sites to phone or tablet for reference on the fly.

Shiny New Titles

Rally Intermediate is a new, non-required bridge class between Rally Novice and Rally Advanced. Dogs are kept on-leash to compete on an  Advanced course without jumps. It is, however, a titling class after three qualifying scores.  You do not NEED to title in this course to do Rally Advanced.

Rally Masters is now the highest single class title offered. Once you have finished your Rally Excellent title you move on to Rally Masters and qualify there TEN times to get the title.

One of the biggest rally changes is the addition of the prefix title: Rally Champion (ROCh). From the new AKC regulations: Rally Championship points will be recorded for dogs earning a score of 91 or better in the Rally Excellent B and Rally Master classes. A dog must earn a total of 300 points. Additionally, the dog must receive qualifying scores in Advanced B, Excellent B and the Master classes (referred to as RQT for our purposes), on the same day at the same trial at 20 separate licensed or member rally trials.

Let me be clear, a RQT leg is only earned AFTER you have your Rally Masters.

Strategies for Master & RAE legs

Yes, the RAE is still a title & you are welcome to keep working on it independent of the new championship. However, it is also accomplished as you work towards your championship. One of the strategies recommended by Debbie Addicoat, instructor &judge, is that once you start signing up to attempt leg 10 of Rally Masters, you sign up for the Rally Excellent B and Rally Advanced B classes too.

Depending on the mental stamina of your dog, you might want to start the three classes earlier—say around leg seven or eight–of  Rally Masters. For some dogs, three trips into the ring will be nothing. For others, going in and out of the ring along with the stress of the environment may require building up mental muscles. In this example, you are entering RAE and Rally Masters but are NOT eligible for a RQT ribbon/leg until you have your Rally Masters title done.

 

Nationals with a Capital N or how to build you Dog Sport Karma

In dog sports, the term “Nationals” means an annual event for that sport (conformation, agility, rally, obedience), breed (Pugs, Poodles, Pumis) &/or organization (AKC, UKC, CPE, NADAC, ASCA). For example: American Kennel Club (AKC) as an organization hosts Agility Nationals. Dogs that are registered and compete in AKC agility events at the Master level and meet the annual criteria will be invited to attend this event and compete against other dog/handler teams from all over the US (and Canada too!). The next AKC Agility Nationals will be in Perry GA March @4-26 2017.

Breed groups in AKC, for example, also have annual meet ups where only that breed competes in various performance sports depending on the breed of dog (Herding for shelties, Hunting for Gordon Setters, Lure Coursing for Greyhounds) as well as the companion sports (agility, obedience, rally, tracking) that the club thinks people would like to compete in for the week. If they expect that there aren’t enough folks to have an event of just that one breed they may hold small All Breed trials but only give prizes to the host breed. Of course, the historical foundation of these events is confirmation so you can see the depth of the stock that makes up your breed.

An example of this type of event in our own backyard is the Australian Cattle Dog Club of America (http://www.acdca.org/ ) Nationals to be held here in the Pacific Northwest. Events will be held in and around Lacey WA from September 18th to 23rd. As you can see by the schedule of events the club will hold agility for just Cattle Dogs on Sunday and herd trials on the last two days at a local facility.

The Australian Shepherd Club of America (www.ASCA.org ) will be hosting its 2016 National in Albany OR September 9-17. While this organization allows mixed breeds and other pure breeds to participate in its various programs The National and its pre-event warm up competitions are only for Australian Shepherds who have met the requirements to compete.

Now that being said you should know that these various types of Nationals are held a different locations around the US depending on a number of factors such as regional clubs willing to do the support work and the necessary facilities being fairly close to each other. Because the population is spread out over greater distances, Nationals held west of the Mississippi tend to be smaller and need more help from the dog sport community at large.

With the is in mind, if you would like to lend a hand bar setting or stewarding or course building or anything that you already have a skill at with either of the above events you can contact the trial chairs directly. Let them know what you can help with—sometimes they need folks who are not entered to drive judges around or to help pack equipment up at the end of the whole production—and the times you are available.

Budgets are tight so don’t have any expectations of more than a few refreshments but these are wonderful opportunities to watch a great many dogs compete in a unique environment and perhaps get you interested in upping your own dog sport bucket list.

Here is Althea with the ribbons she won for herding, rally, and agility at the Cardigan Welsh Corgi National in Ca in 2007.
Here is Althea with the ribbons she won for herding, rally, and agility at the Cardigan Welsh Corgi National in CA in 2007. And yes she was the SMALLEST Cardigan Corgi at the Nationals that year.

 

Fun Match -Obedience/Rally all-breed-Newfies in New Location

Just a reminder that the  Newfie fun match still has room

SATURDAY, JUNE 18, 2016

Outside, rain or shine!

New Location! 22117 – 40th St. E, Buckley, WA 98321

Obedience – pre-registration: first run $11.00, additional runs with same dog $9.00

Rally – pre-registration: $6.00 per 5 minute ticker

Newfoundland Conformation – pre-registration: $8.00

Pre-Registration must be received by Wednesday, June 8th

Questions: Contact Michelle Fuqua at mfuqua@centurylink.net

Download the flier here 2016 NCS Fun Match Flyer

Seminar–Mental Skills for All Dog Sports

So how well did you do last weekend at the dog show or agility trial or obedience trial or, heck, even a fun match??

If your dog sports competitions aren’t quite as successful or fun as you would like perhaps you might like to join the Mental Skills Training For Competitive Canine Handlers seminar at Family Dog Training Center in Kent Wa on April 16 & 17 with Brenda  Riemer, Ph.D..

Brenda is not only a sports psychologist, she is also a dog sport competitor with championship and High in Trial canine team mates.

Saturday: What is competition; Why we get ring nerve; Skill training; Ways to reduce stress; Use of imagery; Exercises for all participants

Sunday: the working spot teams will do a complete run thrus with Brenda coaching them. the Auditors will play judges, steward, audience and get to see Brenda’s teachings in action.

All the working spots have been taken for the seminars but there are plenty of auditor (attending without a dog) slots left. Brenda has exercises in the seminars for both those with and without dogs. Saturday & Sunday Auditor $150 / One Day Auditor $85

Online Registration: Register

More information and paper registration: docx pdf

UPDATE!! AKC-Obedience & Rally Trial – Mt Hood Doberman Pinscher Club

mhdpc logoI have gotten caught up on the Mt Hood Doberman Pincher Club (MHDPC) AKC All Breed Rally and Obedience micro trial at Clark County Fairgrounds on February 5th.

There is still room in all classes because we have split both rally and obedience between the judges to better accommodate the UDX / REA crowd.

Trial closes January 20, 2016 and is PAPER entry only so you need to get your entry in the mail NOW!!

Here is the link to the premium on my website under Upcoming Events http://www.k9eventsnw.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/MHDPC-premium-Feb-2016-rally-and-obedience.pdf Got questions?? Email me at Theresa@K9EventsNW.com with MHDPC in the subject line.

 

AKC-Obedience & Rally- Seminar for new Regualtions

AKC logoIf you show– or plan on showing– in AKC Obedience &/or Rally, then you need to make time on Thanksgiving Weekend to attend the Judges Education Seminar that is open to the dog sport community. Saturday  11/28 is Obedience and Sunday 11/29  is Rally.  Pre-Registration closes November 18th!! Click on this link  http://clubs.akc.org/saints/Archives/Seminar.pdf  to download the registration form (pre-registration closes 11-18-15) and mail to the address noted on the form.

NEW Regulations will be taking effect on December 1st. Now is the time to bone-up and review the changes! There will be demonstrations (dog and handler in a ring) for the various exercises and how they are performed and scored. Including the new Scent Discrimination, Utility & Graduate Open Moving Stand For Examination, and the Novice Group Exercises.

The event will be held at Family Dog Training Center, 1515 Central Ave S Kent WA.

Here is a link to the new Obedience Regulations on the AKC site that take effect 12/15/15.

Here is the link to the Rally Regulations on the AKC site which were last updated 5/15.

Know Before You Show!!