Tuesday, September 8, 2009

AKC Regulations for Agility

The updates from the AKC Agility Advisory Committee came out today. Many exhibitors are buzzing about the changes. I've summarized some of these recommendations for you...

No more MACH point multipliers for placing first or second.

There is now a PACH title for preferred dogs in Excellent B. (750 preferred points and 20 QQ's)

Silver, Gold, Platinum and Century titles awarded for dogs achieving 25, 50, 75 and 100 Q's from Excellent B (standard, jumpers, and FAST) classes.

A-frame height will change for 4 and 8 inch dogs to 5 feet. The 26" dogs will have a 5' 6" A-frame (like all the other dogs).

Weave pole spacing is now 24".

Table tops must be painted a light color.

The chute fabric is 6' (formerly just used in rainy conditions).

Tire change - lowered in height for all dogs, making it safer for them to jump through.

Weave poles must be completed in *three* tries for all levels (Novice, Open, and Excellent) then the team must move on! (My personal favorite!)

Position-less table - the count starts once all four paws have touch the table; neither a sit nor a down is required. (Wahoo!!! Can you say, "Way to speed up a trial!"?)

Longer course times for 24" and 26" dogs.

Preferred dogs can compete with in the preferred jump height class at the AKC National Agility Championship. (Awesome! Way to recognize hard work!)

Wow! Some of these ideas blow me away. The AKC really listened to competitors and make some huge overhauls in the regs. Now the AKC has to approve and adopt them.

What do you think?

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