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Everything you always wanted to know about agility ? By Brenna Fender I’ve heard that you can now move laterally from AKC Regular classes to the equivalent Preferred classes so that you no longer have to go back and start in Novice with your experienced dog. Is this true? According to Carrie DeYoung, AKC Director of Agility, starting January, 1, 2013, the American Kennel Club began giving competitors the option to compete in a Preferred class that is equivalent to the Regular class in which the dog qualifies to compete. For example, a dog that already has a MX title can enter in the Master Agility Standard Preferred class, skipping the Novice, Open, and Excellent Preferred levels in Standard. Each dog is allowed one “crossover,” meaning that the dog is moving to the equivalent level class rather than starting in Novice. Once a dog using a crossover has qualified in a Preferred class, that becomes the dog’s level in Preferred. According to the AKC’s FAQ on this subject ( pdf/events/agility/2013RegPreferredChange.pdf, scroll down), “If you crossover at the Master Preferred level and earn a leg, then you are no longer allowed to enter your dog at the Novice Preferred level.” But if a dog with an MX chooses to enter Novice Preferred Standard and earns a leg, it does not count as a crossover, so the dog may still move up to his equivalent Master Agility Preferred class if the handler desires. And, if a dog starts in Novice Preferred, transfers to the Regular program, earns a MACH, and then wants to crossover to Master Preferred Regular, that is allowed too. The Novice Preferred legs earned are just left there. Qualifying scores do not get transferred. So, for example, if your dog has two Open Regular Standard legs (qualifying scores) and you move him to Open Preferred Standard, you will have no Open Preferred Standard legs. But if you ever return to the Regular program, those legs will still be there and you can pick up where you left off. Each class is separate, so your dog’s level in Standard does not affect his level in Jumpers with Weaves, FAST, or Time 2 Beat. The lateral move does not work in reverse, meaning that your dog cannot move from Excellent Preferred Standard into Excellent Regular Standard. You must start in Novice when moving from the Preferred program to the Regular program. The AKC has an email address set up to answer questions about this and other agility topics: Do you have a question about agility rules or anything else agility related? Mail your questions to Brenna Fender: Brenna collects the questions and forwards them to us so we never see the names. My dog earned one qualifying score in USDAA Performance II Gamblers but when we earned the Advanced Performance Dog title, I chose to move up to PIII Gamblers. After running in PIII Gamblers, I now realize we need more experience at the PII Gamblers level. We have not earned a qualifying score in PIII Gamblers so far. Can we go back and enter in PII Gamblers? As long as your dog has not earned a qualifying score in PIII Gamblers, he may go back to PII until you’ve earned the Advanced Performance Gamblers title. At a recent AKC agility trial, I was wearing a shirt with my dog’s name embroidered on it. Someone from the trial committee came up to me and said I needed to cover my dog’s name as that wasn’t allowed. Is that true? Also, I have worn t-shirts with a picture of my dog going over an obstacle and no one said anything about that. Is there a rule about what you can wear? This question falls under the AKC Identification rule, Chapter 14, Section 2 of the Rules Applying to Dog Shows (www.akc. org/pdfs/rulebooks/RREGS3.pdf). It says, “ badges, coats with kennel names thereon or ribbon prizes shall be worn or displayed, nor other visible means of identification used, by an individual when exhibiting a dog in the ring.” A picture with no name does not identify the dog and is allowed. But shirts or hats that include your dog’s name on them cannot be worn in the AKC agility ring (or, as you indicated, the dog’s name must be covered up). AKC Director of Agility Carrie DeYoung says, “The only exception to this is noted in the Regulations for Agility trials where we allow the dog’s name on the collar for safety reasons.”D NOTE: While it is not permissible to make copies of Clean Run magazine, we wish to give readers permission to make copies of this particular column for personal use. This means you are free to share copies of this column with students, friends, or club members. The information may also be included in not-for-profit newsletters as long as credit is given to Clean Run. March 13 | Clean Run 7

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Clean Run - March 2013

Clean Run - March 2013
Editorializing: Would You Treat a Dog Like That?
Tip of the Month
Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Agility…
Backyard Dogs
Knowledge Equals Speed! Teaching Verbal Directional Commands, Part 1
Power Paws Drills: Gnarly Rears
Ultimate Instructors: What Makes a Really Good Instructor?
Can You Handle It?
Head-Turning Turns, Part 3
The 10-Minute Trainer
Busting the Myths: Set Goals? Or Just Enjoy the Moment?
Out Spot Out! Five Required Skills for Successful Distance Work
Living Room Agility: Front & Rear Crosses
Nutrition for the Canine Athlete, Part 2
Puppy Agility Games, Part 1
Training with the Stars: Greg Derrett
The Judge’s Debriefing
Foundation Jumping, Part 1

Clean Run - March 2013