Clean Run - September 2011 - (Page 5)

Editorializing… When a “Lifetime” Only Means Five Years By Nancy Vanden Bos As of July 1, 2012, the AKC plans to present what it refers to as Lifetime Achievement Awards to “... recognize consistency and longevity in the Master Agility Excellent (MX), Master Excellent Jumpers With Weaves (MXJ) and Master Excellent FAST (MXF) classes.” The rule book does not mention any cut-off date or qualification other than earning a certain number of Excellent B qualifying scores (see Appendix B, p.79 in the rule book at Most people seem to be assuming that if their dog is still running, AKC will count all of the dog’s Excellent B runs toward these Lifetime Achievement Awards. However, when I wrote to AKC to inquire about the particulars of the awards, the response I received from their Companion Events Coordinator stated that these awards will only be for a dog’s Excellent B qualifying runs earned after January 1, 2007. For an example, my dog Dorrie has been showing in Excellent B from 2004 to the present. Under the currently planned program, none of her Excellent B runs from 2004 to 2007 will count toward these Lifetime Achievement Awards. Her runs earned after January 1, 2007 are the only runs that will count. So, if you have any dogs that truly have shown consistency and longevity in AKC events, they will not have all their runs count toward these supposed Lifetime Achievement Awards unless their “consistency and longevity” started after January 1, 2007. When I asked why this date was selected, no one could give me any answer except “that’s what the board voted on.” By picking a seemingly arbitrary date before which they will not recognize qualifying runs, AKC is cutting out the exact dogs that they are seeking to honor with these new titles. One competitor suggested that perhaps the AKC set this date because the information isn’t computerized for the years before 2007. But the AKC already keeps track of all dogs’ qualifying runs and has them in their computers— just get a points and awards report on your dog from the AKC store and you can see that all of the Excellent B qualifying runs are recorded in the totals for MX and MXJ runs. I am not a computer programmer, but it seems that since AKC already keeps track of the total runs in their points and awards program, there is a good possibility that it would be easier to just use them all instead of having to separate them into before and after January 1, 2007. I would like to urge everyone to write to AKC and ask them to reconsider their decision on the cut-off date for qualifications for these awards. You may send letters to: Companion Events Coordinator, American Kennel Club, 8051 Arco Corporate Drive, Suite 100, Raleigh, North Carolina 27617; or send an e-mail to Nancy Vanden Bos 5 Nancy Vanden Bos was introduced to agility in 2001 and quickly became an agility addict. Her Cardigan Welsh Corgi, Dorrie, and Nancy hit the AKC agility circuit the following year. Dorrie is now one of only about 18 Cardigans to earn a MACH2. Dorrie is still showing and has been joined by Nancy’s two younger Cardigans. September 11 | Clean Run

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Clean Run - September 2011

Clean Run - September 2011
Editorializing: When a “Lifetime” Only Means Five Years
Tip of the Month
Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Agility
Backyard Dogs
Who’s Premack and What Does He Have to Do with My Start Lines?
Power Paws Drills: Front Side, Back Side
Improving Your Sports Vision, Part 1
Choosing the Most Efficient Path for Your Dog: Decision Making
Dylan’s Story
Teaching FOCUS and Impulse-control Classes: Week 5
Ready, Set, Trial! Should You Move Up?
Agility Bloopers
Training to Your Weakness: Exercises for Dogs with a Straight Front
Building and Balancing Handler and Obstacle Focus, Part 6
Great Expectations
Agility Games to Play with Puppies
Challenges for Rising Stars: Snooker Expanded
Agility Defined by Me

Clean Run - September 2011