Championship Obedience Status Allocations

Following Waldridge Fell Dog Training Society and East Grinstead & District Dog Training Club relinquishing their Championship Obedience status, The Kennel Club invited applications for clubs to take over the vacancies.

A number of applications were received, all of which showed merit. After careful consideration the relinquished spots were allocated to Wakefield Dog Training Club and Cheltenham & District Dog Training Club.

WELSH OWNER AND DOG BECOME CRUFTS OBEDIENCE CHAMPIONS

Luca, a working sheepdog, and his owner Carolyn Heath from Wenvoe, Wales, took home one of the top obedience prizes at Crufts on Saturday 12 March after winning the Obedience Championship (dog) final. The judge was Mrs Pat Watson.

Eight-year-old Luca (Jezzady It’s Time To Play), came first in the final held at the world’s greatest dog show, Crufts, after competing against some of Britain’s best dogs for the coveted title.

All competitors at the championships had made it through to the final after qualifying at one of the championship shows that were held last year.

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ADDITIONAL ACCREDITED TRAINERS FOR OBEDIENCE NEEDED FOR JUDGES’ TRAINING PROGRAMME

The Kennel Club is calling for anyone interested in becoming an Obedience Accredited Trainer for the judges’ training programme to get in touch.

This judges’ training programme has been developed over a period of time and follows the requirements already in place for those involved in judging other canine activities. It underlines the Kennel Club’s commitment to maintaining and improving the standard of judges and judging at official Kennel Club licensed events and, in so doing, ensures the quality of dogs and the value of awards they receive at these events.

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KENNEL CLUB SPECIMEN SCHEDULES REVISED FOR 2022

Although events continue to be subject to change due to the ongoing Covid-19 situation, updated versions of the specimen schedules for breed shows, agility, obedience, working trials, Bloodhound trials, heelwork to music and rally can now be downloaded from the Kennel Club website, in order to assist societies with planning.

Organisers of Kennel Club licensed events are reminded that all competition schedules must conform to the current specimen schedules, and that no changes may be made to a show/trial schedule once issued, except with the permission of the Kennel Club.

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CRUFTS 2022 – ENTRIES CLOSING SOON

Exhibitors are reminded that online entries for Crufts 2022 close on Monday 24 January, for dogs which have qualified for the show. Those exhibitors who prefer to send their entry by post must have done so by Monday 10 January (postmark).

The Working and Pastoral groups will be shown on Thursday 10 March; Terriers and Hounds on Friday 11; Utility and Toys on Saturday 12; and Gundogs on Sunday 13.

Best in Show will be judged on Sunday evening by Stuart Plane, breeder of the well-known Stuane Scottish Terriers.

Three breeds will be creating history at the 2022 show. Hungarian Pumis will have their own classes for the first time, Smooth Faced Pyrenean Sheepdogs will make their debut in the Imported Breed Register classes, and Harriers will be making their first appearance in the Crufts breed ring since 1898.

The Obedience Championships for dogs are on Saturday, with bitches on Sunday. In Agility, the Small and Medium Championships are on the Thursday, with the Intermediate and Large Championships on the Sunday.

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KENNEL CLUB INVITES APPLICATIONS FOR CHAMPIONSHIP OBEDIENCE STATUS

The Kennel Club wishes to advise obedience competitors that Waldridge Fell Dog Training Society has relinquished their championship obedience status with immediate effect.

Any society which would be interested in applying for future championship obedience status should submit a presentation for consideration. Please note that it will be necessary to select a date that does not coincide with another championship obedience show. An application from a club which already holds a championship obedience show will also be considered.

Applications should include details of the society’s committee structure and show management team, as well as information on the proposed show venue and its facilities available for judges, competitors, dogs and spectators.

Presentations should be submitted to the Working Dog Activities team at the Kennel Club via email obedience@thekennelclub.org.uk by 31 January 2022.

ACTIVITY DISCIPLINES: REGULATIONS SUSPENDED DUE TO COVID-19

In order to allow events in the Activity disciplines to run again during the Covid-19 pandemic, it had previously been agreed that certain regulations would be suspended.

At its recent meeting, the Activities Committee reviewed the list of suspended regulations for each discipline and considered whether they should be reinstated.

It was felt that with most government restrictions eased, a lot of the provisions that the suspended regulations allowed were no longer necessary and as such it was agreed that all regulations would be reinstated with effect from 1 January 2022, with the exception of the following:

Regulations G7 & H5  – all licences to be applied for 6 weeks prior to the show (not 6 months). The Committee was of the view that the revised timeframe of 6 weeks was beneficial to show organisers and as such approved a permanent change to the regulations as follows:

Regulation G7

TO:

7. Application

The application for a licence to hold an Obedience Show must be made to the Secretary of the Kennel Club at least six months weeks before the proposed date of the show together with the appropriate licence fee.

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(Effective 1 January 2022)

Regulation H5

TO:

The application for a licence to hold and agility show must be made to the Secretary of the Kennel Club, Clarges Street, London W1J 8AB on the official form which must be properly completed and sent, together with the appropriate licence fee, at least 6 calendar months weeks before the proposed date of the competition (42 days before the proposed date in the case of limited agility shows).

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(Effective 1 January 2022)

Obedience

An announcement relating to the removal of stays from the list of exercises in obedience was previously issued.

Heelwork to Music

The following regulation has been amended to allow for the fact that judges may not have had the opportunity to attend a relevant seminar and undertake the exam.

Regulation L14.b.(iv) 

TO:

All Judges must have attended a Regulations and Judging Procedure seminar every four years since passing the Regulations and Judging Procedure examination. From 1 January 2022 2023 all Judges must have attended a Regulations and Judging Procedure seminareither classroom based or online, and must have passed the examination, every five years since passing the Regulations and Judging Procedure examination.   

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(Effective 1 January 2022)