AKC Annually Licensed Agility Trial Secretary
AKC Agility Rule Changes, effective Jan 1, 2020
On August 12, 2019 the AKC Board of Directors approved For Exhibition Only and Fix and Go On. These changes are effective January 1, 2020.
For Exhibition Only
Chapter 1, Section 21. New last paragraph.
For Exhibition Only. (This is a pilot program) At the option of the club, a handler may choose to change their FAST or Time2Beat entry into a For Exhibition Only (FEO) run. The handler must notify the scribe and the judge as they enter the ring prior to the start of the run that they are doing an FEO run. The scribe sheet shall be marked “FEO”, no time “NT”, and “E” for an excused, non-qualifying run. Allowing FEO runs is at the option of the club. It must be stated in the premium and any pre-trial publications.
Chapter 5. This is a new section.
Section 7. For Exhibition Only. (This is a pilot program) For Exhibition Only (FEO) runs are allowed in FAST and Time2Beat classes at the option of the club. It must be stated in the premium and any pre-trial publications. If a team is running FEO, the handler may not use more than the standard course time for the chosen class. Time will be started by the Timer as soon as he handler starts their lead out. If the handler has not told the scribe and the judge prior to the start of the run that it is an FEO run, the judge will judge the run as a scored run and all regulations are in effect. In this case the judge will excuse the team for training in the ring as described in Chapter 4, Section 6.
When running FEO, the handler may use a toy to reward the dog. At no time may the toy leave the handler’s possession or be thrown, or they will be excused from the ring. No food, no toys that make noise and no balls that can roll away may be used. The handler may train any piece of equipment as many times as they would like. Handlers may touch equipment during the FEO run, which includes resetting the bars.
The judge shall not judge the dog’s run but will watch the run to ensure that the handler is not using harsh commands or corrections and that the run is being done safely. The judge will immediately whistle to excuse the team from the ring for any of these infractions. During FEO runs, dogs may be excused or disqualified for menacing or aggressive behavior as in Chapter 1, Section 23. The judge and ring crew must remain in the ring during an FEO run.
Fix and Go On
Chapter 5. This is a new section.
Section 8. Fix and Go On. (This is a pilot program) At any time during a run the hander may immediately fix a single obstacle one time. The action shall be judged as an elimination, which shall be marked as an “E” on the scribe sheet, resulting in a non-qualifying score (NQ). The handler may go back a few obstacles prior to the fix. If a jump bar (bar jump or single bar jump) is knocked, the handler may reset it, but the reset is limited to one jump bar. The dog may not be verbally or physically corrected for the error. Weave poles may be immediately re-attempted three times, but if the dog is brought back to obstacles prior to the weave poles, it will be considered the one time Fix and Go On attempt. Once handlers have used the one-time Fix and Go On option, they must immediately finish the course or exit the ring.
The judge shall not judge the dog’s run after the fix but will continue to watch the run to ensure that the handler is going on to complete the course correctly, is not using harsh commands or corrections and that the run is being done safely. The judge will immediately whistle to excuse the team from the ring for any of these infractions.