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New regs for Table, "Four Paw Rule", etc.

Effective May 1, 2018 the following changes have been approved by the AKC Board of Directors.

Chapter 5, Section 5. Removal of Mandatory Elimination for Table Fault
Changes the judging of the table from a Failure (a non-qualifying fault) to a Wrong Course if the dog engages another obstacle then comes back to finish the table count. This makes the judging consistent with all other obstacles on the course and removes the unique judging for the table. This would also potentially allow Novice and Open teams to qualify since it changes this call from non-qualifying to a wrong course which on its own is not a non-qualifying call.

Chapter 5, Section 5. Added Mandatory Elimination for Handler Touch
9. Handler touching any obstacle prior to completion of the course.

This change clarifies that handlers will receive a non-qualifying score if they touch any piece of equipment during a run. It removes the subjectivity of if the handler touching any obstacle aided the dog’s performance.

Chapter 5, Section 6. Removal of the "Four Paw Rule".

6. Four Paw Rule. If a dog commits all four feet on any ascent portion of a contact obstacle and fails to negotiate the ascent side of that obstacle, the judge shall instruct the handler to move the dog on to the next obstacle. If the dog re-engages the obstacle with one or more paws, the dog shall be excused.

By removing this line, dogs will be allowed to reattempt all contact obstacles if they initially had 4 paws (or less) on the upside of the contact and come off. Once they have started the descent they may not reattempt if they exit the obstacle prior to touching the down contact. Further judging information will be published in the blog and added to the Guidelines prior to May 1, 2018.

See the full artcle on new regulations.

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