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YKC MEMBERS GIVEN THE CHANCE TO DESIGN THE YKC CRUFTS CATALOGUE COVER

Thursday, September 7, 2017 - Posted by KC Press Release, in YKC

The Young Kennel Club (YKC) is inviting the talented artists amongst its members to design the front cover for the YKC Crufts catalogue as part of its Artist of the Year competition.

YKC members are being encouraged to get creative and submit their design within the theme ‘head and shoulders above the rest – a dog portrait’. This theme means that the dog/dogs should be the main subject in the design, with either just the head or the entire body of the dog standing, lying or sitting down. The design must be done in A4 portrait, and wording/titles are not needed.

The YKC Crufts catalogue showcases all members who are competing in the YKC ring at Crufts 2018, and will be available at the show. Alongside having their artwork featured on the cover of the catalogue, the overall winner will receive £75, art supplies and a year’s free YKC membership. 2nd place is £50 and art supplies and 3rd place is £30 plus art supplies. The winner will also have their artwork displayed at the YKC stand at the show, which will be seen by thousands of people.

YKC Chairman, Gerald King, said: “We are very excited to be able to offer members the chance to design the front cover of our YKC Crufts catalogue once again. It was very successful last year, with many talented members entering for their chance to showcase their creativity outside the ring. The theme this year should bring out some amazing artistic skills, as well as a clear passion for dogs, so we are really looking forward to seeing the variety within the entries. Good luck to everyone who enters.”

This year’s judging panel will be looking for a striking cover design that is well executed, has an imaginative concept and clearly places the cover within the brief. They will also be making sure the artwork is suitable to be used as a cover for a booklet.

Last year’s YKC Artist of the Year overall and 17-24 category winner was 20 year-old Samantha Webster from Northfield, Birmingham, who won the judges over with her interpretation of the YKC, Crufts and her love of dogs.

YKC members have until Friday 24th November to submit their artwork. Entries need to be A4 in size and a range of materials, including drawing (e.g. pencil, pen) painting and printmaking. The competition is open to all members aged 6-24 years.

Entrants should send their artwork to Young Kennel Club, The Kennel Club, Clarges Street, London, W1J 8AB. All artwork must include a full name, address and age, telephone number and email address on the back. You must also describe why you chose your design. You do not need to add titles or wording to your design. All artwork will be returned after Crufts 2018.

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Scotland - Inter Regional Team Applications

Monday, September 4, 2017 - Posted by Carole Patrick, in Crufts

Crufts 2018

Inter-Regional Obedience Team Competition

To be held on Friday 9th March 2018

“Under Kennel Club ‘G’ Regulations”

 

SCOTTISH TEAM

We are looking for handlers and dogs of all breeds who work Beginners, Novice, Test A, Test B & Test C to complete an application form and come along to the Try-Out/Selection Day.

 

The team will consist of “one Beginner Dog”, “two Novice Dogs”, “two Test ‘A’ Dogs”, “one Test ‘B’ Dog”, “one Test ‘C’ Dog” and “one Beginner Dog – Reserve”.

 

The restrictions on the breeds allowed in each team are as follows:

-       Two Border Collies or Working Sheepdogs

-       Three Crossbreeds (one of which must not be a Collie/Working Sheepdog type)

-       Three of any other single breed.

-       Obedience Champions cannot compete.

-       Competitors in the Crufts Obedience Championships 2018 cannot compete.

 

If you would like to be considered for the SCOTTISH TEAM,

PLEASE complete an application form and either ...

-       return it to me, Ellen Herries or Anne Marie Parker at shows

-       email it to me at cpatrick1984@outlook.com

-       or post it to my home address, 10 Glencaple Ave, Dumfries, DG1 4SJ

 

Please can you let me have your completed forms before the Try Out/Selection Day, (preferably by Friday 11th November 2017).

 

The date for calculating your eligibility is the last day of October 2017

 

We are holding our “Try Out/Selection Day” on Sunday 19th November 2017 at

Rio DTC’s Training Hall, Rio Community Centre, St Mary’s lane, Newport-on-Tay, DD6 8AH 09:30 for 10:00

 

PLEASE NOTE:

If you are selected to be a member of the SCOTTISH TEAM that will compete at CRUFTS 2018, you will be expected to attend two Team Training Days, one in January 2018 and one in February 2018.

 

If any Club or individual would like to sponsor a “Team Training Day” then please contact me as soon as possible so that we can make the necessary arrangements.

 

Many Thanks

Carole Patrick


See Application Forms for download below:


http://www.obedienceuk.net/Newspad/uploads/Scotland_IR_-_Crufts_2018_-_application_form_in_Word_format.doc


http://www.obedienceuk.net/Newspad/uploads/Scotland_IR_-_Crufts_2018_-_application_form_in_PDF_format.pdf

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NOCF 2017 is approaching

Monday, September 4, 2017 - Posted by Fran Bush, in Class Finals

NOCF post – Aug We now have just over 3 months to go until NOCF 2017!

We are hatching big plans for possible expansion of NOCF for 2018 and into the future, but it is dependent on the support you all show for the 2017 event, if you want this event to stay and grow then you need to support it either by entering, helping or attending to support those competing.  This is YOUR event and without your support, it cannot grow and continue, those who have competed or attended will tell you what a fabulous event it is, an amazing experience not to be missed.

There have been plenty of “Doom and Gloom” social media posts online about obedience so please lets get behind this and then we can build it into THE Premier Obedience event of the year,

If you have one of the NOCF t shirts, then wear it to shows, tell all your friends and training buddies about the event, share the information at your clubs, training groups and on training courses, promote the event on training courses.

If you are a trainer in any capacity, then please encourage your students to qualify, tell them all about it.

THERE ARE STILL PEOPLE OUT THERE WHO KNOW NOTHING ABOUT THIS EVENT!!!!!!! Its up to  you to rectify this!

Please watch our facebook page and websites – we will be announcing the judges for 2017 very soon!!!

Just a reminder of the qualifying criteria for 2017:

You need to qualify to take part in this glittering end of year event, celebrating obedience with classes for pre beginners up to C, this is your chance to don your glad rags and show off your fabulous dogs to compete for this years class crowns - you could be the 2017 class Champion!!!

You get points for places from 1st - 6th at all open and champs shows within this years qualifying period, which is 4 October 2016 – 2 October 2017.

All Qualifying Points for entry must have been earned by the dog (PB and Beg refers).
Points will be allocated as follows:

1st 10 points,  2nd 8 points,  3rd 6 points,  4th 4 points,  5th 2 points,  6th 1 point

Points can be used to qualify for the class in which they are attained only – for example, points gained for places in class ‘A’ may only be accumulated to qualify for the ‘A’ Class at the National Obedience Class Finals and may not be transferred to another class, even if the dog is currently eligible to compete at the Novice level.
Qualifying points needed for each class are as follows:

Pre Beginner 10 points
Beginner 15 points
Novice/Class ‘A’/Class ‘B’ 20 points
Class ‘C’ 15 points

A dog can be entered in 1 class only, but handlers may enter more than 1 dog, as long as each dog is suitably qualified for the class in which it is entered.

In the event that a dog accumulates sufficient points in 2 or more classes during the qualifying period, the dog should be entered in the HIGHEST class for which it is qualified.

Remember that this year there will only be 1 part of novice class, so numbers will be limited and entries are on a first come first served basis.

Once a class is full it will close and numbers will be capped as follows;   Pre-beginners/beginners/novice/class A -60;  Class B & class C – 45

Full details can be found on our website www.nocf.co.uk

 (Apologies to Fran for not posting this earlier ..... Les)

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MINUTES OF KC OBEDIENCE LIAISON COUNCIL MTG HELD ON 20 JULY 2017

Thursday, August 31, 2017 - Posted by KC Press Release, in Obedience Liaison Council

The minutes of the Kennel Club Liaison Council Obedience Council meeting, held on 20 July 2017, have been released and can be found on the Kennel Club website at the following link:

20th July 2017-Minutes
20th July 2017 - Agenda
Annex A - Standardised Stay Marking Sheet
Annex B - Report from Attendance at AHWSG
Annex C - AJWP report to OLC May 2017
Annex D -  5 Year Strategy - Obedience Council
Annex E - Crufts Information Stand 2017 report
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South East & East Anglia Inter Regional Team Applications

Tuesday, August 22, 2017 - Posted by Wendy Birch

South East & East Anglia Team

Inter-Regional Obedience Competition
Friday 9 March 2018 at Crufts


We are looking for handlers and dogs of all breeds to come along to the try-outs in: Beginners, Novice, Test A, B & C. 
There will be 2 try-out venues in the area.
The Inter Regional’s reverted to the standard G Regs for all tests from 2017.


For more info or to log your interest contact:


Dedicated FB page - South East & East Anglia Inter Regional Supporters Group


Wendy Birch - Team Manager Tel: (eves) 01442 396498
Mobile: 07811911741 Email: wendyandian@ntlworld.com


Sarah Delany – Asst. Team Manager Tel: 07919174766
Email: sarahrosedelany@virginmedia.com


Enid Diplock – Asst. Team Manager Tel: 07789097134
Email: enid.diplock1@homecall.co.uk


http://www.obedienceuk.net/Newspad/uploads/SE&EA_2018_IR_Crufts_DATA_A5x1_flyer.pdf


http://www.obedienceuk.net/Newspad/uploads/South_East_and_East_Anglia_Guidelines.pdf


http://www.obedienceuk.net/Newspad/uploads/WORD_ENTRY_FORM_2018_SE&EA_CRUFTS_INTER-REGIONAL.doc

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HEELWORK TO MUSIC AND FREESTYLE TEAM GB 2018 LOOKING FOR MEMBERS

Friday, August 4, 2017 - Posted by KC Press Release, in General

The Kennel Club is making plans to enter a team to compete at the World Heelwork to Music and Freestyle Championships in the Netherlands from 9th-12th August 2018 and the Open European Heelwork to Music and Freestyle Championships in Switzerland from 12th-14th October 2018. Applications are therefore invited from competitors wishing to be considered for Heelwork to Music Team GB.

The Open European Championships are open to all dogs, including those on the Kennel Club Activity Register without recorded ancestry; however, the World Championships are open only to dogs registered on the breed register. To be eligible to be considered, dogs must currently be competing in advanced classes in heelwork to music and/or freestyle. The competition will be held indoors for both events.

Applicants should be aware that competing will be on an entirely self-funded basis, and that being on Team GB is hard work and time consuming. Handlers must be prepared to organise and attend fundraising events, team meetings and training sessions.

Handlers wishing to be considered should request an application form by email from htm@thekennelclub.org.uk or telephone 01296 318540. The deadline for completed applications to reach the Kennel Club is Friday 13th October 2017.

Caroline Kisko, Kennel Club Secretary, said: “These two international competitions represent a wonderful opportunity for British heelwork to music competitors. We look forward to receiving a good number of applications and also to cheering on the British teams when they compete in the Netherlands and Switzerland in 2018.”

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KENNEL CLUB INTRODUCES ONLINE FORM TO ADD KENNEL NAMES

Friday, July 28, 2017 - Posted by KC Press Release

The Kennel Club has now made it easier for owners wishing to add their Kennel Name to a dog’s existing pedigree papers by launching an online application form on the Kennel Club website.

The new online version of ‘Form 8’ means that Kennel Club customers now have two options when requesting to add a Kennel Name to a dog’s registered name; apply online or send an application form in the post. It is believed a lot of people will find the new application and payment system much quicker and more convenient.

All submissions will still be checked manually by the Kennel Club for errors or invalid words before approval. The person applying for an addition to a dog’s Kennel Name must be the registered owner before ‘Form 8’ can be submitted. Any new owners will need to complete the Change of Ownership process before they can apply to add a Kennel Name.

To add a Kennel Name to your dog’s registered name, please visit the Kennel Club website at www.thekennelclub.org.uk/forms/form-8-change-of-name-of-registered-dog-addition-of-kennel-name.

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KC PROHIBITS USE OF AVERSIVE COLLARS AT LICENSED EVENTS

Tuesday, July 25, 2017 - Posted by KC Press Release, in General

The Kennel Club Board has recently approved amendments, originating from a recommendation made by the Working Trials Liaison Council, to the Welfare of Dogs regulations, which will prohibit the use of pinch collars, electronic shock collars and prong collars at any agility, obedience, working trials, heelwork to music, rally and canicross licensed events governed by the Kennel Club Activities Committee.

The regulation changes will come into effect on 1st January 2018.

The Kennel Club is currently campaigning for a ban on electronic shock collars to be introduced in Scotland, and a campaign for similar legislation in England is planned. Legislation was introduced in Wales in 2010.

Additionally, it is recommended that clubs may wish to include provision regarding the use of such techniques or devices within their own regulations.

The regulation changes are as follows:

Canicross

Regulation E1. Welfare of Dogs

TO:

An exhibitor (or competitor) whose dog is entered at a Kennel Club licensed event should take all reasonable steps to ensure the needs of their dog(s) are met, and should not knowingly put their dogs’ health and welfare at risk by any action, default, omission or otherwise. A breach of this Regulation may be referred to the Board for disciplinary action under Kennel Club Rules and Regulations. The use of pinch collars, electronic shock collars, or prong collars, is not permitted at any Canicross event licensed by the Kennel Club. This shall apply at the venue or within the precincts of the competition.

(Insertion underlined.)

Obedience

Regulation G2. Welfare of Dogs

TO:

An exhibitor (or competitor) whose dog is entered at a Kennel Club licensed event should take all reasonable steps to ensure the needs of their dog(s) are met, and should not knowingly put their dogs’ health and welfare at risk by any action, default, omission or otherwise. A breach of this Regulation may be referred to the Board for disciplinary action under Kennel Club Rules and Regulations. The use of pinch collars, electronic shock collars, or prong collars, is not permitted at any Obedience show licensed by the Kennel Club. This shall apply at the venue or within the precincts of the show.

(Insertion underlined.)

Agility

Regulation H3. Welfare of Dogs

TO:

An exhibitor (or competitor) whose dog is entered at a Kennel Club licensed event should take all reasonable steps to ensure the needs of their dog(s) are met, and should not knowingly put their dogs’ health and welfare at risk by any action, default, omission or otherwise. A breach of this Regulation may be referred to the Board for disciplinary action under Kennel Club Rules and Regulations. The use of pinch collars, electronic shock collars, or prong collars, is not permitted at any Agility show licensed by the Kennel Club. This shall apply at the venue or within the precincts of the show.

(Insertion underlined.)

Working Trials

Regulation I2. Welfare of Dogs

TO:

An exhibitor (or competitor) whose dog is entered at a Kennel Club licensed event should take all reasonable steps to ensure the needs of their dog(s) are met, and should not knowingly put their dogs’ health and welfare at risk by any action, default, omission or otherwise. A breach of this Regulation may be referred to the Board for disciplinary action under Kennel Club Rules and Regulations. The use of pinch collars, electronic shock collars, or prong collars, is not permitted at any Working Trials event licensed by the Kennel Club. This shall apply at the venue or within the precincts of the Trial.

(Insertion underlined.)

Heelwork to Music

Regulation L1. Welfare of Dogs

TO:

An exhibitor (or competitor) whose dog is entered at a Kennel Club licensed event should take all reasonable steps to ensure the needs of their dog(s) are met, and should not knowingly put their dogs’ health and welfare at risk by any action, default, omission or otherwise. A breach of this Regulation may be referred to the Board for disciplinary action under Kennel Club Rules and Regulations. The use of pinch collars, electronic shock collars, or prong collars, is not permitted at any Heelwork to Music event licensed by the Kennel Club. This shall apply at the venue or within the precincts of the competition.

(Insertion underlined.)

Rally

Regulation S1. Welfare of Dogs

TO:

An exhibitor (or competitor) whose dog is entered at a Kennel Club licensed event should take all reasonable steps to ensure the needs of their dog(s) are met, and should not knowingly put their dogs’ health and welfare at risk by any action, default, omission or otherwise. A breach of this Regulation may be referred to the Board for disciplinary action under Kennel Club Rules and Regulations. The use of pinch collars, electronic shock collars, or prong collars, is not permitted at any Rally event licensed by the Kennel Club. This shall apply at the venue or within the precincts of the competition.

(Insertion underlined.)

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KENNEL CLUB STREAMLINES REGISTRATION OPTIONS FOR NON-PEDIGREE DOGS

Tuesday, July 25, 2017 - Posted by KC Press Release, in General

In order to provide a beneficial long term registration product for owners of crossbreeds, or purebred dogs without a Kennel Club recorded pedigree, the Kennel Club will no longer be accepting applications for its Companion Dog Club (CDC) register as of 1st August 2017.  New or existing owners of these dogs will instead be encouraged to register them with the Kennel Club’s Activity Register.

The Kennel Club acknowledges that the interest and uptake in the Companion Dog Club has declined over the years and as such has made the decision not to accept any new additions to this registry and to enable dog owners to utilise the benefits of the Activity Register.

The Kennel Club launched the Companion Dog Club to enable owners of companion dogs, including crossbreeds, rescue dogs and purebred dogs with no recorded parentage details, to enjoy the benefits of being registered with the Kennel Club.  The benefits available through the Activity Register now surpass those offered by the Companion Dog Club, and include enabling dogs to compete in activities such as agility, flyball, rally, obedience and canicross, as well as allowing for health test results to be recorded against a dog’s registration, which was not possible with the CDC register.

Records will remain in place with the Kennel Club for all existing members of the Companion Dog Club and they are still eligible to enter Companion Dog Club classes at companion dog shows, which will be the case for the foreseeable future. The Kennel Club encourages dog owners to enter companion dog shows to support the great charity work these shows do.  In addition, CDC members will also continue to receive discounts to Eukanuba Discover Dogs and Crufts.

Caroline Kisko, Kennel Club Secretary, said:  “Like any service providing organisation, the Kennel Club wants to offer a service that will best benefit its customers.  It is clear from the declining uptake in the Companion Dog Club over the years compared to the consistent popularity of the Activity Register that streamlining the registration options outside of the breed register is the sensible and practical way forward. 

“Owners of crossbreeds, dogs that take part in canine activities and purebred dogs without a recorded pedigree can still apply for their dogs to be recorded on the Activity Register, which offers a number of benefits, including the recording of parentage details where known, health test results and the fact that it is joined up to the popular MyKC service – all things that were not possible with the Companion Dog Club.”

“We will continue to promote all companion dog shows through the Kennel Club website to encourage dog owners to enjoy this fun activity and to support local charities and communities.”

More information on Kennel Club registration options can be found at www.thekennelclub.org.uk/registration
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KENNEL CLUB ISSUES GUIDANCE DOCUMENT ON OBEDIENCE HEELWORK POSITIONS

Tuesday, June 27, 2017 - Posted by KC Press Release, in General

Following on from the rewording of the Descriptions and Explanatory Notes for Obedience Tests that was issued at the end of 2016, the Kennel Club was requested to issue guidance on what to look for when judging heelwork in accordance with the new wording.

In response to these requests the Kennel Club has created the Obedience Heelwork Positions document which is intended to assist judges in making fair and informed decisions in their judging of dogs competing in obedience tests.

The document provides illustrations of working styles, which will also be useful for competitors to ensure that their dogs are working in a happy and natural manner whilst maintaining a natural topline.

The document can be found on the Kennel Club website at the following link:

www.thekennelclub.org.uk/media/1146930/obedience_heelwork_position.pdf

Any queries regarding the document and its implementation should be directed to email obedience@thekennelclub.org.uk

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