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Wednesday, June 11, 2014 - Posted by KC, in General

The American Kennel Club (AKC) has issued an invitation for the Kennel Club to send an obedience team to the two day AKC Obedience Classic event that will be held in Orlando, Florida, USA on 13 and 14 December 2014.

The Kennel Club, along with FCI member countries, has been invited to send a team of one to three dogs to the event. There will be four classes offered and these will include FCI style exercises such as drop on recall, retrieves over jumps and directed retrieves. To compete, dogs must be registered with the Kennel Club on the Breed Register or the Activity Register.

Handlers interested in attending the event should be aware that they will need to fund the trip in its entirety.  All international dogs entered at the event will be required to be measured at the event prior to competing. 

The Kennel Club would like to assess the level of interest from those wishing to be considered for the Obedience Classic Event. Anyone interested in competing should contact the Working Dog Activities Team via obedience@thekennelclub.org.uk, by 1st August 2014.

Information required:

  • The applicant’s name, email address and contact telephone number
  • The dog’s Kennel Club registered name and date of birth
  • The level currently competing in obedience
  • A list of competitive achievements for the previous 12 months

For more details about the Obedience Classic Event, visit the American Kennel Club website via www.akc.org/events/obedience/classic/ or email obedience@thekennelclub.org.uk.

For information about the pet passport scheme, visit www.defra.gov.uk/wildlife-pets/pets/travel/pets/index.htm.

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Wednesday, June 11, 2014 - Posted by KC, in General

The following amendments to the Obedience ‘G’ Regulations have been recently approved by the General Committee and will come into effect on 1 January 2015.

Regulation G33.b Judges and Judging

Regulation G30.f.  Management will become Regulation G33.b Judges and Judging. Amending the Regulation in this way is designed to highlight and remind judges to observe all dogs in the ring. As well as a potential safety issue it is discourteous not to observe a competitor when they have paid for their entry and expect the judge’s opinion, even when undertaking a practice round. The Regulation will also be slightly amended to state that the judge must be present in the ring when observing the dog.


b. One judge only may officiate for each Class (or each part of a divided Class) and must be present in the ring and observe the dog at all times.

(Amendment underlined)

Amendment to Regulation G32.b. Approval of Judges.


On a persons On application for a person’s first appointment to judge Championship Class C the minimum conditions which apply are…

(Amendment underlined)

For more information about the Obedience Regulation changes, email obedience@thekennelclub.org.uk

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Monday, June 9, 2014 - Posted by Fiona Holdsworth, in Obedience Liaison Council

FOR PEOPLE IN THE NORTHERN AREA - ON BEHALF OF ANNETTE BENOIST - AREA REP. Please fill out the attached form if you are in the area and email back to Annette. If you want to chat about any of the items, thanks in advance - remember have your say through your rep - its the only way to make a difference just now. Email addresses to send the form to are on the bottom of the form.


Email Annette Benoist annette.benoist@ntw.nhs.uk
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South East & East Anglia Obedience Meeting

Monday, June 9, 2014 - Posted by Peter Lubbi, in Obedience Liaison Council

South East & East Anglia Obedience Meeting has been arranged for Thursday 26th June at 7.30 to start at 8. To be held at Woodlands Pet Care, Sundridge Road, Sevenoaks, TN14 6HB. Please email or phone Robert Harlow on rharlow@btconnect.com or 07899 665051 if you will be attending, as parking is limited. Peter Lubbi
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Class Championships -Important Announcement

Sunday, June 8, 2014 - Posted by Fran Bush, in General, Class Finals

We have a slight expansion on the qualifying criteria for the beginner and novice championships at the 2014 event.

A dog needs a win and 2 places at the same level during this season to qualify for the championships at that level.  However a win at a higher level makes the dog ineligible to enter at the lower level.

For beginner and novice, as only 2 wins are required to win "out" of those classes, so we are happy to confirm that for these 2 classes only, the qualifying criteria will be expanded to also include 2 x wins (1st place) as qualifiers,  as long as both wins are within the qualifying period (1 January -­‐ 6 October 2014). The standard qualifying criteria above (1 win and 2 places) also applies to beginners and novice, this is an additional qualifying criteria.
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Thursday, June 5, 2014 - Posted by Roy Page, in General, Obedience Liaison Council


To make it easier for you to register your votes on Proposals and Discussion Items included on the Agenda of the forthcoming Council meeting I have attached a document which hopefully you'll be able to download, complete and email back to me at shelaghandroy@showprinting.freeserve.co.uk

Please also send it to your other area reps - Mary Ray and Bev Smith

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Tuesday, June 3, 2014 - Posted by Fran Bush, in General, Class Finals

We seem to have some confusion regarding qualifying, so I apologise if the wording used was not entirely clear - it will be amended for next year!

You need your 1 win and 2 places (1 - 6) gained during the qualifying period for this year (1 January 2014 to 6 October 2014), in the class you are working to qualify for this years event.

That win may effectively take you out of working that class. For example, you may have won a novice last year, then you win your 2nd novice this year along with the places, so you are no longer eligible to enter novice classes at shows, so are technically "out" of novice.

But you still have the necessary qualifiers to enter the novice championship at the 2014 event, so you can enter for this year, BUT, if you go an and win an A at a show within this years qualifying period, you are no longer eligible to enter the novice championship this year, as the win in the higher class effectively knocks you out of the lower class - so you need to get your remaining qualifiers in A and enter the A championship instead. In the same example, subsequent places from 2nd - 6th in A will not affect your eligibility to enter the novice champs.

It is the win that dictates the class you work at the championships.

I hope this clears up any confusion, but feel free to ask if there is anything you are unsure of, we don't want anyone thinking they can't enter when they can!

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Midlands Area Obedience Meeting 11th June

Wednesday, May 28, 2014 - Posted by ObedienceUK, in General, Obedience Liaison Council


A meeting will be held on

WEDNESDAY 11th June 2014

Tea/coffee from 7.15 p.m. - Meeting commences at 7.30 p.m. at

Prospect Village Hall, Williamson Avenue, Rawnsley,

Cannock, Staffs WS12 0QF

to discuss items on the Agenda of the next Obedience Council Meeting

and, if time permits, any other Obedience related matters.


Hopefully all 3 Midlands Area Obedience Council

representatives will be in attendance.

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Danesford Show Cancelled

Wednesday, May 28, 2014 - Posted by ObedienceUK, in General

Sorry to inform you all of this, but after visiting the venue for a meeting with the landowner, the field is waterlogged and has deep muddy ruts from an event that was held there last weekend. With further rain falling the farmer said we could not hold the show.

We need to contact all those who have entered so if you have please click on my username (email address yvonne.kelsall@virgin.net) informing me that you know of the cancellation.

There will be members from Danesford at BBC show Thursday and Cheshire DTA on Sunday with lists of entries to confirm everyone knows.

Further information to follow regarding refunds.

Yvonne Kelsall on behalf of Dansford ODTC
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Awards To Honour Dedicated Dog Lovers Held At Kennel Club

Monday, May 19, 2014 - Posted by ObedienceUK, in General

Dog lovers who have made a difference for man's best friend over the past twelve months have been honoured in the annual Good Citizen Dog Training Scheme (GCDS) Awards and KC Dog Awards.

A special prize-giving ceremony was held at the Kennel Club in London's Mayfair to celebrate the efforts of organisations and individuals nationwide who have invested time and energy into helping to train dogs, educate owners on the importance of responsible dog ownership, and campaigned for dog owners' rights throughout the year.

The Good Citizen Dog Training Scheme was set up in 1992 to promote socially acceptable dogs by way of creating responsible dog owners, and is now the largest dog training scheme in the UK. It provides a quality standard of training for dogs and owners, and incorporates many domestic obedience exercises, with over 465,000 certificates of achievement having being awarded to owners and their dogs who have successfully passed the scheme's tests. There are currently around 1,800 dog training clubs and other organisations around the country actively administering the scheme.

The KC Dog Awards credit the actions taken by politicians, local authorities, public bodies and individuals to protect dog owners' rights and ensure that the UK remains known as a nation of dog lovers.

The categories for the GCDS awards and winners are as follows:

Kennel Club Registered Training Club
Island Dog Training Club, Guernsey

Kennel Club Listed Status Club
On Track Training School, Rochdale

Kennel Club Registered Breed Club
Southern Finnish Lapphund Society, South of England

Local Council Category - Most Effective Campaign
Medway Council, Kent

Island Dog Training Club was chosen as the overall winner of the GCDS Awards for their dedication, commitment and outstanding support in promoting the scheme in 2013.

The winners of the KC Dog Awards were selected on account of their positive approach to supporting the rights of dog owners their local area. This year's winners are:

KC Dog Campaigner Award
Carnoustie Canine Capers, Angus, Scotland

KC Dog Local Authority Award
Hampshire County Council

KC Dog Local Authority Award
Whitehill and Bordon, Hampshire

KC Dog Parliamentary Award
Matthew Offord, MP for Hendon

KC Dog Recognition Award
Scottish Natural Heritage

Speaking at the ceremony, Kennel Club Vice Chairman, Mike Townsend, said: "These awards are an opportunity for us to credit the actions taken by politicians, local authorities, groups and individuals to ensure that the UK's well trained dogs and their owners continue to enjoy maximum access to our countryside and urban open spaces.

"We really do feel that each of the winners and nominees have done fantastic work in promoting responsible dog ownership in local communities and each deserves a huge vote of thanks. The enthusiasm and dedication they have shown help organisations like the Kennel Club to promote responsible dog ownership and canine welfare, and we extend our appreciation for helping us continue making a positive difference for dogs and their owners."

KC Dog is an information network, free to join, whose members benefit from news and information on the Kennel Club's campaigns. Visit www.thekennelclub.org.uk/kcdog for more information, or email kcdog@thekennelclub.org.uk.

More information on the Good Citizen Dog Training Scheme can be found at www.thekennelclub.org.uk/dogtraining. - See more at: http://www.thekennelclub.org.uk/press-releases/2014/may/awards-to-honour-dedicated-dog-lovers-held-at-kennel-club/#sthash.hQypjQNm.dpuf
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