Wednesday, July 22, 2009

List groups buzzin' about new AKC Class!

Well, since it's pretty much all over lots of list groups, guess they won't mind if I post the info here. I found this on a total of four list groups this morning and last night.

Seems there is a new AKC agility class potentially in the works and it was tested at a few shows this past weekend. Here's the info...
This is what has been posted on the judges list. It came from one of the AKC reps. It was played for the 1st time this past weekend at a few select shows. They still have to work out the kinks not sure when it will become a "real" class. It's much like USDAA's Steeple chase.

(List poster)

Run and Done

The goal of this class is to present a fun and flowing run. It is a single course open to all dogs. This is a hybrid class; a combination of the Standard and JWW classes.

Seventeen to nineteen obstacles will be used on the course. A combination of contacts (excluding the dog-walk) and weave poles equaling three will be required. At least one contact and one set of 12 weave poles will make up this combination. One set of 12 weave poles or one contact may be taken twice to meet this requirement. Only one spread jump can be used, but it may be used twice to encourage flow in the course design. One to two open tunnels can be used on course but may only be taken a maximum of two times.

Tunnels are optional. The rest of the obstacles are bar jumps, single bar jumps and the tire. Jumps need to be at least 50% winged. No dog-walk, table, chute, panel jumps or dummy tunnels will be allowed. The minimum usable course area must be at least 7,000 square feet.

No wrong course faults will be allowed. A wrong course will result in an NQ. No refusals/run-outs will be called. Dogs will have three (3) chances to complete the weave poles, after that the dog must go onto the next obstacle and will receive an NQ for the run. If the weave pole sequence is broken before the weaves are completed, the weaves will need to be restarted at the first weave pole. Mandatory Eliminations (Failures) and Excusals will apply.

Course design should encourage a smooth flow. Only three turns of 180 degrees on a course will allowed. All spacing of obstacles must meet the requirements of a Standard AKC course.

Overall challenge level will be a minimum of 5 challenges and minimum 3 side switches.


Judges briefing info:

RAD - Run and Done

RAD is a hybrid course, a combination of Standard and JWW's classes. One course will be open to all levels in AKC agility. Fast, fun and flowing courses are key elements in this class.

Judging; Dogs will be judged by jump height not by class.

Refusals: There will be no refusals or run-outs (R) in RAD.

Wrong courses will be called and will result in a non-qualifying score (NQ). The hand signal for the wrong course will be an open hand as it is in the Standard and JWW's classes.

Weave poles need to be completed in three (3) attempts or less, or a failure to perform fault (F) will be called. An attempt is when all four of the dog's paws cross between the first and second weave pole. If the weave pole sequence is broken (skipping a pole) before the dog completes the weave poles the dog must start the weave poles over at the first pole.

Mandatory Eliminations and Excusals will apply In RAD as they do in the Standard and JWW's classes.

Time: The course must be completed within 55 seconds for the 20, 24 & 26 inch heights, 60 seconds for 16 inch height and 65 seconds for 8 & 12 inch. These times are both the standard course times and the maximum course times for RAD. These times may change as the data is collected and analyzed.

Note, during the first stage of RAD both the 12 inch and the 20 inch dog's path needs to be wheeled and recorded on the spread sheet provided.
For more info on the AKC agility program in general, click here!


  1. Hey Amber-Mae - glad you stopped by. We've been trying to visit your site for a couple of months now, and we can't get it to load on either of our computers. It seems to hang on the nuffnang ads and doesn't continue loading.

    Hope you read this, because we feel bad we haven't been able to visit!!!

    Woofs, Johann

  2. Oh argh now Mom has to take a year to figure this one out! She won't even enter me in USDAA Steeplechase 'cause she says there are too many BC's running and winning everything. She is such a wet blanket!



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