Quick Reference Performance Guide

Written by Marlis Schoenfeld
Approved by MDHA BoD

What is Meant by Class Descriptions

Section 1:

Agility

Rules: American Kennel Club (AKC)
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To Enter: When beginning to show your dog in Agility you must first enter the dog in the Agility Started Division. As the dog achieves points and earns its achievement titles, the program will automatically advance and move the dog into the other. You do not have to move the dog yourself.
Arena Setting: Required in all Agility classes. Entries with obviously missing arena setting will be disqualified.
Full Bodied Handler: Optional in all Agility classes.
Judge: Optional in all Agility classes.
Collar: Optional, if used: buckle collar (flat or rolled leather) with no attachments of any kind. Entries using any other collar than permitted will not be disqualified but may be placed lower.
Leash: No leash permitted in any Agility class. Entries using a leash will be disqualified.
Other Props: Obstacle depending on class (A-Frame, Dog Walk, Teeter, Jump, Table, Tire, Open Tunnel, Closed Tunnel, Weave Poles, any Historical Agility Obstacles) Entries using incorrect obstacles will not be disqualified but may be placed lower, entries without required obstacle will be disqualified.

Section 2:

Dog Obedience and Performance Show

Discipline:

Canine Good Citizen

Rules: American Kennel Club (AKC)
Class Description: Canine Good Citizen is not a competition, but a pass/fail test. These tests have some things that are not included in the other events like accepting a stranger, being groomed, behaving around another dog, etc. The dog must be under control (no jumping up or pulling on the leash), and at no time may the dog show any aggression toward the owner or evaluator.
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Arena Setting: Required in all CGC classes. Entries with obviously missing arena setting will be disqualified.
Full Bodied Handler: Required in all CGC classes. Entries without a handler in the picture will be disqualified.
Evaluator: Required in the following CGC classes:
- Test 1 (Accepting Friendly Stranger)
- Test 2 (Sitting Politely For Petting)
- Test 3 (Appearance And Grooming)
- Test 10 (Supervised Separation)
In these classes, entries without an evaluator will be disqualified.
In all other CGC classes an evaluator is optional but strongly suggested.
Collar: Slip collar, buckle collar, martingale (leather, fabric, chain). Entries using any other collar than permitted or without collar will not be disqualified but may be placed lower.
Leash: A short leash is required in all CGC classes except Test 6 (Sit & Down & Staying In Place) and Test 7 (Coming When Called) where a 20-ft. line is used or the test may be performed off leash in a secure indoor arena. Entries without leash (except Test 6 & 7) or using an incorrect leash will be disqualified.
Other Props: Test 3 (Appearance And Grooming): comb or brush.
Test 5 (Walking Through A Crowd): crowd of three dolls (the evaluator can be one of them), photo may show only part of the crowd.
Test 8 (Reaction To Another Dog): a second handler/dog team.
Test 9 (Reaction To Distraction): people or items used as distraction (see rules as to what is considered a distraction).
Entries using incorrect props will not be disqualified but may be placed lower, entries without required props will be disqualified.

Discipline:

Rally

Rules: American Kennel Club (AKC)
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Arena Setting: Required in all Rally classes. Entries with obviously missing arena setting will be disqualified.
Full Bodied Handler: Required in all Rally classes. Entries without a handler in the picture will be disqualified.
Judge: Optional in all Rally classes.
Collar: Buckle collar, slip collar, martingale (leather, fabric, chain). Entries using any other collar than permitted or without collar will not be disqualified but may be placed lower.
Leash: Novice is done on leash. Advanced and Excellent is performed off leash with the exception on the Honor Exercise (6 ft.-leash). Entries using a leash in Advanced or Excellent other than the Honor Exercise exercises or entries using an incorrect leash will be disqualified.
Other Props: Entries using incorrect props will not be disqualified but may be placed lower, entries without required props will be disqualified.
Spiral: three pylons or post (photo may show only one or two of them)
Straight Figure 8: four pylons or posts (photo does not have to show all four)
Serpentine: four pylons or posts (photo does not have to show all four)
Jump: jump
Offset Figure 8: two pylons or posts, two containers with dog treats and/or dog toys (photo may show only part of the required set-up)
Other Rally: Please check the rules as to what props may be required.

Discipline:

On Leash - Obedience

Rules: American Kennel Club (AKC)
Arena Setting: Required in all On Leash - Obedience classes. Entries with obviously missing arena setting will be disqualified.
Full Bodied Handler: Required: Heel On Leash, Figure 8, Sit For Exam. In these classes entries without a handler will be disqualified.
Judge: Optional in all On Leash - Obedience classes
Collar: Buckle collar, slip collar, martingale (leather, fabric, chain). Entries using any other collar than permitted or without collar will not be disqualified but may be placed lower.
Leash: Required: Heel On Leash, Figure 8 and Sit For Exam exercises. Entries without leash and entries using an incorrect leash will be disqualified.
Other Props: Figure 8: Two people (IKC also allows two cones instead!), picture may show only one person or cone, but entries without any person (except the handler) or cone will be disqualified.

Discipline:

Obedience

Rules: American Kennel Club (AKC)
Arena Setting: Required in all Obedience classes. Entries with obviously missing arena setting will be disqualified.
Full Bodied Handler: Required: Heel Free, Figure 8, Drop On Recall. In these classes entries without a handler will be disqualified. Optional: Retrieve On Flat, Retrieve Over High Jump, Broad Jump, Long Sit, Long Down.
Judge: Optional in all Obedience classes.
Collar: Buckle collar, slip collar, martingale (leather, fabric, chain). Entries using any other collar than permitted or without collar will not be disqualified but may be placed lower.
Leash: No leash in any Obedience class. Entries using a leash will be disqualified.
Other Props: Entries using incorrect props will not be disqualified but may be placed lower, entries without required props will be disqualified.
Figure 8: two people (IKC also allows two cones instead!), picture may show only one person/cone, but entries without any person (except the handler) or cone will be disqualified.
Retrieve On Flat: dumbbell
Retrieve Over High Jump: high jump, dumbbell
Broad Jump: broad jump

Discipline:

Utility Obedience

Rules: American Kennel Club (AKC)
Arena Setting: Required in all Utility Obedience classes. Entries with obviously missing arena setting will be disqualified.
Full Bodied Handler: Required: Signal Exercise, Moving Stand & Examination. In these classes entries without a handler will be disqualified. Optional: Scent Discrimination, Directed Retrieve, Directed Jumping.
Judge: Optional in all Utility Obedience classes.
Collar: Buckle collar, slip collar, martingale (leather, fabric, chain). Entries using any other collar than permitted or without collar will not be disqualified but may be placed lower.
Leash: No leash in any Utility Obedience class. Entries using a leash will be disqualified.
Other Props: Entries using incorrect props will not be disqualified but may be placed lower, entries without required props will be disqualified.
Scent Discrimination: scent article
Directed Retrieve: glove
Directed Jumping: high jump and bar jump, photo may show only one of them

Section 3:

Herding & Guardian & Ranch Dog

Discipline:

Herding Livestock - Non Tested

Rules: No official rules
IMPORTANT: There are three „Herding Livestock - Non Tested“ classes. The requirement are the same for each class but each of the three classes is limited to certain dog breeds!
Herding Breeds: limited to Herding Breeds (IKC Herding Group)
Working Breeds: limited to Working Breeds (IKC Working Group)
Other Breeds: limited to Other Breeds and Mixed Breeds (all IKC Groups except Herding, Working, and Wild Canine)
Arena Setting: Pastorial, ranch or farm
Full Bodied Handler: Optional
Judge: No
Collar: Optional
Leash No. Entries with leash will be disqualified.
Other Props: Any livestock other than poultry. Entries using poultry and entries without any livestock will be disqualified.

Discipline:

Herding Poultry - Non Tested

Rules: No official rules
IMPORTANT: There are three "Herding Poultry - Non Tested“ classes. The requirement are the same for each class but each of the three classes is limited to certain dog breeds!
Herding Breeds: limited to Herding Breeds (IKC Herding Group)
Working Breeds: limited to Working Breeds (IKC Working Group)
Other Breeds: limited to Other Breeds and Mixed Breeds (all IKC Groups except Herding, Working, and Wild Canine)
Arena Setting: Pastorial, ranch or farm
Full Bodied Handler: Optional
Judge: No
Collar: Optional
Leash No. Entries with leash will be disqualified.
Other Props: Chicken, ducks, geese, turkeys, or other farm poultry. Entries using any livestock other than poultry and entries without any poultry will be disqualified.

Discipline:

Herding Tested AHBA or AKC - Herding Trial

Class Description Herding Trial Dog classes with levels HTD I, II and III, take place on a standard course. All levels include an outrun, lift, fetch, wear and/or drive, and pen (the pen may be on the fence for the started level, but is free-standing for the higher levels). At the started level, the outrun is short and the handler may accompany the dog and sheep throughout the course. At the intermediate level, the outrun is longer and the handler may accompany the dog only partway through the course. At the advanced level, the outrun is longer, the handler remains at the handler's post until time to pen, and after the pen there is an additional exercise (removing a ribbon from a marked sheep).
Rules: AHBA rule takes precedence with AKC as a secondary rule. Full name (and level, if appropriate) of test required. Comment line recommended to state which obstacle or element of the course is being depicted. Otherwise photo will be disqualified. If any entrant is not aware of test descriptions the photo should be entered in Non Tested Classes.
The American Herding Breed Association (AHBA):
American Kennel Club (AKC)
IMPORTANT: There are three "Herding Tested - Herding Trial" classes. The requirement are the same for each class but each of the three classes is limited to certain livestock!
Poultry: limited to ducks or geese
Sheep: limited to sheep or lambs
Cattle: limited to cattle or calves
Arena Setting: Designed to be held in large fields, but may be held in arenas with special permission.
Full Bodied Handler: Required. Entries without handler will be disqualified.
Judge: Optional
Collar: Dog may run without collar; if used: buckle collar, snap collar, slip collar; Entries with incorrect collar will not be disqualified but may be placed lower.
Leash: No. Entries with leash will be disqualified.
Other Props: Livestock according to class, staff or crook (unsplintered wood, fiberglass or composite stock stick) no longer than approximately 5 1/2 feet. Entries using any livestock other than permitted for the class and entries without any livestock will be disqualified.

Discipline:

Herding Tested AHBA or AKC - Herding Ranch Dog

Class Description Herding Ranch Dog classes with levels HRD I, III and III, take place on courses which vary in detail while including specified requirements. Levels are differentiated by such aspects as position of handler, variations in a task or inclusion of an additional task, etc. Exercises include a gather, fetch/drive work, pen work, sorting work (required for the advanced level, optional for other levels), and various elements such as chutes, bridges, holding the sheep in place, etc.
Rules: AHBA rule takes precedence with AKC as a secondary rule.
The American Herding Breed Association (AHBA):
American Kennel Club (AKC)
IMPORTANT: There are three "Herding Tested - Herding Trial" classes. The requirement are the same for each class but each of the three classes is limited to certain livestock!
Poultry: limited to ducks or geese
Sheep: limited to sheep or lambs
Cattle: limited to cattle or calves
Arena Setting: Combinations of open fields, arenas and pens.
Full Bodied Handler: Required. Entries without handler will be disqualified.
Judge: Optional
Collar: Dog may run without collar; if used: buckle collar, snap collar, slip collar. Entries with incorrect collar will not be disqualified but may be placed lower.
Leash: No. Entries with leash will be disqualified.
Other Props: Livestock according to class, staff or crook (unsplintered wood, fiberglass or composite stock stick) no longer than approximately 5 1/2 feet. Entries using any livestock other than permitted for the class and entries without any livestock will be disqualified.

Discipline:

Herding Tested AHBA or AKC - Herding Dog Capability Test

Class Description In a Herding Capability Test the first leg may consist of a basic instinct test in a small arena with the tester allowed to handle the dog. The second leg requires an initial pause, some simple, controlled movement of the stock back and forth across the small arena, a stop, and a recall; for the second leg, the owner or designated handler, not the tester, must handle the dog, although the tester may give advice.
Rules: AHBA rule takes precedence with AKC as a secondary rule.
The American Herding Breed Association (AHBA):
American Kennel Club (AKC)
IMPORTANT: There are three "Herding Tested - Herding Trial" classes. The requirement are the same for each class but each of the three classes is limited to certain livestock!
Poultry: limited to ducks or geese
Sheep: limited to sheep or lambs
Cattle: limited to cattle or calves
Arena Setting: Required. Entries without arena setting will be disqualified.
Full Bodied Handler: Required. Entries without handler will be disqualified.
Judge: Optional
Collar: Dog may run without collar; if used: buckle collar, snap collar, slip collar. Entries with incorrect collar will not be disqualified but may be placed lower.
Leash: No. Entries with leash will be disqualified.
Other Props: Livestock according to class, staff or crook (unsplintered wood, fiberglass or composite stock stick) no longer than approximately 5 1/2 feet. Entries using any livestock other than permitted for the class and entries without any livestock will be disqualified.

Discipline:

Herding Tested AHBA or AKC - Junior Herding Dog Test

Class Description Junior Herding Dog Test is held in a somewhat larger arena. The dog is handled by the owner or designated handler, although the tester may give advice. There is a simple course through which the stock is taken, consisting of two corner panel obstacles and a free-standing panel obstacle in the center of the arena, ending with the sheep being put into a fence-line pen. The handler may accompany the sheep and dog throughout the course.
Rules: AHBA rule takes precedence with AKC as a secondary rule.
The American Herding Breed Association (AHBA):
American Kennel Club (AKC)
IMPORTANT: There are three "Herding Tested - Herding Trial“ classes. The requirement are the same for each class but each of the three classes is limited to certain livestock!
Poultry: limited to ducks or geese
Sheep: limited to sheep or lambs
Cattle: limited to cattle or calves
Arena Setting: Required. Entries without arena setting will be disqualified.
Full Bodied Handler: Required. Entries without handler will be disqualified.
Judge: Optional
Collar: Dog may run without collar; if used: buckle collar, snap collar, slip collar. Entries with incorrect collar will not be disqualified but may be placed lower.
Leash: No. Entries with leash will be disqualified.
Other Props: Livestock according to class, staff or crook (unsplintered wood, fiberglass or composite stock stick) no longer than approximately 5 1/2 feet. Entries using any livestock other than permitted for the class and entries without any livestock will be disqualified.

Discipline:

Livestock Guardian

Class Description Scenes normally depict a dog standing, sitting or lying within a group of guarded animals, guarding single animal or herd or flock either agressively or passively, not herding them.
Rules: No official rules
IMPORTANT: There are three "Livestock Guardian" classes. The requirement are the same for each class but each of the three classes is limited to certain dog breeds!
Herding Breeds: limited to Herding Breeds (IKC Herding Group)
Working Breeds: limited to Working Breeds (IKC Working Group)
Other Breeds: limited to Other Breeds and Mixed Breeds (all IKC Groups except Herding, Working, and Wild Canine)
Arena Setting: Pastorial setting
Full Bodied Handler: Optional
Judge: No
Collar: Optional
Leash: No. Entries with leash will be disqualified.
Other Props: livestock (sheep, cattle, goats, pigs) or Poultry. Entries without any livestock or poultry will be disqualified.

Discipline:

Guardian - Equine Buddy

Class Description Scenes that depicts a friendship between dog and equine, no herding.
Rules: No official rules
Arena Setting: Pastorial, farm, or ranch
Full Bodied Handler: Optional
Judge: No
Collar: Optional
Leash: Optional
Other Props: Horse, donkey, mule or zebra. Entries without any equine will be disqualified.

Discipline:

Guardian - Other Animal Not Herd or Flock Related Buddy

Class Description Scenes that depicts a friendship between dog and type of animal other than normal farm animal.
Rules: No official rules
Arena Setting: Any type of background
Full Bodied Handler: Optional
Judge: No
Collar: Optional
Leash: Optional
Other Props: Any type of animal other than normal farm animal. Entries with normal farm animals or entries without any animal besides the dog will be disqualified.

Discipline:

Any Ranch Work - Not Trial or Tested

Class Description Scenes that depicts any type of animal being worked by means other than a trial or a test.
Rules: No official rules
Arena Setting: Ranch or farm background
Full Bodied Handler: Optional
Judge: No
Collar: Optional
Leash: Optional
Other Props: Any type of animal being worked by means other than a trial or a test.

Section 4:

Hunt and Field Dogs

Overview Sporting dogs are those that hunt birds: setters, pointers, spaniels, retrievers. Also known as Gun Dogs. Scent hounds and terriers hunt game that is usually considered varmints: Fox, rats, mice, raccoons, rabbits, otters, etc. They find game by using their nose, and either tree the game, or go to ground. This group includes Foxhounds, Coonhounds, Beagles, Harriers, Bassett Hounds, Otter Hounds, as well as most of the tougher terriers such as Jack (Parson) Russells, Cairns, Border Terriers, etc. Sight hounds hunt by using their keen vision and great speed. Afghans, Salukis, Whippets, Greyhounds, belong in this group.

Discipline:

Field Trial

Class Description: Field tests are designed to test the maximum abilities of the handlers and dogs and do not necessarily resemble an actual hunting situation. Usually the retrievers work at greater distances than are encountered in a hunting situation. In a blind retrieve test, the dogs must take direction with great precision, not normally required by a hunting dog. Because of these longer distances, the handlers wear white coats so the dogs can see them, when they are giving hand signals. The biggest difference between hunting tests and field trials is that a field trial is a competition with winners and losers. Because of the precision and difficulty of field trial tests, few retrievers are intelligent or talented enough to successfully participate. Field Champions are like pro ball players. Not everyone can make the team. They are some of the most trainable, talented, athletes of the dog world.
Rules: American Kennel Club (AKC)
IMPORTANT: There are six "Field Trial" classes. The requirement are the same for each class but each of the three classes is limited to certain dog breeds!
Pointer: limited to Pointer
Retriever: limited to Retriever
Setter: limited to Setter
Spaniel: limited to Spaniel
Standard Poodle: limited to Standard Poodle
Other Breeds: limited to Other Breeds and Mixed Breeds (except Wild Canine)
Arena Setting: Adequately sized areas, with cover and/or terrain that offer edges, objectives and area that will let the dogs run.
Full Bodied Handler: Optional, if used they wear a long white coat and a blaze orange vest or coat so they can be seen by the dog and other parties.
Judge: Optional
Collar: Flat buckle collar or tracking collar. The dogs in each brace must be easily identifiable by the judges. The judges may require the dogs to wear different colored collars. If required, the top dog will wear either an orange or red collar. The bottom dog will wear either a yellow or lime collar. Different colored collars may be allowed at the discretion of the judges.
Leash: No leash during the trial. Entries with leash will be disqualified.
Other Props: Duck, goose, pheasant, quail, or any other game bird. Entries without any game bird will be disqualified.

Discipline:

Hunt Trial - Sporting - Retrievers, Spaniels and Pointers

Class Description: A hunt test is a pass or fail situation. Hunting tests are supposed to more closely resemble actual hunting situations. There are several test levels categorized by level of difficulty. The Started or Junior level is very basic consisting of single retrieves on land and water. A hunting dog with some basic training should be able to participate at this level. The Senior and Master levels are more difficult, requiring the dogs to do multiple marks and take hand signals. Because of the low beginning level, almost any hunter and retriever can participate. The dogs must receive a qualifying score on all retrieves to pass the test. After passing the required number of hunting tests at a certain level, usually five or six given by different clubs on different dates, the dog is awarded a title. The highest levels of hunting tests involve very complex hunting scenarios that require a very well trained dog, of above average intelligence, and perseverance in the field. A Master Hunter is an exceptional individual and a valuable contributor to any retriever pedigree.
Rules: American Kennel Club (AKC)
United Kennel Club (UKC)
IMPORTANT: There are six "Field Trial" classes. The requirement are the same for each class but each of the three classes is limited to certain dog breeds!
Pointer: limited to Pointer
Retriever: limited to Retriever
Setter: limited to Setter
Spaniel: limited to Spaniel
Standard Poodle: limited to Standard Poodle
Other Breeds: limited to Other Breeds and Mixed Breeds (except Wild Canine)
Arena Setting: Adequately sized areas, both water and land, with cover and/or terrain that offer interesting and realistic test situations.
Full Bodied Handler: Optional, if used participants wear camouflage clothing, retrieving distance is usually within one hundred yards and make more use of duck calls, boats and decoys.
Judge: Optional
Collar: Flat buckle collar, chain choke collar. Entries with incorrect collar will not be disqualified but may be placed lower.
Leash: No leash during the trial. Entries with leash will be disqualified.
Other Props: Duck, goose, pheasant, quail, or any other game bird. Entries without any game bird will be disqualified.

Discipline:

Hunt Trial - Scent Hounds + Terriers + Other Breeds

Class Description: A hunt test is a pass or fail situation. Hunting tests are supposed to more closely resemble actual hunting situations. There are several test levels categorized by level of difficulty. The Started or Junior level is very basic consisting of single retrieves on land and water. The Senior and Master levels are more difficult, requiring the dogs to do multiple marks and take hand signals. The highest levels of hunting tests involve very complex hunting scenarios that require a very well trained dog, of above average intelligence, and perseverance in the field.
Rules: American Kennel Club (AKC)
United Kennel Club (UKC)
IMPORTANT: The requirement for the Hunt Trial for Scent Hounds, the Hunt Trial for Terriers, and the Hunt Trial Expo for Other Breeds are the same except for the game being hunted (see Other Props), and each of the three classes is limited to certain dog breeds!
Scent Hounds: limited to Scent Hound Breeds
Terriers: limited to Terrier Breeds
Other Breeds:limited to Other Breeds and Mixed Breeds except Retrievers, Spaniels, Pointers, Scent Hounds, Terriers, Sight Hounds, and Wild Canine)
Arena Setting: Any natural rural setting.
Full Bodied Handler: Optional, if used participants wear camouflage clothing, retrieving distance is usually within one hundred yards and make more use of duck calls, boats and decoys.
Judge: Optional
Collar: Well-fitting collar with nothing hanging from it and with no attachments other than tags for identification purposes. Entries with incorrect collar will not be disqualified but may be placed lower.
Leash: No leash during the trial. Entries with leash will be disqualified.
Other Props: Beagles and Bassets: rabbit, hare
Other Scent Hounds: rabbit, hare, fox, or raccoon
Terriers: rabbit, hare, raccoon
Other Breeds:rabbit, hare, raccoon
Entries with incorrect or no game will be disqualified.

Discipline:

Lure Coursing

Rules: American Kennel Club (AKC)
IMPORTANT: The Lure Coursing Class is limited to the following breeds: Afghan Hound, Basenji, Borzoi, Greyhound, Ibizan Hound, Irish Wolfhound, Italian Greyhound, Pharaoh Hound, Rhodesian Ridgeback, Saluki, Scottish Deerhound and Whippet.
More Info: Link to sub page coming soon!
Arena Setting: Any natural rural setting.
Full Bodied Handler: Optional
Judge: Optional
Collar: No collar permitted during the run. Entries with collar will not be disqualified but may be placed lower.
Leash: No leash during the run. Entries with leash will be disqualified..
Other Props: Lure: required (made of plastic strips)
Blanket: required (colors: pink, yelow, or blue)
Muzzle: optional
Protective Coverings: optional (color other than pink, yellow, or blue)
Entries using incorrect props or without required props will not be disqualified but may be placed lower.

Discipline:

Squirrel Hunting

Rules: United Kennel Club (UKC)
More Info: Link to sub page coming soon!
Arena Setting: Natural rural setting with a tree or den
Full Bodied Handler: Optional
Judge: Optional
Collar: Flat buckle collar for Hunt Test depiction, collar optional for Natural Instinct depiction. Entries with incorrect collar will not be disqualified but may be placed lower.
Leash: No leash. Entries with leash will be disqualified..
Other Props: Squirrel or raccoon

Discipline:

Earth Dog Competition

Rules: American Kennel Club (AKC)
More Info: Link to sub page coming soon!
Arena Setting: AKC approved constructed den.
Full Bodied Handler: Optional
Judge: Optional
Collar: Flat buckle collar. Entries with incorrect collar will not be disqualified but may be placed lower.
Leash: No leash. Entries with leash will be disqualified.
Other Props: Rat in cage if viewing the inside of a AKC approved den

Discipline:

Go To Ground Digging Natural Setting

Rules: None
Arena Setting: Rural setting with rural den
Full Bodied Handler: Optional
Judge: Optional
Collar: May or may not wear collar if collar woren should be a flat buckle collar.
Leash: No leash.
Other Props: Animal or prey

Discipline:

Prey Hunting Natural Standoff or Face to Face

Rules: None
Arena Setting: Rural setting
Full Bodied Handler: Optional
Judge: Optional
Collar: May or may not wear collar if collar woren should be a flat buckle collar.
Leash: No leash.
Other Props: Animal or prey that dog comes to face to face or to a stand off. Np attack scenes.

Discipline:

Any Other Earth Hunting Not Listed

Rules: No official rules
Arena Setting: Rural setting.
Full Bodied Handler: Optional
Judge: Optional
Collar: Optional
Leash: No leash. Entries with leash will be disqualified..
Other Props: Any animal that may be hiding in burrow, hole, cave, log, etc.

Discipline:

Tracking

IMPORTANT: When beginning to show your dog in Tracking you must start the dog in the Tracking Dog Class. To show your entry in the Tracking Dog Excellent Class it must have a TD title. The TD title can be achieved by competing in the Tracking Dog Test and gaining 50 points. Suffix Title will be awarded by the program but it is up to the shower to move their photos over to the Tracking Dog Excellent Test Class once they have reached a TD Title.
Rules: American Kennel Club (AKC)
More Info: Link to sub page coming soon!
Arena Setting: No. Tracking Test are held in the open. Entries with obvious indoor setting will not be disqualified but may be placed lower.
Full Bodied Handler: Optional
Judge: Optional
Collar: Tracking harness optional in addition: buckle collar, snap collar, martingale, plain harness (leather, fabric). Entries without harness will not be disqualified but may be placed lower.
Leash: 20 to 40 feet in length, attached to the harness. Entries without leash or using an incorrect leash will not be disqualified but may be placed lower.
Other Props: Depending on which part of a Tracking Test is shown in the picture: article (size of a glove or wallet,color similar to terrain), flags. Entries using incorrect props will not be disqualified but may be placed lower.

Section 5:

Dog Activities

Discipline:

Pet Dog

Rules: No official rules
Overview: Here are some ideas of what kind of pictures may be entered in these classes.
Roll Over: self-explanatory
Sit Up & Beg: self-explanatory
Other Tricks and Games: Dog must be shown playing with a prop or "doing" a trick, such as shaking hands, etc.
Hiking & Backpacking: Hiking with your dog in a leisure activity.
Costume: Dress up your dog!
Playing with Other Dogs: There have to be at least two dogs in the picture.
Historical Task or Event: Salukis laying around with King Tut, Mastiffs guarding Ceasar, Irish Wolfhounds hunting wolves, Chows & Pekinese hanging out in the Forbidden City, Malamutes mushing the mail to Anchorage, generic dogs camped out with the Plains tribes, etc.
Movie, Television, or Circus: Your dog stands in as Toto, Lassie, Rin Tin Tin, Eddie, or dresses up and does circus tricks.
Childhood Companion or Lap Dog: self-explanatory, but needs people in picture.
Other Companion Dog: Dogs helping with chores around the house. Pick up laundry, trash, bring you a beer or soda, turn out the lights; now your dog gets to earn his biscuit.

Discipline:

Companion Obedience

Rules: No official rules
Class Description: Breed Conformation Handling Class
At real dog shows, they have Handling classes for Juniors that are basically like a showmanship class at a horse show.
Entries are required to have a handler doll and need the correct set-up not just a dog standing there.
Collar and leash are required as well.
Any entry without handler, collar and leash will be disqualified.
Class Decription All Other Companion Obedience Classes
Companion Obedience is not a sport but the every day obedience of the dog next door. You may also create a training scene.
An arena setting is optional but there must be no indications of a test or trial (judge, numbered armband, etc.) in the picture.
A handler is required.
Any entry without handler will be disqualified just like any entry with indications of a test or trial.

Discipline:

Guard or Personal Protection

Rules: No official rules
Full Bodied Handler: Required
Collar and Leash: Optional
Other Props: Additional props are optional but suggested to create a realistic looking set-up. The picture should not just show a person and a dog.

Discipline:

Police Work

Rules: North American Police Work Dog Association (NAPWDA)
More Info: Link to sub page coming soon!
Full Bodied Handler: Required
IMPORTANT: Picture may also show a dog in training or a dog actually working for the police. That includes searching for drugs, explosives etc. There are no official rules but a handler (dressed like a Police Officer) is required. Additional props are optional but suggested to create a realistic looking set-up. The picture must not just show a person and a dog.

Discipline:

Military Work

Rules: No official rules
Class Description: Picture may show a dog in training, a dog taking a test, or a dog actually working for the military. That includes searching for drugs, explosives etc. Additional props are optional but suggested to create a realistic looking set-up. The picture must not just show a person and a dog.
Full Bodied Handler: Required

Discipline:

Search and Rescue

Rules: American Rescue Dog Association (ARDA)
More Info: Link to sub page coming soon!
Full Bodied Handler: Required
IMPORTANT: Picture may also show a dog in training or a actual search and rescue scene. There are no official rules but the dog must wear a special harness, and a handler is required. Additional props are optional but suggested to create a realistic looking set-up. The picture must not just show a person and a dog.

Discipline:

Schutzhund - Phase A (Tracking)

Rules: DVG America
More Info: Link to sub page coming soon!
Arena Setting: No. Tracking is done in the open field. Entries with obvious indoor setting will not be disqualified but may be placed lower.
Full Bodied Handler: Optional
Judge: Optional
Collar: Single-row chain collar, tracking harness, Boettcher harness. Entries with incorrect collar or harness will not be disqualified but may be placed lower.
Leash: 10 m in length, tracking may be done off leash. Entries using an incorrect leash will be disqualified.
Other Props: Depending on which part of Phase A is shown in the picture: article, sign. Entries using incorrect props will not be disqualified but may be placed lower.

Discipline:

Schutzhund - Phase B (Obedience)

Rules: DVG America
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Arena Setting: Required. Entries without arena setting will be disqualified.
Full Bodied Handler: Depending on exercise
Optional: Down Under Distraction
Required: Any other Phase B exercise
Entries without handler will be disqualified (exception: Down Under Distraction).
Judge: Optional
Collar: Single-row chain collar. Entries with incorrect collar or without any collar will not be disqualified but may be placed lower.
Leash: All exercises are performed off leash. Entries using a leash will be disqualified.
Other Props: Depending on exercise
Retrieve On Flat: Dumbbell
Retrieve Over Hurdle: Dumbbell, hurdle
Retrieve Over Scaling Wall: Dumbbell, scaling wall
Entries without props required for the particular exercise will be disqualified, entries using incorrect props will not be disqualified but may be placed lower.

Discipline:

Schutzhund - Phase C (Protection)

Rules: DVG America
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Arena Setting: Required. Entries without arena setting will be disqualified.
Full Bodied Handler: Depending on exercise
Required: Side Transport, Back Transport
Optional: Any other Phase C exercise
Side Transport and Back Transport entries without handler will be disqualified.
Helper: Depending on exercise
Optional: Search For The Helper
Required: any other Phase C exercise
Entries with incorrectly dressed helper will not be disqualified but may be placed lower. Entries without helper will be disqualified. Exception: Search For The Helper
Judge: Optional
Collar: Single-row chain collar. Entries with incorrect collar or without any collar will not be disqualified but may be placed lower.
Leash: All exercises are performed off leash. Entries using a leash will be disqualified.
Other Props: Blinds required in: Seatch For The Helper, Hold And Bark
In these classes, entries without a blind will be disqualified, entries using incorrect blinds will not be disqualified but may be placed lower.

Discipline:

French Ring Sport

Rules: North American Ring Association (NARA)
More Info: Link to sub page coming soon!
Arena Setting: Required. Entries without arena setting will be disqualified.
Full Bodied Handler: Depending on exercise
Required: Heel on Leash, Heel with Muzzle, Broad Jump, Hurdle, Defense of Handler
Optional: Any other exercise
When a handler is required, entries without handler will be disqualified..
Decoy: Required in all protection exercises. Entries with incorrectly dressed decoy will not be disqualified but may be placed lower. Protection exercise entries without decoy will be disqualified.
Judge: Optional
Collar: Heel on Leash: non-choking collar
Any other exercise: no collar
Entries with incorrect collar in the Heel on Leash exercise or entries with any collar in any other exercise will not be disqualified but may be placed lower.
Leash: Heel on Leash: short leash required
Any other exercise: no leash
Entries using a leash will be disqualified (exception: Heel on Leash where a leash is required).
Other Props: Heel with Muzzle: muzzle
Refusal of Food: piece of food
Thrown Retrieve: article (glove, sock, eyeglass case, handkerchief)
Seen Retrieve: article (glove, sock, eyeglass case, handkerchief)
Unseen Retrieve: two articles (glove, sock, eyeglass case, handkerchief)
Broad Jump: broad jump
Hurdle: hurdle
Palisade: palisade
Entries using an incorrect prop will not be disqualified but may be placed lower.
Entries showing exercise which require props will be disqualified if the props are missing.

Discipline:

Service Dogs

Rules: International Association of Assistance Dog Partners
More Info: Link to sub page coming soon!
Class Description: Picture may show a dog in training, a dog taking a test, or a dog actually working as a service dog. There are no official rules but the dog must wear a special harness, and a handler is required. Additional props are optional but suggested to create a realistic looking set-up.
Seeing Eye: Almost self-explaining. Dog must wear a special harness and may be shown assisting a blind handler, being trained by a seeing trainer, or guiding a blind handler while being accompanied by a seeing trainer.

Therapy: Dog must wear a special harness. Photo may show a dog visiting old people in a shelter, mentally ill people, children etc. Handler and at least one other person are required to be in the picture.

Other: Photo may show a dog retrieving or carrying a phone, purse, any dopped item etc., closing a drawer with his nose or paws etc. Dog does not have to wear a special harness if photo shows a scene happening at home, but the dog must wear a special harness if outside.

Discipline:

Frisbee

Rules: Flying Disc Dog Open (FDDO)
US Disc Dog (USDD)
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Class Description: Entries not following the official rules may be declared as training photos and will not be marked down! A Disc is required to be in the picture. Entries without a disc in the picture will be disqualified. Arena setting and handler are optional but strongly suggested. The dog has to be off leash. A collar is optional. There are two classes offered, non action dog and action dog.

Discipline:

Flyball

Rules: North American Flyball Association (NAFA)
More Info: Link to sub page coming soon!
Full Bodied Handler: Optional
Judge: Optional
Collar: Buckle collar, snap collar, sip collar, harness. Entries with incorrect collar or no collar will not be disqualified but may be placed lower.
Leash: No leash on any running or jumping dog.
Other Props: Flyball box: required
Ball: optional, photo does not need to show a ball if the dog is still on its way to the box and the ball has not been released yet
4 jumps: optional, photo may show only 1 to 3 jumps or no jump at all if the dog is already close to the flyball box.
Entries with incorrect props will not be disqualified but may be placed lower.

Discipline:

Dock Diving

Rules: United Kennel Club (UKC)
More Info: Link to sub page coming soon!
IMPORTANT: Entries not following the official rules (incorrect dock, incorrect collar or leash, etc.) may be declared as training photos and will not be marked down!
Arena Setting: Dock and water required. Entries without some kind of dock and water will be disqualified.
Full Bodied Handler: Optional
Judge: Optional
Collar: Plain buckle or snap collar, no tags or other items hanging from the collar, no scarfs, bandanna, etc.
Leash: No leash on any running or jumping dog, short leash before the start.
Other Props: Chase object (ball, etc.) is optional.

Discipline:

Water Rescue or Boat/Net

Rules: Newfoundland Club of America (NCA)
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CLASS DESCRIPTION: Entries not following the official rules (incorrect dock, incorrect collar or leash, etc.) may be declared as training photos and will not be marked down!

Tests for dogs to do water work that they are bred for. Newfoundlands have water rescue tests, and Portuguese Water Dogs were bred to help fishermen string nets between boats and set out buoys.

Some kind of set-up is required, not just a photo of a swimming dog!

Discipline:

Weight Pull

Rules: United Kennel Club (UKC)
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Arena Setting: Any type background. More often one of competition grounds.
Full Bodied Handler: Optional
Judge: Optional
Collar: Pulling harness, in addition: plain buckle collar or no collar. Entries with incorrect harness and/or collar will not be disqualified but may be placed lower.
Leash: No leash on any dog while the dog is pulling.
Other Props: Wheel cart, sled, or rail cart. Entries with incorrect cart or sled will not be disqualified but may be placed. Entries without any cart or sled will be disqualified.

Discipline:

Transportation - Sledding or Carting

Rules: International Sled Dog Racing Association (ISDRA)
Bernese Mountain Dog Club of America (BMDCA)
Entries not following the official rules may be declared as training photos and will not be marked down!
More Info: Link to sub page coming soon!
Arena Setting: Optional Background. More often one of competition grounds.
Full Bodied Handler: Optional
Judge: Optional
Collar: A pulling harness is required. Entries with incorrect harness will not be disqualified but may be placed lower. Entries without harness will be disqualified. The dog may wear any kind of collar in addition to the harness.
Leash: A leash may be attached to the harness or collar.
Other Props: Any kind of cart or sled is required to be in the picture. Any entry without some kind of cart or sled will be disqualified.

Discipline:

Musical Freestyle

Rules: World Canine Freestyle Organization (WCFO)
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Arena Setting: Required. Entries without some kind of arena setting will be disqualified.
Full Bodied Handler: Required (costume optional)
Judge: Optional
Collar: Musical Freestyle: buckle collar, snap collar, martingale (leather, fabric), ankle bands, undecorated harness, scarf.
Innovation Division: any kind of costume
Musical Freestyle entries with incorrect collar will not be disqualified but may be placed lower.
Leash: Optional (depending on level).
Other Props: No addtional props required.

Discipline:

K9 Dressage

Rules: Sandra Davis
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Arena Setting: Required. Entries without some kind of arena setting will be disqualified.
Full Bodied Handler: Required.
Dress Code: dark pants and shoes, either black, brown, or navy, and a white long sleeved shirt, any color cravat or a neck scarf tucked into the collar. Entries without handler will be disqualified, entries with incorrectly dressed handler will not be disqualified but may be placed lower.
Judge: Optional
Collar: Buckle collar.
Leash: Basic Moves: optional
Expanded Moves: not permitted
Entries using a leash where not permitted (Expanded Moved) will be disqualified.
Other Props: Lettered markers on the outer perimeter of the show ring.

Discipline:

Racing

IMPORTANT: The picture must not show just two dogs running next to each other on a field. Entries without the required props will be disqualifed.
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CLASS DESCRIPTION: Oval Track Racing
Rules: National Oval Track Racing Association
Racetrack setting is required, dogs must wear a racing blanket and a muzzle. The starting box and/or the lure may be in the picture but they don’t have to be.
CLASS DESCRIPTION: Jack Russell Terrier Racing
Rules: Jack Russell Terrier Club of America
Special racetrack setting is required, dogs must wear a muzzle. The starting box and/or the lure may be in the picture but they don’t have to be. Hurdles are optional because there are race over hurdles and flat races as well.
CLASS DESCRIPTION: Calcutta Style Racing
(Rules: no official rules)
Calcutta style races seen at fairgrounds and fun shows are open to all breeds such as Jack Russell or Border Collies. Entries race usually a straight line from one handler to the second handler with their favorite toy or treat as the prize..

Section 8:

Puppy Activities

Discipline:

Puppy Activities - Introduction Classes

Puppy Activities - Introduction Classes These classes are for puppies being trained for the particular official event. (Exception: 'Introduction to Collar & Leash' which is not an event.) Although some organizations allow dogs under the age of 12 month to compete in their trials and tests, the IKC Puppy Activities classes are mainly for puppies in training. Showers are encouraged to show their puppies actually being trained rather than performing like an adult dog. Exception is for Obedience long down or long sit where puppies for the age of 10 months are allowed to compete in that class.
Arena Setting: Optional
Full Bodied Handler: Required.
Entries without handler will be disqualified. Exception is for long sit and long down where handlers would be too far out away from the dog.
Collar: Junior Puppies: buckle or snap collar, harness, martingale; Senior Puppies: any collar allowed by the official rules of the particular event. Any junior or senior puppies with incorrect collar or harness will not be disqualified but may be placed lower. Any junior or senior puppies with without a collar or reference made to long hair covering a collar will be disqualified.
Leash: Required in 'Introduction to Collar & Leash' and 'Introduction to Obedience on Leash'. Entries without leash in 'Introduction to Collar & Leash' and 'Introduction to Obedience On Leash will be disqualified.
Other Props: Depending on class and exercise.
CLASS DESCRIPTIONS: Introduction to Collar & Leash
A junior a puppy wearing a collar for the first time with no competition type reference. A senior puppy over the age of 10 month may show heeling exercises or such.

Introduction to Obedience Off Leash
Puppy in training for an Obedience exercise. Puppy must be off leash. Please study the official AKC Obedience rules. Keep in mind that you can’t ask a 3- month-old puppy to down for three minutes. A 10-month-old senior puppy is able to do any Obedience exercise though.

Introduction to Obedience On Leash
Puppy in training for an Obedience exercise. Puppy must be on leash (short leash or long line). Please study the official AKC Obedience rules. Keep in mind that you can’t ask a 3-month-old puppy to down for three minutes. A 10-month- old senior puppy is able to do any Obedience exercise though.

Introduction to Herding - Livestock or Poultry
Puppy in training for Herding.

Introduction to Hunting
Puppy in training for Hunting. This class is not for puppies chasing the neighbour’s cat or rabbit.

Introduction to Freestyle
Puppies in training for Musical Freestyle.

Introduction to Canine Good Citizen
Puppies in training for the Canine Good Citizen test.

Introduction to Rally
Puppies in training for a Rally trial. Again, keep in mind the age of your puppy and that many Rally exercises are not suitable for very young puppies.

Introduction to Agility
Puppies in training for Agility. Keep in mind that many Agility obstacles are not suitable for Junior Puppies. The tunnel (open or closed) is a suitable obstacle for young puppies. Jumps should be very low - bar almost on the ground. If a young puppy is shown on the A-Frame, Table, Dog Walk, or the Teeter there should be at least one person assisting the puppy and keeping him from falling. Older senior puppies of 10-month or older may perform these obstacles on their own as they are old enough for having been trained for a while, and they can be supposed to know their task.

Other Performance - Introduction to Other Ruled Events
Puppies in training for any other ruled event. Examples: Flyball, Frisbee, Schutzhund, French Ring Sport, Tracking.

Discipline:

Puppy Activities - Fun and Companion Classes

Puppy Activities - Fun and Companion Classes These classes are various types of fun things.
Arena Setting: Optional
Full Bodied Handler: Required in 'Childhood Companion' and 'Showmanship Handling', optional in all other classes. Entries without handler in 'Childhood Companion' and 'Showmanship Handling' will be disqualified.
Collar: No collar required, if used: buckle or snap collar, harness, martingale. Entries with incorrect collar will not be disqualified but may be placed lower. Exception is Showmanship Handling where a collar and leash is required.
Leash: Required in 'Showmanship Handling', optional in all other classes. Entries without leash in 'Showmanship Handling' will be disqualified.
Other Props: Depending on class and exercise.
CLASS DESCRIPTIONS: Puppy Manners - Verbal Commands
All kinds of commands not associated with any official event. For example: Allowing the puppy to eat on command, teaching him not to chew on the new slippers, potty training, etc. Pictures showing the puppy being trained to sit, down, or stay on command go in the corresponding 'Introduction to...' class.

Costume
Dress up your puppy!

Performing a Task
Example: A puppy bringing the newspaper or something else. Always keep in mind that a senior puppy is able to do more things than a junior puppy.

Realistic Tricks or Games
Tricks, for example, would be rolling over, shaking hands, or sitting up, just to name a few. Games might include tug-of-war or playing ball. Your puppy performing “sit”, “down”, “stay” or “come” do not belong in the Tricks & Games class.

Childhood Companion
Show your puppy as a companion for a child. The puppy may play with the child or simply sit next to the child. Of course, at least one child is required to be in the picture.

Resting or Sleeping
The perfect class for all that sleeping dogs that are much too lazy for real performance pictures. Not all sitting dogs are suitable for this class because a puppy sitting alertly waiting for his handler to return is not resting.

Showmanship Handling
This class requires a handler, collar, and leash. You may show your puppy being trained for that BIG dog show. Show ring setting is not required.

Other Performance - No Ruled Events
This class is for any picture that does not fit in any of the other classes. Remember that pictures showing a puppy in training for an event must show in Other Performance - Introduction to Other Ruled Events.

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