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KENNEL CLUB REGULATIONS H(1)(B)
Schedule of Tests, Courses, Obstacles and Marking



1. Courses.
  1. The following Regulations apply to the construction of courses:
    1. Test Area - shall have a suitable surface and measure a minimum of 32m x 32m (35yds x 35yds) for outdoor venues. Indoor venues may be smaller but must be appropriate to the size of the Test.
    2. Championship Class
      1. The Agility Rounds (Large, Medium and Small) must contain the following elements: "A" Ramp, Dog Walk, See Saw, Hurdles, Hoop (Tyre), Long Jump, Pipe Tunnel, Collapsible Tunnel and Weaving Poles, together with any other obstacle as described in these Regulations, at the discretion of the judge.
      2. The Jumping Round (Large, Medium and Small) must contain the following elements: Hurdles, Hoop (Tyre), Long Jump, Pipe Tunnel, Collapsible Tunnel and Weaving Poles and must exclude contact obstacles.
      3. The Final Agility round (Large, Medium and Small) may contain the Table obstacle and must contain all the obstacles described in (i) of this Regulation, together with any other obstacles as described in these Regulation, at the discretion of the judge.
      4. In the event of extreme adverse weather conditions at a show a Judge, with the full agreement of the Competition Manager, may alter the compulsory equipment as deemed appropriate at the time. Any alteration to the equipment must be reported by the show management to the Kennel Club within 14 days of the date of the show.
    3. Design - The course should require a dog to traverse at least 10 obstacles but not more than 20 and all jump obstacles should be the same height in any class up to the permitted maximum except that no variation is permitted in the height of the Hoop (Tyre). Obstacles which the dog is required to clear should have a minimum of 3.6m (4yds) between centres except that this may be reduced to 2.74m (3yds) when the following obstacle is placed at 90 degrees or more to the preceding one. The distance between the finishing poles should be wide enough to allow a dog to pass through without impediment.
    4. Safety - Obstacles and equipment in the test area must not include unnecessary protrusions and where "wings" or side supports are part of an obstacle they must be appreciably higher than the part to be cleared by the dog.
    5. Under NO circumstances may any obstacle involve the use of FIRE.
    6. Electronic Timing Equipment. For the Championship Class societies must provide suitable electronic timing equipment. Time will also recorded manually but electronic time will take precedence.
  2. The Judge is responsible for the design of the course and must at all times give total consideration to the safety of the dog.
  3. No practice is allowed on the course save that competitors will be allowed to walk the course set at the height the dog is to negotiate without their dog(s) before the test begins.

2. Height Limit for Dogs.

  1. Large Dogs - For dogs measuring over 430mm (1ft 5ins) at the withers.
  2. Medium Dogs - For dogs measuring over 350mm (1ft 1.75ins) and measuring 430mm (1ft 5ins) or under at the withers.
  3. Small Dogs - For dogs measuring 350mm (1ft 1.75ins) or under at the withers.

3. Obstacles.
The following obstacles meet with the approval of the Committee of the Kennel Club. However, organisers may submit other obstacles for approval, if desired.

  1. Hurdle - Large dogs - to be between 550mm (1ft 9.6ins) and 650mm (2ft 1.6ins). Medium Dogs - to be between 350mm (1ft 1.75ins) and 450mm (1ft 5.7ins). Small Dogs - to be between 250mm (9.8ins) and 350mm (1ft 1.75ins). Width: 1.219m (4ft) minimum. The top bar or plank must be easily displaced by the dog. A wall should have displaceable units on the top.
  2. Rising Spread Jump - A maximum of 2 single jumps as in Item a - (Hurdle) placed together to form a double spread, there must be no more than 2 elements to this obstacle. The top bar on the first hurdle must be at least 150mm (5.9ins) to 250mm (9.8ins) lower than the second hurdle. The maximum spread to be: Large Dogs - 550mm (1ft 9.6ins), Medium Dogs - 400mm (1ft 3.7ins), Small Dogs - 300mm (11.8ins). There must be only one pole on the back hurdle. The feet of the side supports (wings) should not be interlocking but touching and must not be out of line by more than 76mm (3ins).
  3. Brush Fence - Dimensions and details as for Item a - (Hurdle). This obstacle must have an easily displaceable top unit.
  4. Hoop (Tyre) - Aperture diameter 457mm (1ft 6ins) minimum. Aperture centre from the ground: Large Dogs - 800mm (2ft 7.5ins). Medium Dogs - 550mm (1ft 9.6ins). Small Dogs - 490mm (1ft 7.3ins). The height of the hoop should not be lowered. The tyre/hoop must be directly mounted in a substantial frame structure which must be secured in such a way that dogs cannot knock the obstacle over from either direction; the frame shall not have a beam across the top.
  5. Table - 914mm (3ft) square minimum. Height: Large Dogs - 600mm (1ft 11.6ins), Medium Dogs - 400mm (1ft 3.75ins), Small Dogs - 300mm (11.8ins). To be of stable construction with a non-slip surface.
  6. Long Jump - Each unit a minimum length of 1.219m (4ft). Large Dogs - To comprise of 3 to 5 units the overall maximum length to be between 1.2m (3ft 11.2ins) and 1.5m (4ft 11ins). The height of the front unit to be 127mm (5ins) and the height of the rear unit to be 381mm (15ins). Medium Dogs - To comprise of 3 to 4 units the overall maximum length to be between 700mm (2ft 3.8ins) and 900mm (2ft 11.4ins) The height of the front unit to be 127mm (5ins) and the height of the rear unit to be 305mm (12ins). Small Dogs - To comprise of 2 to 3 units the overall maximum length to be between 400mm (1ft 3ins) and 500mm (1ft 7.7ins). The height of the front unit to be 127mm (5ins) and the height of the rear unit to be 229mm (9ins). Marker Poles with a minimum height of approximately 1.219m (4ft) shall be used, these should not be attached to any part of the obstacle.
  7. Water Jump - The overall maximum spread should be: Large Dogs - between 1.2m (3ft 11.2ins) and 1.5m (4ft 11.ins). Medium Dogs - between 700mm (2ft 3.8ins) and 900mm (2ft 11.4ins). Small Dogs - between 400mm (1ft 3ins) and 500mm (1ft 7.7ins). A low hurdle or brush, with a maximum height of: Large Dogs - 610mm (2ft), Medium Dogs - 356mm (14ins), Small Dogs - 228mm (9ins), may be placed in front of the water. Marker poles with a minimum height of approximately 1.22m (4ft), should be placed at all 4 corners, these should not be attached to any part of the long jump.
  8. Wishing Well or Lych Gate - This obstacle will have a roof of which the bottom will not be less than 1.524m (5ft) from the ground. It will have a displaceable top bar the height of which will be between 550mm (1ft 9.6ins) and 650mm (2ft 1.6ins). The minimum width should be 813mm (2ft 8ins).
  9. Collapsible Tunnel - Diameter: 609mm (2ft) minimum. 762mm (2ft 6ins) maximum. Length 3.048m (10ft) minimum. Circular of non-rigid material construction. It must have an entrance of rigid construction with a depth of a least 457mm (1ft 6ins) that can be fixed or weighted to the ground. Minimum entrance height 483mm (1ft 7ins) clear (with suitable padding), if entrance has a floor this must have a non-slip surface.
  10. Pipe Tunnel - This obstacle should have a diameter of a minimum of 609mm (2ft) and should be a minimum of 3.048m (10ft) in length.
  11. Weaving Poles - The minimum number of poles should be five and the maximum number 12. They should be a minimum of 457mm (1ft 6ins) and a maximum of 609mm (2ft) apart, between the poles. The poles must be of rigid construction and with a minimum height of 762mm (2ft 6ins) and a diameter of between 19mm (3/4 in) and 38mm (1 1/2 ins).
  12. Pause Box - Defined area 1.219m x 1.219m (4ft x 4ft).
  13. "A" Ramp - Two ramps 2.74m (9ft) long by 914mm (3ft) wide hinged at the apex 1.7m (5ft 7ins) from the ground. The last 1.067m (3ft 6ins) from the bottom of each ramp should be a different colour to indicate the area with which the dog should make contact. Each ramp to have a non-slip surface, and anti-slip slats at intervals but not within 152mm (6ins) of the start of the contact area.
  14. See-Saw - This obstacle will consist of a plank firmly mounted on a central bracket. The length of the plank should be a minimum of 3.66m (12ft) and a maximum of 4.276 (14ft). The width should be 254mm (10ins) minimum and 305mm (12ins) maximum with the height of the central bracket being a maximum of 685mm (2ft 3ins) from the ground. The last 914mm (3ft) from each end should be a different colour to indicate the area with which the dog should make contact. The plank should have a non-slip surface and no slats.
  15. Dog Walk - A walk plank of approximately 1.372 (4ft 6ins) high with firmly fixed ramps at either end. The planks should be a minimum 3.66m (12ft) and a maximum 4.267 (14ft) in length and a minimum of 254mm (10ins) and a maximum of 305mm (12ins) in width. The last 914mm (3ft) from the bottom of each ramp should be a different colour to indicate the area with which the dog should make contact. Each ramp should have a non-slip surface, and anti-slip slats at intervals but not within 152mm (6ins) of the start of a contact area.
  16. Cross Over - Four planks approximately 3.66m (12ft) long. Width 254mm (10ins) minimum 305mm (12ins) maximum securely fixed to a metal table frame 1.219m (4ft) high with a top 818mm (2ft 8ins) square. The obstacle may be used with two or more planks but must be of stable construction. The last 914mm (3ft) from the bottom of each ramp should be a different colour to indicate the area with which the dog should make contact. Each ramp to have a non-slip surface, and anti-slip slats at intervals but not within 152mm (6ins) of the start of a contact area.

4. Height Classification of Dogs.

  1. Dogs competing in small or medium height categories must be measured for competition. Competitors must ensure that their dog is measured prior to their first competition and that the dog's Agility Record Book has been signed and dated by the measuring officials.
  2. Large dogs entered for competition must be measured before they compete at their first agility show, if they have not competed prior to 1 January 2006. Dogs must be a minimum of 15 months old before the first official measurement takes place. Dogs that are, in the official measurers' opinion, obviously over 430mm (1ft 5 ins) prior to reaching 15 months of age can be measured. (Dogs incapable of being measured at the time they are presented to the measuring officials will not be eligible for competition until such time that the official measurement has been successfully carried out.)
  3. A second measurement must be carried out on the dog between 12 and 24 months after the first unless the dog is obviously over 430mm (1ft 5 ins), in which case the official measurers can strike out the second measurement in the Agility Record Book. The dog cannot be reclassified into the lower height category retrospectively if the second measurement is not taken up within the 24 month period. If the second measurement places the dog in the same height category as the first, this will be the final measurement. However, if the second measurement places the dog in a different category then a third measurement must be carried out within two calendar months by two measurers, both of whom must not have measured the dog on a previous occasion. The dog's height category will be that confirmed by two out of the three measurements. The dog should compete in the original height category until the final decision has been made.
  4. The dog's signed Agility Record Book must be available for inspection by the Show Management and/or the Judge on the date of any competition entered by the owner/handler.
  5. The Kennel Club will nominate officials authorised to measure dogs for competition and to sign the Agility Record Book. The record book must be notated 'small ', 'medium ' or 'large ' as determined by the official measurement.
  6. Two authorised officials must carry out the measurement together and must use a measuring device approved by the Kennel Club.
  7. Measurement must be carried out on a level and even surface, in a quiet place, separate from other dogs and handlers.
  8. Measurement of the dog's height will be taken from the ground to the highest point of the withers. The dog must be standing squarely with all four legs on the ground, neither stretched nor crouched. The dog's head should be in a natural position.
  9. Measuring devices will be of a fixed 'hoop' type and must be of a type approved by the Kennel Club. A separate measuring device is required for measuring each of small or medium/large dogs.
  10. Dogs presented for measurement should be wearing a collar and must be under the control of the owner/handler. Dogs presented for measurement that cannot be controlled by the owner/handler will not be measured. Where a dog is known to have a microchip or ear tattoo this form of identification should take precedence over a photograph and should be used to confirm the identity of the dog. If these types of identification are not available, a clear identifiable photograph must be used.
  11. A dog will be eligible to compete in small or medium height categories only after the official measurement has been carried out. Where a dog is measured out of the height category in which it has been entered it is permissible, at the discretion of the organising club, for entries to be altered in order that the dog can compete in the correct height category.
  12. If, at the time of the second official measurement, a dog is found to be eligible for a different height category than originally attested to, awards received at licensed test up to the date of the second measurement will stand.
  13. In the event of a dispute over the measuring procedure the Kennel Club will evaluate whether there are grounds for appeal. The owner/handler of the dog may appeal in writing to the Kennel Club, but must do so within 90 days of the disputed measure having taken place. Any appeal must be accompanied by a written statement from the owner/handler of the dog with a brief description as to the ground for the appeal and must be accompanied by the appropriate fee.

5. Marking.

  1. Standard marking (which must be used in standard classes).
    All course faults in units of 5. For time faults see paragraph b below.
    1. Table/Pause Box - faulted at judges discretion.
    2. See-Saw - must be touching the ground before the dog alights from the obstacle. A dog is considered to have refused the obstacle if it alights before the pivot point.
    3. Wishing Well - a dog should be faulted if it touches the base or dislodges the pole.
    4. Long Jump - A clean attempt should be made to clear the obstacle. Casual contact with the fore or hind legs will not be faulted. However, running past, jumping in and out to the side of the marker poles, or walking on or between the elements where no attempt has been made to clear the obstacle will be faulted as a refusal. Knocking down one or more elements will be marked as 5 faults.
    5. Water Jump - must be cleared without contact with the water.
    6. Hurdle/Wall - a dog should not be faulted if any part of the obstacle is touched and does not fall.
    7. Weaving Poles - The dog to enter the weaving poles with the first pole adjacent to its left side. Each incorrect entry to be classed as a refusal - further error, maximum 1 fault - failure to complete correctly before negotiating any further obstacle, elimination.
    8. A Ramp - a dog is considered to have refused the obstacle if it alights before the down ramp.
    9. Dog Walk - A dog is considered to have refused the obstacle if it alights before the down plank.
    10. All other obstacles - fault for failure to negotiate correctly.
    11. Handler deliberately touching any piece of equipment or their dog - 1 fault.
    12. Refusal/Runout - fault for each refusal/runout.
    13. Three refusals/runouts - elimination.
    14. Out of control - elimination.
    15. Taking the wrong course - elimination.
    16. Fouling the ring - elimination.
    17. Contact Area - fault for each failure to make contact.
    18. Course time - at the judges discretion.
  2. Cumulative Marking/Time Faults - Faults incurred for failure to negotiate obstacles will be added to the faults incurred for failure to complete course in set time. A single fault or part thereof will be added for each second over the set time. Actual time will be recorded and rounding up or rounding down is not permitted.
  3. Other Marking - Any variation in the form of marking must be clearly defined to all competitors prior to competition. There will be no variation to standard marking in standard classes.
  4. No deviation from Kennel Club Standard Marking is acceptable for Championship Agility Class.

From the "Agility and Flyball Regulations 2008" booklet.


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