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Effective August 1, 2019

February 20, 2019 | View Online



AKC Obedience

News for our Obedience Judges & Clubs

Three changes to the Obedience Regulations were approved by the AKC Board of Directors at the February 8, 2019 meeting. The following amendments (underlined) to the Obedience Regulations were approved, which are effective for all trials held on or after August 1, 2019. An insert for the Obedience Regulations amended to May 1, 2018 will be published.


They are in summary:

1.       Modify the Open B Point Schedule 

2.       Earning OTCH points outside of the Point Schedule in Open B & Utility B

3.       OTCH title recognition




Section 2. Championship Points. Obedience Trial Championship points will be recorded for those dogs that have earned a first, second, third or fourth place ribbon competing in the Open B or Utility B class, according to the schedule of points established by the AKC Board of Directors. When counting the number of eligible dogs in competition, a dog that is disqualified or excused from the ring by the judge will not be included.

One (1) Championship point will be recorded for those dogs that earn a qualifying score of 197 or better in the Open B or Utility B class, if they did not earn points based on the Point Schedule.


Requirements for the Obedience Trial Champion are as follows:

The dog must have won

1.      100 points

2.      A first place in Utility B with at least three dogs in competition

3.      A first place in Open B with at least five dogs in competition

4.      An additional first place under the conditions of 2 or 3 above

5.      All three first places under three different judges


Only one of the required first places may have been won at a specialty Show or a Junior Obedience Showcase.


Section 3. Obedience Trial Champion Title. The AKC will issue an Obedience Trial Champion certificate and will permit the use of the letters OTCH preceding the name of each dog that meets the requirements.

The letters OTCH will be followed by a numeric designation indicating the number of times a dog has met the requirements of the OTCH title as defined in these regulations (OTCH2, OTCH3, OTCH4, etc.).


Section 5. Point Schedule.

Open B

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Please share this information with your club members.

Pamela Manton
Director of Obedience, Rally & Tracking





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 We have been made aware of a new email phishing scam targeting our breeders and want to assist you in ensuring you do not fall victim to this. We have been in contact with the handful of accounts that were compromised and have taken steps to ensure that their accounts are back under their control. No personal or financial information was at risk.

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bulletask you to visit links that are not
bulletask you for your passwords, credit card or bank details, or other personal information over email.

 If you suspect that you have been affected, please logon to Marketplace and review your account information.

 Now is a good time to update your own passwords. Your passwords should be difficult to guess and not shared across different websites.

 I assure you that the AKC goes to great lengths to ensure the security of this information. We have a formal security program in place, including a third-party audit by a certified CyberSecurity assessor. We have threat protection systems in place, and mandatory security education for AKC staff, taken annually. While no company can claim to be 100% secure, AKC’s technology team considers security to be a top priority and works feverishly to protect the data of the company and of our customers, members, partners and constituents.

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