Effective August 1, 2019
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
CHAPTER 8 - OBEDIENCE TRIAL CHAMPIONSHIP
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.
Section 5. Point Schedule.
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New method to treat life-threatening heart arrhythmias in dogs
Dog Food Recalled After Reports of Vitamin D Toxicity
On November 2, 2018, Natural Life Pet Products and Nutrisca issued a recall of certain dry dog foods because they contain elevated levels of vitamin D. The elevated levels of vitamin D were found during an investigation into several reports of vitamin D toxicity by pet owners.
Recalled Natural Life dog food was distributed to retail stores in Georgia, Florida, Alabama, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia and California and can be identified by the following:
Drinking seawater can have deadly consequences for both humans and animals alike.
"When humans drink seawater, their cells are thus taking in water and salt. While humans can safely ingest small amounts of salt, the salt content in seawater is much higher than what can be processed by the human body," the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) explains on its website, adding that it leads to dehydration.
Taylor said he began to see symptoms shortly after they left the beach. O.G. was a "little wobbly," he said, adding that the dog also had diarrhea. The 29-year-old thought he was just tired from their Monday adventure and thought a day of rest would help.
"Accidents can still happen," veterinarian Melissa Webster told Fox 13, explaining that dogs often mistake salt water for fresh water.
The veterinarian reminded pet owners to frequently give their dogs fresh water if they take them to the beach and to monitor them for signs of saltwater poisoning, which includes diarrhea, vomiting or fatigue.
Ikea announced a global recall for a water dispenser for pets that caused the suffocation of at least two dogs
American Kennel Club is pleased to announce that the
recorded presentations from the AKC Education Summit are now available online.
These presentations are an excellent opportunity to learn more about topics such
as the Evolution of Dog Sports, Club Development, Breed Preservation, Juniors,
Social Media, Public Education, Government Relations and AKC Canine Health
Foundation. The presentations can be viewed on
AKC.TV and are linked on the
AKC Education Summit webpage.
The AKC Education Webinar Series began on Wednesday, June 27th with a successful webinar on Club Development. You can learn more about the series, view the recording of the first webinar and register for future webinars here.
Dogs and Cars
Within 1 hour, the temperature inside of a car parked in the sun on a day that reached 95 degrees Fahrenheit (35 degrees Celsius) or hotter, hit an average of 116 degrees F (47 degrees C).
Cars parked in the shade on a hot day had lower — but still scorching — temperatures. After 1 hour, the interior temperature of these cars reached an average of 100 degrees F (38 degrees C).
Delta Airlines has apologised after it accidentally flew an eight week old puppy to the wrong state.
United Airlines came under fire after a flight attendant told a woman to put her dog in the overhead cabin during a flight from Houston to New York, the dog subsequently died.
United pilot was forced to divert and entire flight when a dog was accidentally put on a plane flying to St Louis, Missouri instead of Akron, Ohio where it was meant to be travelling.
FOR OUR FUTURE....SOMERSET HILLS
DEBUTS THE PEEWEE CLASS !
by Sue Goldberg
Our goal was to introduce youngsters ages 5 through 9 years old,
especially those new to AKC, to Junior Showmanship, giving them a
safe, positive experience that would hopefully entice them to continue
to participate and become more involved our sport. The PeeWee class
is neither a competition nor a handling class. Each
PeeWee unit consisted of the child, his or her parent or guardian, and
their dog. We welcomed purebreds, AKC registered or not, as well as
mixed breeds. The class was pre-entered and a nominal entry fee was
charged, merely as some assurance that the PeeWee would actually
With thanks to Director Rob Brigham, Somerset Hills Kennel Club is getting very good press! Follow the link to view the article that Rob wrote that appears in “AKCommunicates Weekly”.