ANKC Rules for the conduct of Agility Trials and Agility Games
In 2020 Rule 7.2 in the Rules for the Conduct of Agility Trials and Agility Games was temporarily modified to safeguard Trial officials against the transmission of COVID. The States and Territory governments are now free from any COVID restrictions which makes this rule modification redundant. The National Agility Committee members has agreed the temporary rule is no longer required and the original Rule 7.2 should be reinstated effective immediately.
Please be advised that the temporary rule that was mandated in 2020 is now unnecessary and we ask that you revert to the original Rule 7.2 in the Rule Book as noted below. Should a future restriction be put in force in any State or Territory, that Member Body may reinstate the COVID modification until such time as the restriction is lifted without referring to Dogs Australia for approval.
7.2. Entering and Exiting the Ring
On the Steward’s call of the dog’s catalogue number, the Handler will enter the ring via the entry point, with the dog on lead either carried or walked and follow the Steward’s and/or Judge’s instructions. The lead and harness or head collar must be removed, the collar may be removed and all items handed to a Steward or may be placed on the ground behind or in a provided nearby receptacle. The steward will remove items after the dog/handler team commences their run.
For information purposes only please find below a copy of the temporary modified rule:
7.2 On the Steward’s call of the dog’s catalogue number, the Handler will enter the ring via the entry point, with the dog on lead and follow the Steward’s and/or Judge’s instructions. The lead will be removed, the collar maybe removed. The Handler will either place the lead/collar in a pocket whilst running the course or wear it on them (e.g. clipped around their waist like a belt). If any of these items fall to the ground or the dog grabs the lead while running the course this will result in a DQ. The lead/collar must be inaudible and if not this will result in a DQ.