Since the new regulations went in force last December I've heard nothing but complaints and bewilderment about the rule changes to the scent discrimination exercise in utility. At a recent judging seminar several of the attendees tried to get some feedback as to why the procedures to this exercise was changed. Unfortunately our requests for an explanation appeared to be deliberately obtuse. I have to wonder whether my limited view of the obedience fancy is representative of the whole. I'd be interested in any responses that favor of this rule change and why. If you are interested and willing please email your thoughts to me at email@example.com. I will not publish anyone's response without contacting them for their express permission to do so.
Dee Dee Anderson
Dee Dee is one incredible human and an exceptional supporter of our sport. Dee Dee recently contacted me of her own accord and offered to put together a couple of fantastic features for us. In this issue please turn your attention to Dee Dee's special feature covering the 2016 AKC Rally National. We're also excited to be able to publish Dee Dee's coverage of the 2016 NOC next month.
Open A Ratings
A high paw to all teams who placed in this year’s Open A Obedience Ratings. This month we're privileged to be able to provide these breakdowns for the fancy. The Open A Ratings cover the 2015 competition year and can be found at the end of this issue. Email Addresses
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I have been fortunate to be able to judge the Car-Dun-Al obedience trial several times and have always enjoyed the camaraderie that occurs at these events. A couple weeks ago I was able to return again but this time I was met by several new exhibitors who displayed the exact kind of attitude and passion obedience needs. I haven't seen this kind of energetic enthusiasm about our sport in a long time and it was a splendid thing to experience. Hopefully God will grant us more trainers like this to spark an increased interest in our sport!
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