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Awards of Excellence(FFX)

Theory
In education students receive diplomas to indicate successful completion of standards set by their institutions of learning.  Among those graduating, some scholars are acknowledged with latin honors of distinction for meeting standards that go above and beyond the basic requirements of graduation.  This is the theory behind the Front & Finish® Awards of Excellence (FFX). While a title can be considered similar to a diploma, the FFX is intended to recognize higher levels of training and accomplishment.

Exhibitors can apply to Front & Finish to certify their dog’s FFX award.  Front & Finish offers two levels of recognition for obedience and two for rally.  When approved, exhibitors may include the appropriate “FFX” designation in their dog’s suffix titles.  Since the FFX is only offered for AKC events, we suggest placing FFX designations at the end of your dog’s regular AKC obedience & rally title groupings .  Multiple award winners within a classification will be designated by a numeral following the FFX title (as in FFX~OG2, FFX~RG3, etc.).

Requirements
Applications are currently available for Obedience and Rally trials conducted by the American Kennel Club (AKC). Please see the following requirements to see if you qualify.

FFX Obedience Gold

The The FFX Obedience Gold Award (FFX~OG) is offered for teams earning a CD, CDX, or UD obedience title in their first three consecutive qualifying classes with scores of 195 or better, or who earn all three (CD, CDX, and UD), titles within an eighteen month time period.  Please note that the time interval was extended to 18 months due to the impact of COVID on our sport.  The time frame will return to 12 months at the end of this year.

FFX Obedience Silver
The The FFX Obedience Silver Award (FFX~OS) is offered for teams earning a CD, CDX, or UD obedience title in their first three consecutive qualifying classes with scores of 190 or better, or who earn all three (CD, CDX, and UD), titles within a twenty-four month time period.

FFX Rally Gold
The The FFX Rally Gold Award (FFX~RG) is offered for teams earning a RN, RI, RA, or RE, title in their first three consecutive qualifying classes with scores of 95 or better, or who earn all three RN, RA, and RE titles within an eighteen month time period. Please note that the time interval was extended to 18 months due to the impact of COVID on our sport.  The time frame will return to 12 months at the end of this year.

FFX Rally Silver
The The FFX Rally Silver Award (FFX~RS) is offered for teams earning a a RN, RI, RA, or RE, title in their first three consecutive qualifying classes with scores of 90 or better, or who earn all three RN, RA, and RE titles within a twenty-four month time period.

Recognition
Qualifying applicants for FFX Awards will receive a personalized certificate noting their accomplishment.  The certificate is mailed along with a letter of recognition and an attractive folder for safekeeping.  Applicants may also elect to have a complimentary announcement of their recognition published in Front & Finish magazine.  (Hint: If you’d like your recognition published, it’s a good idea to have a few words of appreciation and a picture ready before you start completing your application online.  Most folks like to include a few words of affection toward their dog and a statement of appreciation to those who helped them along the way.).  You can elect whether you want this option when completing your the application form below. 

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