Check out the six (6) new words added to the Glossary of Terms (blue). Also check out the complete glossary which may help you better understand the full meaning of specific words used in the Regulations. These twenty-eight (28) defined words describe what a judge is looking for in the performance and knowing them well might be of assistance in your training.
AKC Canine Partners — an American Kennel Club program that is available to spayed/neutered dogs that are not currently eligible for AKC registration, AKC Foundation Stock Service (FSS) enrollment, or an AKC Purebred Alternative Listing (PAL) number
Brisk, briskly — keenly alive, alert, energetic
Command — verbal order from handler to dog
Croup – the dogs top rump area
Crowding — a dog so close to the handler as to interfere with the handler’s freedom of motion
Directly — immediately, without deviation or hesitation
Down — the dog’s body is on the ground; the dog’s weight is off the feet & legs
Drop completely — a down position that would be acceptable for a Long Down exercise
Excused – A dog must be excused any time there is aggressive behavior toward another dog, a dog that is lame, unfit to compete, if there is anything attached to it for medical or corrective purposes, bitch in season, dog is not under its handler’s control, handler who willfully interferes with another competitor/dog, a handler training/disciplining a dog in the ring, or a dog that is unable to be examined.
Finish — the dog goes from a position in front of the handler to the heel position
Gently — with kindness, without harshness or roughness
Guiding gently by the collar — control of the dog by holding any part of the collar with minimal pressure on the dog’s
Lame — irregularity or impairment of the function of locomotion, irrespective of the cause or how slight or severe
Minor deduction — 1⁄2 point to 21⁄2 points
Mouthing — when a dog chews or rolls the dumbbell in its mouth unnecessarily
Natural — not artificial; free of affectation; what is customarily expected in the home or public places
Order — direction from judge to handler, either verbal or nonverbal
Prompt response — without hesitation, immediate, quick
Regularly trained or instructed — where a dog and/or handler meet on a regular basis for instruction. A regular basis is considered a set pattern of dates, such as monthly or more often.
Released – A dog may be released from the group exercises if it has non-qualified in the individual exercises, a dog may be released from further competition in the class for misbehavior, in extreme cases a dog that must be repositioned in the group exercise by its handler may be released. A dog must be released from the group exercises for displaying uncontrolled behavior, if it interferes with another dog or leaves the place where it was left during the first group exercise.
Resentment — resistance, unwillingness
Signal — nonverbal direction from the handler to dog, as described in chapter 2, section 20
Sit — the dog has its rear and/or hocks on the ground
Smartly — quickly, vigorously
Substantial deduction — 3 points or more
Training — as related to where a student-handler/teacher-judge relationship is established, with or without
Turn in place — turning in the circle that was occupied by the handler before they started to turn
Withers — highest point of the dog’s shoulder
New procedures and abbreviations to follow when marking the Judge's Book:
• In the Open B, Utility B, Preferred Open and Preferred Utility classes the exercises will not be listed; write them in.
• If a dog has non-qualified and is "Released" write "NQ-R" ("Non-Qualifying Released") then carry down an "NQ" in the "Total Score" box.
• If a handler leaves the ring before completing the exercises, write "HLR" (Handler Left Ring) then carry down an "NQ" in the "Total Score" box.
• Verify that all the Group Exercise boxes have been marked accordingly, including a zero for no points off.
• Verify that all Miscellaneous Penalty boxes have been marked accordingly, including a zero for no points off.
• Verify all absentees have been marked accordingly.
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