Trick Dog Rules

– Tricks can be performed in any setting

– Dogs can wear a leash with a flat buckle collar, NO OTHER COLLARS PERMITTED!!! Leashes can NOT be tightened.

– Treats are permitted to be used but tricks will only count for 50% of their points (ex: sit then treat is only worth 1/2 a point)

– Decide which title you want to complete, then use the appropriate checklist to pick your tricks – practice practice practice!

– Film yourself and your dog performing all your tricks, interruptions / splicing together videos are permitted! You do not have to perform all the tricks on the same day.

– Submit your video and checklist as well as your payment and you’ll be sent your ribbon and certificate!

Trick Title Points required to complete title
Novice 15
Intermediate 20
Advanced 20
Bronze 30
Silver 30
Gold 30
Champion 40

Rally Rules

Pricing
– We’ve decided to make membership free, but you DO have to register to join the private facebook group / email list to get the course maps, videos, etc.

– Fun trials are $5 each which covers the cost of the ribbon and shipping (if you qualify!)

– Trials (real ones) are $15 each or two for $25 or three for $40 (most real trials are $30 each!).

Major Rules
NQ – non qualifying
Q – Qualifying

Point system

Rally obedience points are based on scores earned in ALL CLASSES classes and use the following points schedule:

Rally Score Points
100 8
98 – 99 7
95 – 97 6
90 – 94 5
85 – 89 4
80 – 84 3
75 – 79 2
70 – 74 1

Collars
Collars may be buckle, martingale, half chains, or limited slip. No FULL slip, choke, electronic, or prong collars are permitted. NO HEAD HALTERS!

Leashes
Leashes may be 5-6 feet for novice, shorter is allowed but it’s easier to see a tight leash. Intermediate may have any length leash. Leashes are not permitted during the course in advanced OR excellent. Slip leads or british leads are not permitted (any leash that can not be separated from a collar).

Harnesses
No harnesses are permitted in the ring at any time.

Novice
– Novices are allowed one retry per sign (-3 points). Simply call “RETRY”, move away to the previous station, then resume the retried sign.
– Leashes are allowed but not required
– Tugging on the leash will result in a severe point deduction.
– Tugging on the leash multiple times will result in NQ
Once you have qualified in novice 3 times you must move up either to intermediate or advanced!

Intermediate
– 3 retries per COURSE
– You must have completed Novice
– Leashes are allowed but not required
– There are no jumps
– NOT REQUIRED FOR ADVANCED

Advanced
– 1 retry per COURSE
– You must have completed novice
– Leashes are not permitted in this course
– Jumps are sized by the dog
o Less than 10 inches = 4 inches
o 10 inches to less than 15 inches = 8 inches
o 15 inches to less than 20 inches = 12 inches
o 20 inches and over = 16 inches

Excellent
– 0 retries per COURSE
– You must have completed advanced
– Leashes are not permitted in this course
– Jumps are sized by the dog
o Less than 10 inches = 4 inches
o 10 inches to less than 15 inches = 8 inches
o 15 inches to less than 20 inches = 12 inches
o 20 inches and over = 16 inches
– You may enter in advanced AND excellent the same day

Scoring (All Classes)
The following deductions shall apply on a scale of 1 – 10.
Minor deduction (1-2 points) for each of the following:
• tight leash
• dog interfering with handler
• poor sit
• slow or resistant response
• touching or ticking a jump or pylon
• out of position

Repeat of a station (automatic 3 point deduction)
• in Novice, only one retry per station allowed
• in Intermediate three retries per course allowed
• in Advanced, only one retry per course allowed
• in Excellent, no retries allowed
• handler and dog shall perform any permitted retry by re-approaching
the station and performing the complete exercise

Minor to substantial deduction (1-10 points) for each of the following:
• pylon knocked over
• lack of control
• lack of teamwork
• lack of briskness
• loud command or intimidating signal
• excessive barking
• hitting the jump
• lack of natural manner
• luring/pleading with the dog
• handler error

Substantial deduction (10 points) for each of the following:
• incorrectly performed station

Non-qualifying (NQ) scores shall be given for: (Non-qualifying errors may not be retried)
• minimum requirements not met
• dog unmanageable
• uncontrolled barking
• station not attempted by handler3
• retry that is not allowed
• consistently tight leash
• dog relieving itself in the ring
• failure of dog to go over jump on first attempt in the proper direction
• bar knocked off the uprights of jump
• using a jump as an aid in going over a jump
• failure to complete the Sit Stay exercise
• handler error

Scores can not be disputed for any reason.

Entering a “practice” trial
– download the map and set it up
– film and send the video to us if you’d like critiques, you will not receive points OR a ribbon

Entering a “fun” trial
– pay the “fun trial” cost ($5USD)
– download the map and set it up
– film and send the video to us, you will not receive TOC title points BUT you will receive a ribbon and “fun trial” points.

For real trials (shows)
– Show weekends will be announced ahead of time on facebook and our website
– Decide how many trials you want to enter, and pay the entry fees
– Download the maps when available then set them up
– Make sure you have someone filming the DOG not you! This is VERY important.
– Be absolutely sure you have a good quality video and upload it to youtube / facebook and send it to us
– Your trial will be judged within 24 hours and you will get a score sheet and your score. If you NQ you will get a $8 off voucher for your next trial (to be used within 90 days).
– If you qualify you will get a flat ribbon, all scores will be tallied for the class and the top 3 dogs will get rosettes.
– You must have 3 qualifying rounds to move up from novice!

General Regulations
• In all classes, dogs will enter and leave the ring on leash.
• Heeling is from station to station is a continuous perfomance and will be judged.
• Handlers may praise and pet their dogs, repeating commands and signals if necessary.
• Any time a command is used, it may be a command and/or signal.
• The Novice Class is performed on leash, using Exercises 1-36. It consists of 10-15 exercises (not including Start and Finish), and uses a minimum of 3 and a maximum of 5 stationary exercises.
• The Intermediate Class is performed on leash, using exercises 1-118 except for Exercise 103 (Send Over Jump). It consists of 12-17 exercises (not including Start and Finish). Courses shall have a minimum of 3 Advanced level exercises.
• The Advanced class is performed off leash, using exercises 1-118. It consists of 12-17 exercises (not including Start and Finish) and requires one jump. Courses shall have a minimum of 3 Advanced level exercises, plus the required jump.
• The Excellent class is performed off leash using exercises 1-299. It consists of 15-20 exercises (not including Start, Finish, Call and the Sit Stay), and requires two jumps (not consecutive). Courses shall have a minimum of 3 Advanced level exercises, and a minimum of 2 Excellent level exercises, plus the 2 required jumps and the Sit Stay exercise.
• Exercises marked with an asterisk (*) may be used more than once on a Rally course.
• The performance is timed.
• All stations must be attempted by the handler.
• Scoring – Each team begins with 100 points. A qualifying performance is a score of 70 points or better. A minimum deduction will be one point.