AAC Policies that Have Been Temporarily Suspended or Modified - relevant trial policies are listed
7. Dog Measurement – Measurement stations should ensure safety
precautions which will protect both the judge and the hander.
These could include the use of Personal Protective Equipment,
barriers or any other method to ensure safety. Judges will resume
signing Dog ID cards. Dogs over 2 years of age must have at least one
official measurement recorded on their Dog ID Card up to December
31, 2021. Dogs under 2 years of age may compete with one
measurement on their temporary card until they reach 2 years of age, at
which point they will require an official measurement.
The continued use of temporary cards for dogs under 2 years (and
under 23”) eliminates the need for that dog to be measured at every
trial. This still requires a separate form to be sent to the registrar.
The regular dog measurement form should now be used to record
the official measurements. As long as a dog has one measurement
on their ID card, a second final measurement is not required until
9. Competitors may place the dog’s leash in their pockets when running the course. The
leash must be small enough to fit completely inside the pocket. Note: if the dog grabs
the leash while running or jumps at the handler’s pocket, this will be scored as an “E”
(toy in the ring). If the leash falls out of the pocket during the run and the dog does not
interact with it, there will be no fault. This in effect until December 31, 2020.
10. Due to concerns for ring crew, (changing heights, handling an obstacle that numerous
competitors have stood in close proximity to) use of the table in course design is
temporarily suspended. Judges should consult with Course Approvers to make any
11. Ring crew – if using electronic timing, timer and scribe task may be carried out by the
13. Junior Handler status for those turning 18 years of age in 2020 will be extended to
December 31, 2021.