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South East & East Anglia Inter Regional Team Applications

22 August 2017 - Posted by Wendy Birch

South East & East Anglia Team

Inter-Regional Obedience Competition
Friday 9 March 2018 at Crufts


We are looking for handlers and dogs of all breeds to come along to the try-outs in: Beginners, Novice, Test A, B & C. 
There will be 2 try-out venues in the area.
The Inter Regional’s reverted to the standard G Regs for all tests from 2017.


For more info or to log your interest contact:


Dedicated FB page - South East & East Anglia Inter Regional Supporters Group


Wendy Birch - Team Manager Tel: (eves) 01442 396498
Mobile: 07811911741 Email: wendyandian@ntlworld.com


Sarah Delany – Asst. Team Manager Tel: 07919174766
Email: sarahrosedelany@virginmedia.com


Enid Diplock – Asst. Team Manager Tel: 07789097134
Email: enid.diplock1@homecall.co.uk


http://www.obedienceuk.net/Newspad/uploads/SE&EA_2018_IR_Crufts_DATA_A5x1_flyer.pdf


http://www.obedienceuk.net/Newspad/uploads/South_East_and_East_Anglia_Guidelines.pdf


http://www.obedienceuk.net/Newspad/uploads/WORD_ENTRY_FORM_2018_SE&EA_CRUFTS_INTER-REGIONAL.doc

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HEELWORK TO MUSIC AND FREESTYLE TEAM GB 2018 LOOKING FOR MEMBERS

04 August 2017 - Posted by KC Press Release, in General

The Kennel Club is making plans to enter a team to compete at the World Heelwork to Music and Freestyle Championships in the Netherlands from 9th-12th August 2018 and the Open European Heelwork to Music and Freestyle Championships in Switzerland from 12th-14th October 2018. Applications are therefore invited from competitors wishing to be considered for Heelwork to Music Team GB.

The Open European Championships are open to all dogs, including those on the Kennel Club Activity Register without recorded ancestry; however, the World Championships are open only to dogs registered on the breed register. To be eligible to be considered, dogs must currently be competing in advanced classes in heelwork to music and/or freestyle. The competition will be held indoors for both events.

Applicants should be aware that competing will be on an entirely self-funded basis, and that being on Team GB is hard work and time consuming. Handlers must be prepared to organise and attend fundraising events, team meetings and training sessions.

Handlers wishing to be considered should request an application form by email from htm@thekennelclub.org.uk or telephone 01296 318540. The deadline for completed applications to reach the Kennel Club is Friday 13th October 2017.

Caroline Kisko, Kennel Club Secretary, said: “These two international competitions represent a wonderful opportunity for British heelwork to music competitors. We look forward to receiving a good number of applications and also to cheering on the British teams when they compete in the Netherlands and Switzerland in 2018.”

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KENNEL CLUB INTRODUCES ONLINE FORM TO ADD KENNEL NAMES

28 July 2017 - Posted by KC Press Release

The Kennel Club has now made it easier for owners wishing to add their Kennel Name to a dog’s existing pedigree papers by launching an online application form on the Kennel Club website.

The new online version of ‘Form 8’ means that Kennel Club customers now have two options when requesting to add a Kennel Name to a dog’s registered name; apply online or send an application form in the post. It is believed a lot of people will find the new application and payment system much quicker and more convenient.

All submissions will still be checked manually by the Kennel Club for errors or invalid words before approval. The person applying for an addition to a dog’s Kennel Name must be the registered owner before ‘Form 8’ can be submitted. Any new owners will need to complete the Change of Ownership process before they can apply to add a Kennel Name.

To add a Kennel Name to your dog’s registered name, please visit the Kennel Club website at www.thekennelclub.org.uk/forms/form-8-change-of-name-of-registered-dog-addition-of-kennel-name.

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KC PROHIBITS USE OF AVERSIVE COLLARS AT LICENSED EVENTS

25 July 2017 - Posted by KC Press Release, in General

The Kennel Club Board has recently approved amendments, originating from a recommendation made by the Working Trials Liaison Council, to the Welfare of Dogs regulations, which will prohibit the use of pinch collars, electronic shock collars and prong collars at any agility, obedience, working trials, heelwork to music, rally and canicross licensed events governed by the Kennel Club Activities Committee.

The regulation changes will come into effect on 1st January 2018.

The Kennel Club is currently campaigning for a ban on electronic shock collars to be introduced in Scotland, and a campaign for similar legislation in England is planned. Legislation was introduced in Wales in 2010.

Additionally, it is recommended that clubs may wish to include provision regarding the use of such techniques or devices within their own regulations.

The regulation changes are as follows:

Canicross

Regulation E1. Welfare of Dogs

TO:

An exhibitor (or competitor) whose dog is entered at a Kennel Club licensed event should take all reasonable steps to ensure the needs of their dog(s) are met, and should not knowingly put their dogs’ health and welfare at risk by any action, default, omission or otherwise. A breach of this Regulation may be referred to the Board for disciplinary action under Kennel Club Rules and Regulations. The use of pinch collars, electronic shock collars, or prong collars, is not permitted at any Canicross event licensed by the Kennel Club. This shall apply at the venue or within the precincts of the competition.

(Insertion underlined.)

Obedience

Regulation G2. Welfare of Dogs

TO:

An exhibitor (or competitor) whose dog is entered at a Kennel Club licensed event should take all reasonable steps to ensure the needs of their dog(s) are met, and should not knowingly put their dogs’ health and welfare at risk by any action, default, omission or otherwise. A breach of this Regulation may be referred to the Board for disciplinary action under Kennel Club Rules and Regulations. The use of pinch collars, electronic shock collars, or prong collars, is not permitted at any Obedience show licensed by the Kennel Club. This shall apply at the venue or within the precincts of the show.

(Insertion underlined.)

Agility

Regulation H3. Welfare of Dogs

TO:

An exhibitor (or competitor) whose dog is entered at a Kennel Club licensed event should take all reasonable steps to ensure the needs of their dog(s) are met, and should not knowingly put their dogs’ health and welfare at risk by any action, default, omission or otherwise. A breach of this Regulation may be referred to the Board for disciplinary action under Kennel Club Rules and Regulations. The use of pinch collars, electronic shock collars, or prong collars, is not permitted at any Agility show licensed by the Kennel Club. This shall apply at the venue or within the precincts of the show.

(Insertion underlined.)

Working Trials

Regulation I2. Welfare of Dogs

TO:

An exhibitor (or competitor) whose dog is entered at a Kennel Club licensed event should take all reasonable steps to ensure the needs of their dog(s) are met, and should not knowingly put their dogs’ health and welfare at risk by any action, default, omission or otherwise. A breach of this Regulation may be referred to the Board for disciplinary action under Kennel Club Rules and Regulations. The use of pinch collars, electronic shock collars, or prong collars, is not permitted at any Working Trials event licensed by the Kennel Club. This shall apply at the venue or within the precincts of the Trial.

(Insertion underlined.)

Heelwork to Music

Regulation L1. Welfare of Dogs

TO:

An exhibitor (or competitor) whose dog is entered at a Kennel Club licensed event should take all reasonable steps to ensure the needs of their dog(s) are met, and should not knowingly put their dogs’ health and welfare at risk by any action, default, omission or otherwise. A breach of this Regulation may be referred to the Board for disciplinary action under Kennel Club Rules and Regulations. The use of pinch collars, electronic shock collars, or prong collars, is not permitted at any Heelwork to Music event licensed by the Kennel Club. This shall apply at the venue or within the precincts of the competition.

(Insertion underlined.)

Rally

Regulation S1. Welfare of Dogs

TO:

An exhibitor (or competitor) whose dog is entered at a Kennel Club licensed event should take all reasonable steps to ensure the needs of their dog(s) are met, and should not knowingly put their dogs’ health and welfare at risk by any action, default, omission or otherwise. A breach of this Regulation may be referred to the Board for disciplinary action under Kennel Club Rules and Regulations. The use of pinch collars, electronic shock collars, or prong collars, is not permitted at any Rally event licensed by the Kennel Club. This shall apply at the venue or within the precincts of the competition.

(Insertion underlined.)

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KENNEL CLUB STREAMLINES REGISTRATION OPTIONS FOR NON-PEDIGREE DOGS

25 July 2017 - Posted by KC Press Release, in General

In order to provide a beneficial long term registration product for owners of crossbreeds, or purebred dogs without a Kennel Club recorded pedigree, the Kennel Club will no longer be accepting applications for its Companion Dog Club (CDC) register as of 1st August 2017.  New or existing owners of these dogs will instead be encouraged to register them with the Kennel Club’s Activity Register.

The Kennel Club acknowledges that the interest and uptake in the Companion Dog Club has declined over the years and as such has made the decision not to accept any new additions to this registry and to enable dog owners to utilise the benefits of the Activity Register.

The Kennel Club launched the Companion Dog Club to enable owners of companion dogs, including crossbreeds, rescue dogs and purebred dogs with no recorded parentage details, to enjoy the benefits of being registered with the Kennel Club.  The benefits available through the Activity Register now surpass those offered by the Companion Dog Club, and include enabling dogs to compete in activities such as agility, flyball, rally, obedience and canicross, as well as allowing for health test results to be recorded against a dog’s registration, which was not possible with the CDC register.

Records will remain in place with the Kennel Club for all existing members of the Companion Dog Club and they are still eligible to enter Companion Dog Club classes at companion dog shows, which will be the case for the foreseeable future. The Kennel Club encourages dog owners to enter companion dog shows to support the great charity work these shows do.  In addition, CDC members will also continue to receive discounts to Eukanuba Discover Dogs and Crufts.

Caroline Kisko, Kennel Club Secretary, said:  “Like any service providing organisation, the Kennel Club wants to offer a service that will best benefit its customers.  It is clear from the declining uptake in the Companion Dog Club over the years compared to the consistent popularity of the Activity Register that streamlining the registration options outside of the breed register is the sensible and practical way forward. 

“Owners of crossbreeds, dogs that take part in canine activities and purebred dogs without a recorded pedigree can still apply for their dogs to be recorded on the Activity Register, which offers a number of benefits, including the recording of parentage details where known, health test results and the fact that it is joined up to the popular MyKC service – all things that were not possible with the Companion Dog Club.”

“We will continue to promote all companion dog shows through the Kennel Club website to encourage dog owners to enjoy this fun activity and to support local charities and communities.”

More information on Kennel Club registration options can be found at www.thekennelclub.org.uk/registration
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KENNEL CLUB ISSUES GUIDANCE DOCUMENT ON OBEDIENCE HEELWORK POSITIONS

27 June 2017 - Posted by KC Press Release, in General

Following on from the rewording of the Descriptions and Explanatory Notes for Obedience Tests that was issued at the end of 2016, the Kennel Club was requested to issue guidance on what to look for when judging heelwork in accordance with the new wording.

In response to these requests the Kennel Club has created the Obedience Heelwork Positions document which is intended to assist judges in making fair and informed decisions in their judging of dogs competing in obedience tests.

The document provides illustrations of working styles, which will also be useful for competitors to ensure that their dogs are working in a happy and natural manner whilst maintaining a natural topline.

The document can be found on the Kennel Club website at the following link:

www.thekennelclub.org.uk/media/1146930/obedience_heelwork_position.pdf

Any queries regarding the document and its implementation should be directed to email obedience@thekennelclub.org.uk

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Please check your details on Obedience Judges list

01 June 2017 - Posted by Kennel Club, in General

The Kennel Club have recently updated their list of those who have passed the Obedience Judges Seminars. Upon doing so, it has been brought to our attention that some people are down as only having passed one of the seminars when they have passed both or are missing from the list altogether.

We are therefore asking that all those who have attended and passed the seminars check their information on the list and let us know if it is incorrect.

 

Please email obedience@thekennelclub.org.uk with the date of the seminar you attended, the names of the Accredited Trainers who delivered the seminar and a copy of the certificate issued on passing the assessments. Your record will then be updated.

 

In addition, we are attempting to update everyone’s contact details and are asking for email addresses in order to remove addresses from the website. Therefore, if you wish to have your email address added to the list and your address removed, please let us know at the above email address.

Please check the list on:

http://www.thekennelclub.org.uk/media/386938/obedience_judges_seminars_taken.pdf


Rachel Mansfield

WDA Officer

01296 318540 Ext: 331

Fax: 020 7518 1046 

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KCOLC Agenda on Survey Monkey for 20th July 2017

26 May 2017 - Posted by Carole Patrick, in Obedience Liaison Council

This is the link to survey monkey concerning the next Obedience Liaison Council Meeting agenda items for the 20th July 2017.  It is for anyone to complete, it doesn't matter which region you live in because the first question asks which region do you live in.


The results will be fed back to your Obedience Reps 


https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/MD3TND3

If there is anyone that has problems with the webmoney site then the following document can be used to record your answers. These should be emailed to Carole Patrick at

cpatrick1984@outlook.com


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AGENDA FOR OBEDIENCE LIAISON COUNCIL MEETING ON 20TH JULY 2017

22 May 2017 - Posted by KC Press Release

The agenda for the Kennel Club Obedience Liaison Council meeting, due to be held on 20th July 2017, has been released and can be found on the Kennel Club website at the following link:

www.thekennelclub.org.uk/activities/obedience/obedience-liaison-council/

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CHANGES TO OBEDIENCE REGULATIONS

19 May 2017 - Posted by KC Press Release

The Kennel Club has recently approved a change to the regulations for obedience.

With effect from 1st January 2018, the following amendment to the regulations has been made to ensure consistency of marking in the stay exercises:

Amendment to Regulation G(C)4.h

Regulation G(C)4.h

TO:

(1)  Sit Stay: Dogs should remain in the sit position throughout the test. Barking, whining or minor movement such as sniffing the ground, shuffling or turning, without moving from the place where the dog was originally left, should not be considered to be a broken stay but may only be marked a nominal amount for minor movement or noise. Marks must be graduated in accordance with the Kennel Club’s specimen stay chart.

 (2) Down Stay: Dogs should remain in the down position throughout the test. Barking, whining or minor movement such as sniffing the ground, shuffling, hip rolling or turning, without moving from the place where the dog was originally left, should not be considered to be a broken stay but may only be marked a nominal amount for minor movement or noise. Marks must be graduated in accordance with the Kennel Club’s specimen stay chart.  

(Insertions underlined.)

The specimen stay chart can be found on the Kennel Club website at: http://www.thekennelclub.org.uk/media/1132818/obedience_standardised_stay_marking_sheet.pdf.

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