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2018 Regulations--Timeline

Here is the timeline showing the effective date of the 2018 Regulations, with some options starting July 1, 2017. 

The complete 2018 Official Rules & Regulations has been published and will be effective January 1, 2018. There are a few upcoming options that will be available starting July 1, 2017, as listed below:

Effective July 1, 2017

Jump Heights

The following table shows the recommended and minimum allowable jump heights based upon the dog's height at the withers. The selected jump height shall be indicated on the Entry Form. The "minimum allowable jump height" for each height category is the minimum height permitted without a Request for Modification being made. A handler may select a higher height at their sole discretion, but must have designated the height on the entry form.

Height at Withers

Minimum Allowable Jump Height

Recommended Jump Height

12" or less



16" or less



20" or less



Over 20"



Veteran Class Eligibility

Veteran class is open to all dogs who meet the age and weight eligibility as set forth in the following table:

Dog's Weight

Dog's Minimum Age for Veteran Class

90 pounds or more

6 years

50 pounds and less than 90 pounds

7 years

Under 50 pounds

8 years 

Optional: Intro Class

Intro class may be offered, at trial host's discretion, on the same course as Puppy Level. Intro class is open to dogs 6 months or older, but dogs who have earned the RL1 or higher are not eligible for placement awards, if offered, in this class. There is no separation of Intro class into A and B classes.

Any legs earned in Intro class in 2017 will be recorded, but Intro titles will not be issued until 2018.

Note: Puppy Level (along with RLP and RLPX titles) will be continued until December 31, 2017, after which it will be discontinued and replaced by Intro class. If an RLP is not earned by end of 2017, any Qs earned toward the RLP between July 1-December 31, 2017, will be converted to Intro Qs in 2018.

Trial Host Procedural Amendments

  • Run-offs for ties in scores in "A" class are optional.
  • Awards: Awards for any titles earned are at the discretion of the host.
  • Walk-throughs may be a minimum of 7 minutes and a maximum of 10 minutes (as set by the judge in collaboration with the trial host.)

Level 3 Course Design

Only one jump exercise (from any level) is required (instead of any two jump exercises.) The remaining Level 3 course requirements will remain the same until the end of 2017.

Effective September 1, 2017

Discontinued exercise:

#44--Halt, Leave, Call Front While Running

New exercises allowed, at judge's option:

Veer 45º Right (174)

Veer 45º Left (176)

Mini-Spiral Right (182)

Mini-Spiral Left (184)

Figure 8 (186)


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