|Barked: Thu Jan 24, '13 4:37pm PST |
|Alva, your hand must be in a "natural" position, either at your side or across your waist area. You are allowed to either say the Dog's name and the word, "heel" OR give the hand signal for heel every time you start from a stopped position.
Faith, Novice A is for those who have not titled in the class yet, Novice B is for those who have put a CD on a dog before OR who do not own the dog they are handling. I got my first CD title from Novice B because I did not own the dog I was showing BUT at the same shows I was also showing my own dog in Novice A. They are judged just the same, however judges may be a bit more "forgiving" when judging Novice A.
I have judged both 4-H and AKC and in 4-H they were allowed to give extra commands, keep their hand on the dog for the stand for exam, etc., which would be a flunk in AKC. I would definitely re-read the AKC rule book!! You can literally flunk in AKC by doing some seemingly minor things which many people don't even realize they do... another example, moving your arms or bobbing your head when you do the recall.
The AKC page will also list the superintendent for each show...you need to contact them for a premium list and entry form, well in advance of the two week deadline for entering, OR you can enter on the superintendents website. infodog.com also will list entry fees, etc., and is pretty easy to search at least for the MossBow shows, they will give basic information for those superintended by others.
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