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Kennel Club Rule Changes from 1/1/2018

Changes to KC Agility Regulations

The Kennel Club has recently approved changes to the regulations for agility.

With effect from 1st January 2018, the following amendment and addition to the regulations has been made to make the use of breakaway tyres at Kennel Club licensed agility shows mandatory. This is to address the safety concerns raised over the 'fixed' tyre currently in use. New regulation H(1)(B)5.a.(10) addresses the marking of the new style of tyre:

Amendment to Regulation H(1)B.3.d


d. Hoop-(Tyre)—Aperture diameter 533mm (1ft 9ins) minimum. Aperture centre from the ground: Large Dogs - 800mm ((2ft 7.5ins). Medium Dogs - 550mm (1ft 9.6ins). Small Dogs - 490mm (1ft 7.3ins). The hoop to be of a consistent shape, constructed of an impact-absorbing material. The height of the hoop should not be lowered. The tyre/hoop must be directly mounted in a substantial frame structure which must be secured in such a way that dogs cannot knock the obstacle over from either direction; the frame shall not have a beam across the top.

All tyres must have easily displaced element(s). For saloon style tyres, both opening sides must have an ability to swing open to 90-140 degrees from the closed hoop position. They must not self-return and must be manually re-set. (Insertion underlined.)

New Regulation H(1)(B)5.a.(10)

Tyre – 5 faults for displacing any part of the tyre. If the dog displaces any part of the tyre without negotiating it and making it impossible for it to be negotiated successfully – elimination. (Insertion underlined. All subsequent paragraphs to be renumbered)

With effect from 1st January 2018, the following amendment and addition to the regulations has been made to provide clarity for judges and competitors on the issue of the wearing of treat bags:

Amendment to Regulation H(1)10.e


Except for mobility aids, nothing shall be carried in the hand while the dog is under test and food shall not be given to a dog whilst in the ring. Competitors are prohibited from wearing bags or leads whilst under test – elimination. (Insertion underlined.)

Minimum Distance Between Agility Obstacles Increased

24 October 2016    14:15


Following research undertaken by Nottingham Trent University into jump distances, the Kennel Club has amended the distances between obstacles that dogs have to negotiate in agility. The minimum distance between obstacles has been changed from 3.6m to 5m with the inclusion of a maximum distance of 10m.

The amendment addresses concerns raised by the agility community in regards to the health and welfare of dogs competing in this discipline. The research indicated that increasing the distance between obstacles could reduce hyperflexion and extension of the neck and shoulder joint and reduce the risk of injury to dogs while competing.

The amendments to the Kennel Club H Regulations are as follows and will come into effect on 1 January 2017:

Regulation H(1)(B)1a.(3) – Design


The course should require a dog to traverse at least 10 obstacles, but not more than 20 and all jump obstacles should be the same height. Obstacles All obstacles which the dog is required to clear should have a minimum of 3.6 5m (4 yds 5.5yds) and up to a maximum of 10m (11yds) between centres of consecutive obstacles using the straight line centre-to-centre method except that this may be reduced to 2.74m (3yds) when the following obstacle is placed at 90 degrees or more to the preceding one.

(Deletions struck through.  Insertions underlined.)

Caroline Kisko, Kennel Club Secretary, said: “These amendments to the agility regulations have been brought about as a result of health and welfare concerns, which are always a priority for the Kennel Club. It is our primary wish to see happy, healthy dogs competing in all the various disciplines we promote.”




Collapsible Tunnel No Longer Approved For Use by the Kennel Club

24 October 2016    14:00


The Kennel Club has removed the collapsible tunnel from its list of approved obstacles for agility classes with immediate effect.

Following the suspension of the use of the collapsible tunnel by the Kennel Club on 30th August 2016, the Activities Sub-Committee discussed the proposed amendments to Regulation H(1)(B)3.i which related to the dimensions and construction of the collapsible tunnel.

Upon further consideration, the sub-committee concluded that there were significant difficulties in creating a new design which would work in all conditions and that the issues in creating a prototype capable of being negotiated by dogs of all sizes negated the benefits of the proposed new design. As such it was decided that the best course of action would be to remove the obstacle from use.

The General Committee supported and approved the recommendation from the Activities Sub-Committee and the collapsible tunnel is therefore no longer a Kennel Club approved piece of agility equipment.

The relevant amendments to Kennel Club H Regulations are as follows:

Regulation H(1)(B)3.i.


Collapsible Tunnel—Diameter: 609mm (2ft) minimum. 762mm (2ft 6ins) maximum. Length 3.048m (10ft) minimum. Circular of non-rigid material construction. It must have an entrance of rigid construction with a depth of at least 457mm (1ft 6ins) that can be fixed or weighted to the ground. Minimum entrance height 483mm (1ft 7ins) clear (with suitable padding), if entrance has a floor this must have a non-slip surface.

(Deletions struck through.  Subsequent paragraphs to be renumbered.)

Regulation H(1)(B)1.a(2) Championship Class


(i) The Agility Rounds (Large, Medium and Small) must contain the following elements: “A” Ramp, Dog Walk, See Saw, Hurdles, Hoop (Tyre), Long Jump, Pipe Tunnel, Collapsible Tunnel and Weaving Poles, together with any other obstacles as described in these Regulations, at the discretion of the judge.

(ii) The Jumping Round (Large, Medium and Small) must contain the following elements: Hurdles, Hoop (Tyre), Long Jump, Pipe Tunnel, Collapsible Tunnel and Weaving Poles and must exclude contact obstacles.

(Deletions struck through.)




Kennel Club Rules Update:


2016 Amendments to H Regs (Agility)

Regulation H11i

A dog must not compete in the same class more than once.

Regulation H(1)(A)3.b

Where special classes are classified for older or/in experienced dogs, the height of the hurdles, the A ramp, and the dog walk, and the length of the long jump, may be reduced below the dimensions specified in these regulations, in which case such dimensions must be included in the class definition in the schedule.

Regulations H(1)9.e

The maximum number of individual runs a person shall judge on one day is 450, excluding unforeseen eventualities, such as re-runs. Where Championship Class entries exceed 200 an additional previously approved Championship Judge must be appointed for the jumping round. Reserve judges may enter dogs.

Regulation K3.c. Agility Warrants

Bronze 200 points (minimum of 50 points in Agility)

Silver 400 points (minimum of 100 points in Agility)

Gold 800 points (minimum of 200 points in Agility)

Platinum 1200 points (minimum of 300 points in Agility)

Diamond 1600 points (minimum of 400 points in Agility)

The following titles may be used after the name of the dog on Show entries and in catalogues.

Bronze AW(B)

Silver AW(S)

Gold AW(G)

Platinum AW(P)

Diamond AW(D)

Regulation H28. Disqualification and Forfeit of Awards

A dog may be disqualified by the General Committee from any award whether an objection has been lodged or not, if proved amongst other things to have been.

(7)       Entered for competition or handled in the ring by a judge at that competition. This shall not apply to dogs owned by a judge appointed in an emergency.

(8)       Registered or recorded as owned by the scheduled Judge within a period of 12 months prior to the competition. This shall not apply to dogs owned by a judge appointed in an emergency.

Amended Regulation H(1)(B)4

4. Height Classification of Dogs

  1. The provisions of sub-paragraphs (2) to (17)  below shall not apply to dogs competing only in special classes at Limited Agility Shows.
  2. Dogs competing in small or medium height categories must be measured for competition. Competitors must ensure that their dog is measured prior to their first competition and that the dog’s Agility Record Book has been signed and dated by the measuring officials.
  3. Large dogs entered for competition will not require an official Kennel Club measurement. Once a dog has competed in any Class in the Large Height category at a Kennel Club Licensed event it may not change to a different height.
  4. A second measurement must be carried out on the dog between 12 and 24 months after the first. If the second measurement places the dog in the same height category as the first, this will be the final measurement. However, if the second measurement places the dog in a different category then a third measurement must be carried out within two calendar months by two measurers, both of whom must not have measured the dog on a previous occasion. The dog’s height category will be that confirmed by two out of the three measurements. The dog should compete in the original height category until the final decision has been made.
  5. The dog’s signed Agility Record Book must be available for inspection by the show management and/or the Judge on the date of any competition entered by the owner/handler.
  6. The Kennel Club will nominate officials authorized to measure dogs for competition and to sign the Agility Record Book. The record book must be annotated ‘small’, ‘medium’ or ‘large’ as determined by the official measurement.
  7. Measurement must be carried out on a level and even surface, in a quiet place separate from other dogs and handlers.
  8. Measurement of the dog’s height will be taken from the ground (level surface) to the highest point on the withers. The dog must be standing squarely with all four legs on the ground (level surface), neither stretched nor crouched. The dog’s head should be in a natural position.
  9. A dog will be eligible to compete in small or medium height categories only after an official measurement has been carried out. Where a dog is measured out of the height category in which it has been entered it is permissible, at the discretion of the organizing club for entries to be altered in order that the dog can compete at the correct height category.
  10. In the event of a dispute over the measuring procedure the Kennel Club will evaluate whether there are grounds for appeal. The owner/handler of the dog may appeal in writing to the Kennel Club, but must do so within seven days of the disputed measure having taken place. Any appeal must be accompanied by a written statement from the owner/handler of the dog with a brief description as to the ground for the appeal and must be accompanied by the appropriate fee.

New Regulations

  1. An additional measurement may be requested by the Kennel Club or a Kennel Club approved Championship Agility Judge. The dog in question must have already had its final official Kennel Club measurement. The Judge need not be officiating on the day the additional measurement is requested but must be in attendance at the show. No fee will be required from either the judge or the handler /owner.
  2. The request for an additional measurement must be recorded in the Show’s Incident Book and lodged in writing at the Kennel Club within 14 days. The Kennel Club will advise the owner/handler of the dog of the requirement for an additional measure.
  3. All small and medium who are invited on to the Team GB squad will be subject to an additional measurement.
  4. The additional measurement must be completed within 2 months of the request being received at the Kennel Club and must be undertaken by two measurers appointed by the Kennel Club from the list of Senior Measurers.
  5. The dog will continue competing at its current height until the additional measurement has been completed and confirmed by the Kennel Club.
  6. The height recorded at the additional measurement will take immediate effect.
  7. The additional measurement can only be undertaken once in a dog’s lifetime.

Regulations removed from H(1)(B)4 to be inserted in the Kennel Club Code of Best Practice for Measuring the Height of Agility Dogs.


Measuring devices will be of the fixed ‘hoop’ type and must be of a type approved by the Kennel Club. A separate measuring device is required for measuring each of small or medium/large dogs.


Dogs presented for measurement should be wearing a collar and must be under the control of the owner/handler. Dogs presented for measurement that cannot be controlled by the owner/handler will not be measured. Where a dog is known to have a microchip or ear tattoo this form of identification should take precedence over the photograph and should be used to confirm the identity of the dog. If these types of identification are not available a clear identifiable photograph must be used.


If, at the time of the final measurement a dog is found to be eligible for a different height category than originally attested to, awards received at licensed shows up to the date of the second measurement will stand.


For all measurements, neither measurer must have previously measured the dog nor must the dog be owned or part owned by them, owned by a partner, member of their family or have been previously entered for competition by them.


Two authorised officials must carry out the measurement together and must use a measuring device approved by the Kennel Club.


Measurement must be carried out on a level and even surface, in a quiet place separate from other dogs and handlers.


The additional measurement will be recorded in Agility Record Book and a copy should be sent with the measuring report for the additional measure, which must be signed by both measurers, to the Kennel Club within 7 days of it taking place.









The Kennel Club General Committee has agreed that ‘dogs in hot cars’ notice for Kennel Club licensed shows and events be changed to make clear that it encompasses all vehicles.


Caroline Kisko, Kennel Club Secretary, said: “We are making it explicitly clear that  dogs can overheat in vans and other large vehicles just as they can in cars and unfortunately shows have struggled to enforce the correct protocol after certain dog owners have attempted to argue that the policy only refers to cars and no other vehicle.


“The welfare of our dogs must absolutely be the main priority at any show, so the wording has been changed from ‘cars’ to ‘vehicles’ to ensure there is no misunderstanding.”


The Kennel Club Specimen Schedules have been updated to reflect the amended policy.


To find out more about the Kennel Club’s campaign to raise awareness of the dangers of leaving dogs unattended in vehicles, visit



Yours sincerely,



Hayley Swann-Ross

Breed Shows Team

Canine Activities Department






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Tel: 01296 318540


Alabama Rot Disease: (Reproduced from an article published by the PET PROFESSIONALS)


Alabama Rot Disease, scientifically known as cutaneous and renal glomerular vasculopathy, was first identified in the USA in the 1980s, affecting almost exclusively greyhounds. In the UK, the first reported cases were from the New Forest Area but more recently new cases of this disease have been described throughout the UK. The cause of Alabama Rot Disease is still unknown and it’s currently under investigation.


Affected dogs start by showing skin lesions, sores, wounds, and blisters, especially on their face or limbs. Over the next 2 to 7 days, they can develop acute kidney failure which can lead to death. At this stage the dog may be vomiting and lethargic.


Considering the cases that have been reported so far, it doesn’t seem to exist any breed, body weight, sex or age predisposition for this disease.


Through clinical signs, history and blood test results, vets can suspect a dog is suffering from Alabama Rot Disease, but unfortunately a definitive diagnosis can only be made through pathology results obtained form an animal that has passed.


Although scary and serious, this disease is not common and chances of a full recovery increase if a dog is treated early. The number of dogs affected with skin lesions and kidney failure remains low (56 confirmed cases across the UK between November 2012 and May 2015). Most of the times a skin problem will not be caused by Alabama Rot Disease and even if the skin changes are caused by it, many dogs will not develop kidney problems and will have a full recovery.


Since the cause is still unknown there aren’t any preventive measures we can recommend. If your dog has blisters or ulcers anywhere in his or her body bring him or her to the vet. Please remember that dogs treated in the early stages of this disease are more likely to have a better prognosis!

Published: 11 Feb 2016


The vetenary advice is to clean dogs well after walking, particularly feet; some vets advise using Hibiscrub.


New Regulation H.11.i

Dogs Competing More Than Once In a Class


The General Committee has recently approved the inclusion of a new regulation to clarify that a dog may not compete in a class more than once. The new regulation has been introduced in all activity disciplines with immediate effect.

It was agreed that the wording of the Regulation should allow for team events in agility where a dog may be entered into, but may not compete in, the same class more than once.

Regulation H.11.i
A dog must not compete in the same class more than once, including special classes. 

Kennel Club Incident Book 

(Reproduced from The Scribe - the Kennel Club Agility Newsletter


Following several requests for clarification of the usage of incident books by clubs and societies at licensed events, the following notes are to be used by way of guidance.

  1. Everything recorded in the Incident Book should be sent to the Kennel Club within 14 days of the show. This must include ALL such details of the following issues (as relevant to the event) - change of judge, concerns over the safety / standard of equipment, equipment being removed for health and safety reasons, dispute over entries and otherwise, this can be done by email to

  2. If a competitor wishes to lodge an objection to a breach of Kennel Club Regulation a £35 objection
    fee is required. However, if the show management considers there has been a breach of regulation then they are duty bound to make a report to the Kennel Club. All biting incidents must be reported, regardless of how minor they may initially appear.

  3. The Incident Book may also serve as a useful source of reference should there be an insurance claim against the Society.

  1. The incident book should record the best available details from all parties involved; names, addresses or telephone numbers at least. In the case of a dog bite incident, this should include details of the person or dog bitten, the dog owner/handler and the identity of the dog in question. Anonymous notes will be of little assistance.

  2. To assist Show Management with the completion of the Incident Book and explain the Kennel Club procedures, three flow charts are included in the front of new books. The first is for a breach of Kennel Club Regulations, where £35.00 will be required, except for dog bite incidents. The second flow chart is for the recording

    of sub-standard judging performance for the Activity disciplines (this does not include Field Trial judges) and the third is for sub-standard judging performance for Breed Show judges.

Additional copies of the Kennel Club Incident Book can be obtained from the Publications Department on 020 7518 1001 or

Practice in the Ring:

The Agility Liaison Council has asked judges to remember that it is not permissible to allow people to train in a ring once a course has been set up for competition, if anyone is seen doing this it should be reported to the Show Management and included in the Incident Book 


Compulsory Microchipping Legislation
From April 2016 it will be compulsory for all dogs to be microchipped.

As a dog owner there are five things you need to know about the new legislation.

  1. Your dog MUST be microchipped and registered on a government compliant database,

    such as Petlog by April 2016

  2. All puppies born from April 2016 must be

    microchipped and registered on a
    government compliant database by the time the puppy is 8 weeks old

  3. Your database records MUST be kept up to date with any changes including address and phone number

  4. Petlog carries a lifetime guarantee. Make sure you choose a Petlog implanter

  5. Failure to comply with regulations could lead to enforcement action including a fine of £500

To check your contact details are up to date, visit
For more information on microchipping watch this short video or read our microchipping factsheet.

Amendments to the Dangerous Dogs Act are here to stay!

By Jan Windsor


Section 3 of the Dangerous Dogs Act applies to all dog owners in England and Wales. Under this section, it is a criminal offence for the person in charge of the dog to allow it to be dangerously out of control Generally if a dog bites a person, it will be presumed to have been dangerously out of control, however even if the dog does not bite, but gives the person grounds to feel that the dog may injure them, the law still applies.

On May 13th 2014, the Dangerous Dogs Act was amended

From that date, the Act also covers incidents on private property. This includes your own house and both front and back gardens.  In addition:

It will now be an offence for your dog to attack an assistance dog (Guide Dog, Hearing Dog etc).

Prison sentences will be increased for those convicted of some offences

Police or an appointed local authority now have powers to seize a dangerously out of control dog in a private place. The existing legislation already covers public places

Regardless of whether you agree with these changes or not, this is now law and you should take it seriously. There are of course the sensible precautions we should all take, like ensuring your gardens are secure, providing safe access to your front door for postmen, delivery drivers etc, talking to your neighbours and asking them not to let their children climb your fences to retrieve balls etc. However, no matter how many padlocks, bells, warning signs or other precautions you take, you cant plan for every eventuality.

Dogs repeat behaviours that they either find enjoyable or that brings relief from threat. Dogs that are frightened by strangers may bite because they are fearful and dogs that love to play may jump up in a frenzy of greeting. And most dogs feel a need to protect valued resources and spaces from loss or invasion.

Some dogs react more readily than others, in some cases a breed behaviour will make outcomes more likely many terrier breeds will nip in response to a perceived threat, many herding breeds will chase along fences in response to cyclists and joggers, many guarding breeds will bark loudly and move forward towards a caller.

A good place to start is know your breed know what the likely response is to threat and learn how to spot the signs, how to interrupt before the behaviour takes over.  And dont leave your dogs unattended in the garden where they can amuse themselves for hours barking at passers by!

Here are 3 common situations with ideas on how to deal with them

Your dog(s) jump up at visitors? train a really solid and instant down and stay especially around doorways

Your dog(s) bark loudly and crash around the house when the doorbell rings? train a calm replacement behaviour or make the doorbell a cue for going into their beds

Your dog(s) regularly fence run and bark / lunge at passers by firstly dont let this become a repeated or extended behaviour. Interrupt this immediately, calmly and without any level of punishment.  Then take time to desensitise your dog(s) to what is going on outside the garden. Starting at a distance where your dog can think, rehearse some simple behaviours nose touch, spin, etc and reward. Move closer and closer to the fence until your dog can completely ignore stuff outside your garden and pay attention to you. Then start to put distance between yourself and your dog, walking away when the dog is near the fence and there is something outside. Dont make a big thing of leaving, do this gradually and always reward heavily when your dog leaves the fence of his own accord to come to you (you arent calling your dog to you).  Practise this with different types of distraction outside the gate, until it becomes second nature for your dog to come looking for you when someone approaches the gate.

Be consistent no matter who comes calling, even your best, most ardent dog loving friends must not be greeted with enthusiasm otherwise how will your dog know what is expected?

Despite everything, sometimes mistakes happen, people leave doors open or dogs escape. If the worst happens and your dog is out unattended, the garden gate is open and the postman / delivery driver / etc  comes into your garden make sure you have decent recall!!

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Merton 2018 Photo's


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Guide to Surviving your first agility show:


Kim Lawer and Cornwall Agility Club have produced a very detailed and comprehensive document for anyone entering their first show. It would be impossible to improve upon this document and with their permission i have made it available to download here.  

Guide to surviving your first agility show
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Are You Aware of Alabama Rot Disease It can be fatal to your dog. A confirmed case occurred in Cullompton recently. The dog concerned had been walked at Kilerton and Ashclyst woods.

Click here for more details.

Kennel Club Guidlines for owners and handlers with dogs taking part in canine activites.  Click below

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How to perform CPR on your dog:

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Is your dog microchipped?

If NO click here 

Are You Aware

of the ammendments to the Dangerous Dogs Act.  Click here for the details - it effects us all.

Kennel Club Issues:

Check out the latest KC Issues here.

Minutes of Kennel Club Agility Liaison Council Meeting 17th January 2019 see here.