OBEDIENCE TRIAL RULES AND REGULATIONS (CKC)
2 GENERAL RULES & REGULATIONS
2.1 Eligibility of Clubs to Hold Obedience Trials
2.1.1 - Only CKC accredited clubs or associations in good standing with the CKC are eligible to apply for and hold an obedience trial.
2.1.2 - A club that has not held an approved obedience trial under CKC regulations within the past 3 years will be required to hold 3 sanctioned obedience matches in not less than a 12 month period and not more than a 24 month period before permission will be granted to hold an approved obedience trial. Sanctioned obedience match dates must be a minimum of 90 days apart. At each of these 3 sanctioned obedience matches, members of the club conducting the match must hold all official positions, and all of the duties of such officials, including all preparation and organization for the match, must be performed by these officials.
2.1.3 - A specialty club holding a specialty championship show under CKC rules may apply for and be granted permission to hold an approved specialty obedience trial under these regulations in conjunction with its specialty championship show. The trial may be confined to the breed or breeds eligible for entry in its specialty show, or the club may apply for an all-breed obedience trial if it meets the prescribed requirements.
2.2 Making Application
2.2.1 - A club or association applying to hold an obedience trial must make application on a form provided by the CKC. The Event Date Application must be submitted and received not less than 180 days before the date of the proposed trial. The CKC will notify the club whether or not approval has been granted. If the date is granted and the club fails to hold its trial on the date approved, an administrative fee as set by the Board will be assessed against the club, unless the CKC waives this fee on the grounds that the club had no alternative but to postpone or cancel.
2.2.2 - The Event Secretary must be a regular member in good standing with the CKC
2.2.3 - The CKC shall have the authority to grant or withhold approval of an application for trial dates. In the event approval in withheld, the trial-giving club shall have no claim against the CKC.
2.2.4 - A club may hold a sanctioned obedience match by obtaining the authorization of the CKC. Sanctioned obedience matches shall be governed by the regulations contained in these rules and regulations. Scores attained at a sanctioned obedience match shall not be considered as "qualifying" or as a "leg" towards a title.
2.3 CKC Publications
2.3.1 - All clubs holding Obedience Trials are required to have the latest edition of these Obedience Trial Rules & Regulations available at the trial.
2.4.1 - A club that has not been granted priority dates must not advertise or publish the date of any event that has not been approved by the CKC.
2.4.2 - A club that has been granted priority dates for its event may advertise those dates prior to submitting the Event Date Application. This does not exempt the club from submitting the required applications to the CKC within the prescribed time frame.
2.4.3 - A club must not advertise the names of the judges until the club has received official notification from the CKC that the judges have been approved.
2.5 Officials & Committees
2.5.1 - Any club holding an obedience trial under these rules must name a trial secretary who must be a member in good standing with the CKC. The premium list for CKC approved obedience trials shall designate the trial secretary as the person who is to receive entries.
2.5.2 - Trial Secretaries, Superintendents and Trial Chairs may not handle a dog at any trial in which they are acting as an official.
2.5.3 - Any club holding an obedience trial under these rules must name a trial secretary who must be a member in good standing with the CKC.The premium list for CKC approved obedience trials shall designate the trial secretary as the person who is to receive entries..
2.5.4 - A trial-giving club must appoint an Obedience Trial Committee and this committee shall exercise all the authority vested in a Conformation Show Committee. This Committee shall consist of a trial secretary, a trial chairperson, a chief ring steward and any other position the club deems necessary. When an obedience trial is held in conjunction with a conformation show, the Club needs only to appoint a trial chair who will be a member of the Conformation Show Committee and advise that Committee on matters related to the obedience trial.
2.5.5 - The decision of the Obedience Trial Committee (or the Conformation Show Committee if the trial is held in conjunction with a show) shall be conclusive on all matters arising at the trial and shall bind parties subject to the By-laws of the CKC. In cases when an obedience trial is held in conjunction with a conformation show, only the Obedience Trial Rules & Regulations will bind all dogs entered in obedience competition.
2.6 Ring Stewards
2.6.1 - It shall be the sole duty of the ring stewards to assist the judge, only as instructed by the judge. Ring Stewards must ensure that no person except the obedience trial chair, superintendent, trial secretary, judge, other ring stewards, and those actually engaged in exhibiting a dog before the judge, are permitted within the ring during judging.
2.6.2 - Stewards shall not give information or instructions to owners and/or handlers, except as specifically instructed by the judge, and in such a manner that it is clear that the instructions are those of the judge.
2.6.3 - There must be a minimum of 2 stewards for each judging ring, at least one of which should be experienced.
2.7.1 - Every obedience trial shall have one or more qualified veterinarians in attendance before and during the entire progress of the trial, or within easy call.