The Rip Van Wrinkler, XXIV, Issue 3, August 2020

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Training Conversation


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1. News from AKC.

2. Trick Dogs - Maureen Bennett video of how to teach Cross Paws. OB-ility.

3. USDAA@home - agilityby video..

4. AKC Rally Novice by video.

5. Uh-Ohs in OB.

Good News from AKC, and it's retroactive to July 1, 2020.

Titling Requirements Temporarily Amended – Obedience/Rally/Agility
To better assist clubs and exhibitors during this unusual time in our sports, the Obedience, Rally and Agility departments received approval by the AKC Board of Directors to change the number of judges required for awarding some titles in obedience, rally and agility. Due to the travel restrictions and other local regulations impacting the country from COVID-19, many clubs are struggling to bring in judges from outside their area, plus exhibitors are looking to stay close to home. This change will eliminate the requirement that two different judges are required for the titles shown below that require three qualifying scores (legs) to earn the title.

Trick Dogs . . .

Fiddle - using Blush's 1970s embroidery hoop, now with pretty tissue paper, for Trick Dog Perfomer.

Noreen Bennet video on how to teach your dog to cross her/his paws.

Noreen on how to teach Backing Up

AKC Trick Dog titles are official AKC titles listed on the dog’s title record.

Because of COVID, AKC has allowed for evaluators to assess videos, and then submit the forms to AKC!

The processing fee for each title is $25. Multiple titles for the same dog can be sent in together, each one will be processed in succession after each previous title has been added and printed.

Dogs must have an AKC, PAL, or AKC Canine Partners number to earn a title.

All dogs can get a number including purebreds and mixed breeds.

Novice Trick Dog (TKN)
The dog performs 10 skills from the Novice list. (see link to “Application” below for lists of skills). If a dog has a Canine Good Citizen (CGC) certificate or title on record at AKC, it can do 5 Novice tricks (CGC + 5) to earn the Novice title.

Intermediate Trick Dog (TKI)
The dog must have the Novice title, plus perform 10 Intermediate tricks.

Advanced Trick Dog (TKA)
The dog must have the Intermediate title, plus perform 10 tricks from the Advanced list.

Trick Dog Performer (TKP)
In this title, handlers perform a short routine with at least 10 tricks previously learned.

Trick Dog Elite Performer (TKE)
Testing of this truly elite trick dog level requires the dog to perform 10 tricks with at least 5 props and there must be a story.

Here are some more links!

Mai, Lisa & Marine -

Gilda Sit Pretty -

Clover - novice -

Scarlet Crawl -

Fern weave -

Jasper -

Ivy -

Goldie 2 Stools -

USDAA@Home! is offering a new avenue to earn credits towards titling at home

In April, the first USDAA@Home! challenges were offered online, and we have been delighted to see dogs and handlers advancing their skills in both agility and rally from locations across the globe.

Offering courses to test those skills is the next step in the evolution of this exciting platform. Those who enroll in these events have the opportunity to earn credit towards title qualification in the Championship, Performance, Veterans and World Cynosport Rally titling programs.

Enrollment for USDAA@Home! Agility and Rally qualification-eligible events is now open. Events eligible for credit towards title qualification require entry before the starting date. Once enrollment has closed, the courses for each event will become available to view.

New agility and rally events that start on Saturday, May 23rd are online now and competitors have until midnight on Friday, May 22nd to enroll their dogs at NOTE: A shopping cart has been added for your convenience, and work is in progress to allow filtering of events.

Those wishing to simply access the courses for additional practice may view the courses any time during the event period at no charge.

Enrolled participants will have two weeks from the starting date to video, score and submit their results through the USDAA@Home! portal. Videos will be reviewed by USDAA (for Agility) and WCRL (for Rally), and scores will be verified and assigned a Q or NQ. Final verified scores will be posted a week following the close of the event, and qualifications earned will be applied to dogs’ progress towards USDAA and WCRL titles, as appropriate.

This versatile platform is intended to offer individuals with the opportunity to develop and test their skill sets against the standards for each level, as well as provide the opportunity for groups and our community of trainers to host USDAA@Home video locations as allowed by local and national authorities. Interested in hosting an @Home video location? Please contact us:

Whether you are continuing to test your skills at home, or at a USDAA or WCRL trial in the future, we hope these tools help to maximize your performance at the next event!

USDAA@Home! is a versatile and active program for all dog owners. You can now enjoy dog training and competition, wherever you are!

Whether you already compete in dog agility and rally obedience, or are just getting started with your dog's obedience training, there are activities and exercises here for you.

It's simple—
Review the Event Requirements, select an event, and log in to enroll in your favorite events.

AKC Rally® Novice Virtual Pilot Program. . .

Pilot ends at Midnight, December 31, 2020

During this time of necessary social distancing, we want to give our beginner AKC Rally® exhibitors a reason to continue training their dogs and to stay engaged with the sport of Rally. The AKC Rally Novice Virtual pilot program will provide these exhibitors an opportunity to stay-at-home and enter an AKC Rally® event.

The pilot program is designed to have a Rally Novice competitor set up a pre-designed AKC Rally® course in the safety of their own yard, record the performance and submit it to AKC. In turn, AKC will assign a pre-selected AKC Rally Judge to virtually review and score the team’s Rally performance.

AKC will have five pre-designed official rally courses published on the AKC website for the exhibitor to choose from. The exhibitor will follow the setup instructions provided, video the performance, upload the video to YouTube, set the required YouTube viewing options, and submit the video link with the entry form and fee to AKC.

Video of course version 3

Video of course version 4

Video of course version 5

Once the required information is received, and the dog’s records are verified for class eligibility, the video link will be assigned to a judge for review. The judge will score the team’s performance and will provide a report to AKC. All qualifying scores will be recorded on the dog’s AKC record and applied toward the Rally Novice title requirements. AKC will notify exhibitors of the results of their submission.

This pilot program will end at midnight December 31, 2020 and all video submissions must be received by that date and time. We are excited to offer this virtual option to our Rally Novice exhibitors!

If you have questions after reviewing the information, please write to

AKC Companion Events Team

Uh-Ohs in OB.

by Dara Johnson
In the Obedience ring at the 2014 National...minutes before Aesop wreaked havoc.

Dara Johnson I think Brandie’s dog was the ONLY dog that stayed. SHE should have won rather than starting them all over again...AFTER Aesop was excused from the ring.

Brandie Hudecek Dara Johnson that was Scorch and his last time in the obedience ring. He never did get a leg in novive.

Dara Johnson Brandie, didn’t he stay while all the others ran around?

Chris Klein Dara Johnson that is soooooo very impressive !

Brandie Hudecek Dara yes he did end up staying, but he disqualified on his off leash heel, I think

Howard Lu HAHAHAHA. Nothing more fun that the Obedience rings at the Saluki National.
One of my first years in Kentucky, I asked about the yellowed and tattered Saluki note cards on the trophy table... it was explained to me that they were for top qualifiers in Obedience and had never been awarded.

Dara Johnson Howard Lu THAT comment made me LOL.

Cyndy Lange After showing my second Doberman to #10 in the DPCA Top 20 Obedience quite a few years ago, I have found taking a sighthound in the performance ring is a very humbling experience :-) Dara, you are to be commended!

Natalie Culver Love reading the comments here. Thanks for the smile. ? Dara wish you had a video of Aesop and the others zooming! Reminds me of the only basenji nationals I’ve attended and the only time I tried off leash rally-O (rally intermediate) with my dear late Kunjo. Kunjo did maybe one or two of the ~15 rally-o exercises with me then he started zooming the ring and break dancing in middle of ring. We re-grouped (I got him back in heel) did one more exercise then he zoomed / breakdanced in center & ended this zoom with a flourish of a play-bow at me. He was so darned cute. The rally-o judge politely excused us. I believe the audience was about as in love with Kunjo’s play bow as I was embarrassed. But it’s a great memory for me of a great basenji boy. ?

Susan Marsicano Natalie - and Sandy did the same and left.

Accomplished Aesop.

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