Originally Posted by motherslittlehelper
Congratulations, Karen and Kodi!
Karen, I am sure you have said somewhere else, but I am too lazy to look.
Are you and Kodi competing at the Novice level? And what is the difference between Novice A and Novice B? How many times do you have to qualify at say the A level to move to the B level. We went down to the big AKC show in Portland, OR on Saturday (all breed) so watched a bit of Rally, a bit of Agility and then the Havanese conformation. I still did not see any Havanese compete in the Rally or Agility, although I think there may have been a Hav in agility - just not when we were there. We bought a catalog, but I could not even find the Agility listed in it. The Rally and regular obedience are as well as conformation with the competitors names, etc. Is Agility usually not listed in the catalogs? Does it depend on the show? Would it be called something else. This catalog is HUGE and I need to go through it again. I can't wait until Augie and I are at the point where we can go compete in Rally.
However, I want our first experience to be a smaller show. This one was quite large in my opinion.
Hi Linda, so far Kodi and I have only competed in APDT Rally, not AKC. We'll start AKC also this spring, but will continue with APDT as well. In APDT we are competing at Level 1, which is the equivalent of AKC Novice level... Done on leash. I think he's just about ready to begin doing run-throughs off-leash, but there are still signs he's not ready for at Level 2 (or AKC Advanced) and He's definitely not ready for off-leash in the multiple distractions of a competition environment. But, at 20 months, he's still very young to this game.
In APDT you compete in "A" at each level until you have earned your title at that level (3 qualifying scores), after which yo can continue to compete at that level, but in the "B" class. This part is similar to AKC, but in APDT, people can continue to compete in the "B" classes indefinitely, meaning that we are now. Competing against dogs with advanced titles. You still get your Q's based on score, not place, but to get a place ribbon, you have to score REALLY high. We were actually close on Sat... The 5th place dog was 207 and we were 205, so I was really happy with that!
I don't know if I can help you with the catalog questions from the show you were at. I've only been to a couple of dog shows with conformation classes, and only one of those had Obedience and Rally... No Agility. And I was working as a steward at the Obedience trial, so I didn't have a lot of extra time to be figuring things out.
Around here, agility trials are most often held separately from other types of showing. The are AKC shows that have both conformation and obedience and rally, and then there are also lots of separate trials for obedience and/or rally with conformation classes. Since I can't compete in conformation with Kodi anyway (he's neutered) and there are LOTS of obedience/rally trials nearby (both APDT and AKC) I haven't really paid a lot of attention to the big multiple-discipline shows, which tend to be held further away from where I live anyway.
I especially like APTD for starting a young dog in the ring because you can use food in the ring as a reward ONLY (no luring is allowed) at certain spots. It can be a great way to keep your dog happy, focused on you and having a good time when they are new to a trial situation.