AKC Agility's In the Zone - October 2012
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AKC Agility's In the Zone
Volume 2, Issue 4, October 2012
Hello, Agility Exhibitors!
We hope all of you had a wonderful summer and got a chance to do some fun things with your dogs.

This is one of our busiest times of the year; agility is in full swing and we are getting ready for the Agility Invitational in Orlando, FL in December. The number of trials around the country continues to increase, giving you even more opportunities to enter trials closer to home. As new trials are constantly being added, please check the events search page to find new trials in your area.

Wishing you lots of fun runs and always remember; have fun with your dogs!
We Need You!
Volunteers needed for the Agility Invitational
December 14–16 — Orlando, FL
AKC Agility Invitational Volunteers make this event possible and we couldn't do it without you. Come be a part of something very special.

Not only do the volunteers get to watch the top agility dogs in each breed compete for top honors, they get free admission to the event (which also includes access to the Obedience Invitational, breed competition, meet-the-breed booths, dock dog diving, and over 100 vendors), free parking, lunch, snacks, a t-shirt, and more. This will also be our second year of having a Junior Agility Competition on Friday morning.

Good News — This year we will be going to three rings so that we can finish earlier each day. This will make it easier on everyone!

Signing up is quick and easy. Just fill out the Volunteer Form on the AKC web site and hit the "submit" button. Click here for the form.

Don't delay though; the deadline for submitting forms is Wednesday, October 31st.

Come out, have fun, and cheer on your friends!
Important Items to Note
notepad In order for us to make sure your dog is accurately credited with all of the legs you earn, it is extremely important when filling out your entry form that you list the "Full AKC name of dog". This should be exactly as the name appears on the dog's Registration Certificate. While your dog's titles are important, those can change after you submit your entry, but your dog's correct and full REGISTERED name never does. It is also important to make sure that you are listing your dog's correct, complete AKC registration number. Full registrations (including All-American/Mixed Breed) are two letters followed by 8 numbers. PAL and ILP registration numbers are three letters followed by 5 or 6 numbers. No spaces please.

Ensuring that your dog's name and registration number are listed correctly allows us to quickly record the trial results and to ensure that you are accurately credited with all of your legs.

Also, please remember to read your trial confirmation letter when it is received. Everyone makes an occasional mistake and trial secretaries are no exception. However, catching and correcting an error in your entry before the trial makes things so much easier for both you and the trial secretary. So please take that extra minute to check your entry confirmations when they are received.

Thanks for your help in these areas!
The AKC World Team Strikes Gold
AKC World Team The 12 dog and handler teams representing the AKC and the USA at the FCI World Agility Championship in the Czech Republic again made us so proud.

The highlight was the large dog team earning the gold medal in the team jumping competition. What a thrill; standing on top of the podium representing your country!

Congratulations to all of the team members on their wonderful accomplishments. A thank you also goes to the Team Coach Nancy Gyes and Assistant Coach Kathy Leggett and to the other people and sponsors who made these accomplishments possible.

Go here to support our 2012 Agility World Team Sponsors.

Click here for more information, detailed results and pictures.
A Rose by any other name... Name Change Coming
It can be confusing for newer exhibitors to understand that Excellent A and Excellent B are two distinctly different classes. The requirements to qualify are different in each of these classes as is the title earned when completing those requirements.

Thus, in an effort to eliminate this confusion, as of January 1, 2013 we are changing the name of the Excellent A class to just "Excellent" and the name of the Excellent B class to "Master".

Please note, only the name is changing. The class themselves and the titles earned remain the same.

The changes will be as follows:
Excellent A will change to Excellent
Excellent A Preferred will change to Excellent Preferred
Excellent B will change to Master
Excellent B Preferred will change to Master Preferred

Hope this is helpful!
Other interesting news at the AKC — helping all dog owners
The AKC Canine Health Foundation approves more than $1.7 million in canine health research funding
The AKC Canine Health Foundation (CHF) is proud to announce approval of 17 research grants to 13 research institutions and universities. These grants, totaling more than $1.7 million in funding for researchers studying canine health, will provide better treatments, more accurate diagnosis, and a deeper understanding of the mechanisms that cause disease in areas such as oncology, cardiology, infectious disease, and musculoskeletal health.
We are wishing you many clean agility runs. Hope we get to see you at the Invitational in Orlando. Have fun with your dog and always remember to stay In The Zone!
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